There is a lot more interest than I expected in gauges like 9, 10.5, 12.7 and 13.3mm, the first 2 for sub 2 foot gauges and the last 2 for 2 foot gauge as an improvement on 12mm. With the Brigadelok, Brazil and Pecketts this is not a problem as the wheels are set to gauge on a plain axle but the others require axles at the correct gauge, and they are not available in these gauges.
I found a solution for a customer who wanted 13.3mm Romford type axles. This is to cut a 16,5mm axle and turn a peg on one half and a matching hole in the other, such that when reassembled they are to the correct gauge. The halves are then lined up and soldered together.
I am happy to do this but there will be a delay to fit in the work and I will charge an extra £3 per axle. Bear in mind that some kits just cannot be built to certain gauges so don't ask me for 9mm axles for a Wren unless you are prepared to modify the frames to suit.
This kit will make up into most examples of the so called 'Joffre' class, although it was never officially named as such. The kit will not produce AXE on the Lynton and Barnstable Ry, as this loco has been modified and given a 'Southern' look, the bodywork now being radically different from it's classmates.
The bodywork is etched in 0.3mm brass and the chassis in 0.4mm nickel silver. Castings are mostly whitemetal with a few in lost wax brass. Two alternative cab rears are included as are two chimneys. A Mashima 10/24 motor, High Level 54:1 gearbox and Slaters wheels to the Kerr Stuart pattern are included, the centre ones being flangeless. The kit is designed to be built with compensation and includes High Level hornblocks but can be built rigid if required, please specify on purchase. Frame spacers are included for 16.5 and 14mm gauge.
Although this kit is not designed for 12mm, I can get axles for that gauge and the gearbox will be fine. In 12mm it will be down to you to modify the spacers to suit.
Joffre kit £175
Construction and materials will be much as the Joffre and the kit will be supplied as either a Bowaters style loco or as Trangkil No4. A small add on etch will convert the Trangkil kit into an Antigua style square tank or the side tanked Tamar. The Tamar is similar to Josephine at Statfold, before it was rebuilt with a saddle tank. Josephine has a lowered cab rather than the standard one covered by this kit.
The chassis is buildable with Stephensons or Hackworth valve gear with etched rods for Stephensons, and rod ends with fine tube and an assembly jig for Hackworth. This loco can only be built compensated and everything required is included. Buildable in any gauge from 14 - 18.2mm by sliding the wheels in or out to gauge.
Brazil kit £225.00
The photos show my two test builds of Premier and Trangkil No4. The kit includes all variations that I have spotted including square and round cornered saddle tanks, rivetted or welded, three smokebox door hinges, three types of tank filler and more. You don't necessarily get all the bits, it depends which type you order.
I can change some parts at purchase for others that you might prefer. Melior with a Trangkil chimney is proving most popular so far.
Construction is much as above except that Scalelink wheels are used with etched covers to hide the spokes. The chassis is designed to 14mm gauge as making it 16.5 would give problems with the fit of the cab and smokebox, requiring a separate kit for each gauge. 16.5 is achieved by using wider cylinders and motion but keeping the frames at the spacing required for 14mm gauge.
The chassis comes with a jig to assemble the Hackworth valvegear which uses etched ends with fine tube for the rod. The motor is a 10/12 coreless can with an adaptor to fit it to the High Level 54:1 gearbox
The kit is based on Lorna Doone but will cover most Wrens and includes the front sand boxes and steam pipe covers as fitted to Pixie.
Wren kit £160.00
Chassis only with wheels, motor and gearbox £80.00
Chassis only without wheels, motor and gearbox £30.00
This kit covers most of the variations of this loco except the straight tanks. It can be built to any gauge from 12 to 16.5mm and now has a Slimliner gearbox which suits all gauges. The gauge is set by sliding the wheels along the axles to your choice.
The body is etched in 0.3mm brass and the chassis in 0.4mm NS. All 55 castings are lost wax brass and the firebox is a resin casting. There is an assembly jig for fitting the horn blocks and a quartering jig for the outside cranks. For 16.5mm the loco builds over width but is not that noticable, for 14mm and under the width is near exact to prototype
The valve gear is operational and quite easy to assemble. Since it is the last thing to fit, you can give the chassis a long test before fitting it.
As usual, the instructions are on a CD with quite a few pictures as well. Feldbahn buffer/couplings are available in the Parts and Accessories section.
Brigadelok kit £250.00
The Gamecock class was originally supplied to Charles Nelson for his cement works, later improved versions were ordered by Southam Cement Works.
The kit cannot cover all types as there was a difference of 6 inches in length. I opted to use the later longer and better proportioned version as a basis for the kit. Parts are included for the earlier versions but they will be slightly over length, this is barely noticeable in the finished model.
The body and chassis are etched in 0.4mm brass and nickel silver, compensation is included as is a jig for setting the outside cranks. All castings are lost wax brass. Power is supplied by a Chinese geared motor with an Australian 1:1 final drive which is all supplied fully assembled.
The kit can be built to 16.5 or 14mm gauge but this must be specified at purchase as the gearbox arrangement is different. The 12mm version needs a High Level gearbox as 14mm is the narrowest that the Australian final drive can do. The examples shown are my test build and have hand made fittings.
Peckett Gamecock 0-6-0ST - £160.00
This is the 4 wheel version of the Gamecock above. I would be silly not to make a kit as it uses a lot of parts from the Gamecock, the main differences being the cab and three castings.
The other main difference is use of a Chinese worm drive motor (see the motors page for details). This is more than powerful enough for small rto mrdium sized locos and is a good slow runner. This allows building to any gauge from 16.5 to 12mm. 10.5mm is also possible but I will have to source a different gearbox as this one is too wide.
Peckett Cranmore kit - £150.00
I finally got round to finishing my test build, see pictures on the left. I chose the half height cab rear as I think this looks best, just my opinion. I intend to build 2 more, one to replace this one and another to 14mm gauge, this one and the 14mm one will then be for sale, finished and running but unpainted. I will advertise on the website when they are available and the price.
This kit is almost entirely 3D printed with plastic card for floor and roof, the body can be assembled in an evening with solvent. The chassis uses 14mm coach wheels, a pair of Mousa models gearboxes and an O'ring drive, total ratio around 40:1. The kit can be built to any gauge between 14mm and 21mm.
Although you get a boiler, ash pan and 2 cylinder engine, no small detail parts are included. Hand rails, steps and plumbing can be added if you wish from various wire sizes.
The prototype was built to 3 foot gauge for Singapore Municipal Council, but could easily have gone anywhere in the world.
The instructions are very simple and on paper. Wire etc is included for pick ups.
Atkinson Walker kit £50.00
Similar in construction to the Atkinson Walker above but it will run a little slower as it uses 12mm wheels. The original was designed as two locos back to back that could be operated by one crew, in model form one powered loco is enough, the other just freewheels as if it were a tender. The kit can be built to any gauge between 14mm and 21mm
Built in 1926 for Kettering Coal & Iron for use on their 3 foot gauge system. It didn't live up to expectations and was scrapped in 1960.
The instructions are on paper and pick up materials are included.
2 locos, 1 powered £70.00
If there is a demand I can sell these locos individually.
Designed to fit the S&D Barclay E class loco body kit and to replace the horrible toy train chassis previously used. Dave of S&D has no plans to discontinue the kit any time soon and it is currently available at £40.00.
It features compensation, Scalelink 13mm wheels, a 36:1 2 stage gearbox with a Chinese N20 motor, a printed firebox back head with cast gauge glasses and an etch for the reverser and fire door.
Looks wise, its close to the original and the cylinders can be fitted inclined or horizontal to suit your prototype. Suitable for 12, 14 or 16.5mm gauges, couplings not included.
Barclay chassis kit - £90 each
Although the castings have now arrived, I found that the 8/18 double gears I intended to use in the gearbox are not what they say on the bag. This leaves me with only 7 usable gears and therefore 7 available chassis kits. I have more on order but they might not arrive until late June. I also have a few body kits at £45.00 each.
16.5mm test build without crossheads
Chassis fitted to Victoria
Chassis fitted to Woolwich
This chassis was commisioned by Henrik for his loco bodies. The specification was universal to as many locos as possible, 12 and 14mm gauges, good slow running and must be available ready to run.
After going through the drawing I came up with a drop in outside frame chassis of 3'3" wheelbase with a mounting bracket for the cylinders that fitted all but 2 locos (wrong wheelbase). Henrik then adjusted his drawings to create a cut out of the required size that the frames will fill. The cylinders will be printed with each body and will be glued in place after assembly.
The motor used is a worm drive geared motor of around 140:1 ratio, slidebars will be single or twin and wheels 12 or 14mm disc as required by the prototype and the frames are wide enough for 16,5mm gauge as well. 10.5mm gauge is possible but I may need to find a different drive as the gearbox is too wide on the worm drive unit.
The only thing missing is outside valve gear on 2 or 3 types, if included it would have increased the cost and build time and I would not have been able to find the time to build them.
RAR chassis - £95 RTR, £55 as a kit
The initial batch has now been dispatched and I can build more to order. Out of interest, Lord Raglan is the most popular with Woolwich close behind.