Hot News from Aster Hobbies UK
A note about Q1s and T9s can be read here
As of 6 September, I am no longer supplying Spare Parts for Aster locomotives. The only exceptions are models under warranty from Aster Hobbies UK LLP.
To order spares contact Accucraft UK Ltd. And good luck!
A statement regarding Aster Hobbies UK LLP can be read here.
We presently have no pre-owned Aster kits or built models for sale although we are expecting to have some interesting items in a week or two. We are always interested in purchase of good quality examples or Part-ex for new products.
However we are continuing not to sell the BR 5MT kits which are a total disgrace. People ask me what are the problems. The answer is that there are so many and they vary from kit to kit. The picture shows some of the issues.
The 6 driving wheels are not capable of sitting on the track at the same time (all kits). The wheels badly bind (many kits) and the oil box is upside down (!!!) (3 kits). We are not even talking about leaking piston valves (most kits) and leaking drain cocks (all kits). When you think of the quality of past models and now look at this disgrace, well, I am glad I don’t have to deal with the Aster / Accucraft partnership anymore!
As a foot note to the above, the G1MRA Swiss Group visited here on Friday 6 September and many locos from the Golden Days of Aster were run. Several members examined the chassis shown above and expressed their sorrow that such poor quality should now come to pass. 8 Sept 19