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.
Some outside frame kits and Power Bogies can be adapted to suit 10.5 and 9mm gauges by using a different gearbox, although the wheels I supply are to 4mm standards and may not suit your track. Its best to email and ask.
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.
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. By mail order 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. I also have a Western Union account so I can be paid via them. This will require a personal visit to a WU branch with cash and photo ID but its actually cheaper than Paypal and can be used in any country. Its best to email first for details in any case.
An all new chassis kit for the Brack Models 7mm scale Bagnall Sipat 0-4-0ST, available from Shapeways. It is under development and I have just built the test etches, release date likely to be early May. It has been designed to be fairly universal so will fit any similar sized loco. It has 2 stage 32:1 gearing, a 10/15 square 6 pole motor. Here's the best bit, it can be built to 16.5, 14, 12, 10.5 or 9mm gauges so will be useful to the 5,5mm and OO9 boys as well.
Dimensions are length 59mm, frameheight above track 10.5mm and wheelbase 17.5mm. The wheels are 9.5mm disc type with etched inserts to replicate the spokes and balance weights, I jig drill them before packing to take the crankpins. Bagnall Price valve gear is included, as are plain connecting rods if this is not required. The kit comes with a crank setting jig and full instructions. As it is based on the design of my RAR chassis, it is also fairly quick and easy to assemble.
If this isn't enough, I am also doing an outside framed version, same parts but longer spacers, also for 5 gauges. Both kits come with the wheel inserts and brakes but on the outside framed version they will barely show so can be left off if you wish. As it has outside cranks, it will take a little longer to assemble. On both types the cylinders are 3D printed and the crossheads cast nickel silver.
Surprisingly little needs to be done to the Sipat body to get the chassis in. The cylinders need removing, as do the dummy frames at both ends. The boiler cut out needs to be widened and lengthened but the gearbox clears the firebox and saddle tank, I designed it that way. I removed the excess material with a grinding disc and a rotary cutter. This material cannot be cut as its too brittle.
Price TBA in a few weeks, email if you want one.
01-04-2020 I am afraid these chassis are on hold for the duration of the worldwide lock down as the etcher and caster have both shut for the duration. As I already had my order in prior to this, I hope they will process it fairly quickly when business gets back to normal.
06-06-2020 I have the etch finalised and the crosshead sample castings arrived but both makers are still catching up from the lockdown. I have ordered 24 of each (the castings come in multiples of 4 but the etches in multiples of 3) but it may be a few weeks before I get them.
A budget coach kit made mostly of plastic card cut on my newly acquired craft cutter with resin printed bogies. Mostly assembled with solvent or super glue with a tiny bit of soldering for the wire end rails. Available in 7mm for 9 to 16.5mm gauges and for 5.5mm scale by request, see full details on the newly renamed wagon and coach kits page.
These wagons are 2 of a range by Tom Bell of Teebee models, there are a variety including a flat, low ends, high ends, slatted ends, slatted box and low sided. All are based on a Hudson skip chassis and are available in 16.5 or O9 in packs of 2 for £15 to £26 depending on type. My 8.5mm wheels drop straight in, well worth a look as they are very nice. The 2 shown are the slatted and low ended types.