D51 Steam Locomotive

Experience one of the 20th Century's most iconic locomotives. Build your own 1:24 scale model 2-8-2 D51 locomotive, Japan's classic standardized modern engine. Built in 1938 by the Japanese National Railways (JNR) and Japanese Government Railways, the D51 was built in larger numbers than any other locomotive made in Japan.

Order your D51 model locomotive kit online today. Each kit ships in 12 affordable monthly phases. Pay as you build; every month you will receive all necessary parts and detailed build instructions.

12 Monthly Shipments of:$114.99


Build the D51 Steam Locomotive

Experience the Iconic D51 Japanese Locomotive

Our premier JNR D51 200 locomotive model kit replicates in minute detail the 1938 original, housed at the Umekoji steam locomotive museum in Kyoto, Japan.

Remarkable features of the D51 model locomotive include:

  • A short length of track and base for display
  • Built from solid brass with white-metal die-castings
  • Completed model is 880mm long and weighs more than 5 lbs.
  • Working lights, whistle and steam sound effects

Choose to paint your D51 black to resemble the original locomotive, or leave a bare finish to highlight the metalwork.

The ModelSpace D51 locomotive arrives in 12 monthly shipments. Every month you will receive all parts and detailed instructions for the monthly build phase.

Model Details

Brass boiler and firebox parts
Steel chassis, wheels and motion
Die-cast turned and sheet metal components
Simply assembled with screws, rivets and adhesives (no soldering or brazing required)

Overall Dimensions

Length: 880mm (34.65") (including 360mm (14.17") tender)
Height 165mm (6.49")
Width 112mm (4.41")
Weight approx. 10.4kg (22.92 lbs)
Scale: 1:24
Display base overall length 1080mm (42.52")
Display base width 210mm (8.27")
Display base height 50mm (1.97")

Step by Step Instructions

Clear step-by-step instructions  show how to assemble and finish the parts - every step of the way.  Even if you've never tried this type of project before, you'll be able to put your D51 Locomotive together in easy stages, learning the skills as you go.

See 1st Month's Build Guide

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