Fully Protected Tin Turtle (Now Accepting Orders)
PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR PDF DOWNLOADABLE & PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS
Note, we are happy to start accepting orders for this new model but please be aware that there will be a delay in shipping of approximately 2 weeks due to us waiting for brass etchings from the etchers. As soon as we have stock of all components kits will ship without delay.
Complete images of the kit will be uploaded very soon.
We can now offer our power bogies in 13:1 and 25:1 gear ratios,
13:1 Pros:- Faster running for better main line speed,
13:1 Cons:- 1. Shorter tooth life, 2. Needs adjusting occasionally, 3. Less powerful pulling, 4. higher amp draw.
25:1 Pros:- 1. Very long tooth life, 2. No adjusting needed, 4. Higher pulling ability, 4. Lower amp draw.
25:1 Cons:- Slower main line running.
For an example to help you chose, our Tin Turtle model would be better on 25:1 as in real life it is a slow engine that pulls a heavy load. Or Railbus would be better on 13:1 as it would have a higher line speed and would not normally pull anything.
We are sure that Garden Rail or SMT mag would be interested in a customer review of this model.
Tin Turtle is a nickname given to the larger (40hp) Motor Rail locomotives produced for the War Department Light Railways of the First World War. The name was coined due to the appearance of the locomotives which carried weighty armor plating to protect their crews during use near the front line.
Swift Sixteen are very proud to be able to bring you this true, 16mm scale WW1 Tin Turtle kit. No short cuts have been made, so we can offer you the best model money can buy in its class.
Our Tin Turtle kit has been made from only the very best materials, so that we are able to reproduce this historical locomotive in stunning detail. What is more, time was taken to travel to the real locomotive at the Apedale Valley Light Railway to see this engine. A good few hours were spent photographing and measuring the fully restored prototype, so that we could produce the finest model possible.
We would like to thank all the guys at Apedale for their help and time.
The main body casting is made from our now famous pure resin, so you are off to a flying start with a huge detail level and accuracy. The main body and chassis castings are at least 5mm thick, so this model will stand the test of time.
All the fragile and vulnerable parts are made from cast brass, these being roof supports, buffer heads and handles. Other body parts are made from .7mm brass etchings, with either etched in detail, or pre-marked rivets for pressing with a rivet press. Our kit is also supplied with the roof pre-rolled.
If number plates and builders plates are your thing, we have even covered that. In the kit as standard are a full set of fully scale and beautifully etched plates in .3mm nickel silver.
If the above was not enough, our kit comes with RTR brass power bogie, fitted with powerful 6-15 volt RS385 5 pole motor, brass and steel gears, over sized brass bearings, Delrin chain drive and stainless steel wheels! For those that run 45mm, our wheel sets come with proper LGB flanges!
We have geared this model in such a way, that it has an usable top speed, something that is sometimes missed in electric models in this scale. As stated above, we have also fitted a 6-15 volt motor, so gone are the days of two AAA's developing barely enough power to move itself !!
The model has been designed to leave the body cavity as empty as we can, this means that there is plenty of room for batteries and R/C gear, if that is what you want to fit. There is even scope to scratch build some internal detail, if you want to.
Do you need a Battery or suppressor kit for Radio Control?
We also hold in stock, Strikalite 12volt AA 2300Ah rechargeable battery packs that are perfectly matched to this model. These packs will need to be fitted with a plug that matches your system. Also if you intend to R/C this model with an electronic speed controller, you will need a suppressor kit.
PLEASE SEE THE 'BUILDERS PARTS' SECTION OF THIS SITE.
We also offer this Tin Turtle as a fully built and primer painted model. The model will come fully built, painted in grey primer and power bogie fitted.
At extra cost, we can also fit R/C subject to your needs.
Please be aware that built models are subject to a time delay. It would be a good idea to contact us for an estimate on delivery if your order is time sensitive.
A note about the power bogie.
These power bogies are "ready-to-run" in as much as they are not in kit form. They can have power fed to the motor in whatever way suits your railway. If you run track fed models, you will need to add your own wheel pickups.
It has come to our attention, that on some of the recently built power bogies, there is potential for the Delrin gears to slip on their axles. Please check your power bogie for any slipping. If you find any, simply return your bogie and we will correct the issue. All power bogies are now built with grub screws locking these gears as standard.
X2 Under plate
X2 Under plate rail
X2 Under plate post
X1 Exhaust pipe
X1 Exhaust silencer
X1 Pre rolled roof
X1 Etch brass pack
X2 Etch Number plate
X2 Etch builders plate
X4 Brass roof post
X6 Brass handle
X2 Brass buffer
X1 RTR brass power bogie
X1 Brass wire
X2 R clip
X3 Allen bolt
X30 Brass rivet
Length over buffers 185mm
Weight 720 gram