No it's not a silly question if you have never seen an kit Aster before, all the painting has been done for you it really is just a nut'n'bolt job although lots of it. I chose the Black 9f but they also made the Green 'Evening Star' which only pulled coaches my Black one was used for anything so I'm not limited on stock.
I also have an Aster 'Duchess of Sutherland' with working 4 cylinders and the Battle of Britain 'Winston Churchill' with working 3 cylinders. I get as much buzz out of building them as driving them. I have my eyes on an American outline that has just been released called a Great Northern S2 4-8-2 www.asterhobbies.co.uk/pages/models/GN_S2.htm
the thing is with Asters they make a very limited run and when there gone there never produced again which keeps there value high most times even more than they cost new
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2008 15:45:41 GMT by spamcanman
Well, I didn't follow this from the start as I'm not a fan of those kits. But today I scrolled through it and I must say that I'm going to keep a few of those pictures for reference.
These engines are tought out to a very high degree. Really, this is something a lot of designers could learn from. They are made with productability and reproductability in mind. Not just drawing a plan "as it has been done since time immortal". These are engines with parts designed to be made in quantity, to be interchangable and with minimal production steps.
Those cilinder blocks are something I would like to see from close up! This isn't an expensive casting requiring a lot of machining and it isn't a build up part trying to be a casting requiring even more machining. It is an assembly requiring the least possible machining and a bit of putting together. Very interesting. That it doesn't look like a casting isn't a problem because that ends up behind a cover anyway.
I chose the Black 9f but they also made the Green 'Evening Star' which only pulled coaches
errr. not quite. Evening Star was a regular on freights whilst at Cardiff Canton. Probably more so once the powers that be banded the high speed exploits of the 9F's on passenger work. The S and D used the 9's due to the steep ruling gradients and heavy peak summer trains.