Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

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Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

Post by Mitch stack » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:09 am

Hi folks, whilst all the corona virus stuff is going on I’m thinking about projects to keep me going for a while, I’m thinking about building a small battery loco to haul a couple of wagons around my line comfortably, My budget is about 75gbp including shipping, hoping to get a steam outline loco but I will probably end buying another diesel, I’m thinking about building a IP Engineering Albert and painting it .

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Re: Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

Post by Aaron0290 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:17 pm

Hi there,

An alternative would be one of the Phil Sharples kits on eBay which are between £35-45: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/vwmonkeyblue ... pg=&_from=. I'm currently waiting for his Hudson Loco kit to arrive (missed the postman on friday!)

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Re: Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

Post by ge_rik » Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:26 pm

Hi Mitch
Up to you, of course, but I built an IP Albert ......
https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2018/0 ... lbert.html

..... and an HGLW LB1 at about the same time.
https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2018/0 ... t-and.html

In my opinion, the HGLW loco has the edge. About the same price but I think the mech on the HGLW loco is more robust and you get 4wd with the Deluxe chassis all for around £35 in total (probably a bit more since I built mine). Not sure how much p&p is to Oz.

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PS 4wd is essential if you want to pull a decent train
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Re: Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

Post by angr607 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:49 pm

Not a cheap model but something different - Bowaters Models Freelance BEV for £75 including a chassis.

https://shop.bowatersmodels.co.uk/colle ... 8047100992
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Re: Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

Post by Mitch stack » Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:37 am

HI all thanks for the Respones , Probably will get a HGLW LB1 with 4wd and set it up for manaul control, how many batteries would fit in the bonnet area?
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Re: Budget Loco Kits Under 100gbp

Post by ge_rik » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:22 am

Mitch stack wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:37 am
HI all thanks for the Respones , Probably will get a HGLW LB1 with 4wd and set it up for manaul control, how many batteries would fit in the bonnet area?
Mitch
I powered mine with a single 18650 li ion cell, but I realise some people are not keen on li-ions. I later added another 18650 to power an Acme Engineering sound card, so two AA cells should fit easily.
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More info on the soundcard here.
https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2019/0 ... inder.html

If you wanted to save cash and are happy to dabble with basic electronics, you could install an MP3 player module to play the sound of a diesel loco while it's running.

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