Ideal as a collector’s piece, for beginner steam enthusiasts or as an educational tool, the base-mounted Wilesco D12 steam engine provides a nostalgic look back at the glory days of steam engineering.
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Review: Nanoblock NAN-NBM001 Steam Locomotive
Review of the Nanoblock NAN-NBM001 Steam Locomotive Although less well known than their competitors in the children’s building block market, Nanoblock manufacture traditional children’s model making kits using the ‘raised dot’ blocks which any child or parent will know well. This kit allows children to create a model of a tank locomotive – a steam engine without a tender, to you and me – and includes over 800 individual building blocks for just this purpose. Don’t worry though, it comes with instructions and a picture to follow too. Just as with all building block toys, this kit isn’t suitable for children aged under 3 years as they may choke on the pieces. The manufacturer recommended age group is from 12 years and older, with adult supervision. With that aside, however, it is sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Once built, the model depicts a black steam locomotive, pausing at a signal as it journeys along a railway line through pleasant green countryside. Youngsters will be enthralled by the romance and magic of steam, while the older generation will become equally fascinated by the details contained in the model and in reminiscing of times past. The 800 blocks included in this model kit are manufactured from the highest quality materials and are compatible with other kits in the Advanced Hobbies Collection from Nanoblock. You may also find that they fit with building blocks from a certain other well-known company. Playing with Nanoblock helps children develop their planning and organisational skills as well as encouraging creative play and building imagination. Children can use the included blocks to build anything that their imagination can create, and by extending the kit with other Nanoblocks, can stretch the limits even further. Unlike some cheaper makes and models of building block, Nanoblocks are carefully designed, precision manufactured and constructed from high-quality materials to ensure that you never experience the frustration of blocks sticking or not fitting. All Nanoblock products work together seamlessly and fit each other with perfection and precision to give the best possible experience when building. The steam locomotive model is easy to build following the included instructions and the picture on the box. You will be fascinated to see it develop, layer by layer, as you construct it and will end up with a model reminiscent of something from a Ghibli movie. The locomotive itself is in the Japanese style, with plenty of extra ‘knobbly bits’ and details such as coal in the bunker. Once the Nanoblock Steam Locomotive is completed, the finished item will look fantastic adorning any child’s bedroom (or an older child’s den) or can be taken apart and the blocks used to construct anything else that your heart desires. Key features: Over 800 building blocks included Full building instructions included in four languages Minimal and easy use packaging Manufactured from high-quality, long-lasting materials Combines with other kits from the Nanoblock Advanced Hobbies Collection Develops children’s imagination, creativity, organisation, and planning skills. CHECK PRICES
Review: The LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman
Review: The LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman The LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman (originally No. 1472) is a steam locomotive that was built in 1923 for the North Eastern and London railway. Indeed, the locomotive was initially engaged on long-distance express trains on the LNER, British Railways Eastern, and North-Eastern Regions. Impressively, this locomotive has a global reputation for being the fastest steam locomotive and has a record of travelling at a constant speed with no stops. Who is the ideal candidate for this locomotive? The Flying Scotsman is a DCC Ready locomotive with a special socket to receive a DCC decoder. It is very compatible with analogue trains but can be converted for use on a digital layout. For conversion to be used in the digital layout, then R8249 V1 3 NMRA Loco Decoder or Sapphire Decoder is necessary. Indeed, this is a perfect fit for beginners and is also suitable for users of all ages. Even if you are a seasoned modeller, the locomotive is still ideal. Considering that it is fascinating across the age groups makes it ideal as a present for birthdays or any other event. What is the sentiment from previous buyers of the Flying Scotsman? Customers who have purchased the Flying Scotsman acknowledge that it is a good buy if you intend to gift your husband or dad. It is highly recommended to those who have model railway interests. Noteworthily, the locomotive has an excellent value, and its convertibility for use in DCC layouts makes it appealing to the customer. Moreover, this locomotive has an impeccable detail close up, and it smoothly runs on the track. What are the key features of the Flying Scotsman? The flying Scotsman weighs 590 g and has a length of 293 millimetres. Its dimensions are 40 x 10.6 x 6 cm with a scale of 1:76. It has an electric engine, has no batteries and does not require any assembling. The drive unit of the Flying Scotsman is located on the locomotive body. Furthermore, the tender of this locomotive is not powered since it can freely run on an eight-wheel (4pair) chassis. The railroad models are all fitted with standard Hornby hook and bar type couplings, and as such, they will easily couple the rolling stock and locomotives in both Thomas & Friends and the standard Hornby ranges. Therefore, all models that constitute the Hornby RailRoad range are cost-effective means of adding to a train set offering an appropriate entry point into the diverse world of model railways. Are you ready to invest in the Flying Scotsman? If you are contemplating a locomotive model for yourself or gifting someone, then the LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman is highly recommended. The quality of the locomotive has been praised by the testimonials provided by its customers. Moreover, the fact that it can be used for both manual and DCC layout is a big plus. Also, the LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman comes complete with a full range of capabilities which makes it an ideal purchase. CHECK PRICES
Model Steam Engines: Explaining Scales
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Review: Mamod SA1L Working Live Steam Limousine (Silver)
Review: Mamod SA1L Working Live Steam Limousine (Silver) – Classic Car of Yesteryears Car fanatics and lovers of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost are going to love the Mamod SA1L live steam limousine. The SA1L takes its inspiration from the widely loved Rolls-Royce car. The Rolls-Royce name and many car models in their series have managed to acquire titles for themselves that are certain to make them blush. From the, ‘best car in the world’ to the ‘Silver Ghost’ name, reputation and more, the cars manufactured by Rolls-Royce are undoubtedly some of the greatest in history. Mamod know a good thing when they see one and have outshone themselves with a model car that, dare it be said, is on par with the Silver Ghost it mimics. Just like the Silver Ghost, this model car is appealing to the eye, sturdy, reliable and fun. The SA1L is perfect for those who people missed out on the chance to drive their own luxurious car from times gone by. If you’ve got a teenage son who loves cars (as most teenage boys do) and you’re not ready for him to hit the road just yet, this car is the perfect gift. Whilst younger children usually have a fascination with cars, this model is not like a generic toy and needs supervision from an older teenager (14 years old +) or adult. For these reasons, the model is great for families who would benefit from some good old fashioned quality time together. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by turning the television off and throwing yourselves back into yesteryear with a swanky car good enough to make modern day cars jealous of? This fully functioning model is made up of many components that are needed to work together to run: steering rod fuel tablets, oil and funnel (these are included when you buy the model) pressure safety valve (to control the pressure of the working parts of the car) heavy gauge steel and brass (crafted in England) When the model is constructed (and the SA1L has already been built for you, so you don’t even need to worry about that), it weighs 3.8kg, is roughly 16 inches (41 cm) in length and its dimensions are 410 x 198 x 160. Mamod has a keen eye for detail and even the interior of the car is well upholstered. A Lilliputian would be happy perching in one of these seats; it really is as if someone has take a real life Silver Ghost and minimized it! This model is simply stunning and will benefit from a home or person that is dedicated to taking pride and care in their selection of live steam vehicles and models. If this is something you are interested in, then the SA1L is definitely worth you sparing a minute to look at and consider adding to your set. If you do decide to invest in this fine piece, you’ll probably end up being the envy of all your model collecting family and friends! CHECK PRICES