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Obituary - Dennis Franklin - Genius designer at Kitmaster & Playcraft

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Like many of us my modelling career has benefitted from Derek’s input. The free Wagon kits that came with Weetabix must have been his... and a Playcraft Class 21 set was all my parents could afford for me. Still remember the distinctive smell!

 

Rest in peace Dennis ... and thank you.

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That is a fascinating story that I was completely unaware of, thank you very much for sharing it with us.

 

My very first train set was Playcraft, I can picture it now. I used to admire all the different sets you could see in Woolworths....

 

I still have the well engineered double ended motor that was fitted into the class 21 that got added to my clockwork set a bit later. It runs beautifully and still has a lovely and distinctive smell - lubricating oil in its ball/roller bearings?

 

I hope to fit it into another model I am building, by which time it will be nearly sixty years old - I'd better get a move on!

 

Rest in peace indeed Dennis and thank you from me too, what a very talented man you were.

 

Simon

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Another of the unsung genius which made all our childhoods so enjoyable and memorable.Thank you.

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Indeed a fascinating story.

 

In Englefield Green there was a TV repair shop which oddly had a small display of KM made up kits. Of course I couldn't resist saving up for a Kitmaster MK1 which was the first kit of any sort that I ever bought. 

 

We all owe Mr Franklin a lot.

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