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4mm Scale
00 Gauge Products

  Connoisseur Models produce a range of model railway locomotive, wagon and carriage construction kits. Providing etched sheet metal and cast parts for the craftsman model maker to assemble into a finished model at their home workbench using a reasonably comprehensive toolkit of hand tools and soldered assembly. These products are commonly referred to as etched brass kits.

  The models are of British Prototypes designed for 0 gauge at a scale of 7mm to the foot, 1/43 scale.


Who is Jim McGeown And is
Connoisseur Models the sort of
company I want to do business with ?


What is an etched brass model kit and is it something that I would enjoy assembling as a hobby ?

Frequently Asked
Questions about
my kits.


Everything in the Box Mail Order Service
Slater’s Wheels Now Stocked
I have good stocks of motor & gears to accompany loco kits.
Slater’s have kindly allowed me generous stocks of wheels to enable,
everything in the box, mail order service during the lockdown.
Wheels are priced: Wagon & Carriage - £11.50pair, Loco Driving - £25.50axle,
Bogie/Tender - £18.50axle, Plunger Pickups - £15.50six.

Free Mail Order Using Royal Mail Small Parcel Service
These should be delivered by your normal postman on their round

Order by Post, Telephone or Email
By post, you may find it helpful to use the print off order form
but a plain letter or back of fag packet also works well.
By Telephone: 01544 318263, if I am not available, please leave details
on the answer phone & I will contact you to discus your requirements.
By Email, Please send your requirements: james.mcgeown2@btinternet.com
I will send confirmation details & then when the order is ready for despatch
I will contact you regarding payment options.

Payment by Cash, Cheque, Direct Transfer or Card Data
Payment by Cheque or Cash is Best & Aids Freedom & Democracy
(send cash using Royal Mail Special Delivery & deduct £10 from total)
Direct transfer (via faster payment) is of course also welcome.
Please email your requirements: james.mcgeown2@btinternet.com
I will reply with bank details, price & reference code.
Card payment is also possible by telephone or posted order form.

Kit Reservations
If you wish, please telephone, 01544 318263
or email: james.mcgeown2@btinternet.com to reserve a kit for your preferred
dispatch date or show collection, no obligation, no money required.

Update 1st February 2023, Significant Change
As of 2nd September 2022, Photo Etch Consultants, who produced etchings for
around 50% of kit producers & my supplier for 34 years, ceased trading & went into liquidation. This has produce significant disruption & change.
I have relocated my tools (printing plates) with two other photo etching companies
& have received deliveries from both of satisfactory quality sheets.
So I am still able to produce new batches of kits & a number of kits that were
out of stock for a short period are now back.
As kits produced before September 2022 become sold out they will be out of stock
for about six weeks before the new batch is available.
I Have Good Stocks of most Kits
Packed & Available For Prompt Dispatch
So Don’t Delay Order Today

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We are all well & thank you for your understanding,
look after yourself, Railway Modelling is wonderful & positive!
Best Regards, Jim McGeown & Family.

- Next Exhibition, See You There -

- ALSRM -
- Swindon Larger Scale Show 2023 -
Saturday 4th February 2023, 10am to 4pm,
Steam Museum, Swindon.

  mainly trade stand orientated larger scale show with a few layouts to provide inspiration and a test track for you to bring your models along for a run.
Working With Straight Brass Wire, January 2023
  I include in my kits hard drawn brass wire, obtained direct from a UK company, because this produces beautifully straight handrails etc. The current batch of 0.7mm (I have 10Killos, about 6 years worth, so we are stuck with it) may be found a little brittle for tight 90° bends such as handles & ends of brake van handrails. Anneal slightly (purple tint) in a candle flame and allow to cool naturally. Burnish wire bright before forming. There should be no issue with radiused bends such as boiler handrails but annealing is a useful technique to make many wire forming jobs easier.
- New Projects & Recent Development Work -
- New Kit Introduced April 2020 -
- Drewry 153hp, 0-4-0 Diesel Shunter -
  This Skill Builder Kit is intended to aid the newcomer to 0 gauge diesel era modelling to enjoy the construction of a sophisticated etched kit. Physical parts design & photo instructions assist the modeller to build up their skills & confidence. More Information.
Phillippa McGeown, aged 9, has produced an audiovisual DrewryDiesel Power Point Presentation
This is a learning project for us & if you can’t open it with Microsoft PP, please try Drewry Diesel Slide Show or Drewry Diesel MP4 Video.
- New Kit Introduced June 2019 -
- B.E.L. No.1 Battery Electric Locomotive -
  LMS No. 1550 / BR B.E.L. No. 1 battery electric locomotive was built in 1913 by the Midland Railway. It worked in the coal depot near West India Dock in Poplar, East London until 1964. More Information
 
- Web Site Problems & Errors -
  I am not a competent computer man and I have probably made many mistakes designing this web site, all my own work, so please:
Watch Out For Errors & Omissions !
 
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