Darlington Co Durham DL3 7DA
Suppliers of miniature road vehicles and finescale Laser Cut, 3D Printed, Resin and Ready made models kits and components for use by Railway and Diorama Modellers
Designed on Teesside
Created on Orkney
Vintage Miniature Models
Vintage Miniature models was set up in 2011as the result of an enquiry which lead to me becoming involved in a consulting capacity in a range of N gauge vehicles. Although new to the retail side of things I have been a modeller most of my life learning from my father who was a dab hand with a hobbies no 1 treddle fret saw or "Machine" as he called it. Having worked my way through the Airfix and Revell catalogues I honed my skills winning prizes at various times and being commissioned to build the odd model or two for others I have now decided to start designing and producing my own ranges of models
Darlington Co Durham DL3 7DA
Thurs 6th February 2020
As a young child who spent most of his formative years in the German city of Bielefeld where dad was stationed as a member of BAOR my life was rather spoilt by the fact that in Germany you could at that time (the late 1950's early1960's) you could recreate Germany in miniature thanks to the likes of of Flieschmann, Marklin, Trix and Arnold who together with Faller, Kibri, Vollmer Busch and Herpa who quite literally produced all you would ever need. Add to this the fact that every house in Germany had a cellar including British Army quarters and the fact that a colleague of my dad had a mini version of Hamburgs Miniatur Wunderland and my views were changed forever. My problem was that it was dads model railway and the Hornby Dublo 3 Rail was here to stay.
Fast forward some four decades and you find me modelling in N or to be precise 2mm finescale and very dissatisfied with the "blobs of Solder" that are supposed to be 50's and 60's Commercial Vehicles. In 2011 a chance meeting with the MD of one of Britains best known die-cast and model suppliers lead to not only to a new range of commercial vehicles but the formation of vintage transport in miniature
Prototype of one of my Laser cut model
georgian shop units part of the Country
Town Buildings range.
Ephiram Monks Brewery Built using Bachmann's now discontinued Scenecraft Brewery Buildings together with the farm house and pump house from Hornby's discontinued Lyddle End range I built this model as a backdrop for the BT Models then brand new Albion CX and Foden DG 8 wheelers having been asked to help with the BT Range. (For those of you who think they have heard the name of Monks Brewery before they were the original owners of the "Woolpack" in the TV soap "Emmerdale" when "Amos Brierly" and Mr Wilks" were the landlords)
Another Model designed to Display new Models
this time BT Models Duple Dominant and the
Oxford Die-cast Plaxton Panorama 1. The model
is made using my Pre Laser Cut Buildings Range
I called the model Akenthorpes Yard after the
ficticious coach company in the film "Brassed Off"
mainly because of the slogan on the back of the Coach seen in the film which read, something like
"Akenthorpes Tours Grimly we serve Yorkshire
and the UK but mainly Grimly"
Belah Viaduct. Perhaps one of the most iconic structures on the line over Stainmore between Barnard Castle and Kirkby Stephen . I was commissioned to build the model by The Stainmore Railway Company for the 150th aniversary of the line. The finished bridge alone was almost nine feet in length even in N gauge and built in two halves off site (something in hindsight I regret) then transported to the site. the model was built originally using a card carcas with half round, quarter round and channel plastic section used to create the Fifteen piers all of which were fourteen inches in hight the scenery and deck being added around these. Unfortunately the model was housed in an unrestored room at Kirkby Stephen East Station and surcummed to damage it is shown having had its deck replaced by a full length plywood and plastic girder one to make it fully operational for the event. I understand it is no longer in existance due to accidental damage while being moved in preparation for restoration of the room in which it was housed.