The new Accucraft/Aster Mikado is an improved version of the original Aster light Mikado of 1999. It has an excellent boiler design and is a good runner. The  improvements include

​Cast-Iron Driver Wheels
Fully equalized chassis
Stainless steel machined driving rods
Axle pump with additional 20% capacity from previous option
Washout plug for the water gauge
Newly designed tender with tender pump
Kingston valve in water tank to drain tank or couple a second tender
Increased water capacity (450cc)
Increased fuel capacity (300cc)
Detachable fuel tank
Detachable roof
Many newly designed aesthetic details added around smokebox, front buffer, and boiler case.

The light Mikado is available in three roadnames (subject to change). A total of 60 will be made

AST-103.1 – New York Central Railroad
AST-103.2 – Union Pacific Railroad
AST-103.3 – Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Price $3900 for the kit and $5000 for the factory built. A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required with your order.

​The heavy Mikado is available in six roadnames (subject to change). A total of 160 will be made

AST-105.1 – Undecorated Black
AST-105.2 – Erie Railroad
AST-105.3 – CB&Q Railroad (Burlington Route)
AST-105.4 – Milwaukee Road
AST-105.5 – Southern Railway

AST-105.6 - Great Northern Railway

Price $4400 for the kit and $5500 for the factory built. A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required with your order.

Prototype Aster light Mikado running at the National Summer Steamup in Sacramento, July 2018

The 5MT is an attractive and powerful locomotive that was a derivative of the 'Black 5' LMS engine. It was used extensively on the BR system, pulling both freight and passenger vehicles, so your model can be used with any of your british rolling stock collection. 1:32 scale, 45mm track gauge.

Available in both black and BR lined green liveries.

The green livery will be # 73096 with the late BR crest on the tender

The black livery will be # 73082, named 'Camelot' and have the early BR crest on the tender

Kit price $3500. Factory built $4600. A non refundable deposit of $1000 is required.

Picture shows the original batch of 5MT engines. The new ones will have the same tender as the 9F shown below

British Railways standard class 5MT

Sunset Valley Railroad LLC

British Railways standard class 9F

For those who have built Aster kits before, the new kits are identical to the old. Same instructions, same way of packaging parts etc.

For those who want to build a kit for the first time, this is a very satisfying project to build. All parts are finished, painted, holes drilled and tapped, so it is just a matter of assembly. Having said that, you will need around 30-40 hours of work, carefully making sure the part fits nicely, mechanisms are free etc. You'll need some modelers tools such as small metric wrenches, drivers, tweezers and the like. Assembly is done page by page in the drawings book which has clear isometric views of the parts being assembled, the parts needed for each page are all in one packet. Many people (myself included) do one page per evening, and you can see your engine steadily grow day by day. Timing the valves is also easy, and I'll show you how to do it simply as the instructions for that part can seem a little technical and daunting. 

Sunset Valley is  a preferred dealer for the new range of Aster/Accucraft joint venture locomotives, and will assist you technically if you choose to buy and assemble a kit

USA and Canadian sales only.

The 9F kit is IN STOCK

The Light Mikado is expected in August 2018

The Heavy Mikado is expected in November 2018

​The 5MT is expected in November 2018

USRA Light and Heavy Mikado 2-8-2


The British Railways BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 was designed for British Railways by Robert Riddles for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. The total number built was 251. The last of the class, 92220 ‘Evening Star’, was the final steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, in 1960. Withdrawals began in 1964, with the final locomotives removed from service in 1968. Several examples have survived into the preservation.

Scale 1:32 running on 45mm gauge track. Minimum radius 2m (6' 6"). Length 25 2", width 3.43:, height 4.92". Walchaerts valve gear with piston valves, Alcohol fired, C type boiler, displacement lubricator. Cab controls include regulator, blower, draincocks, pressure gauge, water sight glass and blow down valve. Both axle pump and tender hand pump are fitted. The alcohol tank is removable.


9F kit $4475, Factory built $6500

The video below shows the engine at high speed pulling 8 coaches on the Sunset Valley Railroad. Kit built by Peter Comley