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:bump  As we are about to begin the headlong rush to Christmas, 2017, and as we have quite a few newish members, I thought I would 'bump' this thread.  Hard to believe that I originally posted this thread three years ago - Christmas 2014.  I have added a few new models which I have acquired since the original posting.


Once again, enjoy the stroll down Memory Lane.


Terry


 


 


Just to brighten-up the forthcoming festive season and to give you somewhere to escape to when 'The Sound of Music' is being shown on the box for the umpteenth time, I would like to share with you a fascination of mine.  I have a collection of miniature card model kits, dating from the 1940s to the 1960s, which were once popular in the U.K. before the arrival of plastic model kits.  Modellers of a 'certain age' may well remember buying these kits in their younger days and I hope that you will enjoy this ride through 'reminiscence land'.  To our younger modellers I hope that you will be interested to learn just what was available to modellers in a Britain where the term 'hi-tec' didn't exist.  Many of us didn't have cars, telephones, or even fridges.  Central heating was for public buildings or the rich, and, in London, the smog was a common winter hazard, 

In order to tell the Micromodel story, I have widely consulted the excellent publication 'Micromodels' by L.J.Harrison, and I give credit to him here.  A small amount of 'history' is necessary to understand how Micromodels came into being, and I hope you will bear with me.

The Micromodel range included railways, historic buildings, ships, aeroplanes, cars, and items of a miscellaneous nature, such as a threshing machine and a beam engine.  I will start the story with the railway models and, if there is sufficient interest, I will go on to describe the other models in the range.

So, having set the scene...welcome to the world of...





MICROMODELS




Your Workshop all in a Cigar Box.















Terry


 

 

 

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Excellent thread and subject Terry.
Brings back a lot of memories of models past and the London smog.
With your series and Jims card rolling stock and Locos I can see card getting a boost as a modelling medium.
Cheers,
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The Micromodels story...

Our story starts back in about 1941 with a company called Modelcraft Ltd. of 77 Grosvenor Road, London, SW1, who published plans for model makers.  About this time, Geoffrey Heighway became their chief designer of card models. A number of miniature card kits were produced, mostly with a military theme, under the name of 'Micromodels',  In 1947, Heighway left Modelcraft Ltd. and formed his own company, Micromodels Ltd. of 6 Racquet Court, Fleet Street, London EC4.

Micromodels Ltd. produced its first railway models which cost 1s.3d (just over 6p) each.  Like the Modelcraft Micromodels, each model consisted of an attractive coloured wrapper with six cards slipped inside.  Many of the kits consisted of two or three models.  All of the railway models were to a constant scale.  I don't know the exact scale but I think that it would equate to something like 2mm=1ft or slightly smaller (just smaller than 'N Gauge').  Each Micromodel wrapper and cards measured approximately five inches long by three and six-eights inches wide.

 
The first five sets were issued in 1947 and included Set A1 which contained parts to make two locomotives, a giant streamlined 4-4-4-4 with a 16-wheeled tender, of the Pennsylvania Railroad and a 4-4-4, with 8-wheeled tender, of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Today, this is one of the rarest Micromodels.  If you have one, I would be pleased to receive it as a Christmas present!



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Keep it coming Terry - this is fascinating stuff!
(I wouldn't mind betting that 'Doofer' made one or two in his time...)

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Set C1 featured a 3ft 6ins Beyer-Garratt of African Railways. The wrapper was unusual in that it had a potographic style, unlike most of the other Micromodels which had coloured artwork, as on Set A1 previously discussed.  The other model in this set was a 4-8-4 K Class of New Zealand Railways.  This set is quite common these days and not too difficult to obtain.




 Set F1 consisted of two locomotives, a black German State Railways 4-6-4 streamliner with a 10-wheeled tender and a brown Paris-Lyons-Mediterranean Railway 4-6-2 streamliner with an 8-wheeled tender. This is now another very rare set.



 


Also released as one of the first five sets was Set H1.  This was a rather interesting set of 'Famous Historic Locos', namely 'Puffing Billy', 'Rocket' and 'Locomotion'.  Two cards were devoted to 'Rocket' which included an early passenger coach.  Two cards produced 'Locomotion' and two open wagons.  The other two cards would produce 'Puffing Billy' and an early carriage.  A very common model these days.





For comparison purposes I have also included here the Modelcraft Ltd. Set J1 featuring Stephenson's Rocket.  This was released in 1947 but was probably designed by Geoffrey Heighway a few years earlier when he still worked for Modelcraft Ltd.



The remaining set of the first five railway Micromodels issued in 1947 was Set M1, which consisted of 'Famous British Locos'.  Your 1/3d of 'old money' would have bought you three locomotives.  Two cards were devoted to an LMS 'Duchess' class 4-6-2 in maroon livery.  Another two cards would produce a green Southern Railway 4-6-0 'Lord Collingwood' and the final two cards would provide you with an LNER 4-6-2 'Super Pacific'.  This kit is scarce these days.  Here it is...



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I noticed that the photos have been removed. Are these the models you refer to...

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Micromodels&newwindow=1&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Ku-VVKOTMIeL8QXnroDgBQ&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=644

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Sorry Gary, my mistake.  They have all been restored now.

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I thought that they may have been subject to Copyright and Alan had taken them down.   :lol:

An interesting thread, Terry.

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Oh yes!

Memories, but at 2/6d (? ) for Hampton Court Palace when Airfix Spitfires wrre 2/-d there was no competition. I did try some tiny galleons in card but they might have been another brand.

Oh! The smell of Seccotine glue....

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The Micromodels story...


Into 1948 and the railway models continued to be released, although at the higher price of 1/6d (7.5 New Pence).  Set AC featured a black New York Central 4-8-4 with a 14-wheeled tender.  The other loco in this set was a Victorian Railways (Australia) 4-6-2 'Edward Henty'. Very rare set.




This year also saw the release of Set C2.  This featured the South African Railways Royal Train, as used by HM King George VI, on his visit to South Africa.  The set comprised a 3ft 6ins gauge 4-8-2 of class 15F, and three coaches. Another vary rare model.




Set HM was also released, comprising a GNR Stirling Single 4-2-2 in lime green and a LNER Pacific class A4 4-6-2 in blue.  Rare.



Set HM2 was also produced in 1948.  In this set we were presented with two locomotives, GWR 4-6-0     'King George V' and GWR 4-2-2 Broad Gauge loco of 1851.  Apparently, a mistake was made on the original artwork and the boiler of 'King George V' could not be formed properly.  This was corrected in a 1954 reprint.  The reprints are commonly available.



 This year also saw the production of Set M2, comprising an LMS 'Coronation' class' streamliner and SR West Country class 4-6-2 'Salisbury'.  Earlier prints are rare but later reprints are available.



More to follow...

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dooferdog wrote: Oh yes!

Memories, but at 2/6d (? ) for Hampton Court Palace when Airfix Spitfires wrre 2/-d there was no competition. I did try some tiny galleons in card but they might have been another brand.

Oh! The smell of Seccotine glue....

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They were probably Micromodels Doug.  I could cover them in future if there is any interest.

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Oh how I remember those card models Terry. :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs  My brother and I were great fans - he building trains and buildings whilst I built the ships.  He went on to become an architect whilst I became a farmer - guess who made the best models .............:roll::roll::roll:

I remember treating the ships with "banana oil" to waterproof them and popping them in a bath of cold water with a dab of baking powder in a designed in "stern pocket".  The water reacted with the baking powder and the resulting "fizz" drove the boats along.

Absolutely wonderful models and, even by today's standards, not at all bad reproductions. :thumbs:thumbs

I'm really looking forward to the next installment. :cheers

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Peter, the boats which could be propelled along were produced by Modelcraft under their original 'Micromodels' banner. I could cover these later if there is sufficient interest.

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Thanks Trevor - it seems I may be older than I thought ..................:roll::roll:

A follow-up on ships would be great, not only for my own memories, but also I'm sure our younger members would be fascinated by what we had, or rather, didn't have, post war. :thumbs

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Unfortunately, I realised that some of the images of the earlier sets had not been produced by me.  Accordingly, I have removed them to save the club having any copyright problems.  However, there is still some way to go along this journey and I have quite a few in my collection to photograph.  I hope that this does not affect your enjoyment of this thread.

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Peter said, "My brother and I were great fans - he building trains and buildings whilst I built the ships.  He went on to become an architect whilst I became a farmer".

Don't worry Peter, there is a model of a threshing machine!

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Are you not able to contact the owner of the photos, to get permission to post them, Terry?

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Hello Max.  I realised that some of the pictures are scans which were sent to me some time ago and I'm not sure who made them. I honestly doubt that there would be a problem, but just to err on the side of caution I thought it best to remove them.  However, with the exception of a few, I have most of the other models and can photograph them myself.

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That's a pity, Terry.  Is there a 50 year Rule with this stuff?

Maybe they would qualify for that.

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The Micromodels story...

Into 1949 with the introduction of more models.  As a change from locomotives, Set X was produced.  This consisted of six carriages, printed one per card.  For your 1/8d you became the proud owner of one GWR chocolate and cream corridor coach, one LMS maroon Vestibule Car, one LMS blue Coronation Coach, one LNER corridor coach in teak, one brown and cream third class Pullman coach and a SR green corridor coach.



And now we come to one of my favourites, Set M3, '8 Tank Engines & Wagons'.  This was an interesting mix consisting of a GWR 2-6-2 tank loco, a LNER J50 0-6-0, an LMS 0-4-0 saddle tank, a 14ton tank wagon, an LNER box van, a SR insulated meat van, an LMS brake van and a NER open wagon.  First published in 1949 at 1/8d. and again in 1950 at 1/9d.  The early wrapper was white but contained some mistakes, making it very collectable.  Firstly, the set number was missing.  Secondly, there was a mistake in the wording.  here it is, see if you can spot it...



 Here is a 1954 reprint, the price having gone up to 3s 0d.  The wrapper is now red and the wording has been altered.




I reproduce them here together for comparison purposes... 



And here's one I made earlier...the LMS 0-4-0 saddle tank with the 14ton tank wagon.  These are made from scans of the originals and herein lies the problem for the collector/modeller.  You don't want to destroy the original kits because you collect them and a scan allows you to build the models without harming the original,  Unfortunately the richness of the original printed models is not apparent on these examples...



The loco measures 34 millimetres over the headstocks!


More soon...

Terry

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And all prices include the dreaded "Purchase Tax" .............;-)

Given that my "pre college" agricultural student's wage around that time was only £3/10 (£3.50p) for a 6 day week, they weren't exactly a give-away.

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The Micromodels story...

Another kit released in 1949 was Set M4.  Here we had an LMS 4-6-2 Experimental Turbine Locomotive and a SR Schools class 4-4-0. The kit is fairly scarce today.



 Set PG1 was also released consisting of an LBSCR 4-4-2 Atlantic class in brown, an LBSCR 0-4-2 'Gladstone' and an LNWR 2-2-2 Single 'Princess Royal' in black.  The original kit sold for 1/8d.  The example shown here is a reprint from 1952 costing 2/6d (12.5 new pence).  Three locos for Half-a-Crown.  Can't grumble at that! Fairly common kit today.


 



Here is Card One of this set showing the general arrangement for 'Gladstone' with parts for the underframe and cab.  The drawing shows how some of the finer details were arrived at.  The remaining parts are on Card Two.




 


1949 also saw the release of Set PG2.  Here we had a Midland Railway 4-2-2 Single 'Princess of Wales', a GWR Atlantic class 4-4-2 of 1905 and the famous GWR 4-4-0 'City of Truro'.  Another fairly common kit today.



More to follow...


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1949 was a busy year for Geoffrey Heighway at Micromodels Ltd.  The kits continued to roll out of 6 Racquet Court.  Set PG3 also emerged, containing another three locomotives.  This time for your 1/8d you received an LNWR 4-6-0 'Sir Gilbert Claughton' in black,  a GER 4-4-0 'Claud Hamilton' in blue livery and a GER 2-4-0 of 1888 in blue livery.  Here is a 1952 reprint...




The GER 2-4-0 of 1888 was another model that I manage to build.  This is built from a scan of the original kit so its finish is not as rich as that in the kit .  I remember using the tip of a small paintbrush for the dome.  Here she is in all her glory...



1949 saw another departure from locomotive models in that Geoffrey Heighway produced some railway buildings.  The first, Set LS1, featured eight cards depicting a country station, a bridge, signal-box, signals and platforms.  This is a 1954 reprint and is the most common surviving micromodel. 



Unfortunately, Set LS2 has escaped me so far but contained a locomotive shed, a water tower and a goods shed and is a very attractive kit.

Set LS3 was actually issued in 1950, but I'll deal with it here for clarity.  This set featured a terminal station building and was the largest railway model in the Micromodel series at 14 cards.  It depicted the façade only and sold for 3/4d.  A very rare model.

To be continued...

Terry

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Into 1950 and a lean year for Micromodels with a railway theme.  Geoffrey Heighway began to release his architectural themed Micromodels, of which more later.  Set LS3, the Terminal Station was released, as mentioned above.

Set PG4 appears to be the only other railway themed Micromodel released in this year. Once again 1/8d secured you three locomotives.  These were a Caledonian Railway 4-4-0 'Dunalastair', an LNWR 4-4-0 'Precursor' in black and a GER 4-4-2 single No.10 in blue.  This is a very rare set thus I am unable to show a picture taken by myself.

1951 saw more railway themed Micromodels appearing.  Set PG5 differed from the previous PG sets in that it was printed in black and white for 'hand painting'. Instead of full colour drawings of the locomotives on the front of the wrapper, a more ulitarian design was adopted with a black loco drawn against a yellow background with the enclosed locomotives listed in a white box,  Not an attractive design.  The locomotives contained in this set were GWR 2-2-2 single 'Queen', GWR 4-2-2 single 'Behemoth' and LNWR 2-4-0 'Hardwicke'.



1951 would also appear to be the year in which the range of sets numbered NS1 to NS4 were issued.  All of the outer sleeves resembled that of PG5 above. Boring!  However, the locos in sets NS1 to NS3 are printed in colour, whist those in set NS4 are in black and white.  You work that one out!  Here are the contents:


NS1 - LNER 'Flying Scotsman' in green livery, LMS 0-10-0 Lickey Banking Engine, and old-time engine         2-2-2 'Budicom' in green and brown livery.


NS2 - LMS 4-6-0 'Royal Scot', LMS 2-6-0 'Horwich', an LMS 2-8-0 freight engine No.8342.


NS3 - LMS 4P 2-6-4 tank, GWR 0-6-2 tank and GWR 4-4-0 'Earl' class.


NS4 - LBSCR 0-4-2 Stroudley tank, LSWR 4-8-0 tank, BR Standard Pacific. This last loco is notable in that the tender cannot be built without modification.



Here is the Stroudley tank built from a poor coloured scan...



 



More soon...

Terry
 

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The Micromodels story...

1952 brought one railway themed Micromodel, this being Set X2, 8 Pre-Grouping coaches at a cost of 2/6d (12.5p).  The covering wrapper was drawn in much the same style as Set X, previously shown, but showing different coaches.  This set included six cards containing the following models: two GER 6-wheeled coaches, including a brake-third, a GWR 6-wheeled 1st/3rd composite, an LSWR bogie Restaurant Car, two LBSCR 4-wheeled coaches, an LNWR bogie composite and a Midland Railway bogie composite.  





Here is the card for the LSWR Restaurant Car...




Here are the LBSCR coaches built from scans...






For your delectation, here are the two coaches together with the Stroudley tank previously shown...





The GER coaches...






That concludes the Micromodels railway themed sets.   Next, I would just like to mention the Modelcrat Ltd. single sheet models...



Terry

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The Micromodels story...

Whilst Geoffrey Heighway was producing his kits under the Micromodels label, his previous employer, Modelcraft Ltd., continued to produce further miniature models, but on single sheets.  The range was not large and I have three in my collection.  Here they are...





That concludes the railway models but this is not the end of the Micromodel story.


Where shall we go to next?


Terry

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Buildings ...........................ships ..........?? Or, you could also tell us what happened to him and his company :roll::roll::roll:

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The Micromodels story...


Firstly, some additions to the list which I seem to have omitted.

1949 -Set BD.  This set made up into a breakdown crane and support wagons, together with a well-wagon and crew coach. Price 1/8d.




1951 - Set F2.  This set seeks to compare an early example of an American wood-burner locomotive with a modern (being 1951) streamlined diesel locomotive. The set contains 'Wm Crooks' 4-4-0 of 1861 and a passenger coach, plus a Santa Fe Freight Locomotive and car. First issued at 2s 0d for 'hand-colouring'.  Here is the reprint from 1953 at 2/6d, which had pre-coloured cards.






1953 - Set PG8.  Price 2/6d.  Contained LSWR Drummond 4-6-0,  LNWR 'Greater Britain' and GNR Ivatt Atlantic.  Quite a common set.






1955 - Set PG7.  For 3/0d you once again got three locomotives, GWR 'The Great Bear', GWR 4-4-0 'Duke' class and a Midland Railway 4-4-0 Compound. Here it is...






Terry

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Thank you Peter, taken on board.  Would anybody else like this story to continue?

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Did anyone notice that in the 5th post of this thread, I had included the wrong picture for Set H1?  I posted the Modelcraft kit by mistake.  I have now included both for comparison purposes.  Please take the time to go back and have a look.

As regards Peter's query about what happened to Geoffrey Heighway and his company.  Sadly, Mr.Heighway died in 1956.  He sold Micromodels Ltd. just before his death and the new owner released the last packet Micromodel the following year.  The company then passed through various hands, some of whom re-issued some models in various guises, but basically nothing new emerged.  The printing plates for many of the models, but not all, are now owned by Autocraft Ltd., but more of them later.

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To me the model craft set represented much better value for money. 1/3d for an engine, 3 coaches, a truck and a wayside station and track. Fabulous stuff.
I saw on one model kit that the cab handrail was to be improvised from a bristle.
I wonder how many children these days would know what a bristle is!

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Fantastic thread Terry.Much more please.

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Marty wrote: To me the model craft set represented much better value for money. 1/3d for an engine, 3 coaches, a truck and a wayside station and track. Fabulous stuff.
I saw on one model kit that the cab handrail was to be improvised from a bristle.
I wonder how many children these days would know what a bristle is!

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When I built the Modelcraft Spitfire, I used part of a cat's whisker to represent the aerial just behind the cockpit. Picture to follow later in this thread.

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The Micromodels story...  continues with ships and boats.

Set S1- Six Little Ships & Galleons.  First released in 1948 at 1/8d.  This charming set contains six cards each with a ship printed thereon and is actually a reprint of an earlier set produced by Modelcraft Ltd., called 'The Romance of Sail'.  The two sets differ in that the original Modelcraft set was varnished and had a description of the vessel printed on the back of each card.  Here is a Micromodels Ltd. reprint from 1955...






Here is the 'Ark Royal' for your delight...






And here is the original Modelcraft Ltd. set for comparison...




This is one of the varnished cards from the Modelcraft set, the Mayflower...




and the rear of the same card...




It's Christmas Day and the wife is out of bed.  Time to open the presents.  Merry Christmas to you all.



More soon...



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Yes!

Thankyou for all this, that's the model I remember, part of a primary school 'project', do kids do those today?

They must have been around still in about1958?

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Fascinating stuff Terry, reading it today (25th) adds to the nostalgic Christmas atmosphere. Can't recollect seeing them as a kid but my early days were spent on a farm and all our modelling involved pocket knives to carve catapults and six shooters.

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The Micromodels story...

Set S2 - HMS Vanguard - 'The largest warship ever built in Great Britain', according to the wrapper.  First released in 1949, price 1/0d. (5p).  This set contained only three cards making it the smallest Micromodel issued.  The original issue commemorated the forthcoming visit of HRH King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth to New Zealand and Australia.  Here is the 1953 reprint...



 


Set S3 - HMS Amethyst. Published in 1949.  There were four cards in this set depicting the frigate which was involved in the famous 'Yangste Incident' in the same year.  For those who are in the dark - HMS Amethyst was quite lawfully cruising down the River Yangste when she was fired upon by the Chinese.  She was effectively held prisoner until she and her gallant crew fought their way to freedom. The 1957 film starring matinee idol Richard Todd tells the story.  The wrapper appears to show the frigate running the gauntlet of the Chinese big guns.  Here is the 1953 reprint...



The kit makes up into quite a nice model.  This example is made from a scan of the kit.




Set S4 - Cutty Sark.  The famous Tea Clipper now on permanent display at Greenwich, London.  Issued in 1950 at a cost of 2/0d.  As well as six cards, the set also contains a sail sheet printed on thin paper.  Unfortunately, the wrapper illustration is not as attractive as many other Micromodels.  This example dates from 1953.



Set S5 - HMS Victory - Nelson's Flagship.  Released in 1951 at a cost of 2s.0d.  The illustration is of the 1952 reprint costing 2/6d. This set is one of the few which have the illustration printed at ninety degrees to all the others in the series.




Set S6 - The Showboat Cotton Blossom.  Printed in 1952 at a cost of 2/6d.  One presumes that Geoffrey Heighway had seen the 1951 MGM musical film 'Show Boat' starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner.  Here is a copy of the 1955 reprint...




To be continued...


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Again fascinating! Love the way you post the feeds ...or feed the posts... I'm now committed to finding one to build! more please regards Ian

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Ian, if you look on ebay, you will find a number of models being sold by Autocraft Ltd. They are called 'Micro New Models' and are scans of the originals.  Buying one of these might be your best way forward as they are cheaper than the originals.  However, it might be best to wait until I finish this thread as there are a lot of models to go yet and you might see something you like.

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The Micromodels story...

Sets S7 & S8 were never issued.

Set S9 - Queen Elizabeth and Mauretania.  In 1953, at a cost of 3/4d. you could buy yourself two liners.  There were eight cards in this pack and a base strip which wrapped around the cards inside the outer wrapper.  Five cards for the Queen Elizabeth and three cards for the Mauretania. 



Set S10 - SS United States.  Another 1953 introduction at a cost of 2/6d.  Four cards and a wrap around base.



 Set S11 - Thames Sailing Barge and Canal Narrow Boat.  Yours in 1953 for the princely sum of 2/6d. (12.5p)  No reprint was ever undertaken for this set.  This set contains six cards plus a half-card base and a thin sheet of printed brown paper for the sails.




S12 was never issued.

To be continued...

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Set S13 - The Royal Yacht 'Bluebottle'.  Issued in 1954 at a cost of 2/6d. This set contains six cards and brown paper for the sails and will make two models.  The former royal yacht 'Bluebottle' was presented to HM The Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding present.  It is now on show at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall.  Another set with the wrapper illustration at ninety degrees to most of the others in the series.





Set S14 - Pulling & Sailing Lifeboat and Motor Lifeboat.  Two boats could be modelled from this set issued in 1955 at a cost of 3/0d.  No reprint was ever issued making it scarce.  Six cards, a half-card base and a brown paper sail sheet were included.  Very attractive illustration on the wrapper.






Set S15 - Maori Ceremonial War Canoe.  Published in 1955 at a cost of 3/0d.  Never reprinted. This set contains six cards and a base strip.  It was supposed to be one of a three-part set, the other two being a Maori Meeting House and a Maori Village.  Unfortunately, these models were never produced.





Sets S16 and S17 were never issued.  


Set No.1 - New Series - 'The Mayflower'.  This was the last Micromodel produced and was issued by the new owners after Geoffrey Heighway's death.  Published in 1957 at a cost of 4/0d.  It used the original artwork by Geoffrey Heighway for his Set 8, which was never issued.  The 'Mayflower' also appears in Set S1.  Apparently, the model was originally conceived to commemorate the sailing of a full-sized replica of 'Mayflower' from the UK to the US.



Promotional Model - Donald Campbell's 'Bluebird'.  This model was produced for the Mobil Oil Company and originally consisted of a single large sheet, folded to resemble a normal Micromodel.  As is well known, 'Bluebird' was owned by Donald Campbell.  Tragically, he was killed in January, 1967, whilst attempting to break his own water speed-record on Coniston Water in England's Lake District. This model was later reprinted in its original form and subsequently in the usual Micromodel six-card and wrapper format, by Autocraft Ltd., the current owners of the printing plates.  Here is the later six-card version with its very attractive wrapper...



That concludes the Micromodels Ltd. nautical models.  Next, I would like to briefly look at the nautical models from Modelcraft Ltd.  


More soon...


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The Micromodels story...

                                        ...or to be more accurate, the Modelcraft story.

 Around 1941 0r 1942,  Modelcraft Ltd. produced their set A1 - 'The Romance of Sail' which was later reproduced by Micromodels Ltd. as their set S1 - 'Six Little Ships & Galleons'.

Set B1 - British Fighting Ships.  Probably published in 1942.  Six cards depicting Nelson's Flagship HMS Victory, the Battleship HMS King George V, the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal, the submarine HMS Sea Lion, Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) 102, and the Destroyer HMS Cossack.  If you have this set I would happily receive it as a belated Christmas present!  Here is MTB 102 constructed from a scan...



Between 1945 and 1947 Modelcraft Ltd. produced three nautical models which could be propelled in water by using methylated spirits to produce a chemical reaction at the rear of the vessel, thus moving it forward through the water.


The first model was The Queen Mary.  The set contained two cards, albeit one was the same length as two cards.  Priced at 9d.  The first issue had the name 'Minicraft' on the wrapper but on the subsequent reprint this had been changed to the word 'Microcraft'.


Around 1947 Modelcraft Ltd. produced their Cabin Cruiser under the 'Microcraft' name, at a cost of 9d.  Two cards in a wrapper, although one card is the same length as two cards.  A later reprint produced the wrapper and cards on a large single sheet of card.  Here is a photo of half of that sheet...



And the front when folded...



I made this model from a scan...



The final vessel in this group was the 'Microcraft' Thames Tug. This is extremely rare nowadays.  However, I have constructed this rather attractive model from a scan...



That's the end of our journey through the nautical models.


Anyone interested in aircraft?


Terry

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I'm interested in the aircraft Terry  :thumbs

Who made similar model boats but with a small trough at the stern for baking powder ?  As I said earlier on in this thread, I clearly remember making them - probably in the early to mid 50's.   They had to be waterproofed with banana oil - it came in a small bottle and, once dried, it resembled shellac in appearance - a sort of glossy light brown colour.  You put a tiny bit of baking powder in the stern "pocket" and, as it reacted with water, it drove the boat along.  Much safer than  meths I'd have thought .............:roll::roll:

I could have sworn they were "Micromodels" but obviously I'm mistaken.  :hmm

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Peter, unfortunately I am not quite old enough to remember them.  They sound interesting though.

Standby for the aircraft.

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So, onto the aircraft models.  This is a very small group with only four sets produced by Micromodels Ltd.

Set AV1 - Airliners - Bristol Brabazon and de Havilland Comet.  First issued in 1949 at 1/8d. and later reissued in 1953 at 2/6d.  Both of these aircraft were topical in 1949 as the Brabazon was the World's largest land airplane and the Comet was the first jet airliner.  The set contained six cards which were printed in silver, making them very attractive.  Very rare.

Set AV2 - Wright Biplane & Bleriot Monoplane.  The Wright Biplane being the first aircraft to fly and the Bleriot Monoplane being the first to cross the English Channel.  Printed in 1952 at 2/6d.  Contains the usual six cards inside the attractive wrapper.



 


Set AV3 - English Electric Canberra B Mk 2 and Avro 707B.  Published in 1953 at a cost of 2/6d.  Never reprinted.  Six cards inside the wrapper.  Another very rare model.


 Set AV4 - Bristol 173, Westland Sikorsky and Autogiro C30.  Published in 1953 for 2/6d.  You got three helicopter models in this six-card pack for your money.  Attractive wrapper with the Bristol 173 illustrated thereon.






And so to the Modelcraft Ltd. aircraft...

There were four sets in the Modelcraft range.

Set E1 - Allied Fighter Planes.  Probably released around 1942/3 at 1/3d.  Six cards with six models thereon, these being  Spitfire Mk VI,  Defiant,  Airacobra,  Hurricane Mk IIc,  Tomahawk, and Thunderbolt.  Extremely rare set.  If you have this set you should contact me with your address so that I can burgle your house!  You have my word that I won't take anything else!


For your enjoyment, here is the Spitfire from this set, constructed from a scan, alongside a UK 20p. coin.  For the information of those readers outside the UK, this is a VERY small coin.  You might be interested to learn that the aerial running from behind the cockpit to the tail is part of a cat's whisker.  I have five cats so there is a constant supply!  Without further ado...




 
Set F1 - Fighter Bombers.  This 1943 set of six cards made three models.  For your 1/3d. you became the proud owner of a Westland Whirlwind, a Bristol Beaufighter and a de Havilland Mosquito.  Here is the set...



For your enjoyment, I have included here one card from each model...







Set G1 - Heavy Bombers.  Released in 1943 at a cost of 1/3d.  This set contained six cards which made-up into two aircraft, the Boeing Fortress II and the Short Stirling I.




For your further enjoyment, here are the first cards for each aircraft...





Set H1 - Flying Boats.  Probably issued in 1944 at a cost of 1/6d.  Eight cards making up into two aircraft, the Short Sunderland and the Consolidated Catalina.  Here is the Catalina constructed from a scan...





That brings to an end the Aircraft in this Micromodel extravaganza.

There are a small number of miscellaneous models to cover next before moving on to the largest group, the Architectural models.

To be continued...


Terry

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My texting finger's the last part of me to sober up at this time of year, the last post...?..should have read 'coming' not 'click' Apparently I've gone all predictive.

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Fascinating. I had no idea that there were so many made.

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Geoffrey Heighway produced a number of Micromodels which did not fit into any of the larger categories.  We can group them under the heading 'Miscellaneous' and I will deal with them next.

 Set BE - Beam Engine.  Produced in 1950.  For 1/8d. you could build your own Cornish Beam Engine.  This is a very rare Micromodel.  I did partly construct it some time ago.  Here is the work so far...




Set FC - Mammoth Floating Crane.  This model of the 200ton floating crane owned by the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, Liverpool, was first published in 1948 at a cost of 1/3d.  The six cards were printed in black and white for hand-colouring.  Another very rare model. Here is a later reprint by Autocraft Ltd...




 Set MC1 - B.R.M., G.P. Bugatti & 1903 G.B. Mercedes.  The only Micromodel set to feature automobiles was produced in 1954 at a price of 2/6d.  Quite a common set.



Set OW - Oil Well 'Abadan' set.  Cracking Plant & Model Tanker.  Printed in 1951, priced 2/0d.  Contained six cards in black and white for hand-colouring.  Not really a subject to 'set you alight'!




This is a card from the set...



Set T0 - Threshing Outfit.  Originally published in 1949 for 1/8d.  This set is printed in colour and contained  a Traction Engine, Straw Elevator and a Threshing Machine.  Here is the 1952 reprint...




Set T02 - Mammoth Shovel Excavator.  The first issue in 1951, priced 2/0d. contained six cards printed in black and white for hand-colouring.  It was reprinted in 1952 in colour at 2/6d. The later set is very common.




TOY1 - Happee 'Dracow' The Gentle Dragon.  A very unusual Micromodel in that this was a moving toy.  Oh Dear, what on earth were you thinking of Geoffrey?  Released in 1949 at 1/8d.


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TOY2 - 'Putred' The Long-Necked Snoop.  Another moving toy where the head nods.  One assumes that Geoffrey Heighway was venting his spleen, having had a visit from some officious individual whom the model purports to represent. Published in 1949, priced 1/8d.  Should have stuck to the more serious subjects..




Set TR1 - London Transport 'Feltham' Type Tram, Merryweather Steam 'Dummy' With Trailer Car and North Metropolitan Horse Tram.  One for the tram enthusiasts.  Published in 1953 at 2/6d.




There were a few miscellaneous packet models issued by Modelcraft Ltd.  Unfortunately, neither are in my collection.

Set C1 - Weapons of War.  Issued around 1942 for 1/4d.  Six cards and six models: Matilda Tank, 3.7 inch AA Gun, AA Search Light, Catapault Launching Gear, 14 inch Gun Turret and Naval Torpedo.

Set D1 - Tanks, British, USA and Russian.  Issued probably around 1942/3 at a cost of 1/4d.  Six cards made up into seven models.  For your money you got the following tanks: Churchill, Crusader, General Grant, American Heavy, Russian Medium, a Bren Gun Carrier and a BSA Scout Car.

That concludes the Miscellaneous models.  Next we move to the final and largest group of Micromodels, the Architectural models.

To be continued...

Terry

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Now we come to the Architectural models and my personal favourites.  My introduction to Micromodels came about around 1959/1960 when my elder brother purchased and built ARC 2 - Dr. Johnson's House.  So, to the models...



ARC 1 - Anne Hathaway's Cottage.  If you don't know who this lady is, shame on you.  As every schoolboy knows, Anne Hathaway became William Shakespeare's wife to whom he left his 'second best bed' in his will.  The model represents Anne's cottage which is still standing in Stratford-upon-Avon.  First published in 1948 at a cost of 1/8d.  Reprinted in 1953 at 2/6d. and subsequently reprinted by Autocraft Ltd.




 ARC 2 - Doctor Johnson's House.  First published in 1949 at a price of 1/8d.  Doctor Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived at 17 Gough Square, London, where he compiled his 'Dictionary of the English Language'.  The six cards in this kit make up into an attractive model of the 300 year-old house.




And here's one I made earlier...




ARC 3 - Cripplegate.  One of six of the old London Gates produced in the Micromodels range.  Others were planned but, unfortunately, were never issued.  These gates were based on models built by the Artist and Historian John B. Thorp which were displayed in the Museum of London in the late 1940's.  One of the old London Gates models would be an ideal starter kit for anyone wishing to have a crack at producing a Micromodel.  However, construct the model from a scan, not one of the original kits as they are now quite collectable.  More on obtaining the kits later in this thread.  This model was first printed in 1949 at a cost of 1/8d.  Here is a 1955 reprint...





ARC 4 - Moorgate.  First published in 1950 for 1/8d.  Reprinted in 1955 for 3/0d.  The six cards make up into another attractive model.




Makes up into this...




 To be continued ...


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Thank you Ian and Peter. Just out of interest, I printed off Aldgate last night with a view to making it up.  I feel that with the experience gained recently making Scalescenes card kits, I might make a better job of the Micromodels now.

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 ARC 5 - Aldgate.  In 1950, you could have bought this attractive model for 1/8d.  It was reprinted in 1955 at the higher cost of 3/0d.  The six cards made up into another nice model representing one of the old London gates.  Here is the 1955 reprint...



Here are a couple of views of the finished model.  Can you spot the differences between the wrapper illustration and the finished model?





ARC 6- This would have been a model of Bridgegate, situated on old London Bridge.  Unfortunately Geoffrey Heighway died before the model could come to fruition, thus it was never issued.  However, another manufacturer in the USA has taken up the challenge and this model, along with many other new 'Micromodels' can be found here:


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 ARC 7 - Newgate.  Another attractive model containing six cards.  First released in 1951 for 2/0d.  Reprinted in 1955 for 3/0d.



Here is the completed model...





ARC 8 Ludgate - This model was never issued.  However, a new version has been released by Micromodels USA (see link above).  The current owners of the printing plates, Autocraft Ltd. have also produced their version of Ludgate which can be purchased on ebay.


ARC 9 - Bishop's Gate - Situated in Bishopsgate, very close to the present-day Liverpool Street Station.  It's former location is marked by a Bishop's mitre representation affixed to the buildings either side of the road.  First issued in 1952 at a cost of 2/6d.  Re-issued in 1955 at 3/0d.  The six cards in the attractive wrapper made up into another fine model.



ARC 10 Alder's Gate.  Printed in 1955 at a cost of 3/0d.  Never reprinted.  Another fine model can be made from the six cards.



To be continued...


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ARC 12 - The Tower of London.  A superb model of this, the most famous of all castles.  First issued in 1950 for 3/4d.  Never re-issued although it is quite common.  There are twelve cards in this set.



ARC 13 - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark.  Published in 1950 for 2/0d . Later re-printed in 1952 for 2/6d. and again in 1955 for 3/0d.  A scarce model containing six cards which make up into a delightful model of the most famous theatre of all time.  The original theatre lies buried beneath a listed Edwardian  building, so we may never get to see it being excavated.  However, there is a display at the site appertaining to the Globe Theatre and the modern nearby replica is well worth a look when you next visit London.




Here it is in all its glory...






ARC 14 - Old London Bridge.  Based on the bridge during the reign of Elizabeth I, this set has a very attractive wrapper which contains twelve cards.  First and only print was in 1951 when it sold for 3/4d. 




More soon...
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The spin off from these models is the history they teach, incredible Terry thanks.

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Keep 'em coming.   :thumbs

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ARC 15 - The Bull Hotel, Long Melford, Suffolk.  First issued in late 1951 or early 1952 at a cost of 2/0d.  Reprinted in 1952 and 1955.  Built in the mid-1400s, this old hotel pre-dates the first Tudor monarchs by some 35 years.  It has a wealth of features including a fireplace dating from the Tudor period.  The ghost of Richard Evered, who was murdered in the hotel in 1648, is said to haunt its corridors.



 


The wrapper contained six cards and a strip which made up into this delightful model:




 




ARC 16 - The Guildhall and Cottages, Thaxted, Essex.  You could have bought this delightful model in 1952 for 2/6d.  Reprinted in 1955 for 3/0d.  A very attractive wrapper which contained six cards producing a beautiful little replica.  Believed to have been built sometime between 1462 and 1475, this historic building has an open-paved ground floor which was used as a market and meeting place.  It is still in use and is very much at the centre of activities in this thriving Essex town.




This is what you got for your money...



 



More soon...


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This is an absolutely brilliant thread Terry and considering that these models pre date the likes of Scalescenes by 50 to 60 years i think the detail is fantastic.Are the models made to any scale at all?.

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Thank you Alan.  Glad you are still with me.  The Architectural models appear to be in different scales, depending on the size of the building.  All of the London Gates are to the same scale but, as you'll see shortly, there were some huge buildings in this range, so different scales had to apply.

Hello Max, nice to know you are still following too.

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The Micromodels story...


Arc 17 - Windsor Castle.  You could have owned this royal castle in 1953 for the grand sum of 3/4d.  The set was never re-printed.  It was included as part of the Coronation Set celebrating the crowning of HM Queen Elizabeth II.  Quite a rare model.  The attractive wrapper contained ten cards.  I recently had a visit to this royal residence.  Having a knowledge of the layout of the Micromodel  proved very useful in finding my way around!  A 'must see' on your next visit to England.



Some years ago I had a bash at building this model.  Unfortunately, I didn't get around to finishing it.  Still, I'll show the part completed model here just to give you a flavour...






.ARC 18 - Royal Lodge, Nreyi, Kenya.  This model was never issued.


Arc 19 - The Houses of Parliament.  The second model in the Coronation Set.  The only printing was in 1953 at 3/4d.  However, this is a very common model.  Twelve cards and one strip of grey buildings.  Boring to look at, but produced an interesting model.  Just a shame that the real building is full of liars, thieves and vagabonds!  And they jokingly refer to each other as 'Honourable'!  Come the Revolution!




ARC 20 - Westminster Abbey.  The third model in the Coronation Set.  Only printed once in 1953 at 3/4d.  Another fairly common set containing twelve cards and a strip.  Similar in style to the previous model but made up into a very interesting model.




To be continued...

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I suspect these were mostly "after my time" during the '40s I was more into Hornby 0 gauge, Meccano & flying models planes; by the end of 1951 I was in the RAF, and didn't start producing kids until '55.

I think maybe parents choice of "toys" at Xmas and birthdays tend to influence what interests we follow, once you have something like a "train set" or Meccano your pocket money (if any) would go towards increasing those,

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 ARC 21A,B,C - Hampton Court.   The largest Micromodel produced.  This consisted of three packets which, together, enabled you to build the whole of this former royal palace.  To build the whole model, you would have had to work your way through 38 cards, plus one half-card and two strips.  Just bear in mind that the average Micromodel had only six cards.  First and only print was in 1954.  As all three wrappers are the same except for the letter 'A', 'B' or 'C' and the description of the contents, I have shown one only.



 


ARC 22 - St. Peter's, Rome and Vatican.  You could own this model in 1954 after shelling out 3/4d.  Never reprinted but it is a very common model.   The twelve cards are drawn to a very small scale to enable the whole model to fit into a small area.



 ARC 23 - The White House, Washington.  The only printing was in 1955 at a cost of 3/0d.  Only five cards were included in this set.  Personally, I don't think that the wrapper illustration is much to write home about.  The cards, however, are nicely drawn.




ARC 24 - The United States Capitol, Washington D.C.  Printed in 1955 for 4/0d.  Never reprinted.  The set contained twelve cards which were similar in style to ARC 23.



There were a number of other models proposed with the ARC suffix, but none were ever issued.  However,
Micromodels USA (see link earlier or later in this thread) has produced at least five models, to my knowledge, based on the original ideas.


 


Set WM - Water-Mill.  The only printing was in 1948 at 1/3d.  Later re-produced by Autocraft Ltd.  The six cards were printed in black and white for 'hand-colouring'.  Apparently, a working model could be produced from this kit.  Here is the Autocraft reproduction...



Set WM2 - Windmill.  Printed in 1949 for 1/8d.  No reprint issued.  A working model based on the mill at Aythorpe Roding near Great Dunmow in Essex.  Another working model printed on six black and white cards for hand painting.  Here is the Autocraft reproduction...




Set FB - Festival of Britain Site 1951.  Printed as an official souvenir of the exhibition site on London's South Bank.  Of course, the buildings, such as the Royal Festival Hall, have become part of London's fabric.  It was on sale for 3/4d.  An interesting subject but, unfortunately, the ten cards are in black and white.  Autocraft Ltd. reproduced this set at a later date.  Here it is...



Modelcraft 'The Skylon'.  Modelcraft Ltd. also produced a kit based on the 1951 Festival of Britain.  This was 'The Skylon' which was the futuristic centrepiece of the exhibition.  It resembled a kind of space rocket.  Published in 1951 at 9d.  A nice wrapper but only contained two, rather boring cards.





And those, as far as I am aware, are all the models in the Micromodel story.


I will briefly deal next with some of the publications put out by Micromodels Ltd., and look at how you might go about obtaining some models should you have the desire to construct some of these excellent miniatures.

Terry








 

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Please not that I have added two extra Modelcraft models to the Miscellaneous Section at the end of the 53rd post.  There are no pictures but you might find it interesting.

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The Micromodels story...

Micromodels Ltd. published two booklets.  


The Microputian Population.  First published in 1950 for 2/6d.  Re-published in 1952 with the price being dropped to 2/0d.  This booklet instructed you as to how to carve miniature people from matchsticks, with which to populate your miniature buildings.




 Making Models in Card.  Published in 1955 at a cost of 2/9d.  The title probably says it all.  Interestingly, there is a photograph in this booklet of the proposed ARC 25, the Maori Assembly House, although this model was never issued.  However, Micromodels USA (see below) has produced a new version of this model.



I also have in my collection a four-page leaflet which shows the available models...



And here is an advertisement from the Model Railway Constructor in 1958 after Micromodels Ltd. had been sold...



For more information on Micromodels and to see pictures of those models which I have been unable to show, please refer to the following website, which is hosted by the acknowledged expert on Micromodels, Lester Harrison.  As stated at the beginning of this thread I have drawn heavily on Mr. Harrison's knowledge, mainly from his earlier publication 'Micromodels - Your Workshop in a Cigar Box- The Story of Micromodels'.


As regards making the models.  Please don't destroy any original Micromodel as they are now very collectable.  Instead, please consider making the models from good scans.  Accordingly, if you search Ebay for 'micromodels', you will find many called Micro'New'Models.  These are excellent scans being sold by the current owner of most of the printing plates, Autocraft Ltd.  Generally these are much cheaper than the originals and allow you to obtain most of the range, including those which are very scarce.


 Micromodels USA are currently producing new Micromodels and some that were envisaged by Geoffrey Heighway, but never produced.  Have a look here...


http://www.micromodelsusa.com/#MicromodelsUSA


I would be very happy to hear from anyone who has in their possession or comes across any Micromodels.  I still have a few gaps in my collection.


Well, that's your lot.  I hope that you have enjoyed this festive season journey through the world of Micromodels. 


Happy New Year to you all. :cheers


Terry


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What a brilliant thread! many thanks for bringing the story (and models) to us all.

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I'll second that Shaun. :thumbs

An excellent thread Terry - a real trip down memory lane and quite a few surprises there were down that lane.  I had no idea they'd issued all those models but it was great to see them and to read the story of the company.  I haven't checked but I wonder what 1/6p is worth, in real terms, today ?  I suspect the models were a bit dearer than at first seems .............:roll::roll:  Also, I can't remember what level Purchase Tax was set at but I wonder how it compares with VAT today .............:hmm

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In 1954 purchase tax was 33.3% basic rate,66.7% for luxury goods and exempt for utility goods.

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Wow - that's a hefty lump to add to the net prices.  I wonder if miniature houses are "luxury goods" or exempt ...............:hmm

Thanks Alan - I'll stick with VAT. ;-)

It reminds me, before we moved to France, we had a holiday house in North Cyprus (the Turkish bit) for 10 years.  Over there, I could buy english cigarettes - made in UK, shipped to Cyprus via Turkey for considerably less that £2 per packet when the UK price was nearer £5+.

I commented on the price (local fags were about 10p for 1,000 ....they were made from camel dung ....:lol:).  The shopkeeper apologised for the "high price" of UK cigarettes saying it was as a result of Turkey taking 20% tax as they passed through and the local Cypriot government adding a further 40% tax because UK fags were classed as "luxury goods".   I'll leave you to work out what the poor old  tobacco grower might be getting paid ............

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For those who have been following this thread I have made some additions which you might like to look at.

In the 29th thread I have added an illustration of set BD - the Breakdown Train, which has just come into my possession.

In the 58th thread I have added a couple of photos of ARC 5 - Aldgate, when constructed. I decided to build this model last week.  The observant amongst you may notice that the wrapper illustration differs somewhat from the actual model when built.  No prizes for spotting the differences.

Enjoy!

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Terry your thread has been fascinating, although I don't recall the micromodels you have certainly evoked memories of childhood. Rainy Saturdays, assembling the fruits of pocket(or paper) money in the former of a balsa aeroplane (with rubber band of course)or watching auntie cutting up her woodbine packets to make a tank amongst other things.
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I'd absolutely agree with that Ian - and I do remember Micromodels.   I had no idea of the scale of the operation and it's been a fascinating history.  I wonder if there are any small companies today who could be so prolific...............:roll::roll::roll:

What has got me a bit baffled Ian, is why your auntie would need a tank ?  Were you a belligerent child ? :hmm


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Ha you nearly got me then Peter but it's pretty obvious, I needed somewhere to put the goldfish I'd won at the fair!

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Did they smoke too ?  "Woodbines" :hmm - there used to be a paper pack of 5 priced, I think at around 5d (5 old pence - of which there were 12 in a shilling - for the youngsters .....)

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Only the Haddock...yes if I recall there were 2 distinct camps, you were either Woodbines or Park Drive unless you wanted a severe cough then it was Craven A, ah happy days. Wasn't glue called Gloy then (pear shaped bottle with red rubber top).

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Woodbines in the South, Park Drive oop North. and do you remember Dominos? they were in a paper packet as well. Only four to a pack tho'.
I remember Gloy well. Had a slit in the top, IIRC. Serious ones like Doug used Secotine...

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I certainly do remember Domino's different packs had different number of dots. Are kids allowed to purchase dope' nowadays? The sort you put on the aircraft tissue paper, it certainly cleared the sinuses!

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Yep - I remember both Gloy and Secotine - the latter came in a lead type tube and stank !!!  I also remember an animal glue pot which was kept warm on a small gas ring.  You kept adding little beads of hard glue to top it up.  Very strong glue it was too.

Couldn't stand Park Drive ot Woodbines.  Fortunately, my parents alternated between Players Navy Cut and Senior Service.  They bought them in boxes of 100 which they decanted into a cigarette box.  They had no idea how many they were smoking between them.................... :roll::roll::roll:;-)

Keil Kraft and Veron were two model makers I remember.  The dope was bought in small jars about the size of current "weathering washes".  Pear drops were quite good (and you could buy them in sweet shops) but nothing came close to the effect of the dope ............:thumbs:thumbs

Domino have kept going but I think they make pizzas nowadays ..................:roll::roll::roll::mutley

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Yes now I remember the Kiel Kraft models and for the really ambitious there were engines (they put your plane into the deck at a much higher velocity. Also I recall Jetex' motors. The concoction on the stove was called stew but might have been a poltice!

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I also remember Kiel Kraft models,i have a nice scar at the top of my leg caused by a scalpel to remind me.Jetex as well,my dad had a model of an Avro Vulcan which we flew at Sandhurst Rec.Boy did it go.

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Unfortunately my early skill levels were quite poor, so much so I even snapped the wings of those basic planes where you ( non too gently in mt case) slotted the balsa wings through the thin balsa fuselage and adjusted the lead plug in the nose! Still it was all part or the apprenticeship of model making.

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My brother (older) had a Jetex motor fitted to a Keil Kraft Gloster Javelin.  That was a super model too. :thumbs  If I remember rightly, didn't the Jetex work from a tablet of "rocket fuel" you put into the motor and lit ............:roll::roll::roll:

You see what you've started Terry - a real old trip down Memory Lane - the older we are, the longer the lane ..................:cheers:cheers:cheers

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A peer of mine fitted 2 jetex engines to a helicopter...
If found I think there's still a reward on it, can't remember exactly how much but there was a ha'penny involved.

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Petermac wrote:   If I remember rightly, didn't the Jetex work from a tablet of "rocket fuel" you put into the motor and lit ............:roll::roll::roll:

You see what you've started Terry - a real old trip down Memory Lane - the older we are, the longer the lane ..................:cheers:cheers:cheers

Yes it was a tablet Peter.Long memory,i was only five,that's fifty five years ago.I can't remember what i did yesterday.

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Petermac said, "You see what you've started Terry - a real old trip down Memory Lane - the older we are, the longer the lane .................." :cheers:cheers:cheers



 

I couldn't possibly comment.  I'm much too young!

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A sort of cul-de-sac maybe ........................:mutley:mutley

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For those of you who are old enough to be following this thread, I have made some further additions.  In post 25 I have added a picture of Set NS4.  In post 26 I have added picture of Set X2 plus a picture of the card for the LSWR Restaurant Car.  In post 53 I have added a picture of Set OW, the Oil Cracking Plant plus a card from the set.

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That's the ad that hooked me, taks me back to 'Wickes' second hand book shop in North Camp and piles of 3d war comics and railway magazines. Great memories, thank you.

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For those who were diligently following this thread over the Christmas period, please have a look at the 58th post to see a newly completed model of ARC7  Newgate.

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Great!

Some of the rearmost cut-outs, especially the 'Gates' would make great little fillers, just viewable as a'distant' glance between two foreground buildings.

SWMBO has fallen for the motor cruiser and especially the tugboat....

"Would it be difficult?" she asks.

'Oh no dear, just let me have your best manicure scissors, I'll grind them down a bit smaller....'

Nice work, Terry.

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It has been good to reacquaint myself with the post, they are so detailed I can't think of anything current that is of such quality bearing in mind the medium

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Thank you both.  Yes, they were well designed Ian.

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Very nice little model Terry, from there I Googled Newgate... learn something new everyday... cheers. Marty

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Thank you Marty.

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A couple of further updates for you Micromodel lovers.

In the 10th post, I have added set HM, a Stirling Single and a LNER A4 Pacific, which I have just acquired.

Similarly, in the 38th post I have added the original Modelcraft set 'The Romance of Sail' to compare with the later Micromodels set 'Six Small Ships and Galleons'.

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:bump  As we are about to begin the headlong rush to Christmas, 2017, and as we have quite a few newish members, I thought I would 'bump' this thread.  Hard to believe that I originally posted this thread three years ago - Christmas 2014.  I have added a few new models which I have acquired since the original posting.


Once again, enjoy the stroll down Memory Lane.


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