When I was at school, before the advent of plastic model kits, you could buy cut-out card kits the size of postcards in small kit packs. These were called "Micromodels" described as "Three Dimensional Volumetric" and would be of steam railway locos, old and new, famous buildings, ships, planes, all sorts of subjects. They required good eyesight and lots of patience to construct but made beautiful little models. I made many of them but when Airfix plastic kits came out they soon disappeared from the shops. In the middle 60s I found two kits in my local Hobby Shop and bought them. One was to build a waterwheel and one to build three different trams, a London "Feltham", a Merryweather steamer and horse drawn tram. I never made these kits up but have kept them safely in my "treasure box", but now with this new technology I can scan them in and print them out in colour as many times as as I wish and attempt to make them up.
Here are a couple of advertisements for "Micromodels" from 1954/5 "Newnes Practical Mechanics",
As I thought there were no model steam locos to make up I decided to design my own. My first effort is that of the last steam loco to be made for British Rail called "Evening Star". In 1835 or there abouts the G.W.R. company was authorised to build a railway line from London to Bristol and in 1837 two "Patentee" engines were adapted by Robert Stevenson to fit the broad gauge and run on the line. One of these locos was called "Morning Star" so the name "Evening Star" was presumably a carefully chosen name.
Recently I have discovered a lot more about the fate of Micromodels, how they were bought out, taken to France and then again to the U.S.A. Apparently many American service men discovered Micromodels when they were stationed in the U.K. and took them home. A following built up there and many Americans collect and build the kits. I have found that Micromodels can still be bought today in certain model shops and have managed to buy a few myself. I have also been able to trade scans of a few models which can be printed out and made up, a hobby for those winter evenings now!
Some new Micromodels have been designed are are for sale at www.micromodelsusa.com
All there is to know about Micromodels has bee put together on these pages by Bas Poolen
I have now completed thirty model locomotive designs and have produced CDs from which they can be printed out at 1:175 or 1:160 scale. The original Micromodel locomotives were not apparantly to an exact scale, I think the 175 scale make the best looking model although the 160 scale is easier to construct.
Many thanks to all those who have sent me emails with kind words about these models.
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Please note that you are welcome to download and use these models for your personal enjoyment but they are copyright and you may not publish them elsewhere without permission from the author. If you like these models please consider my CDs! All designs can be enlarged to 00 or H0 scales.
Furness Railway Loco Christmas 2012
Doanload Model Loco PDF 00 Scale
LB&SCR Terrier 0 - 6 - 0 Loco at 'N' gauge scale .PDF
English Electric Class 20 Diesel Loco at 00 scale
Sheet 1 .PDF Format
Sheet 2 .PDF Format
Our House in PDF format
Western J Class Locomotive and Tender
Loco in PDF format
Tender in PDF format
Evening Star form CD1 in PDF format
Lion Locomotive from CD 2
Saint Class Locomotive from CD3 in PDF format
Blackpool Tram in PDF Format
LMS 3rd Class Coach in PDF format
Mount for Model in PDF format
Signal Cabin in PDF Format
LMS 12 ton Open Truck in PDF Format
Details of models in CD ROMS 1, 2 & 3
Some new models in printed kits
Lion loco made at HO scale by Gabriele Macri
LMS 12 ton Truck Class J Super Locomotive
Photos of Schools Class loco and LMS coach built by Peter Crow
A1 Class Duchess Class
Midland Johnson Royal Scot Class
The General Lion or 'Titfield Thunderbolt'
Our House Westward Ho
The Mallorcian Orange Express loco Aveling & Porter Chain driven Tramway loco
Morane-Saulnier Type H aeroplane