News Update

I July Update. The UP Challenger from the pre-owned list sold today. The weakness of the GB Pound against all World currencies makes my pre-owned products very attractive. For example, the SNCF 232 U1 at £5150 is $US 6850 or €6200.

1 July. Pre-owned page has been updated. New items include a rare SNCF 232 U1.  We still hope to have a kit built immaculate GWR Castle in the next week or two.. Keep checking back for updates.  To access the Pre-owned page click Products and then click Pre-owned.

16 May. We have had a good run of pre-owned sales and the list looks a little thin. However we have more in the ‘offing’ which will include a BR Castle – run several times but superb. Also a KPEV P8 – kit built  unsteamed. Check back to see the updates.  Click Pre-owned below and follow the link.

17 April. A reminder that all  Rebuilt Merchant Navy  factory built are sold out. We can have a kit built up in the UK by a skilled builder. Ask for details. Meanwhile we have good UK stocks of kits although those pre-lettered 35028 Clan Line are now very limited.

Read the build experience of a novice to Gauge One at

I would just add that a stock of spare parts is held in the UK to support builders should they find a defectiove part in their kit.

Finally, the new UP FEF-3 kit is available to order for UK customers. Please call / email Aster Hobbies UK for further details.  11 October 2015

A new YouTube video of a production built-up kit in action is available here

Now shipping unlettered Rebuilt Merchant Navy kits and lettered kits – 35028 Clan Line from UK inventory 

A specially commissioned set of cabside number transfers is available now –  gratis to all customers who took (or plan to take) the unlettered option. Guilplates can supply nameplates and smokebox door number plates for your choice of locomotive.

Contact Aster Hobbies UK for all the latest info. Kits price £4250.00 but if you pay with debit Card, cheque or Bank Transfer then deduct £75.

14 August 2014 

We have uploaded a new video to YouTube. This is the final prototype with a couple of features still to fix. Please enjoy

22 June

Latest news of the Rebuilt Merchant Navy can be read on the News page.                                4 April 2014

Aster GWR Castle kits now sold out. I am advised today that there are no more GWR Castle kits in Japan and we are sold out in the UK too. BR castle kits will be available for the time being. I am checking the position regarding GWR Castle factory built-up with Aster Japan.         6 Feb 2014

SNCF 241P Just for the record, these are completely sold out after just a few weeks.   5 Feb 2014


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Rebuilt Merchant Navy News

A video of an assembled production kit can be found here.
Shipping kits (lettered & unlettered) from UK inventory now.

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Aster Castle Hints & Tips

A few Hints & Tips based on the experience so far with the new Aster Castle. My kit built example runs as well as the production prototypes. The exhaust beat is particularly noticeable even with light loads. Generally feedback from customers has been favourable. There are a few points worth sharing:

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