Flameproof Hibberd Planet

PIL-001C • by Planet Industrials

About the kit

This is a multimedia kit containing all parts required to create a running locomotive in 4mm:ft scale, 16.5mm / 00 gauge.

The body is comprised of a fret of etched nickel silver detail parts which are overlaid on a 3D printed plastic body shell. Only simple folding of these parts is required and they can all be glued in place. Further 3D printed details complete the model.

The chassis is based around a 3D printed core and is supplied with Romford wheels. A 12V DC motor transmits power to a layshaft via a belt drive, with worm and spur gear drive to both axles. A brass flywheel is also provided to aid smooth running. The chassis is designed to be assembled with basic tools and no soldering is required.

There is ample space inside the body for modellers who wish to consider DCC fitting, and to add additional weight as required. Buffers and couplings are not supplied.

Download body instructions (PDF)

Download chassis instructions (PDF)

Please note this is a scale model for adult collectors, and not intended for children under 14 years of age.

Prototype Info

F. C. Hibberd & Co Ltd was a British company founded in 1927 and built a large number of industrial petrol and diesel locomotives.The company used the 'Planet' name to market it's locomotives and the type was built from the mid 1950s with the Royal Navy being a large customer with 10 going to the Devonport dockyard in Plymouth and 6 to Chatham.

Standard models included an 18ton using the Dorman 4DL (77.5hp) and 20 and 23 ton models using the Dorman 6DLIII 123hp, although the navy specified the Foden FD6 (105bhp) engine as prime mover. The engine drove through a Wilson 4 speed box via roller chain to each axle.

This model represents the flameproofed version.

NOTE: Product images show 'prototype' kit, modelled with a cut down 'Devonport' style cab. The kit features the standard height cab.