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12th Sept 13
Bachmann LNER D11/1 4800/52, Bachmann LNER V2 4800/51, Bachmann GWR City 4800/50 conversions added and 4800/47 will do Bachmann LMS 4F, 4 x 4844 can be used for Heljan Class 16. 'How to' sheets added for all these Locomotives
04th Apr 13
Hornby 42xx/52xx & 72xx Conversion pack 4800/44
02nd Apr 13
We've sold out of the 1st batch of the Bob Payne drill. Unfortunately we're not sure about the production of future batches.
04th Jan 13
We've started our own range of information sheets for RTR conversions, we'd like to produce a sheet for all the wheel packs we do. I always was an optimist. We'll add them as fast as the available time allows. Click here fo details
20th Apr 12
Bob Paynes Drill for RTR Wagons is now in stock priced at £11.00 + VAT, £13.20. As described in the Model Railway Journal article this device allows RTR Wagon Axle Boxes to be drilled out for Pinpoint Bearings. Click here for details. (Article reproduced with the kind permision of MRJ)
04th Apr 12
Our conversions for the Bachmann 3F, B1 and the NRM Compound are now available along with several new items, to save repeating the details please see our Third Newsletter
12th Dec 12
Hornby have released their B1 with standard 3mm axles so our 4800/45 (A2) driving wheel conversion pack will do the trick.
12th Dec 12
Bachmann 3F, B1 and NRM Compound. These models have been released with an unusual axle diameter and different bearing arrangement, we are working on conversions for these models and will update the site as soon as we have a solution.
22th Nov 11
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22th Sep 11

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19th Mar 11
Not to do with products, but entirely to do with the business. Colin now owns / controls the business outright. Chris will play not further part (not that he did) in any part of the Alan Gibson business. Colin also no longer has any interests in Chris' activities.
3rd Mar 11
Wagon buffers are now available cast in brass by the lost wax process, the hole is now cast in to the body so no drilling is required, except for cleaning out any casting plaster residue.
5th Jan 11
New Conversions for Bachamann S&D 7F
17th Nov 10
3 New conversions have been introduced, Bachman O3, Hornby 28XX & Bachmann A2
25th Jul 10
The range of Signal Components has been re-introduced in to the catalogue
13th Jun 10

Well here we are in our nice summer break between shows; as usual we're looking to get some development work done in the quieter period. A definite this year will be re-introducing the Signals, we know it definite because we're about 80% of the way through it. We WILL be working on the self quartering wheels. There are also some other projects such as re working the wagon buffers so that in brass rather than white metal and have the hole already through instead of having to drill them, and a 4mm brass centred wheel kit in a bag for both Drivers and Bogie/Tender wheels. Along with all this we'll be making some alterations in production equipment, methods etc to improve our efficiency and maintain/improve our quality.

28th Dec 09
Self Quartering Wheels - We are serious about developing the range to include self quartering versions, unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) we've been busy supplying to our existing customers. We're hoping that we'll be able to kick start things again in the new year.
26th Jun 09
We've just noticed that there has been a problem with a batch of short crankpin bushes it seems somebody nodded off and didn't notice the edge going off the drill and wandering through the bush making it eccentric. We're not sure how many have been shipped. If you have some eccentric bushes we will of course exchange them.
25th Jun 09

In a further development, prototype self-quartering wheels have been produced. The wheel selected is suitable for an LNER P2 and was linked into a chassis building feature in MRJ 191 for testing purposes. The theory and process has proved sound. It involves using the existing detail tool; therefore the range can be expanded without producing all new tooling.
The system involves an axle with square ends and a taped hole, the ABS plastic centre has a matching square directly moulded in to it. The wheel is secured to the axle using a countersunk torx screw.
The existing range of wheels will still be available and branded as ‘standard’ with the self quartering version branded as ‘deluxe’. It is intended to initially release popular wheels starting with the standard GWR 4’7” wheel. Work is in progress and releases will be publicised as they are made, pricing has yet to be determined, but will be at a small premium.

25th Jun 09
We have shipped the first kits since the business changed hands. Two batches, one of 12 GWR 850 Saddle Tanks and one of 12 GWR 1076 ‘Buffalo’ Saddle Tanks. Both batches have been made to order based on a pre order system where the kits are produced when demand matches an economic production run. Two further kits are in production, with more planned.
1st Dec 08
We have decided to pass on the cut in the VAT rate to all our customers, we did consider leaving the VAT inclusive prices alone as £5 per driving axle and £2.50 per bogie/tender axle which would have made the maths easier than £4.89 and £2.45 per axle.
Therefore, for trade customers the net price will remain the same. For mail order from the workshop and for exhibitions we'll use the existing prices but multiply the final total by 0.9787 to reflect the cut in the VAT rate.
We will not be reprinting the catalogue as yet since this is only a temporary reduction in the rate, however we will add an explanation to the cover of the next batches of catalogues.
1st Dec 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch some defective 4mm Medium Handrail Stanchions have been packed and shipped out to customers. In essence the slender shank is bent over by a variable amount and theoretically the number of defective items in a pack of 25 could range from 0% to 100%. If you have any defective items please returm them to us for exchange.

2nd Jun 08
We've produced some batches of 3mm wagon and coach wheels for trade customers as well as narrowguage wheels to OOn3 and OO9. We have almost exhausted our stocks of 20mm and 15mm axles but more are on the way. We would like to produce these ranges in batches at intervals throughout the year. Anyone who may be interested is encouraged to put in a proviosnal order ASAP
29th May 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch SOME Bogie / Tender Wheels available since April 08 are a 'slack' or 'sloppy' fit. If you have purchased any of these there are two options open to you: Return them to us to be re-centred (real word?) or use your choice of adhesive to secure the wheels to the axle.

5th Jan 11
New Conversions for Bachamann S&D 7F
17th Nov 10
3 New conversions have been introduced, Bachman O3, Hornby 28XX & Bachmann A2
25th Jul 10
The range of Signal Components has been re-introduced in to the catalogue
13th Jun 10

Well here we are in our nice summer break between shows; as usual we're looking to get some development work done in the quieter period. A definite this year will be re-introducing the Signals, we know it definite because we're about 80% of the way through it. We WILL be working on the self quartering wheels. There are also some other projects such as re working the wagon buffers so that in brass rather than white metal and have the hole already through instead of having to drill them, and a 4mm brass centred wheel kit in a bag for both Drivers and Bogie/Tender wheels. Along with all this we'll be making some alterations in production equipment, methods etc to improve our efficiency and maintain/improve our quality.

28th Dec 09
Self Quartering Wheels - We are serious about developing the range to include self quartering versions, unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) we've been busy supplying to our existing customers. We're hoping that we'll be able to kick start things again in the new year.
26th Jun 09
We've just noticed that there has been a problem with a batch of short crankpin bushes it seems somebody nodded off and didn't notice the edge going off the drill and wandering through the bush making it eccentric. We're not sure how many have been shipped. If you have some eccentric bushes we will of course exchange them.
25th Jun 09

In a further development, prototype self-quartering wheels have been produced. The wheel selected is suitable for an LNER P2 and was linked into a chassis building feature in MRJ 191 for testing purposes. The theory and process has proved sound. It involves using the existing detail tool; therefore the range can be expanded without producing all new tooling.
The system involves an axle with square ends and a taped hole, the ABS plastic centre has a matching square directly moulded in to it. The wheel is secured to the axle using a countersunk torx screw.
The existing range of wheels will still be available and branded as ‘standard’ with the self quartering version branded as ‘deluxe’. It is intended to initially release popular wheels starting with the standard GWR 4’7” wheel. Work is in progress and releases will be publicised as they are made, pricing has yet to be determined, but will be at a small premium.

25th Jun 09
We have shipped the first kits since the business changed hands. Two batches, one of 12 GWR 850 Saddle Tanks and one of 12 GWR 1076 ‘Buffalo’ Saddle Tanks. Both batches have been made to order based on a pre order system where the kits are produced when demand matches an economic production run. Two further kits are in production, with more planned.
1st Dec 08
We have decided to pass on the cut in the VAT rate to all our customers, we did consider leaving the VAT inclusive prices alone as £5 per driving axle and £2.50 per bogie/tender axle which would have made the maths easier than £4.89 and £2.45 per axle.
Therefore, for trade customers the net price will remain the same. For mail order from the workshop and for exhibitions we'll use the existing prices but multiply the final total by 0.9787 to reflect the cut in the VAT rate.
We will not be reprinting the catalogue as yet since this is only a temporary reduction in the rate, however we will add an explanation to the cover of the next batches of catalogues.
1st Dec 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch some defective 4mm Medium Handrail Stanchions have been packed and shipped out to customers. In essence the slender shank is bent over by a variable amount and theoretically the number of defective items in a pack of 25 could range from 0% to 100%. If you have any defective items please returm them to us for exchange.

2nd Jun 08
We've produced some batches of 3mm wagon and coach wheels for trade customers as well as narrowguage wheels to OOn3 and OO9. We have almost exhausted our stocks of 20mm and 15mm axles but more are on the way. We would like to produce these ranges in batches at intervals throughout the year. Anyone who may be interested is encouraged to put in a proviosnal order ASAP
29th May 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch SOME Bogie / Tender Wheels available since April 08 are a 'slack' or 'sloppy' fit. If you have purchased any of these there are two options open to you: Return them to us to be re-centred (real word?) or use your choice of adhesive to secure the wheels to the axle.

22th Sep 11

We have introduced a News Letter, which is available by email subscription, or free from our stand at shows. It will contain information about whats happening in our business, new products, updated products and further information on using some our products.

To subscribe by email CLICK HERE and send the email that opens

19th Mar 11
Not to do with products, but entirely to do with the business. Colin now owns / controls the business outright. Chris will play not further part (not that he did) in any part of the Alan Gibson business. Colin also no longer has any interests in Chris' activities.
3rd Mar 11
Wagon buffers are now available cast in brass by the lost wax process, the hole is now cast in to the body so no drilling is required, except for cleaning out any casting plaster residue.
5th Jan 11
New Conversions for Bachamann S&D 7F
17th Nov 10
3 New conversions have been introduced, Bachman O3, Hornby 28XX & Bachmann A2
25th Jul 10
The range of Signal Components has been re-introduced in to the catalogue
13th Jun 10

Well here we are in our nice summer break between shows; as usual we're looking to get some development work done in the quieter period. A definite this year will be re-introducing the Signals, we know it definite because we're about 80% of the way through it. We WILL be working on the self quartering wheels. There are also some other projects such as re working the wagon buffers so that in brass rather than white metal and have the hole already through instead of having to drill them, and a 4mm brass centred wheel kit in a bag for both Drivers and Bogie/Tender wheels. Along with all this we'll be making some alterations in production equipment, methods etc to improve our efficiency and maintain/improve our quality.

28th Dec 09
Self Quartering Wheels - We are serious about developing the range to include self quartering versions, unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) we've been busy supplying to our existing customers. We're hoping that we'll be able to kick start things again in the new year.
26th Jun 09
We've just noticed that there has been a problem with a batch of short crankpin bushes it seems somebody nodded off and didn't notice the edge going off the drill and wandering through the bush making it eccentric. We're not sure how many have been shipped. If you have some eccentric bushes we will of course exchange them.
25th Jun 09

In a further development, prototype self-quartering wheels have been produced. The wheel selected is suitable for an LNER P2 and was linked into a chassis building feature in MRJ 191 for testing purposes. The theory and process has proved sound. It involves using the existing detail tool; therefore the range can be expanded without producing all new tooling.
The system involves an axle with square ends and a taped hole, the ABS plastic centre has a matching square directly moulded in to it. The wheel is secured to the axle using a countersunk torx screw.
The existing range of wheels will still be available and branded as ‘standard’ with the self quartering version branded as ‘deluxe’. It is intended to initially release popular wheels starting with the standard GWR 4’7” wheel. Work is in progress and releases will be publicised as they are made, pricing has yet to be determined, but will be at a small premium.

25th Jun 09
We have shipped the first kits since the business changed hands. Two batches, one of 12 GWR 850 Saddle Tanks and one of 12 GWR 1076 ‘Buffalo’ Saddle Tanks. Both batches have been made to order based on a pre order system where the kits are produced when demand matches an economic production run. Two further kits are in production, with more planned.
1st Dec 08
We have decided to pass on the cut in the VAT rate to all our customers, we did consider leaving the VAT inclusive prices alone as £5 per driving axle and £2.50 per bogie/tender axle which would have made the maths easier than £4.89 and £2.45 per axle.
Therefore, for trade customers the net price will remain the same. For mail order from the workshop and for exhibitions we'll use the existing prices but multiply the final total by 0.9787 to reflect the cut in the VAT rate.
We will not be reprinting the catalogue as yet since this is only a temporary reduction in the rate, however we will add an explanation to the cover of the next batches of catalogues.
1st Dec 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch some defective 4mm Medium Handrail Stanchions have been packed and shipped out to customers. In essence the slender shank is bent over by a variable amount and theoretically the number of defective items in a pack of 25 could range from 0% to 100%. If you have any defective items please returm them to us for exchange.

2nd Jun 08
We've produced some batches of 3mm wagon and coach wheels for trade customers as well as narrowguage wheels to OOn3 and OO9. We have almost exhausted our stocks of 20mm and 15mm axles but more are on the way. We would like to produce these ranges in batches at intervals throughout the year. Anyone who may be interested is encouraged to put in a proviosnal order ASAP
29th May 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch SOME Bogie / Tender Wheels available since April 08 are a 'slack' or 'sloppy' fit. If you have purchased any of these there are two options open to you: Return them to us to be re-centred (real word?) or use your choice of adhesive to secure the wheels to the axle.

5th Jan 11
New Conversions for Bachamann S&D 7F
17th Nov 10
3 New conversions have been introduced, Bachman O3, Hornby 28XX & Bachmann A2
25th Jul 10
The range of Signal Components has been re-introduced in to the catalogue
13th Jun 10

Well here we are in our nice summer break between shows; as usual we're looking to get some development work done in the quieter period. A definite this year will be re-introducing the Signals, we know it definite because we're about 80% of the way through it. We WILL be working on the self quartering wheels. There are also some other projects such as re working the wagon buffers so that in brass rather than white metal and have the hole already through instead of having to drill them, and a 4mm brass centred wheel kit in a bag for both Drivers and Bogie/Tender wheels. Along with all this we'll be making some alterations in production equipment, methods etc to improve our efficiency and maintain/improve our quality.

28th Dec 09
Self Quartering Wheels - We are serious about developing the range to include self quartering versions, unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) we've been busy supplying to our existing customers. We're hoping that we'll be able to kick start things again in the new year.
26th Jun 09
We've just noticed that there has been a problem with a batch of short crankpin bushes it seems somebody nodded off and didn't notice the edge going off the drill and wandering through the bush making it eccentric. We're not sure how many have been shipped. If you have some eccentric bushes we will of course exchange them.
25th Jun 09

In a further development, prototype self-quartering wheels have been produced. The wheel selected is suitable for an LNER P2 and was linked into a chassis building feature in MRJ 191 for testing purposes. The theory and process has proved sound. It involves using the existing detail tool; therefore the range can be expanded without producing all new tooling.
The system involves an axle with square ends and a taped hole, the ABS plastic centre has a matching square directly moulded in to it. The wheel is secured to the axle using a countersunk torx screw.
The existing range of wheels will still be available and branded as ‘standard’ with the self quartering version branded as ‘deluxe’. It is intended to initially release popular wheels starting with the standard GWR 4’7” wheel. Work is in progress and releases will be publicised as they are made, pricing has yet to be determined, but will be at a small premium.

25th Jun 09
We have shipped the first kits since the business changed hands. Two batches, one of 12 GWR 850 Saddle Tanks and one of 12 GWR 1076 ‘Buffalo’ Saddle Tanks. Both batches have been made to order based on a pre order system where the kits are produced when demand matches an economic production run. Two further kits are in production, with more planned.
1st Dec 08
We have decided to pass on the cut in the VAT rate to all our customers, we did consider leaving the VAT inclusive prices alone as £5 per driving axle and £2.50 per bogie/tender axle which would have made the maths easier than £4.89 and £2.45 per axle.
Therefore, for trade customers the net price will remain the same. For mail order from the workshop and for exhibitions we'll use the existing prices but multiply the final total by 0.9787 to reflect the cut in the VAT rate.
We will not be reprinting the catalogue as yet since this is only a temporary reduction in the rate, however we will add an explanation to the cover of the next batches of catalogues.
1st Dec 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch some defective 4mm Medium Handrail Stanchions have been packed and shipped out to customers. In essence the slender shank is bent over by a variable amount and theoretically the number of defective items in a pack of 25 could range from 0% to 100%. If you have any defective items please returm them to us for exchange.

2nd Jun 08
We've produced some batches of 3mm wagon and coach wheels for trade customers as well as narrowguage wheels to OOn3 and OO9. We have almost exhausted our stocks of 20mm and 15mm axles but more are on the way. We would like to produce these ranges in batches at intervals throughout the year. Anyone who may be interested is encouraged to put in a proviosnal order ASAP
29th May 08

We have discovered that due to a manufacturing glitch SOME Bogie / Tender Wheels available since April 08 are a 'slack' or 'sloppy' fit. If you have purchased any of these there are two options open to you: Return them to us to be re-centred (real word?) or use your choice of adhesive to secure the wheels to the axle.