Just wondered what the general opinion was of Stuart Turner stationary steam kits was. I bought Dad an S50 as a set of castings after he retired, but a couple of years went by before he started in earnest. It's fortunate he is not a novice. Problems have arisen with the castings and stock materials have been made difficult to chuck for the sake of leaving a 1/4 of an inch extra. He's also commented that certain key information is missing from the drawing which needs a fair amount of expertise to deduce.
Being fair to Stuart Turner, they do have an unequivocal "return if not satisfied" guarantee, but given the amount of time elapsed between purchase and starting work it's not an offer thats been taken up.
I'm wonder if Dad's experience was just an unfortunate one off.
He is however having a great time with the kit and making robust progress now, with completion not too far off!
Part of the reason for the post is I'm looking at buying some castings from AJ Reeves from the "Master" set of castings and would be interested in any views of their products so that I know what to expect.
To be clear, this is not a whinge, I'm confident Stuart Turner would have replaced the kit sorted the problems without issue, if we had raised the matter with them, I'm just looking to get a "calibration" of what is reasonable to expect from these suppliers before spending more money with them.