I am tidying up this website and moving items for sale and news to their own pages. I am part way through so if you can't find things that were here before, check out the new pages "Items for sale" and "News" as they have probably moved there.
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. 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.
I have been asked a few times if I would do any of my kits in 1/35th but have postponed the decision as I know very few people who use this scale. Saying that, I am considering a run of one or both of my Peckett kits in this scale and would like to gauge interest. They would use scaled up etches with new castings on 14mm wheels with my larger modified camera motor to power them. All details of the kit would be as per the 7mm version and buildable to 16.5mm, but can be re-gauged down to 12mm minimum. Cost would likely be £240 for the Gamecock (0-6-0) and £220 for the Cranmore (0-4-0) if I do a run of 20 kits of each. With less interest I could do a short run of 10 of each but prices would increase to £310 and £285.
If you are interested in either of these email me at email@example.com and I will start a list of interested people.
See the News section for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.