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  1. Hello Mr Woodyfox Yes - well thereby hangs a tail! Back in the 1980s my white metal casting was done by the [now late] Adrian Swain. When RJH took over they didn't want to use him, and so so something of a stand-off ensued over the casting moulds, as I recall. Despite having all the original brass masters, RJH made new moulds [very badly], but in the main used second-generation castings for the masters! The results you will be able to guess at - differential shrinkage, distortion and pitting. The clamp pressures they were casting at were incredible so they then had to s
  2. Not sure who David Parkin is but I imagine it must be me! The following relates to Class 56 kits - but could be about several other subjects in both my original PWP diesel range, and my later MMP range. A Class 56 was introduced by me in 1980 in the Post-War Prototypes range, which I sold to RJH in 1988 and now resides with PRMRP. Same with the Class 37 and about 28 other loco kits. When we introduced these kits they were all priced around the £50 mark, and they sold in their hundreds as cheapo kits that you could very much make what you wanted out of. That was the whole et
  3. Agree Chris - Can there be a sadder epitaph to anyone than 'he mean't no harm', or equivalent? We need people who tell it like it is, and Adrian certainly did that!
  4. It is with great regret I must report the passing of Adrian Swain earlier today. He had battled long and hard with cancer in recent years. I first met him in 1971, and a little later in my father's model shop, as he used to stock Adrian's 4mm kits, right from when he first started out as a manufacturer. His name was known to me before this however, as I enthused over an article in the October 1965 Model Railway Constructor on detailing the first two vehicles for his parcels train. I was 13 at the time and read the article on a bus, travelling home from a hard day's trainspotting at
  5. As I posted on another forum, this is very sad. Fred was indeed a pioneer of the etched kit - that went on to have such a large effect on our hobby over many years. As a professional carriage builder in the late 1970s I remember always being pleased if a commission included the construction of a Mallard kit, as you knew it was of sound design and would go together well. My sympathies, David Parkins
  6. I fully agree. The newly refurbished shortened GWR sets are the best looking ones I've ever seen, and make a shorter train. To lend some balance however, when these kits were first introduced in 1985 the coaches were £37.50 each and the power cars were £45.00. The cost was a little higher by the time RJH purchased the range, but all they did was cast from submasters and squashed the bodies during forming - and raise the prices over by over 200% for the priviledge. Neither the power cars or the coaches [either as Mk.3 HST or Mk.3a Loco Hauled] sold then, and I'm sure they wouldn't s
  7. Fully agree - going to have to do repaints both to standard GBRF and the Europort version + no DB Schenker Red/Grey! Also an idea to sell the applicable ones without numbers. In a way an unpainted version would be very useful, given the sheer amount of schemes they carry. Must admit I do like the Biffa livery though!
  8. Without some modern items [and even Class 66s have been around a long time now] O gauge has no long term future. We surely have enough stuff from nineteen hundred and frozen to death. I loved steam, and grew up with the last years of it, but today's scene is every bit as interesting to me. Saw a Class 66 a few weeks back hauling ONE four wheeled Dept. wagon - train length not much more than a 14xx tank & an autocoach! There is a prototype for everything. This is the best news O gauge has had in a long time IMHO.
  9. Hang on in there Jeff! And perhaps, especially given your current circumstances, others might wish to retract/modify their comments - both on this forum and on the other one. I agree with Miss Prism - we shouldn't be kicking anyone off of this forum [or WT for that matter]. There is too much authoritarianism in the world as it is these days! It gets too easy for people to 'fire from the hip' on these forums. A little bit of tolerance is now required please. David Parkins
  10. Yes - I do take your point - but around six-hundred kits, sets and packs over four ranges do require constant stock monitoring and renewal - especially when they range in price from £1.50 to over £300.00. Lots of casting too!
  11. Thank you for a very interesting post. Perhaps I can share one from a manufacturer who took a very different route but ended up with possibly similar results! Years ago we reached a point where we were spending so much time answering phone calls and responding to emails and doing shows, at the expense of a significant amount of product-creation work, so we took the decision to change more or less completely to being an online company, including giving up shows. We also serve the military modelling/aircraft market and so more than half of our orders were going overseas anyway. To do thi
  12. But by the same token it doesn't stop the large steam loco types such as 9Fs, Duchess, Brittania, King and Castle being very popular in 7mm!
  13. But is a loco introduced in the mid-1970s modern modern image? IMHO it is not even that modern if you really get down to it. And If to most 7mm modellers it is, then I'm afraid it only illustrates just how stuck in the past 7mm scale is. I suspect modern modern image might be defined as any diesel that was not in green livery or that initially worked alongside steam in revenue-earning service. If that is the case, then I fear for the longer-term future of O Gauge. DJP
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