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Old 08-07-2019, 06:50 AM
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Harris Edge Showcase models; Flying Scotsman, traction engine and woodburning loco

Following on from Phillip's recent post, here are some more Showcase models which I made some years ago, plus an equally obscure kit from the 1950s from Bancroft Publishers Ltd (Westminster Books).

The Showcase Kits were really excellent; artwork and design superb and I can't remember any problems with either fit or instructions. Roy C. Link was the designer and he sent me an account of the company some years ago which I will try to attach.

The traction engine was an early kit in paper covers, instead of the later boxes; the twisted columns were from square plastic rod, gently heated and then twisted whilst holding one end in a vice.

The Flying Scotsman I recall as being a long job to build, featuring full brake rigging, wheels made up with card spokes and rims, set edgewise to the printed face, and motion built up in card layers. Piano wire and fuse wire also featured for pipework etc.

The other Showcase kit (unbuilt) which I have is the American 4-4-0 woodburning loco and I think that there was also a streamlined A4 pacific loco and a Royal Scot; I've only seen the latter on the internet, not for sale though.

The Bancroft traction engine was a model which I had built as a child and remember being really pleased with; the artwork is really attractive and the
end result big and good to play with! This version I bought many years ago as a bit of nostalgia and there was also a harbour scene in the same series which it would to get hold of but I suspect it's long disappeared into history.

Best wishes to all

Chris
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:55 AM
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Your work is superb. The locomotive is really beautiful!

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Old 08-07-2019, 02:39 PM
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Thank you for this information, Chris. I didn't realise that Harris Edge models came out in different editions. I guess I must have caught up with them towards the end of their operations. And your traction engine build looks cleaner than mine!
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Old 08-08-2019, 01:40 AM
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Thanks Don and Philip for your kind words; it would be nice to see some other examples of these kits in built form but I suppose it's all such a long time ago that they had their brief existence.

Your traction engine must have been the later version, Philip and is a really nice model; as Mr Link says in his account of the company, the reproduction process did give the impression that the finished models could have been made of metal.

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Old 08-09-2019, 10:43 AM
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Marvelous looking machines, particularly that first one.
I hope you will consider building more like it.
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:58 AM
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Thanks Mike, I take that as high praise indeed from someone whose work I always find quite inspirational! Having moved on after these examples to airships, large scale battleships, then to model railway structures and now on to unfeasibly large model aeroplanes, I suppose there's always a chance that I might go back to the big locomotives.

What I would really like is for Kooklik to complete his "Big Boy" locomotive and issue a kit which would be an incredible challenge but that doesn't look very likely .

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Old 08-10-2019, 09:55 AM
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Chris - thank you for all the information and your photos of your builts.

And great work there - very clean builds, and delightful models!

I have a soft spot for tractions engines - will have to start searching e-bay!
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