All my loco kits are sold complete except for couplings. All outside frame loco kits can be built to any gauge from 12mm to 16.5mm, inside frame kits only to gauges where axles are available, usually 12mm, 14mm and 16.5mm. Some kits include jigs for assembling coupling/connecting rods and for quartering the wheels where required. Assembly is by tabs and slots and all screws, bushes, motor, gearbox, wheels and axles are included.
Although most of my kits require soldering skills, you don't have to be an expert, beginners have bought my kits and produced good results. The trick is not to look at the whole job which will seem daunting, but to take it in stages. Each stage will be a lot easier to tackle if you only concentrate on that and think about the rest later. Use 145 solder for the main body assembly and higher temperature electrical solder for the chassis and smaller parts.
Goods can be paid for by bank transfer or Paypal (instant) or by cheque (7 day delay), email for details. At shows I can take cash or card payments using my new smart phone linked card reader. Technology is a wonderful thing, I just hope it works when I need it.
If you have any problems with the instructions CDs, the full instructions and more can be downloaded from my other site set up specially for downloads. Click on the DOWNLOADS button below to go there. These are also available to anyone who wants to look a kit over before buying it.
At shows I can take payment by cash or card, also bank transfers or Paypal via your phone if you are set up for either. Otherwise I can take bank transfers from a UK account, not recommended from non UK accounts as the charges can be excessive. Paypal is the best option for overseas customers and cheques are acceptable but slow. Its best to email first for details in any case.
It states in the Trade News section that my RAR chassis for Henrik Laurel's 3D printed bodies is also 3D printed. It isn't, its an etched chassis along the lines of my kit chassis. I am sure that Adrian will apologise for the error in time, I haven't actually told him yet so I'll forgive him in advance.
I got distracted by soldering stations whilst searching for something on a Chinese website, which reminded me that my Soloman was about at the end of its life and I cannot get any more bits for my spare Maplins one. This one caught my eye and I bought one to try. Made by W.E.P of China, it is a 60W iron with temperature variable from 90 to 420 degrees. It comes with a solder reel holder, not in the pictures as it doesn't fit my reel, a brass shavings tip cleaner, 5 different bits and the fastest warm up time I have ever seen, 0 to 360 degrees in about 20 seconds. It also does not cool down at all in use, even with a large bit on a big joint. It has a sleep function that automatically lowers the temperature after 10 minutes standing unused and a temperature lock switch to avoid accidental adjustments. It also comes in very impressive packaging, which is unusual for China as they tend to prefer jiffy bags with everything bunged in loose.
I was so impressed that I will import and sell them if anyone wants one, also spare bits which come in 1s, 5s, 10s or 12s.
1-11-2018 I now have a few stationsin stock, spare bits are still to arrive.
Prices are 60W Soldering Station - £42.00, bits from £2.50 each up to £18 for 12
I have recently found a new N20 motor (10/15) from China, this one is nicely finished in black, is 12 volt, has a double ended 1mm shaft and is lower revving than the ones I was using previously. It also has horizontal screw holes so will fit most currently available gearboxes. It will become my default motor for power bogies and kits that use a small motor and also for sale, picture below.
Also recently found is a rather nice 12 volt 5 pole open frame motor with a skew wound armature and double ended 1.5mm shaft. It measures 10 x 14 x 24mm and is a very nice runner, smooth quiet and powerful. Its about the equivalent of the old H13 I think it was called, can't remember the maker. The only down side is no screw holes so I need to find a way of mounting it, currently it can only really be used with loose gears and stuck down with bath sealant, 1980s style. I'm working on it.
The LKM NS2 diesels are obviously selling well as the 7mm nga have ordered another 6. I managed to convince them to take a pair of CKD open cab locos as well for a bit of variety. In the same order to Shapeways I added another 2 Simplexes, a smaller cabbed CKD and a Diema, all of which will be available in December. Below is a picture of the bodies drying after their primer coat, top left are 2 CKD 30Rs, top center 2 Simplexes and on the right a CKD 30U and Diema DS16. Below are 6 LKM DS2s for the 7mm nga.
The only wagon I can print at the moment is the A class so I have built a few for sale as RTR in any gauge from 16.5 to 9mm, as the body measures 30 x 43mm they make great O9 wagons. They will be sold in grey primer with no couplings for £12 each, 5 for £50.
A friend asked me to print a basic chassis based on the Corris 2 plank wagon and also used with no body and cross timbers for carrying large slate lumps. The end cross beams are deep enough to take most types of coupling and I am looking at fitting a standard NEM pocket. Available with an inside bearing unit for 9, 10.5, 12, 14 or 16.5mm gauges and discwheels of 8.5 or 9.5mm diameter, 10.5mm will also fit but will very slightly foul the floor, 4 small notches required.
I thought bodies would be easy enough to draw so I copied the 2 plank, invented a flat and extended the ends of the flat up to rounded tops. For slate quarry use the flat and 2 plank can be used as they are and a bare chassis with added wooden strips for block carriage. For estate use all 3 would fit in nicely.
The pictures show a chassis with 4 of the inside bearing units, they can be glued in place or held by Blutak to leave them removable. Re-gauging is easy as I can supply the units loose to any gauge. The bodies just glue onto the chassis. All parts are printed in HIPS and assemble with solvent.
Any wagon complete with wheels (8.5 or 9.5 or 10.5mm) - £8.00 each
Extra bodies or chassis £4, inside bearing units £2.
The WD body also works well on this chassis, same price if you want one
At Swanley I prepacked 2 sets of 3 wagons, one in 14mm and one in 16.5mm and sold them for £15 a pack. I can still offer these but at £18 a pack. I can offer 16.5, 14 or 12mm and now have a narrowed chassis for 10.5 and 9mm. I keep 16.5, 14 and 9mm on the shelf packed as one of each type but can do any combination to any gauge, thoughit may take an extra day or two if I don't have the bits to hand.
Having been playing with Shapeways diesel bodies for a few weeks now, I find that I am drowning under them and could do with selling a few. All are sold RTR, mostly in grey primer but 4 are painted none have couplings. Although all are 16.5mm gauge, I can convert most to other gauges for £10 extra.
I have sold a few now but can always build more as I make the chassis and the bodies are only a few days away.
O&K Md1 with an M10 motor and 30:1 gearing, a very small loco with 8.5mm wheels and a 16.5mm wheelbase. Not the best of runners as it needs more weight.
Feldbahn Struver with a K20 motor mounted off to one side and covered with a "toolbox". Gearing around 30:1, 8.5mm wheels and a 14mm wheelbase. Also not the best runner and way too light. £70.00
The model is actually 1/35th scale as the 1/43rd one was too small to motorise.
This rather nice little Simplex is a design by David Malton and sold by David's Railway Bits. They use my Universal Motor Bogie and can be built to any gauge from 12 to 16.5mm. Please state gauge when ordering and I will build the chassis on demand. This one is printed in FUD and is very finely detailed.
32/42hp Simplex, a Nitro Nobel loco by Henrik Laurell. Planetarty geared motor with twin O ring drive and 10.5mm wheels, a good runner. There are a roof and re-railing ramps included but not fitted yet.
£100.00, more expensive because it is printed in FUD, which is a lot dearer than the usual White Flexible.
WD Simplexes armoured and open with a planetary geared motor, twin O ring drives and 10.5mm wheels, good runners.
Armoured £80.00, Open £90
The open version has a new chassis design with the motor lowered below the floor and includes an interior. I have 2 builtchassis for the open version in 16.5 and 14mm, your choice.
I have recently been negotiating with Simon Dawson for use of his WW1 wagon prints, Simon's products go under the name of Recreation 21 and are currently produced by Shapeways but are too expensive to make into kits, the D would have to retail at £50. The plan is that he will rework the drawings so they are compatible with a home printer, I can then print them myself and make them into complete kits to sell at a more reasonable price. All wagons can be any gauge from 16.5 to 10.5mm.
The main issues are the sides being too thin, gaps between the planking and the bogies are too narrow for pinpoint axles. Simon will adjust the drawings and I have already created inside bearing units to go under the bogies.
Some of his range is shown on the left, second is the D type with 2 body styles available, third is the C type with the older style wooden bogies and fourth the A type which comes in 4 variants. Also available is the B type, which is a lengthened A, the E type bogie well wagon, F type bogie flat well wagon, the H type water tank wagon and the ambulance van. The top picture is a Pechot stake wagon, the stakes need to be added from wire.
The grey ones are my prints, with several random gaps in the planking where my printer couldn't cope. It was pointed out to me at the Surrey area meeting that these would make great run down wagons, they are small enough for O9 and not very specific so they can be used anywhere. All 4 versions are shown so if anyone wants some decrepit wagon bodies, I can print them to order at £4 each.
I hope to get these into production later this year, although it is unlikely that I will be able to print the tank wagon or ambulance van.