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Last updated 29 July, 2014
Alice Class Quarry Hunslet Chassis 009
Velinheli was developed as the result of a request for a life like chassis for Alice class quarry Hunslets in 009 scale. The chassis uses one of my drive units allowing the modelling of a cabless version of the early Hunslets. Although the development model was completed relatively easily using milled components the proposed etch version was considered by my test builders to be rather difficult for the average modeller.
The problems centred around the removing of the cusping on the 0.5 mm etches used for the chassis and motion and assembly of the fine crossheads. As this was not a problem with the original milled test builds the solution had to be to supply the components milled and this is how the motion components will now be supplied.

Milling does offer a better quality component at a price but by not attempting to include components to cover the huge variations in the prototype Hunslets I am able to offer a reasonably priced basic kit for adapting to the modellers choice of specific locomotive.With the exception of a few detailing components the kit will produce a complete Alice Class Quarry Hunslet and is expected to sell at £65. Availability will be end of July.

Lack of soldering or rivetting skills often deters the novice from attempting the assembly of a model chassis so this model has been designed to be screwed & glued or soldered together.

The test build shown on right was glued and screwed together. The cranks are milled brass and the crank pins 16BA screws with the milled rods running on flanged bushes.

The connecting rods are sandwiched centrally between the milled crosshead die blocks in line with the piston rods and secured with 16BA screws. Latest assembly instructions are here
 

What the kit contains


The machined components as supplied


Etched brass superstructure components


The basic castings included


The drive unit is supplied as a kit.
Now supplied with Mk2 Drive
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