Aster Hobbies (UK) much requested Rebuilt Merchant Navy class is now being
developed. They have chosen to
model 35028 ‘Clan Line’ which was purchased directly from British Railways
in 1967 by the Merchant Navy
Locomotive Preservation Society (MNLPS) and is still in the tender
care of this remarkable organization 46 years later!
The model will have
three cylinders controlled by three sets of Walschaert valve gear. Slide
valves will be employed since piston valves are not practical for this
particular model. An alcohol fired boiler with all the regular facilities
will be provided. The loco will be modeled with the 6000 gallon ‘third
series’ tender. The opportunities for modeling other popular Merchant Navy
Class members will be possible – 35027 ‘Port Line’ which is currently
having a major overhaul, springs to mind.
The emphasis in the UK
will be on unnumbered kits. A very few factory built models will also be
available as 35028 ‘Clan Line’. .
Our model will be
based on 35028 ‘Clan Line’ with 6000 gallon tender. It will have 3
cylinders and fully operational Walschaert valve gear. Factory built-up
for the UK will be numbered and lettered – 35028 ‘Clan Line’ whereas kits
will not be numbered for customer’s choice.