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- Vickers Bo - Bo electric loco by Ken's Profiles.
This kit has been adapted to run on 3 rail coarse scale.
To allow for the sharp curves the body sits 3 mm higher
than normal. A single link coupling is fitted to one end,
the other end being fully detailed. The instructions are
brilliant and all the info can be seen in the supplied
photos. I made two changes. I fitted the handrails
to the body ends and sides before assembling the body and
I replaced the white metal outer bogie sides and end with
nickel silver ones using the original parts as
patterns. There is nothing wrong with the white
metal sides but I feel that the nickel silver may stand up
better to the continuous handling this particular model
will get. The white metal axleboxes and pick up beams are
glued to the new sides. This is a very nice kit,
well designed and a joy to build. The instructions are so
good that you can build this kit without referring to
other sources of information. You can't say that about
Mercian Models kit of a Cardean 4-6-0 will eventually be
in LMS red. The kit is O.K., fitting the boiler to
the footplate is the difficult part! Just take your
time and check body height to rail head
continuously. electrical pick-up is split axle/split
frame on the tender only. There's not a lot of room
on this loco.
G5 0-4-4 tank. I've built a few Connoisseur wagon
kits and found them fine. This is the first time
i've tried my hand at a loco kit of theirs. Good
instructions, well designed and a joy to work with.
This one is a push pull fitted loco and fitted with a
Mashima motor and Premier gears. Wiper pick-ups on
the drivers but with split axle/split frames on the bogie
giving all wheel pick-up.
is the first kit from this manufacturer that I have
tackled. Having been given good reports from other
builders, I was looking forward to it. I was not
disappointed. Excellent instructions, well designed,
everything just fits together - it's as simple as
that. An absolute joy to build. My only
alteration was to replace the loco brake shoes with
plastic ones, to avoid any shorting problems. Well
done modern Outline Kits!
City of Edinburgh. Another one from David Andrew's
range. His kits really are a joy to build. The
loco was painted by Denis Morley and it is now off to a
layout in Scotland.
is a fine kit of a BR 'Clan' pacific by DJH. They
have done a good job and it all fits together
beautifully. The loco is fitted with Slaters wheels
and a Moxon/ABC gearbox. This is fitted to the rear
driving wheels, leaving daylight between the frames and
quite old Shedmaster kit went together okay. Some very
flimsy tender bogie etches needed strengthening, and some
castings from the very helpful Laurie Griffin completed
found this D.J.B. kit quite a difficult build with a lot
of "adjust as it goes". The end result though is a good
strong build and a good looking. A nice model of one of Mr
kit is from S&M Models. The body and frames go
together very well. The bogie has split axles to provide
all wheel pick up. Some of the smaller white metal
castings were unusable, although I would have replaced
them with lost wax anyway. A lovely suburban tank for
those long gone Aberdeen local trains.
This was a one off project for a friend.
The wagon is a HO German Ferry Wagon by Liliput
built to British loading gauge. The
wagon is carrying a load of two hay balers. These were built
in large numbers by the firm of Jones Balers in Mold,
Flintshire. Many of these vehicles were sent out by
rail from Mold station, mostly to British destinations but a
healthy proportion were exported to the continent by train
ferry. Apart from the German wagon shown, Mold also
saw wagons from France, Belgium and Italy. So a
little bit of forgotten history made up from scrap bits of
brass I had hanging around!
This 'Wagon & Carriage' kit was a joy to build with
no problems at all. I've used split axles and split
frames on the bogie and the front section of the
frames. This means that eight out of the ten wheels
have electrical pick up. It's now off to work the
Kings Lynn to South Lynn (M&GN) push pull train.
When I was 12, I spent a day at Kings Cross to see the
Deltics and Brush Type 4's (class 47's). Steam no
longer worked south of Peterborough so imagine my surprise
and joy when 60061 'Pretty Polly' appeared out of Gasworks
Tunnel! It was the only A3 I ever saw in normal
traffic and it really made my day. I said then that if
I ever built an A3 it would this one, so here it is 50 years
A David Andrews kit, so no problems building it.
Split axle pick-up on tender only and powered by a
Warren Shepherd G W R mogul kit. This kit makes up
into a good solid model. The castings are all brass
and quite superb. The kit is not for a beginner and
you will need a good reference source, recommendations are
in the instructions. This model is fitted with Slaters
wheels, an A B C mini gearbox with a Moxon motor driving the
rear driving wheels. The mini gearbox fits under the
cab floor. Watch out for the tight clearances between
crosshead and slidebars. I used Markits crank pins for
this. I must admit to moving the pony forward by 1mm to save
cutting into the cylinders and also cutting off the front
frames and soldering them to the body. This gives
extra clearance above the pony wheels. Weight
will be added after the painter has done his work.
Railway Atlantic by ACE Products. I was asked to build 2
of these locos, one as North British circa 1918 and the
other as LNER circa 1932. I elected to build them
together. The tenders were built first, using split
axles, uninsulated wheels and a perspex block isolating the
frames. There was no information on the tender parts
regarding tool boxes, water gauge, hand brake, etc.
this had to be sourced from elsewhere.
The loco frames were made up and the driving wheels
added to check for square, so far so good! I then
added the trailing wheels. Even with the elongated
slot the wheels were 5 mm above the rail head. was
this deliberate? A cunning NBR plan to transfer weight
to the coupled wheels? No - just another problem to
sort out. That is how the build went on, problem after
problem. Some easy to solve, others more
difficult. The instructions are poor, with wrong
information and page 3 doesn't even apply to the NBR
Atlantic! I had to replace some of the etches, firebox
and smoke box. On the tender axle box castings the
spring wasn't in line with the box and had to be cut apart
and fitted separately. Parts of the build - the
distinctive lubricator and the trailing axle brake gear are
not even mentioned in the paperwork. These had to be
This kit is very difficult to build, particularly in
respect of the amount that has to be scratch built. It
is not a good advert for the ACE brand.
Both kits have now been expertly
painted by Paul Moore.
This WR class 22
diesel hydraulic kit by Steve Beattie for a first for me
from this maker. Usually his kits are resin but this
one was etched brass and white metal castings. The
underframe tank was resin but I fabricated one from nickel
silver sheet. There was a lot of fettling needed to
fit the white metal fronts, despite this it was an enjoyable
kit to build.
this will be 70046 'Anzac', as you can see it needs a
smokebox door and painting. This was the first Seven
Models kit i've built. There were good instructions
with plenty of drawings and pictures including the etches -
well done. The only issue concerned the join between
smokebox and boiler. I also replaced the injector white
metal fittings with brass ones from Ragstone Models.
The buffers were sourced by me from Warren Shephard.
This model runs a treat!
Fox hunting in the Edwardian
project came about after looking through J. H. Russell's
Great Western Coaches. In there were drawings and
pictures of Hounds Vans (?!). I was thus inspired to
construct a Fox Hunting Train consisting of a 6 wheel
coach, a brake van (for the sherry), various horse boxes
and the hounds van at the rear. The hounds van
is a brake van, oil lit and fitted with extra air vents
for the 'doggy odours'
hounds van in all its glory. This is a modified
Scorpio V2 Brake Van.
Great Western rolling stock
Scorpio coach this time a T20 brake third. These
kits come as sides, ends and sole bars. They are
great for the scratchbuilder allowing choice in respect of
running gear, suspension and interior finishing.
scratchbuilt Siphon C built using plasticard. The
vents were a little bit intricate!
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