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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 12:31 pm
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Hi All      The Southern and BR(S) really appeal to me, and I would like to build a kit(once I have got my baseboard) of a 2Bil two car set. But I am a forward thinker, albeit confused :???:but if I buy a kit?? why do I then have to go out and buy the "Motorised Bogie", the paint, the glazing and what ever else I need that doesn't come in a kit, and then I have to hope it all matches. Even if I buy it from the same outlet, why don't they bundle it all together in the first place??                    Kevin



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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 02:27 pm
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Hi Kevin.

Some kit manufacturers do offer complete kits but many of the more specialised suppliers prefer to leave some choices to the modeller, particularly as some modellers work to much finer standards than others. Then there are the different gauges even for the same scales: for 4mm scale, there are OO, EM and P4 modellers to cater for.

Some may also choose to buld an unmotorised unit: I did exactly that recently with a Bratchell models class 456, which is towed or propelled around by my class 455/8 (also from Bratchell) which is powered by a Replica Railways chassis. This chassis has more than enough power to cope with the six car unit combination.

Some of the alternative motors for the class 455 and a class 319 I built from the same manufacturer include Black Beetles, Tenshodo/Hanazono SPUD, and Hollywood Foundry Bullant style motor bogies. Each has their advantages and disadvantages in how much of the interior space they occupy and how much they will pull.

Some outlets will assist you in the choices to be made. When I redid my old K's Q1 with a new motor and gearbox, Dave Cleal of Mainly Trains was extremely helpful in recommending and supplying the most suitable Mashima motor, Comet double-reduction gearbox and suitable gears and flywheel. While Mainly Trains has wound back its presence a bit, there are still suppliers around who offer the same helpful service.



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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 02:58 pm
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Hi Jeff. Thanks for your reply, I do miss the one to one model shop with this on line ordering. I will take your advice on board and see where I go.
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