Sixth of Rosebud Kitmaster's
1959 releases was their Saddle Tank, engineered to the United Kingdom’s standard OO (4 mm, or 1/76) scale. This model of the British Railways (London Midland Region) 0-4-0 Saddle Tank locomotive was a popular model. It is widely referred to as the “Pug.” Short-lived, but critically acclaimed, Rosebud Kitmaster kits of predominately British and European prototypes were, and still are, esteemed by countless model railroaders. The Kitmaster Pug was, in its day, an outstanding model, as were all the Kitmasters.
British Railways (London Midland Region) 0-4-0 Saddle Tank locomotive (“Pug”)
For a brief history, I present Kitmaster’s text on the instruction sheet to the right.
Kitmaster engineered the Pug with 40 heavy black plastic parts. The molding is sharp, with few ejection and mold marks visible. I see no flash.
The model is built to roll with simple rods and valve gear. An aftermarket motorizing kit was produced for this engine.
With generous cab openings, the vacuous cab begs for more interior detail than the backhead offers. The cab and boiler handholds are molded on. No clear parts are provided for the windows (if there were any on the prototype) nor the headlamps. Nor did Kitmaster mold the vacuum brake hoses.
Test fitting promises a nice tight model.
The decals consist of the engine numbers and BR emblem. A single paint scheme is provided.
The assembled model is only some 4 inches long. It makes a fine static model.
Fortunately, this is one of the kits Airfix reworked and reissued. Airfix enhanced the model with lamps, brake gear, a whistle, vacuum brake hoses and enhanced valve gear. Dapol
acquired the molds and the model is available from them today.
This model would make a great centerpiece in a WW1 or WW2 diorama. Happily, these kits are fairly inexpensive to obtain.