Thanks for any info .
What do you mean by "collection." If you mean "collectable" then DJH are probably not what you want. They are etched brass and whitemetal kits, meant to be put together and run on a model railway. They can be made to look and run very nice, almost prototypical, but it is a fair degree of work. If you just intend to buy models to put in a display case, then picking up "brass" from whoever still sells the stuff might be more what you want.Yes the DJH kits are still available (at least some of them) from AR Kits although I do recall he was looking at another source for similar kits because they are becoming expensive.
Anyway, are DJH (Lloyds) models of NSWGR prototype still being sold?
There's a lot of work to put them together, if they are going to be collections in a glass case no big deal if you have the time and abiliities to put them together.As with most things, the more you do...the better you become.
Bare in mind that the kits basically date back to around 1982/3 I do not think there has been any real upgrades with them since ownership has been changed nor beforehand. While they look ok when assembled by people with the know how and skills, they really need to be updated in many areas.
EG, the 3 standard goods type loco's 50, 53 and 55 each share the same boiler/firebox unit, with all the dimples meant to be drilled out are designed for the 50cl, which means you will have to alter the drill spots for the hand rails, water delivery pipes, pump and a couple of other areas.
Patience is needed in the build and if they are meant to run, then the wheels and motions need to be free rolling before the motors are added.
If you go down the track and build them, make sure you clean any flashing off carefully and use some fine grade steel wool to polish the white metal main components for a smooth finish.
So, there you go...it can be done. It always amuses me when I read that somebody has been working on a Garratt for 12 months (or more!!!) and has finally got the chassis built.Yeah, but they probably Have A Life. Unlike somebody banging together model locos to supplement income...
Yeah, I still managed to assist my wife to "produce" and raise three sons during that time too. My evening working hours were about 7pm til 11.30pm.....time I would otherwise have been planted in front of the idiot box.....I didn't have a layout in those days and didn't socialise (still don't!!! hahaha).So, there you go...it can be done. It always amuses me when I read that somebody has been working on a Garratt for 12 months (or more!!!) and has finally got the chassis built.Yeah, but they probably Have A Life. Unlike somebody banging together model locos to supplement income...
Btw, I was also doing exactly that in the early nineties, putting DJH kits together to earn money. 18% interest rates, what fun. I put together quite a few, but only two garratts, and didn't get up to your "mass production" numbers. Well done!