How Great Central Models came to be …
My modelling period until 2010 was very definitely post WW2, big steam and stuff but there has been a diversion.
I have always thought the Robinson 4-6-0s were plug ugly engines and every time I heard somebody expound on their beauty and style I had always concluded that the world in which we live is truly a strange place. Later I began to realise that there really was something about these ‘ducklings’ that did catch one’s attention. I noticed that in quite a few classes there were so many similarities that it was a wonder that there seemed to be no models for these ex-G.C.R., L.N.E.R. and then for a while, B.R. engines.
They lasted quite a while so must have been useful to somebody! Then in conversation with a modeller of note, it was remarked that very few models of these engines existed in model form, probably due to a perceived shortage of kits and interest. I opened my big mouth and indicated that it should be possible to build the whole set of Robinson 4-6-0s using a large number of common parts and run them as P4 models. Big mistake, huge!
During 2009 and 2010 Scalefour News and MRJ ran articles about using etched brass or etched nickel silver to produce kits, there were some discussions and a few minor disagreements about methodologies but the concensus seemed to be that models could be built by the private modeller for private satisfaction using modern tools and at a cost that would be within modest budgets. A rough calculation did show that a model could be completed at a similar cost to that of a fully fitted commercial kit or a ready-to-run model and for my own interest I began to play with CAD to try to build some of my own models.