hard to believe, but 8 years have passed since I agreed
to assist Silver Crest Models in the design and testing
of their live steam models. It all started with a Gauge
3 Britannia and, at a controlled pace, I assisted our
suppliers to develop the engineering skills necessary
for them to manufacture sophisticated 5" and 7.25" gauge
models. Now we have built over 600 large scale live
steam models. Many more live steam models are in the
development pipeline with the mouth watering prospect of
the order book on these opening very soon. As an award
winning model engineer I am delighted to have been
involved with Silver Crest over the past years and look
forward to assisting them achieve their aim of continual
model improvement in the future."
"I have had several very good outings with the Jubilee.
I can now successfully fire the model and keep up steam
pressure, what a pleasure. On Sunday I was carrying
passengers for around three hours, it certainly does
steal the show".
An Introduction to Kingscale live steam....
|"Kingscale" is a
trading name of Silver Crest Models Limited and is synonymous
with high quality, ready-to-run, live steam engines in the
larger scales. We have produced models for Gauge 1 through to
Unique design and great value.....
All our designs are unique and originated by Silver Crest
Models. We aim to produce a quality live steam locomotive that
will run "out of the box" and provide many years of good
service. Models are delivered fully assembled and painted to a
high standard. We provide a model that looks at home on display
at a model engineering exhibition and pride ourselves that every
model offers outstanding value-for-money. We offer a
ready-to-run model at a retail price comparable to that you
would have to pay for drawings, a commercial boiler and raw
Creating new models is time consuming and expensive. Typical
lead time from the selection of a new subject to receipt of a
"production standard" pilot model is 10 - 24 months. At this
point we open the order book and invite customer reservations
for a model from the production batch that is typically around
50 pieces. The advertising campaign runs for around 20 weeks at
which time the model is usually sold out.
Traditionally hand built to order......
We only build locomotives against a firm customer order. Models
are built by traditional methods the same as they were over 50
years ago. Certainly batch production and the employment of CNC
machining centres can deliver some economies of scale, but this
is a long way from what you could call mass production. A model
with 600 major components still requires finishing, fitting, and
assembly by hand. We know of no other manufacturer that can
offer a similar combination of product, quality, value for money
and after sales service.
Fully compliant CE marked boilers.....
All our copper boilers are silver soldered and CE marked where
Boilers are subject to a hydraulic shell test to twice working
pressure on completion of manufacture using a UK certified
pressure gauge supplied by Thermosense (Gauge reference 71844-1
and 71844-2). We conduct a pre-delivery inspection on our larger
gauge engines which includes a 1.5 x hydraulic boiler test to
ensure there is no leakage around the fittings as well as
running the model on air. You will receive all the required
boiler paperwork with your model including an EU Declaration of
Staged payments spread the cost....
Your order can be secured by payment of a deposit followed by a
number of staged payments as the build of your model progresses.
The final staged payment is due on model completion before
delivery. Payment is accepted by credit/debit card, bank
transfer, or cheque.