A1 MODELS HUNSLET DIESEL LOCO BODYSHELL
I have just completed this brass kit build in a little over 4 hours including photography, and will post the how to with them tomorrow.
I just wanted to wet the appetite. A brass kit built and running, of course it will still need painting, something the beginner could do with some care and all for under a tenner.
There are only 12 parts and if it all goes wrong what's the loss? Better to practice techniques or learn from scratch on something that you have dreamed of building for years. When you suceed you could always Ebay it, put it on a layout, or just keep it as an embarrassing joke.
This is a whimsy kit and you soon get the feeling it was designed on the back of an envelope rather than by taking scale measurements from any real prototype. If it comes close to being a Hunslet diesel, I'm not sure which one and the instructions certainly do not give any suggestion.
That aside it is in the same general spirit of any OO9 scratch-built loco, and is a simple starter kit in brass. The instructions, essentially three short paragraphs on one side of an A4 sheet, leave some things to the imagination, but do contain black and white photographs of a completed model. With only 11 parts on the single fret, none of which can be called small, it really cannot be that difficult.
I do, however, take exception to the suggestion that the parts could be glued together. If you cannot learn to solder with this kit there is frankly no hope and further handling of brass should be left to some other life.
The "kit" has been designed to fit a Kato tram chassis which can easily be purchased from the OO9 society, on Ebay or rescued from another model. I have selected the Kato 0-4-0 tram chassis (#11-103), though others may fit. This is a reasonably compact, motorised and self-contained unit that runs very reliably, but on my limited experience performs better with additional weight on top. Other than that, just the usual paint and transfers will be required.
Edited by Kenton, 02 February 2012 - 15:55 .