Monday, October 5, 2015


Hi Gang

The kits includes the following parts:

* 0.3 mm Nickel Silver Etch (more about the parts on that later)
* Cast Brass Counter Balance.
* Cast Brass Standard Finial.
* Cast Brass Lamp (Not for drilling (too hard)
* Cast Pewter Lamp (For drilling for a light)
* 3 short lengths of 0.3 mm wire
* 3 short lengths of 0.4 mm wire
* 3 short lengths of 0.5 mm wire
* 0.3 mm drill
* 0.4 mm drill

Things that you should have to complete the kit:

* Soldering Iron
* Solder
* Flux (of your choice)
* Pin Vice or slow speed Dremel tool
* Cutters
* Pliers
* Tweezers
* Needle files
* Sanding block
* Stainless Steel Scissors
* Snap off blade knife
* KRM Misc 004 HO Ladder Forming Jig
* Small piece of 6 mm or 9 mm craftwood -- 25 mm x 50 mm (base of signal)

The following is a graphic description of the parts of the etch that is in this kit:

The etch is 0.3 mm nickel silver and has been slightly under etched, which means that some of the holes require drilling so that they can be opened up to the correct size, this needs to be done before any parts are removed from the fret. The following drawing is coloured coded to indicate the size of the holes that need to be drilled. A 0.3 mm and an 0.4 mm drill has been supplied for this purpose.

Please take care when drilling out the etch as the drill bits are very fragile and can easily break if worked to hard. I suggest that you use, a pin vice if you are not confident to use a Dremel to do the drilling. The spacer washers are used to pack out the brackets that fit against the post.

The other bag in the kit contains 4 castings and a couple of drills. There are 3 brass castings (finial, Counter Balance Arm and Signal lamp) and 1 pewter casting of the The Signal Lamp.
The pewter casting was included so that those who wish to fit lights can do so, as the brass casting is really hard to drill, but the pewter on is not.

This kit is based on the lattice post signal at Peak Hill and a few photos will be attached so that you can see how the signal goes together. Sorry about the quality of the photos but that are very old and were done using a technology called Film.


  1. Hi Big Fella,
    All drilled out however, some colours are hard to make out, perhaps two diagrams for each hole size would be easier. Or maybe I should have colour printed it. Anyway, ready for the next step :D.

    1. Thanks mate, I shall look into it, and sorry for the delay as i have been away for a mates 60 th birthday . Now foe the next update

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    4. RE: breaking bits.

      I read a useful bit of advice on somebody's blog/website [don't ask me which - I get around - and I am memory challenged - don't call me forgetful] to dip the tip of the drill in lubricant each time before drilling. I guess sewing machine oil would do. I use INOX which is similar to WD40 of CRC 2-26. I just spray it into the lid of the can and dip the drill bit in. Works for me.

      Thanks for the kit, and calling me one of the gang!


    5. DAD JOKE - I read a BIT of advice...

      Sorry! I did not mean to do that. Really! I must be a natural! LOL