Aster locomotives are designed to assembled and operated by the average person.
All the parts are machined, manufactured, painted, coated and
pre-finished completely. All bolts
and nuts are included in extra quantity. Most all of the necessary tools for
assembly are included.
Aster locomotives come with well detailed instructions and illustrations
correct assembly and operation.
Remember, Aster locomotives are working live steam models and should not be
considered toys. Therefore upon completing the assembly of a kit, you will
understand the operating principles of a real steam locomotive.
the assembly instructions and extensive illustrations, all parts and assembly
sequences are numbered. Before
beginning assembly, the instructions and illustrations should be carefully
reviewed. Assembly should be
accomplished section by section, step by step, following the instructions in
order to avoid difficulties. When
assembling a section, remove only the parts need for that particular operation.
hardware items can be handled more easily by using tweezers.
Practice picking up small items, such as screws and nuts with tweezers
and setting them in place. You will
soon before proficient in handling them and gain confidence in your assembly
skills. If you have difficulty in
seeing small parts, it may be necessary to wear magnifying glasses.
each part and de-bur as necessary. Straighten
any parts which have been accidentally bent.
compound is required to seal certain assemblies.
Use an acrylic silicon compound such as WHITE
CAULK (Red Devil Inc.,) which is available in most hardware stores.
Loctite Gasket Eliminator #510
is also an acceptable packing compound. Be
careful not to let any packing compound get into a bearing or steam/water
passage or line. Keep a small wet
cloth nearby when using a packing compound to remove excess material and to
clean your fingers so as to avoid spreading the compound.
The packing compound should also be used as the adhesive for installing
the ceramic insulation blankets.
222 is made for small diameter fasteners and provides sufficient “break
away” torque to retain the fastener under normal operating conditions.
However, the fastener can easily be removed with hand tools and without
the application of heat. Many experienced builders
advise that Loctite 222 should only be put on moving assemblies, like crank
pins, main rods, pilot and tender truck etc.
installing small screws, nuts and bolts, you may use a drop of thread locker, such as Loctite
222 on the threads and tighten until the fastener is seated; then tighten no
more than 3 to 4 additional degrees. After
the thread locker cures, the fasteners will be firmly held in place. Be careful not to over-tighten small screws and twist off their heads.
Some thread lockers secure so tightly that heat must be applied before
the fasteners can be removed.
slotted screws can be “stuck” to the blade of a screw driver with a small
dab of glue or grease to aid in their installation in tight locations.
Occasionally “tolerance build-ups” will cause misalignments which may
require minor filing or fitting. Never
force or “spring” a part into position.
A big hammer is seldom the correct solution for an interference problem. Remove
the interference by adjusting or filing.
the locomotive on a soft pillow when it is necessary to position it on its side
during assembly or maintenance. This
will protect the finish and avoid damage to the running gear.