News Update

1 November 2015.  Final West Country / Battle of Britain class kits now sold out.

Meanwhile for the Rebuilt Merchant Navy class we have good UK stocks of kits although those pre-lettered & numbered Clan Line 35028 are now in short supply. We have a small number (4) of Factory Built-up  Clan Line for immediate shipment.

However we are down to the very last BR Castle kits (2 only) and SR West Country / Battle of Britain class pacifics (3 only). Both are excellent constructional projects and superb track performers. Do not miss out!

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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