News UpdateGood news! The first shipment of

The first shipment of BR 5MT are in the UK at last! We are shipping to customers who have made a reservation but we have sufficient to offer anyone interested in obtaining a kit. Call me on 01985 851221 or Elaine on 01923 350025.  Ready to Run examples are anticipated soon although we are awaiting a finalised date.                   19 March

Good news! The first shipment of Aster BR 5MT kit will leave Japan in the next few days. If you have asked to be put on the mailing list then you will hear from us shortly. If you are not on the list, then please get in touch and we will do our best to supply you as soon as we can. Cost is confirmed at £3200.00 for both green and black kits.

We are able to accept orders for the USRA light and Heavy Mikado kits and RTR. there are multiple choices of Road Name, so let us discuss your requirements. You can read more here

BTW you may have seen an offer of a 20% reduction on Accucraft Reefers and Boxcars. That offer extended to Aster Hobbies UK.

19 February

We are looking forward to supplies of the USRA Heavy Mikado in the very near future. The Light version was available before Christmas and continues to be available to order. You can read about both versions and see the Road Names available here.

We are waiting to hear about the availability of the BR 5MT. We have been promised early February shipments from Japan. We will advise everyone as soon as we have definite shipping information.

2 February 2019

In the January 2019 newsletter published today by Accucraft UK Ltd, they announce that they will no longer be supplying 1/32 scale locomotives via their dealer UK network.

A number of customers have contacted me enquiring if this means that Aster Hobbies (UK) LLP will no longer be able to supply current and future Aster models and kits.    I can tell Aster friends old and new that Aster Hobbies (UK) LLP is NOT repeat NOT, an Accucraft UK Ltd dealer. We are an independent company supplying products designed and made by the Aster Hobby Co Inc of Yokohama Japan.

Aster Hobby Co Inc (Japan) and Accucraft Trains Inc. (USA)  formed a partnership in 2016 to manufacture Aster products.    In the UK there are two independent supply streams i.e. Aster Hobbies (UK) LLP and Accucraft UK Ltd.    With 21 years’ experience of supplying and supporting the UK market, we trust customers will continue to purchase their Aster models and kits from Aster Hobbies (UK) LLP.

Happy New Year!  4 January 2019

In response to an enquiry, here is a link to the updated BR 9F kit build Crib Sheet

Just a note to advise that the new BR 9F Factory Built-up examples are now Sold Out. Kits can be supplied from stock held in the UK for immediate delivery. Although it would be misleading to say they are nearly finished, it would be fair to say that if you want a BR 9F kit then don’t linger for longer.

Meanwhile, Seasonal Greetings to all our Aster friends!

21 December

Some updated information on the forthcoming Aster BR 5MT can be found here

Don’t forget to tell Aster Hobbies UK  if you have an interest in this model

6 December

The official Accucraft leaflet for the forthcoming BR 5MT can be seen here.

Please note that the model illustrated 73051 will be 73096 for the RTR version. Kits supplied by Aster Hobbies UK will be un-numbered although decals will be supplied for your choice. Delivery expected 3rd quarter 2018 and kit price confirmed at £3200.00. reservations welcomed.

A leaflet for the upcoming USRA Mikado can be found here.

More info to follow.

27 September

I have made a small update to the latest Aster News and Views to make a correction. You can read it here.

I have also been asked to point out that 73082 Camelot is owned by the 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society and is located at the Bluebell Railway. You can read more at

An update with information about the upcoming Aster USRA Light  Mikado can be read here.

A new Aster News & Views can be found here This says some more about the upcoming Aster BR 5MT and explains the new relationships that occur with the Aster-Accucraft partnership.  7 August

Aster Hobbies (UK) are pleased to announce the upcoming programme of models from the Aster-Accucraft partnership for the balance of 2018

First away will be a reissue of the very successful USRA light Mikado. This was one of the most successful and popular models dating from 2000. However, the 2018 will have a number of detailed improvements and will be available in both unlettered and ‘road named’ versions.

A video of the original light Mikado can be found here.

Pricing to be £3550.00 for the kits and £4550 for the RTR. Availability late September.

This is a powerful and easily constructed kit based on one of Aster Hobby Co’s most successful designs for the North American market.

The USRA light Mikado will be followed in October by a short re-run of the BR Standard class 5MT. This new version will feature a high-sided BR 1C tender and will be available in both lined black and lined green liveries. Kits from Aster Hobbies (UK) LLP will be unlettered and without crest for your choice (decals included). Ready to Run models will be the preserved – 73096 in lined green and the Bluebell Railway’s – 73082 ‘Camelot’ for the lined black version.

A video of the original BR 5MT can be found here.

UK pricing is expected to be Kits at £3200 and RTR at £4200.

Aster Hobby Co only made 170 units back in 2010 and left the door open for a further run. With the high sided tender a quite different ‘appearance’ will be realised, reminiscent of an LMS Black 5.

Finally, for the close of 2018 we are looking forward to seeing the new USRA heavy Mikado. No details yet. Please check back for further updates.

If you are interested in either of the Mikados or the BR 5MT (or all three!) then please record your interest with Aster Hobbies (UK) at the usual email address – –  or phone on 01985 851221. You are under no obligation to purchase but your name will be added to my list for priority updates as they occur.

Meanwhile the BR Standard class 9F is still available and  we continue to fill orders for kits from UK stocks. RTR are to order only 

1 August 2018

I have stopped selling second-hand Aster – I need to scale back my activity. Tempus Fugit. I can arrange trade-ins for new Aster via a trusted third party. I can also recommend persons who are trustworthy and steer you away from those that are not if you are looking to dispose of Aster items.    23 May 2018

We still have stocks of BR 9F kits here in the UK although sales to date have been better than expected.  Cost of kits is £3950 and factory built-up RTR are available to order at £5250.

A number of kits have now been built up and running well. Don’t miss out.    25 March 2018

Aster News & Views for Spring 2018 is available here.

BR 9F news.

More than half of the UK allocation are sold or reserved, so if you want one then please be in touch.

The ‘Crib List’ for builders is available here. additional parts mentioned in the Crib List are shipping now.  Transfers (Decals) with additional parts for UK customers are available now and will be sent to customers who have already received their kit. Customers who purchase form today onwards will find Decals and additional parts in their kit box.

Although the announced run size is 150 units, only 100 have been made. Aster/Accucraft will take a rain check before making the additional 50 units. It may be that Aster/Accucraft  may shut the door at 100 units, so again if you want one, then be in touch.                             26 February

Factory built-up models (built by Accucraft in China) are available to order from Aster Hobbies UK. Price is £5250. They come decorated as 92059. Kits are confirmed at £3950 including shipping to any UK address.

Another excellent video of probably the first new BR 9F to be completed in the US can be found here.

You can see one of the ‘test kits’ going well at Trevor Goodman’s

Questions gladly answered by phone or email. 3 February 2018

There has been much interest in the new BR 9F locomotive; the first partnership project between Aster and Accucraft.

Two kits have been constructed here in the UK. The first to finish has been steam tested and the builder is very pleased by the appearance and performance. The second kit will be finished this weekend and again the builder has been very complimentary.

Aster Hobbies (UK) will publish a ‘Crib Sheet’ to assist builders in a couple of areas that may require further explanation. .Accucraft will remake one part that has been found to be unreliable. However, there are no serious problems to be encountered and both builders have commented very favourable about component quality which in many cases exceeds the high standards of regular Aster productions.

Aster Hobbies (UK) LLP will be offering kits for UK sale from early February. Price confirmed at £3950.00 including shipping to any UK address.

19 January 2018

This is the first co-operative project by Aster Hobby Co Inc and Accucraft Trains Inc. I am sure you will agree that this is a very promising model.

2 November 2017