Advice on early OO Works locos

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SouthernSteamer
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Advice on early OO Works locos

Postby SouthernSteamer » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:54 pm

Hi

I'm looking for any info or advice on a couple of early OO Works locomotives, which were part of my father's collection and I am now trying to find the best home for them. He has two C Class locomotives in Southern black, which I believe were produced in a limited number around 2003, and also a Wainright L Class again in Southern black, which I believe were produced in 2004. There is very little information about OO Works models in any books, the Internet etc. so not sure of the collectors value on the locos. Does anyone have any advice at all, please? Model shops don't seem to the right place to sell such limited edition/specialised models and I would have no idea where to pitch them on the likes of eBay, etc. My father would have much preferred them to go to a good home rather than any secondhand dealer!

He also has a number of Wills Finecast kits (made) in the collection, but that's another story for another thread....!

mossdp
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Re: Advice on early OO Works locos

Postby mossdp » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:25 pm

I might be interested in the L class. Sometimes these models take quite a time to sell as they are generally more unusual prototypes. It is a question of finding the right person who specifically wants a particular model.

Bigmet
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Re: Advice on early OO Works locos

Postby Bigmet » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:10 pm

The OO Works product has a good reputation among those that know them. I have the grand total experience of seeing one example, a 700 class ('Black Motor') LSWR/SR/BR 0-6-0, and it was to the standard of a neatly constructed and finished whitemetal kit. (Were they ever to offer a suitable ER class that I haven't got around to at least assembling the components for, then I would certainly be interested: however they have not yet ventured to the dry side!)

I have no idea if they will play never having dealt with them, but you might consider contacting OO Works, and seeing if they will act as agents to place your Father's locos with customers who missed out? https://www.ooworks.co.uk/

Regarding both these and the other kit built locos, did your Father have any acquaintance who shared his railway modelling interest, or had he ever been a model railway club member? If so they also could well be helpful.

The problem with OO kitbuilds is that many will be of subjects now duplicated by RTR OO: and the general quality of appearance of RTR OO is so good now that the price of such a kit build is often depressed by the comparison. In the matter of the mechanism though, it can be very different: a good mechanism made from an etched frame kit with a high grade motor and gearbox combination will quite likely attract buyers. You have to know what you have got in short.

SouthernSteamer
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Re: Advice on early OO Works locos

Postby SouthernSteamer » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:56 am

Thanks for your replies, both very useful. I have already contacted OO Works directly, but they don't deal in resale/second hand models, so are unable to help. @mossdp - if you are interested in the L Class, please send me a private message and we can discuss details further. I will continue to look for suitable outlets for these models, and the others - I will contact some of the local model clubs, as suggested by @Bigmet, as this seems to be a good place to find 'proper' modellers! Thanks again for your help/advice.


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