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Be VERY careful buying second-hand!!!

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Just a precautionary finger-wave to all here present.

I got a call yesterday afternoon from an acquaintance who was at a collector's fair in the midlands.  He was looking closely at an Aster 'Schools' loco in pretty good condition apart from a LOT of scorch marks around the cab area - ie. the burners.

He admits to knowing nothing about steam locomotive models that are not gas-fired  [he has three or four Roundhice], so, in the mistaken belief that I could offer him advice on anything to do with Aster, he called me up while he was actually looking over the model, which was otherwise in good condition.

Basically, he wanted to know if it was correct to run this model on kerosene, as that was was still in the half-full fuel tank./DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blink.gif  

I advised him to buy the model at the very cheapest price he could get it down to, throw away the wicks, and get himself some new bits and pieces - better still, get one of our Aster builders to give it a thorough going over.

The seller, who seemed to have all his eyebrows and accoutrements, would not budge from his original pretty exalted price, so my pal walked away, but not before finding out that the seller had 'always run it on kerosene, as was a lot cheaper than alcohol [meths, as we call it here]..../DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/w00t.gif

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Just remind me whats wrong with using condensed water from the tumbly thing?
Tumbly dry-eee thingy. Id have to ask P for the Technical name, she puts our kecks in damp and they come out dry... Very versatile, some times she does socks too...
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