About our kits
Our beginners kit contains a flat etch sheet. We will complete all complicated folds and soldering for you. Complex assemblys such as the crank shaft, axlepump and handpump will all be completed, so all you need to do is bolt them in place.
The kit will be held together using basic nuts and screws, with sealant used to prevent leaks.Your task will be to cut out the etched pieces, file all the edges, and emboss the rivets. You will need to drill out and tap all the holes to there correct sizes following the instructions provided.
There may be a few simple 90 degree folds to complete, all marked bu fold lines on your etchings.
For example, our 2P Kit comes with its cab roof, smokebox, running boards and boiler wrapper pre- formed, with the handpump, meths tank, carnkshaft and axlepump fully assembled and tested ready for fitting.
All folds are shown by a half etched line. Your instructions will explain how to fold each part
Beginner kits will have boiler wrappers pre-formed
This shows an example of the flat etch sheet provided with your kit
Our next stage of kit will require some soft and silver solder to be used. Any complex soldering (controls and meths burner) will be completed for you. Components such as the valve chest may be half assembled, but you will be required to insert the `o`rings and lap the valves.
You will also need to cut out and file back the edges of all the parts of the etched sheet. The kit will be held together by a mixture of screws and solder. Your etchings will be provided as a flat sheet. We may complete folds for you at an extra cost.
The folds in this kit may be more difficult, including rolling the cab roof, smokebox, boiler and firebox wrappers. You may need to make small jigs from round bar to form the footplates.
These kits may also include more detail wires and castings.
The Eccentrics will need assembling onto to the main driving axle
The water gauge will need assembling for coal fired kits
Our Expert kits will be similar to the advanced kits, but include much more fine details, and can be slightly more 'fiddly' to build.
There may be more complex forming on the running boards, and some kits will have added walschaerts valve gear too.
Detail wires can be added to some lubricators
We will be happy to answer all queries about your kit build as you progress. Simply give us a call, or email with a few pictures of what your working on, and we will try our best to fix any issues.
Static, Spirit or Coal?
These kits contain everything you need to produce a static model. All etchings, laser frames, castings and other bodywork details are included, but there are no mechanical details to enable the loco to run.
These contain everything from the static kit, as well as all the steam fittings, pipework and boiler to produce a meths fired loco.
Some of our kits have a large enough boiler to enable coal firing! This kit will contain everything from the static kit, Plus a fire grate, ashpan, pipe fittings and a boiler suitable for coal firing.