Locomotive kit building remains the best route to achieving a varied range of motive power in most scales but it also retains a mystique, being associated with expert modellers and expensive tools. However, in this invaluable, richly illustrated volume, George Dent demonstrates how anyone can successfully assemble working kits with only a modicum of inexpensive equipment and experience. All aspects of assembly are covered in detail including working in plastics, resin and metal; the very basics of working and joining materials; installing ready-made power units and performing more complex operations, such as assembling etched metal chassis frames and intricate valve gear.
Boasting a wealth of practical experience, George Dent has been the in-house model-maker and technical expert at Model Rail magazine since 2004. The author of many articles on various aspects of railway modelling, he also runs model-making courses and produces a range of instructional DVDs. This is his fifth title for Crowood.