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I'm hoping the collective knowledge of Forum members might assist with suggestions as to how to dispose of a five foot long, 5 inch guage model steam locomotive.

It is an unpainted model of a Thompson B1 LNER 4-6-0 built in 1948 by North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow. It has not been steamed up but the boiler has been certified and all tested with compressed air.

Apart from the boiler, it was scratch-built over a period of over 25 years.
The builder is now sadly deceased and this is by far the largest item in a fascinating and eclectic collection.

Unpainted, detracts from its value but nevertheless it will be worth some £,000s. It will not, however, fit on my mantlepiece!












As you see, this is of exceptionally high quality - and its weight is proportionate to its scale. :crazy:
 

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Beautiful, you need to speak to the local model engineers society which I'm sure the deseased person had links to.
your right, they are worth 000's
 

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Ebay it with a good description & photos.

World wide audience.
 

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If the deceased was a keen modeller, he may well have a large collection of magazines.

If they can be persuaded to do an article, it might well help to find a good home for the model.
 

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That's beautiful.

I'll PM you my address. Once recieved I'll dispose of it for you.

I understand what you say re unpainted. However, personally I think it looks much better in its current state.
 

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Wow. Goodness me what a fantastic bit of kit. The craftsmanship in that looks to be immense. Do you have any story to go with this? I would love to hear it (the story that is).

Sorry I cannot help with disposal. As has been said, it really needs a specialist agent(s) to view it. I would imagine, any one of the many steam museums around the country would be tripping over themselves to get their hands on this.
 

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Exquisite: https://www.alsrm-events.co.uk

Exquisite.

Contact the Association of Large Railway Modellers

https://www.alsrm-events.co.uk

Note that their next large exhibition is on May 6th at Reading - an ideal opportunity to take a portfolio of photos to discuss with specialists. Here's the details

https://www.alsrm-events.co.uk/reading-show

This is a specialised piece of kit. Talk to the enthusiasts, and they will introduce you to a dealer, or the right specialist auction company.

Delay / avoid going to eBay. An item of this quality needs to be scrutinised, not simply put over to bidding unseen.
 
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Exquisite.

Contact the Association of Large Railway Modellers

https://www.alsrm-events.co.uk

Note that their next large exhibition is on May 6th at Reading - an ideal opportunity to take a portfolio of photos to discuss with specialists. Here's the details

https://www.alsrm-events.co.uk/reading-show

This is a specialised piece of kit. Talk to the enthusiasts, and they will introduce you to a dealer, or the right specialist auction company.

Delay / avoid going to eBay. An item of this quality needs to be scrutinised, not simply put over to bidding unseen.

Probably the best idea as a first step. Wouldn't let it go anywhere near Evilbay. As suggested speak to some specialist auction houses - Vectis used to sell a lot of this type of stuff, although once you get an idea of value a private serious collector will probably pay more than an auction price will achieve. Unless there is an urgency to sell to progress completing the estate I would hang on until the right buyer comes along. The right collector will be out there. Hope it achieves a good price.
 

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Absolutely Gorgeous

Five foot long.

Maybe try and contact that Pete Waterman
Of Stock Aiken and Waterman

He loves his larger Trains.
 

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There's a lot of steam loco specialists frequent this forum - may be worth joining and seeking advice on what's best to do with it. IMHO, a private sale is likely to get the most money in your pocket. Auctions are all well and good, but a higher price achieved at auction doesn't necessarily mean more money in your pocket after all fees have been paid.
 

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Agree with Happy Talk, the bare look shows off the superb engineering prowess to make all the parts and build. Having said that it will probably get painted in the appropriate livery once sold.
 

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