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Posted by Kenton , 07 October 2009 · 253 views

brass kit OO fret
I couldn't wait any longer, I just had to unwrap it all and check that everything was there.

The parts list is included with the 6 sheets of A4 that make up the instructions. Not for one moment did I even think that there would be anything missing, but I did need to get a feel of that brass. :D

Three very clean frets - not that my photography in this room helped show them to their full glory but you get the impression of them being well laid out with nice fine fret tabs and just about enough to hold everything in place. I'm excited already Posted Image

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Most, if not all the parts are numbered on the frets (though was caught out by a couple of numbers being skipped.

Then to my surprise - another fret in a separate bag - is that a bonus?

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Other parts included:
a bag of assorted nuts, bolts and pins.
a bag of resin bits. Posted Image
some short lengths of various gauge wire.

Yes, I know I hate mixed media kits. so what am I doing with this one .... I would have preferred white metal or cast parts ... but if that is all that is wrong with this kit I suppose I forgive.

The instructions are continuous text rather than stepped and there is no exploded diagram of parts. I am aware of the opinion of the kit maker and others that this is not required and that a scale CAD diagram will suffice with some picture research. But I just prefer to have everything, having made a few clumsy errors in the past on building things the wrong way round. We do not all have access to piles of reference books or photographs of the prototype.

Anyway little I can do until the post arrives - other than read the instructions again ... and again ... looking for catch-outs.



So it is back to try and make sence of the instructions.

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Are we allowed to know what the kit is of? I'm guessing 03 or 04 diesel shunter? As you say, it does look a well laid out kit. Good luck with it.
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craigwelsh
Oct 08 2009 09:45

Are we allowed to know what the kit is of? I'm guessing 03 or 04 diesel shunter? As you say, it does look a well laid out kit. Good luck with it.

Its a Judith Edge from the look of it so i'd think it was something more esoteric than that. Someone at the Manchester club bought an outside framed loco without rods off them as his first kit on the weekend (comes with a BullAnt for drive). He's making a nice job of it so far although the buffer beam laminations look interesting.

There were a few butt joints in his kit where I would expect folds or tab and slot (things fitting to the footplate for example) but it did have some nice photos in his instructions.

Hope you enjoy the build Kenton.

Someone at the Manchester club bought an outside framed loco without rods off them as his first kit on the weekend (comes with a BullAnt for drive). He's making a nice job of it so far although the buffer beam laminations look interesting.

There were a few butt joints in his kit where I would expect folds or tab and slot (things fitting to the footplate for example) but it did have some nice photos in his instructions.


I may have been at the table when he first asked about it. I felt like discouraging him by giving him a warning when he said it was his first kit. As much as I love these kits from Judith Edge - I maintain they are not for the beginner and your teeth should be cut on a more typical construction - preferably a cheap wagon you can afford to experiment on and ultimately bin or glory.

Nearly all - all that I have done - come with the same design principles: loads of overlays - (there are as many as 5 for one part in this kit); not a slot or tab insight (very few folded lips and nearly all butt soldered joins); invariably some bendy bits that get you in contortions and possibly the biggest problem tend to remain very flexible and remain so until almost the build is complete. On the positive ;) side they do tend to go together from the etch without a degree in metalwork.

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