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CORNELL MODELS IN 'O' SCALE
The London Transport HR2/E3 etched brass sheet makes a 7mm : 1 foot scale model of one of the 260 trams built by English
Electric from 1930.
Whilst the bodies were identical, class HR2 was mounted on EMB roller bearing
equal wheel bogies and the E3 class were mounted on EMB Maximum Traction bogies. The kit may be
constructed as a non working model or as a working model.
Price: £160.00 + P&P and other fees may be payable. Please see my Order Form.
The Manchester 4 wheel open top etched brass sheet makes a 7mm : 1 foot scale model of one of the
first four wheel production cars, 107 - 276 built by The Brush Electrical Engineering Company of
Loughborough, or 277 - 436 built by Geo. F. Milnes & Co. Ltd., of Birkenhead from 1901.
The kit contains alternative dash panels to suit either manufacturer, the Milnes cars being identified
by their cut-away dash panels. Cars were also built with either Peckham Cantilever or Brill 21E trucks
and either BTH or Dick Kerr controllers.
There were at least 8 different variations of this car in existence. The kit, complete with top deck
seats, may be constructed as a non working model or as a working model.
Price: £79.95 + P&P and other fees may be payable. Please see my Order Form.
Click on either image to enlarge; initially the London Tram appears, click on that image to view the
To complete either model requires additional parts. Lengths of 0.5mm wire for the handrails,
trucks, wheels, window glazing material, transfers, controllers and trolley poles. All these items
are available from Terry Russell Trams!
1936 VINTAGE AEC MERCURY TOWER WAGON '0' GAUGE MODEL KIT
June 2012 - Updated 16th July 2014
An '0' gauge [1/43rd rather than 1/50th - so suitable for St
Petersburg tram & trolleybus collectors] resin and lost wax brass [white metal wheels] limited edition model
[kit] of the 1936 vintage AEC Mercury Tower Wagon in its short two-bay crew cab form. All measurements were taken
from the preserved 89Q at the LT Museum.
The tower is lost wax brass and, when assembled, consists of three telescopic sections - soldering will be required.
The cradle has a balcony frame which can be raised and lowered. The outer tower has a three piece ladder and the
various wire loops attached to it. Click on the image above for an enlarged version and also a picture of the
Like most of the models from Dr A Sharma, it is a computer generated 3D pattern which has been turned into solid form
via stereo lithography [aka, "rapid prototyping"] so a 3-bay version would require very little additional
drawing work - if there was sufficient demand.
It is currently available from Radley Models at www.radleymodels.co.uk.
Priced at £109.00 plus P&P of £9.00. Also available is an AEC Mercury pole carrier 92Q and/or 1081Q.
LIVERPOOL 1/43RD SCALE CABIN AND MARK'S BOGIE CAR MODELS
December 2013 - Update
Greg King has created '0' scale 1/43rd resin body mouldings of the Liverpool "Robinson
Cabin car" and "Marks bogie car". Liverpool is a very popular system and hopefully the take up
for these body mouldings will be good.
Please contact me by
me to express an interest in these mouldings but remember that further developments, as always,
relies on the success of this initial model. This will be a limited edition run so don't miss this unique opportunity.
Click on the tram image for more information.
Click on any one of these four pictures for an enlargement
MOTORED TRUCK DESIGN CHOICES
With the introduction of the new SPTC Coronation car model I have re-issued the BELOW FLOOR truck set up with an overall
height of only 19mm, using the Lh21 motor and Ultrascale 21:1 ratio gear set. Click on picture to enlarge.
For heavier models or with exhibition work in mind I still
can supply the H1024 motor and 30:1 ratio gear set. These trucks are 21mm high to the pivot plate on a bogie and 20mm overall on a 4
wheeler thus requiring a slight protrusion through the floor of the model.
DOUBLE SIDED TRAM SHELTER AND OTHER 7mm ITEMS FROM MARK HUGHES
A new addition to the range of tram shelters is a development of the existing Portsmouth style kit into a double-sided
version with semi-circular ends. It has been produced in both 4mm scale [£18 plus £1.10 P&P] and 7mm scale
[£48 plus £2.50 P&P]. There are a limited number of spare development prototypes without the semi-circular ends,
in 4mm scale only [£15 plus £1.10 P&P].
Also now available in 7mm scale, by way of space fillers in the shelter etch, are the Blackpool English Electric [lowered] trolley tower
[£12 plus 75p P&P], bow current collector [£11 plus 75p P&P], and Gateshead dog gates [£3 plus 75p P&P].
To fill up more corners on the 7mm shelter etch, some bus items have been tried out. In some cases the finer detail has suffered from using
the proportionally thicker metal needed for the tram-related parts.
The items are:
Foden grille, front wheel trims, diamond and kite badges; ECW MW wings and grille, Willowbrook wings; AEC, Leyland and Daimler [short] badges;
two styles of driving mirrors; Leyland radiator [4 or 5 piece spare etches, ultimately to be a casting] and Midland Red grille; coach and LT rear
wheel trims; twin headlights, omo signs, side/rear lights set; all in brass.
See pictures of these items.
Mark Hughes, 23 Orchard Rise, Tibberton, GLOUCESTER, Gl19 3AT
Please make cheques payable to H M Hughes.
Making it easier for you to contact me
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Hint: Visit my 'For Sale' page regularly as I am having a bit
of a clear out at present and you could pick up a bargain!
The For Sale page is gradually being populated with details of items that I wish to sell in the coming months.
Eventually you will be spoilt for choice with books, models, layouts and official documents, maybe a lot more. The clutter has got to go
so I can swing the preverbal cat in my workshop. Don't miss out, watch this section of the site carefully as there may well be something
ETCHED BRASS KITS RANGE EXTENDED
The old Blackpool Trams that we knew and loved are gone!
Re-live them with the new range of kits from Terry Russell Trams
Many years ago I obtained the rights to produce the "0" Gauge brass tram fret of the very popular 'WISTOW MODELS' London E/1 class
and have always wished that I could acquire the rest of this wonderful tramcar range. In the Autumn of 2010, right out of the blue, I was kindly
offered the full BLACKPOOL range and the LIVERPOOL "Priestly" bogie car by their designer, John Francis.
As with the LONDON E/1, the extended range of tramcar kits will be made available without the wooden roof, nor are interior cast metal seats as most
model makers prefer to make their own seats from wood to keep the car weight reasonable. However, cast metal seats are available, at additional cost,
for modellers who require them. Remember though that they will make a double deck car heavy which will affect its running capabilities.
All kits can be ordered now, delivery will be 4-6 weeks. The range of tramcar kits are:
- BLACKPOOL "STANDARD" kit comprising of double deck brass body fret, motored Preston-McGuire trucks, stairs, controllers, hand brakes,
head lamps, sprung trolley pole, instructions and a drawing.
- BLACKPOOL "PANTOGRAPH" kit comprising of single deck brass body fret including clerestory roof, motored Preston-McGuire or
English Electric trucks, controllers, hand brakes, head lamps, sprung trolley pole, instructions and a scale drawing.
- BLACKPOOL BRUSH "RAILCOACH" kit comprising of single deck brass body fret, motored English Electric trucks, cab roof domes
and centre roof section castings, controllers, hand brake wheel, sprung trolley pole, instructions and a scale drawing.
- LIVERPOOL "PRIESTLY" BOGIE CAR kit comprising of double deck brass body fret, motored EMB "Lightweight" or
EMB "Heavyweight" trucks, controllers, hand brakes, stairs, head lamps, sprung trolley pole, instructions and a scale drawing.
CURRENT TRUCK DESIGNS BY TERRY RUSSELL
June 2010 - Updated April 2011
From Design to Production
For all motored trucks I use the H1024 motor and 30:1 ratio gear set. These trucks are 21mm high to the pivot plate on a
bogie and 20mm overall on a 4 wheeler thus requiring a slight protrusion through the floor of the model.
These motors have adequate power to propel a card or resin model, and give better running with modern electronic
A service is available where by all motored trucks can be made DCC decoder ready.
See Trucks & Bogies for full details.
From October 2007 John Whitehouse of
East Lancs. Model Tramway Supplies at 14, Buttermere Road,
Burnley, Bb10 4HU has been the UK agent for St. Petersburg Tram Company and will be delighted to supply the
range of their beautiful 1/43rd scale models that can be motorised by Terry Russell if required.
John's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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