C. R. PHILLIPS
Model Railway Kit Construction and Model Painting
Welcome to my web site. This is a record of some 20 years as a
professional model maker, although I have actually been railway modelling for
over half-a-century (yes, I'm
knocking-on a bit!) - beginning as soon as I was old enough to be trusted with a
soldering iron without burning the house down ! If you are a regular reader of railway modelling magazines,
you may have come across my name before, as until recently I advertised in Railway Modeller
every month. Over the years I developed a world-wide reputation for quality work,
and cultivated hundreds of satisfied customers. If you
have used my services in the past, you will know that this is no idle boast, but an accurate
reflection of the service I offered. As my many customers will confirm,
you didn't get a cheap job from me, either in price or quality - what you did
get was finely-constructed and / or painted model which you could be proud of.
With retirement rapidly approaching
in 2020, and with a full order book now in place, I can no longer accept any new
kit-building commissions. However, new additions to these pages will still be
posted as I slowly work through my order book. So please visit again, and
keep up with all the interesting items which I have in store. I also intend to keep the web site
running after retirement, for modellers to use as a reference source.
I not only built and / or painted locomotive kits, although most
of the pictures on this site are of locos (it's simply what I got asked to build
most often), but anything you could possibly want for your railway. Whether
you needed rolling stock, a building, some platform furniture, personnel or
a motor vehicle; in cast white-metal, etched brass or nickel silver, plastic,
resin or plaster, I could help.
On this site you will see a selection of photographs of the models
I have built and / or painted over the years. Previous customers may even
see some of their models gracing the various pages - thank you. Most of
the models are straight-forward (!), 'out of the box' kit-built, but there
are some modified kits, and also modified ready-to-run models just waiting
to be discovered, which not only serve to indicate what is out there in
kit form, but also what is possible to achieve in the way of individualizing
your stock with a little ingenuity, whether modifying a regular kit or a
You will notice a difference in the style and quality of
the pictures on this site. This is because the early shots are all taken
outdoors in natural light with a film camera, on plain board for the base and
the background. In the mid-noughties I bought my first digital SLR camera,
which allowed me to pose customers' models on my layout - the digital camera's
internal electronic wizardry automatically compensating for the odd colour of
fluorescent lighting, which in film days, without filters, would have given the
photos a weird colour cast.
Unless otherwise stated, all models pictured on this web site
are 4mm scale. This is not because it is the only scale I worked in, but because
it is Britain's most popular for railway modellers, and it is the one that
just happened to make up most of my commissions. It is also the scale I model
in, and some models featured are actually mine.
All models built for customers, were done so on a 'commission-only'
basis, and are to their individual specifications, so no responsibility
can be taken for historical inaccuracies - I just did what I was asked..
This site is intentionally simple and easy to navigate. I designed
it myself (on a rather prehistoric - in IT terms anyway - web page-designing program),
and I'm the one who has to update it, and to be honest, I'm a bit of a 'techno-thickie',
so you'll excuse me if I stick with what I know !
There are up to six pictures on each page. I designed the pages like this
so that if you don't possess broadband, it wouldn't take more than a couple
of minutes to download each one. Please be patient - the wait will be worth
You will notice that I have titled the pages as BR (steam and diesel),
and the Big Four, post-Grouping companies - this was done for simplicity.
However, you will also find, many pre-Grouping railway company models, which
have been arranged under the banner of the appropriate Big Four company
that absorbed the smaller ones in 1923.
British Railways Standard
Steam Locomotive Models page 1 / page 2
Great Western Railway and BR (WR)
Models page 1 / page
2 / page 3
/ page 4 / page
5 / page 6 / page
7 / page 8 / page
9 / page 10 / page
11 - The 'Atbaras' / page 12 / page 13 / page
14 / page 15 / page
16 - A 'Duke' Restoration Project / page 17 /
London Midland and Scottish Railway
and BR (LMR) Models page 1 / page 2 / page 3
/ page 4 / page
5 / page 6 /
page 7 / page 8
London and North Eastern Railway
and BR (ER) Models page 1 / page 2 / page
3 / page 4 / page
5 / page 6 / page
7 / page 8 / page
9 / page 10 /
page 11 /
Southern Railway and BR (SR) Models
page 1 / page
2 / page 3 / page
4 / page 5 / page
6 / page 7 / page
8 / page 9 / page
10 / page 11 / page
12 / page 13 / page
14 / page 15 /
Diesel and Electric Locomotive Models page
1 / page 2 - The Blue Pullman
/ page 3
and Minor-Railway Models
Road Vehicles page 1 / page
Why build kits?
Please spend a couple of minutes
to find out why kit-building is so important to our hobby.
:- Why not visit my links page? It has access to websites of various
kit manufacturers, shops and dealers, component suppliers etc, that I have
used over the years, and magazines too.