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They make a series of O gauge kits of UK and Irish steam loco kits and coaches under the "Leinster Models" banner. @WRENNEIRE will know more. 

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7 hours ago, Midland Man said:

I have heard it once or twice. Their kits were sold at the old Phibsboro  model rail shop.

Will any of these links help.......

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/83139-mcgowan-models/

Hi Midlandman & yes as I said on here before I visited that shop on a number of occasions but a number of people on here disagreed with my memory...!! anyway then life got in the way, then some, time, years later on a Sunday morning I called only to find it closed, shutters not down but nobody inside, as I walked access the road to the newsagents the owner came out so I asked did he know anything about the shop, he said the owner came into his shop, bought the Sunday papers went back into the toy shop & closed the door..!!! not to be seen again..!!!WELL that’s my memory of the place.
BTB

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Hi BTB

Yes and long gone now, but Brendan Kelly of the MRSI is keeping up the tradition- he builds all kinds of Gauge O models from Mcgowan kits and parts, also does his own stuff. If you view my manufacturing thread most of the Gauge O models I have done works to are Kelly/McGowan models.

This is one on my bench at the moment;-

Also check out Wrennie's Lima thread to view more works by Brendan, they just posted up a new project commencing....

Also check out here;-

https://irishrailwaymodeller.com/topic/8001-south-dublin-model-railway-exhibition-2019-list-of-exhibitors/?do=findComment&comment=125267

Eoin

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Troops
McGowan brothers who owned and operated The Model Railway Shop in Monck Place manufactured their O Gauge kits under the 
name of Leinster Models, 
McGowan kits were a UK based company that did white metal kits, from reading some reviews over the years they were rough with
several modellers stating that they were unmakeable , wrong parts etc
They were taken over by a company called SEF Car Kits who did white metal and brass kits
Possibly now owned by Scale Link Ltd in Dorset
 

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The ‘Leinster Models’ kits still have a fair reputation amongst O gauge modellers and have featured in the Gauge O Guild Gazette in recent years. Basic kits lacking in the detail one associates with more modern kits but an excellent basis for making a nice loco. 

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Guys did the McGowans or whoever took over the company make of gauge models...! TIA

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Hi Galteemore & thanks, so can you tell me what is this, or more to the point who is this,.
BTB

 

 

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See Wrenneire’s post above. It was made by an English firm. No connection with Leinster Models AFAIK. In a confusing twist, the  business seems to have since  transformed into ACE Kits, based at that same Reigate address, who solely  make O gauge kits now and I have recently seen them at various O gauge shows. Confused? I am !

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Ace kits are the work of Bill Ascough. Advertises in the modelling magazines and has quite a large range of loco kits that are good for the experienced modeller, but not a beginner, I'd say. Nothing Irish, as far as I know, but does do kits for the Woolwich 2-6-0s. Indeed, in the past has hinted at doing the GSR versions.

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Yes, I was interested to see a ‘T Ascough’ on the McGowan letterhead! Ace Kits are a hardy perennial on the Gauge O Guild forum. Some swear by them, others swear at them ! I think Bill has acquired some of his range from some smaller suppliers, and the quality of each kit is dependent on who actually produced them in the first place....

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