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.
A new geared motor has been added to the listings, also a camera motor but slightly larger than the other one and with an N20 motor rather than the M15. It has to be used at an angle of 60 degrees or less as the gearbox would foul the track in a more vertical position.
Also added is a 15mm long 10mm square 6 pole motor which is a really smooth and slow runner, the translated Chinese blurb says "its voice is muted", and it is very quiet. Its wired as a pair of 3 pole motors in one case, making it small and powerful but it gets a bit hot at speed. With normal narrow gauge use this will never happen as you have to get the controller into its last quarter for several minutes before it gets hot. I tried a destruction test on one and ran it flat out all day. It got very hot but failed to self destruct so I am happy to sell them. If anyone does buy one and manages to destroy it, I will of course replace it FOC.
I have now used a few of these and they don't get hot at all unless driven flat out, which none of us ever does. I was so impressed that I ordered another 300 so it will become my default motor for most kits. Unlike most Chinese motors, its max revs are around 14,000 rather than the usual 20,000 +, so slow running is improved.
Dave of S&D asked me to make a chassis for his long running cast kit, the current one in use is a Smokey Joe. He is making new moulds and will send me a body when they are available. It will probably be 3D printed and similar to the ones I supply for the Shapeways prints but higher gearing as there is plenty of room.
20-9-2018 - The Dick Kerr chassis is now ready, I was waiting for Dave (S&D) to sent me a body kit but Noel Davies dropped off his built one for fitting purposes. I settled on 16mm 12 spoke Scalelink wheels and a 12/21 Chinese motor. It will suit gauges of 12 - 16.5mm, has gearing of around 45:1 and a flywheel is included. It will also fit the Worsley etches but you will have to find a way of mounting it as Worsley provide nothing.
Details are on the Motor Bogie page.
I did a run of 7 LKM NS2 diesels in 16.5mm for the 7mmnga for sale at £70 by the association, I don't know how many sold but 3 were gone by lunchtime. These are Shapeways 3D prints with a chassis by me. I can do more if required and also in other gauges but only direct from me. Any bought from me will be the same price (plus postage) and the same mark up will be passed on to the association.
August 2018 - I have been asked to do another 6 of the LKMs with a trial one with NEM pockets for couplers. They were completed a few days ago and will be delivered for sale at Swanley in 2 weeks or so.
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 forever. 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 either PLA or HIPS depending on which printer I used, HIPS assembles with solvent and PLA with superglue.
Any wagon complete with wheels (8.5 or 9.5 or 10.5mm) - £10.00 each
Extra bodies or chassis £4, inside bearing units £2.
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 couple 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.
Jung EL105 with an N20 motor 35:1 gearing and 8,5mm wheels, a good runner.
CKD BN R30 with an N20 motor, 40:1 gearing and 9.5mm wheels. A good runner, in grey primer.
Schoma gas burning locowith an N20 motor, 40:1 gearing and 10.5mm wheels. A good runner, in grey primer. This loco has Feldbahn buffers as part of the print.
Since I rather like these I bought another 2 bodies. 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.
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.