GEM Models?

GEM Models?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:43 pm

Does anyone out there know anything about GEM models?

I know that they are still around, but are no longer making TT scale models. I have recently bought a pair of GEM TT model kits, an English 4-4-0, and an A4 Class 4-6-2 (The Mallard was one of these).

I am trying to find out about the history of GEM's TT line up, primarily to figure out the age of the kits I bought.

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Re: GEM Models?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:33 pm

The GEM kits showed up today.

Does anyone have advice for assembling a white metal kit?
I have never built one, and I do not want to mess either kit up.

As far as the A4 kit is concerned, Nicholle and I have narrowed the list of possible engines to model it after is down to two: the 4486/60027 Merlin, and the 4903/60034 Peregrine.

There are 6 remaining A4s, out of a total of 35 built. We decided to model an engine that was not fortunate enough to be preserved.
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Re: GEM Models?

Postby scaro » Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:12 pm

Yes, very much still around in 00-9 scale modelling offering a range of kits.

According to the 3mm Scale Model Railways (3SMR) site, GEM stopped producing some stuff in 1992 which was picked up by 3SMR but I'm not sure that they stopped everything at that time . . . I think much of the GEM 3mm range may have ceased production a while before this, and was transferred to the 3mm Society who, according to their site, improved upon and then offered these products. GEM had produced kits for the 3mm Society before too. I think it's safe to say the kits you have are 15-20 years old.

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Re: GEM Models?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:56 pm

Thanks for the info Scaro.

We are still trying to decide which name and paint colour to use on the A4. As far as the George the Fifth / Precursor Class 4-4-0, we have not made a name/number decision, not even narrowing down to anything yet.

Here are some photos of the A4 Pacific:
800px-A4s_20080404_NYMR_040a.jpg

4498_Sir_Nigel_Gresley_steam_locomotive.jpg

Here is candidate 60027 Merlin (By the way, the namesake is the Merlin, a type of Falcon, not after the mythical magician.)
60027_2_Dundee_Tay_Bridge_1965.jpg

LNER_Class_A4_60019_Bittern.jpg
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Re: GEM Models?

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:12 pm

Those are funky looking locos. I bet it would be a fantastic model.
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Re: GEM Models?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:54 pm

Well, one of the 35 A4 Pacifics is world famous as the "World's Fastest Steam Locomotive", the Mallard, which is in the National Railroad Museum in York, England, and is the only one of the 4 remaining A4s in the UK that is not run. It is capable of being run, but has not since the late 1980s. The other two A4s left, the Dwight Eisenhower, and the Dominion of Canada are in the USA and Canada, respectively.

I am pretty sure that the UP 844 would smash the Mallard's record of 126 mph if they gave her half the chance. That and the Mallard's record run was not on level ground, she was being run downhill.
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Re: GEM Models?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:08 pm

It looks like the engine will be modeled after the Merlin, due to the availability of name plates that fit the loco.
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Re: GEM Models?

Postby TTSMR » Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:44 pm

Here are a few GEM kits that I have had pass thru my hands.

These came thru eBay.

7 plank open wagon
7 plank open wagon.jpg


gem wagon kit.jpg


Cattle wagon
gem cattle wagon.jpg


Open Wagon
open wagon.jpg


Buffers
gem buffers.jpg


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Re: GEM Models?

Postby TTSMR » Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:48 pm

And just in case you wanted a few more:

More GEM Wagons
gem wagons.jpg


0-6-0 Steam Loco.
On Triang chasis.
060 loco and tender.jpg


0-6-2- Tank Loco.
On Triang chasis.
gwr 56xx class 062 tank loco.jpg


5700 CLass Pannier Tank Loco.
On triang chasis.
gwr 5700 class pannier.jpg


I might even have a couple of these still in my collection if anyone is interested.

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Re: GEM Models?

Postby TTSMR » Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:57 pm

And finally I thought you might like these photos too:

This is a BEC kit.
It takes a bit of skill to assemble these.
You have to build the chasis too.
brass 060 loco.jpg


I;ve been told over and over again that Peco dod not make
a boom nor a boom car yet here they are in color!
Peco crane 2.jpg
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peco crane and boom wagon.jpg
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Here are a couple of Peco wagons while I am at it.

peco kits.jpg


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