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 RS385 5 pole motor, brass and steel gears, over sized brass bearings, Delrin chain drive and stainless steel wheels!
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.
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.
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
X4 Brass roof panel.
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
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