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Aster Mikado Kit

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I am going to be getting an Aster Mikado kit from Royce. After the Huckleberry steamup, where I got to run Fred Gandolfi's Aster Mikado I really found out how much fun alcohol firing was and what engine I really wanted. Do any of you guys have any tips for building the Aster Mikado kit? I did get the axel and tender pump kit.
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I just got around to reading all of the vitriol in this thread and it was fun , albeit a bit on the stupid side .
Those of us long in tooth always remember that paint coming off inside a heated chamber is no surprise. If keeping the locomotive almost pristine is a concern ( especially in rare older models ) I suggest that Andrew's solution is the way to go , although I consider it a bit less than elegant . Purchase a roll of painter's blue masking tape and then just wrap the nozzle of the fan with a turn or two. Peel off the scorched tape between uses and you are all set. This looks better than having some nose tissue sticking out on the preparation table.

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