Hot News from Aster Hobbies UK
As of today – 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!
We still have a few BR 9F kits at £3000.00 a reduction of £950.00 on a first come basis. These are good kits with only a few understood issues.
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
A very fast moving situation as customers realise that the best of Aster is now behind us. So an update to our pre-owned and inventory clearout can be found here 1 September 2019
A statement regarding Aster Hobbies UK LLP can be read here.
28 August 2019