These parts were originally developed to enable me to batch build coaches in O gauge which could be sold at a reasonable price. After spending more than twenty years running a business which mass produced model railway kits I felt that I was due for a change and although I intended to use some of the mass production techniques and skills I had built up over the years I intended to sit back and enjoy building a few finished models each week, ready to run. However I have been worked on by keen O gauge modellers and persuaded to sell the parts. I still do not intend to produce simply assembled kits for the mass market- The ready to run versions are relatively inexpensive after all- but offer these parts to modellers who prefer to build their own. I anticipate that these modellers would otherwise scratch build and are using the parts to save time – the level of modelling skill required is not dissimilar.
The coach side parts are modular, each panel or door is based on a standard part of the prototype. The joints between these parts provide the lines between the doors as per prototype. By combining them in different ways a variety of different coach sides can be built up. This has enabled me to produce a wide variety of types without incurring huge tool-making costs. Floor, solebar and bogie parts are also produced by injection moulding in high impact styrene. The roofs are vacuum formed in a heavy gauge styrene sheet.