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These Aster books are going fast. The latest list can be seen here  

4th February

Do you have an Aster model but not the books of assembly instruction or assembly drawings?

After 22 years of supplying spare parts for Aster models I have now stopped doing this: the exception being supply of parts under warranty for models and kits sold in the last 12 months.

Therefore, I no longer require the various books of instruction and drawings for Aster models so I am offering these on a ‘first come’ basis.

Cost is less than Aster would charge (and less than these things are offered on eBay!)   Shipping within the UK is included. In the same manner as Aster Hobby Co Inc,  I am not differentiating between books that contain 12 pages and books containing 80+ pages – one price fits all and that goes for condition of the books. If condition is important then I will happily give a detailed report prior to purchase.

Finally, all books are as supplied by Aster Hobby Co Inc.  i.e. they are not home copies.    Photocopies from Aster are noted on the list. Sometimes Aster supplied bound photocopies (e.g. Krauss Tank) rather than a conventionally printed book.

Any questions, please ask.


Christmas Special!

One only Aster USRA Mikado (2018 production). Factory built model in New York Central livery. Mint in box. Price £3950.00 which is a reduction of £555.00 from original UK price. Shipping within UK included. Shipping within EU at cost. Outside UK & EU deduct 20% VAT – shipping at cost.

3 December 2019


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