A few objects from the vast reserve collection.

A 1942 Modelcraft Weapons of War set.

A small selection of card models were produced during World War 2. It is presumed the government allowed production as the amount of raw materials (card and glue) required was very small and making the models gave people something to do when most other activities were curtailed. A broken razor blade was usually used to cut out the parts.
Production of these micromodels continued until the mid 1950's when they faded out mainly due to the advent of plastic kits.

Easi-Build by Rosebud, c1960

Rosebud normally made dolls but for a short time produced simple plastic construction sets and locomotive plastic kits. There were two sets available, A and B, selling for 2/6d (two shillings and six pence). Each was produced in up to four colours. Parts simply pushed together, the peg on one part being pushed into a hole on the other part.

Rosebud were noted for making dolls but produced plastic loco kits between 1959 to 1962. Over thirty different kits were produced along with three 'gift' sets, this being the first, '100 Years of Steam'. The rapid introduction of so many models in such a short time caused financial difficulties. Airfix took over around 1963 but only reintroduced a few of the loco kits.

A selection of track building materials from Basset Lowke with a clockwork brown LMS Compound loco and brake van, 1950's.

An 1960's Action Man in his diving suit. Heavy boots caused him to sink but blowing in his air pipe brought him back to the surface.


To see pictures of the reserve collection railway and Scalextric layouts click here.

Literally millions of tyres must have been chewed or removed off Dinky toys over the years by children and dogs. Most never seemed to have been replaced and boxes of spares such as this one langished for many years on shop shelves. Note the pencilled price of 1/3 (1 shilling and 3 pence) for 12 tyres, about 7p in todays money. 1950's.