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16 JANUARY 2018

KIT PRODUCTION 2018 – As indicated previously orders are no longer being taken for kits from what was a relatively extensive range. However batches are to be produced for selected locomotives in the coming months as indicated below. Reservations are required before 1st June 2018 with delivery

LMS/BR ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 Long firebox 


LMS/BR ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 Short firebox


GWR/BR ‘Dukedog’ 4-4-0  


LNER/BR Thompson O1 2-8-0 #


SR/BR Maunsell U Class 2-6-0


SECR/SR/BR Maunsell N Class 2-6-0


approximately six to eight weeks after that.

# Will not include parts for the Tyne Dock engines.
Prices include tenders where applicable, but not wheels, motor or gears. Postage will be 11 per order.

KITS IN STOCK – At any time there may be a limited number of kits in stock, a current list can be had on application.

SOMERSET & DORSET 7F 2-8-0 – Delivery of these kits is now completed.

S&D 7F3


Bulleid 'west country'/'battle of Britain' 4-6-2  – It should have been made clear that the reference in the previous NEWS update was to the Original 'Spam Can' version. This is still on hold but it is definitely intended to produce a batch of the Rebuilt engines later in the year. Reservations are not though being taken just yet.

BARRY RAILWAY L 0-6-4T (GWR No.4 Boiler) – Not a lot of interest has been received in this project thus far so anybody who would like to have a kit should get in touch soon.


LMS HIGH PRESSURE LOCOMOTIVE 'FURY' – The one-off LMS locomotives are something of a speciality with kits for the 'Turbomotive', 'Princess Anne', 'British Legion' and the Stephenson valve gear Black Five having been produced over the years. Is there any interest in one for 'Fury'?



NEW ORDERS – After many years producing locomotive kits the time has finally come to ease right off. Initially part time and for the last fifteen years full time it has been very gratifying to see the end results as finished models and to count many customers as friends. In nearly thirty years what is almost certainly the largest number of locomotive kits specifically designed for 7mm scale has been produced to a high standard. However an unforeseen change in circumstances means that it is no longer possible to devote the amount of time to the business as previously. For what is basically a one man band the time required has been quite considerable. Unfortunately the change does mean that what has been the existing range is no longer be available to order. From now on only limited batches will be produced from time to time and offered for sale. It is hoped that a few more new kits can still happen in the future, probably of the more obscure subjects. At any time there may be a limited number of kits in stock, a current list can be had on application.

EXISTING ORDERS – All orders already accepted are being processed as planned and either have been delivered or will be shortly.

SOMERSET & DORSET 7F 2-8-0 – Delivery will be in the next few weeks, everybody on the reservation list will be contacted soon.

BULLEID 'WEST COUNTRY'/'BATTLE OF BRITAIN' 4-6-2  – It is regretted that this project has now been postponed indefinitely.

GCR 8M/LNER O5 2-8-0  – Please get in contact to determine availability.

LNER THOMPSON O1 2-8-0 – Please get in contact to determine  availability. Please note, the initial batch does not include parts for the Tyne Dock engines

BARRY RAILWAY L 0-6-4T – A kit for this class as rebuilt with GWR No.4 Boiler is being contemplated. Any expressions of interest are welcomed.

VIC WOODS – It was with much sadness that the passing of Vic was read about in the Guild News. He was a regular visitor to Telford which is testament to his enthusiasm for our hobby and that of many of his fellow Aussies.

JOHN DELANEY – It was with equal sadness that the news of the death of John was received. He had been a regular customer over many years and several photographs of his excellent models have graced the CATALOGUE section of the web site.


26 APRIL 2017

new ordersIt is very much regretted that due to personal circumstances no new orders can be accepted until further notice. Please continue to monitor this section of the web site to see if and when this changes.

existing ordersAll orders already accepted will be processed as planned for delivery in the Autumn.

SOMERSET & DORSET 7F 2-8-0 All of the first batch of kits are now spoken for so no further reservations will be taken for this kit until further notice. Delivery has unfortunately slipped from the intended middle of the year to late Summer/early Autumn

Bulleid 'west country'/'battle of britain' 4-6-2  – This project is currently on hold. Any reservations for it can of course be cancelled.

LMS/BR 2-6-2 TANKS – Not enough interest in these engines has been forthcoming for any progress to be made.

GCR 8M/LNER O5 2-8-0  – A very limited number of kits of this subject will be produced in the Autumn at a price of 399. Reservations are now being taken.



LNER THOMPSON 01 2-8-0  – A limited number of kits of this subject will be produced in the Autumn at a price of 399. Reservations are now being taken. Please note, the initial batch will not include parts for the Tyne Dock engines


EMAIL – There has been a change in the internet provider so please ensure all emails go to davidandrews@locomotivekits.com


12 JANUARY 2017

FREDERICK LEA – It is with deep regret that the death of Fred at the age of 71 has to be reported. His was a familiar face to those attending the major O Gauge shows as over the years he was the main helper on the David Andrews sales stand. Originally his main modelling interest was in 3mm scale to a prize winning level but he also liked to build 7mm locomotives both standard and narrow gauge. Several of the former have appeared on the stand from time to time. Fred was a self taught artist and after a career in the civil service he took up painting and drawing full time, mainly of railways but also local scenes. His work has been much admired and regularly seen gracing advertisements, box labels and web sites. As well as his talent for art he was also an excellent guitarist having had a short spell as a professional musician in his younger days. He will be sorely missed.

NEW ORDERS – Kits are now produced to order only. Please note that the order book for Spring 2017 is only open until the end of January. After that reservations can be made until the end of JULY for delivery in the Autumn.

STOCK – There are currently these kits in stock:-

 D180 LMS/BR Fowler 2-6-4T (Limousine Cab)  339

 D145 LMS/BR 'Black 5' 4-6-0 (Long Wheelbase)  339

As it is just a single example of each one it is first come first served. Prices are plus 11 carriage.


THE RANGE – As the stock of many of the castings for it have now been completely depleted the following kit has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

 D805 SECR/SR/BR Wainwright D Class 4-4-0

Orders/Reservations for the following kits will only be accepted until the end of JULY.

 D138 LMS/BR Rebuilt ‘Royal Scot’ 4-6-0

 D152 LMS/BR Stanier ‘Mogul’ 2-6-0

 D202 LMS/BR Large Boiler ‘Claughton’ 4-6-0

 D304 GWR/BR 72XX 2-8-2T (Curved Frame)

 D332 GWR/BR ‘Duke’ 4-4-0 (Belpaire Firebox)

 D638 GCR/LNER/BR D11/1 (GCR 11F) ‘Improved Director’

         4-4-0 (Self Trim. Tender)


NEXT PROJECTS – Please see details of these in the previous NEWS section.


 Bulleid 'west country'/'battle of britain' 4-6-2



11 NOVEMBER 2016

new orders – Kits are now produced to order only. The order book for Spring 2017 is open and will be now until the end of January. Until then kits can be reserved which will guarantee the price. No deposits are required at this stage. Deliveries will be in March/April.

STOCK – There are currently a few kits in stock as follows :-

  • D180 LMS/BR Fowler 2-6-4T (Limousine Cab)  339
  • D145 lms/br 'black 5' 4-6-0 (long wheelbase) 339
  • D322 GWR/BR ‘King’ Class’ 4-6-0    399
  • D342 GWR/BR 'CASTLE' 4-6-0 (Collett Tender) 399
  • d637 gcr/lner/br d11/1 'improved director' (standard tender) 299

All plus the usual 11 carriage. As it is just a single example of each one it is first come first served.

SOMERSET & DORSET 7F 2-8-0 – This is the next kit to be released and is expected to be available around the middle of 2017. It will be to build one of the second batch of engines after they had received replacement smaller boilers between 1930 and 1955. They had left hand drive, screw reverse and Fowler tenders and lasted until 1964. Other versions may follow should there be enough interest. The cost has been set at 379 and reservations without deposit are now being taken which will guarantee this price

Bulleid 'west country'/'battle of britain' 4-6-2  – For some time customers have been asking for a kit of these locomotives in their 'Air Smoothed' condition. On the face of it the 'Spam Can' casing is a relatively simple shape but it is in fact quite a complex one. Like the existing kit of the Rebuilt version it has been decided to opt for a resin moulding to portray the shape best. In the first instance a kit will be for the engines in their later form with wedge front cabs and cut down tender. Other versions would follow depending on demand. Reservations without deposit are now being taken for the first batch which is expected to be ready towards the end of 2017. If reserved the price will be guaranteed to be not more than 500 for the locomotive and tender.

LMS/BR 2-6-2 TANKS – Following the successful release of the 2-6-4 versions the smaller brethren are being examined as possible kit subjects. Your preferences please.

PRICES – There have had to be some revisions, please see the kit list for the current prices.

COMPARISONS – There are kits available from other suppliers that are David Andrews designs. They are all now very old and should not be compared to kits of any locomotives that are in this range

EMAIL – There has been a change in the Internet provider so please ensure all emails go to davidandrews@locomotivekits.com

WEB SITE – This now has more photographs in place of illustrations. Many of them are of customers models, more are always welcome. Some of the drawn and painted original illustrations previously used are still available to purchase.


25 APRIL 2016

NEW ORDERS – All kits are now produced to order only. The next period for accepting new orders will be 1st JUNE until 31st JULY. Those received during this period will be delivered in OCTOBER 2016. From now until June kits can be reserved which will place them in the queue and guarantee the price. A 50 deposit will be requested after June 1st to confirm the order.

LMS/BR TWO CYLINDER STANIER 2-6-4T – The first batch of this kit has been sold and delivered . One can be had as per New Orders above. There has been a small price change, future deliveries will be at 339. 

LMS/BR THREE CYLINDER STANIER 2-6-4T – It was soon apparent without doing any real research that it would not be possible to produce a kit that would cover both Two and Three Cylinder types. That is without incorporating a great number of parts that would be totally redundant in one version or the other. With the Two Cylinder engine completed a kit for the Three Cylinder can now be considered and any expressions of interest in one would be welcomed.

LMS/BR FOWLER 2-6-4T – The Limousine Cab kit has now taken its place within the rest of the range although the price now is 339. As per New Orders above it can be reserved now for delivery in October.

GWR/BR CASTLE 4-6-0 – The original kit would only build an engine from No.5013 onwards or an earlier example with the later style valve chest cover. It has been completely retooled and now also covers the earlier locomotives in their original form with fluted valve chest cover, etc. It comes with either the Churchward 3500G, Collett 4000G or Hawksworth 4000G tender and is priced at 399.

GNR (I) V CLASS 4-4-0 Compound – There now seems to be enough support for a kit of this locomotive to go ahead. Anyone interested should though still get in touch.

SHOWS – These are no longer being attended with a sales stand