Model Railway etches specifically for the 4mm modeller
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Palatine Models was started a few years ago specifically to produce small but useful items
that were needed for the building of the Manchester Model Railway Society's 18.83mm (P4)
layout Slattocks Junction.
The initial reason for starting was to produce a wagon baseplate that could be used to make
a batch of RCH mineral wagons for the layout and it was thought that given suitable tools and
techniques we could produce the etches ourselves.
When the AJ book from the Scalefour Society was released we looked at the Alex Jackson
market and started the development of the range of jigs. The book was written before our jigs
appeared but if you visit the MMRS website you can see that the AJ page shows the use of
the jigs to help make and use the couplings easily using everything that we can supply.
One of our members has been trying to improve the running of his vast range of LMS
coaches which has led to the development of a twin torsion bar bogie which is considerably
more robust than a single torsion bar idea and less likely to fracture at the solder joint. It has
been tested extensively on a continuous circuit layout with 3ft 6ins curves and rides
With a large fleet of coaches required for Slattocks an accurate and quick to build LMS
underframe was developed which is available in a 57ft and 60ft underframe. Nothing hybrid for
us, it has to be exactly right and it has the rivets on the solebars too. Measurements were
taken from LMS works drawings held at York Museum to ensure that we were able to get as
many things right as we could. You only do this once so why not try to get it right first time?
The 7mm narrow gauge is us going off on a bit of a tangent. The Dorset Models kits of the
Welshpool & Llanfair hold a particular fascination for us so a layout has been started and our
7mm narrow gauge range is something we have specifically produced for our own benefit but
which we are prepared to share with others. Stock can be limited though as there is little call
for these products.
New items? Well this really depends upon what we need for our layout. We are not in this to
spend all out time filling packets with bits but simply to share what we have developed and
built ourselves with others who might find them helpful to their modelling too. The emphasis
here is and built. We make every test etch ourselves and if changes need making we do
make them. None of this "before removing from fret cut piece back by 5mm" stuff, if it needed
changing then we have done it. Well, not quite true, on one of our etches there is 1 hole that
needs drilling which wasn't marked on the etch but given the number we sell there is never
going to be another drawing made, the demands are so few, sorry.
We hope you find our products useful and if you have any ideas about improving them please
get in touch.
Enjoy your modelling.