LEE MARSH MODEL CO AND MASTERPIECE MODELS GET TOGETHER!
Lee Marsh Model Co and Masterpiece Models are to merge to work collaboratively together on all future 7mm (1/43.5) scale railway models. By combining our skills we plan to produce models with even better fidelity for you all to enjoy as customers. This change takes place with immediate effect.
The current Lee Marsh Model Co build, the GWR K14/15 baggage vans and the GWR/British Railways Western Region Castle 4-6-0, will continue to be sold under the Lee Marsh Model Co name and account, but all future models produced will be presented under the Masterpiece Models’ name. The list of future models planned by Lee Marsh Model Co will be incorporated into the future Masterpiece Models’ builds. The models will continue to be manufactured in Korea.
Masterpiece Models will assist the sales of the last two Lee Marsh Model Co projects and, in the case of the Castle, will also advise on the build. There will be a web page available on the Masterpiece Models’ website to reserve the Lee Marsh Model Co baggage vans and Castle 4-6-0s and the remaining stock of BR 9F 2-10-0 freight locomotives, if you would like to make a commitment via Masterpiece Models’ website. The cost will be the same as on the Lee Marsh Model Co website. All sales of these locomotives will be on the account of Lee Marsh Model Co.
The current Masterpiece Models’ stock of 70XX Castles, 57XX/8750 Panniers, Grange 4-6-0s and 47XX 2-8-0s will continue to be available via Masterpiece Models as will be future projects under build or development (28XX/38XX 2-8-0, Hall and Modified Hall 4-6-0, Western Diesel Hydraulic, and BR Standard Class 5).
The GWR 850 saddle tank locomotives, LMS/BR7P Rebuilt 4-6-0s, the GWR Manor, the BR/LNER A3s and A4s, the BR Standard Class tanks 80000 and 82000 will be developed together by the new team.
The GWR 850 project will follow the Castle programme. We also will now proceed with the Atlantic Project making 55 Brighton and 25 LNER/GNR locomotives. We will continue to supply pre-grouping locomotives for which Lee Marsh Model Co has beaten a pioneering path.
We hope to provide you with a wider choice of models more quickly. To do this we may have to reduce the size of the build which could increase the cost. We will do our best to try to contain any increased costs. This change requires serious discussions with our builders.
Lee Marsh, Kevin Wilson, Malcom Mitchell and Cliff Williams will join the Masterpiece Models’ team. Together with the existing Masterpiece Models’ team: Adrian Knowles, Bob Meanley, Bryan Robertson, Colin Dowling and John Borkowski, we will collaborate on all existing and future projects.
In particular Lee will work on design, production supervision, application of new technology and locomotive research. Lee has previously worked closely with the late Michael Brooks on a number of earlier Masterpiece Models’ locomotives, so he is familiar with the way that Masterpiece Models works on typical projects.
Together we, as the new and much stronger combined team, will do our best to continue to provide you with beautiful museum class models.
Lee Marsh John Borkowski
Questions and Answers:
Q1. Why have you decided to put the two organisations together?
A1. Both entities have a track record of making British Outline model locomotives to a very high specification. We believe that we offer the best quality/value in the market. There has been some duplication of effort and this was a wasteful use of scarce resources. It made better sense to work together. As separate organisations the Competition Rules prevented us previously from close collaboration. Lee Marsh has worked before for Masterpiece Models so he is familiar with most of the ways of working within the organisation.
Q2. Did the Covid-19 Pandemic have any impact on this decision?
A2. Both organisations have been affected negatively by the Covid-19 pandemic and also by the continuing uncertainty of the BREXIT negotiations. In managing the business with these uncertainties it made sense to work together.
Q3. Why have you chosen to retain the Masterpiece Models name?
A3. Masterpiece Models has been trading for a longer period and is a more generic name, which has a good appeal in the marketplace.
Q4. How long have discussions being going on?
A4. Discussions first started in December 2019. We wanted to have a collaborative approach and we have been working together very successfully behind the scenes since that time.
Q5. What happens to my reservation for a model?
A5. If your model is a Lee Marsh baggage van or Castle 4-6-0 your reservation will remain in place on the existing Lee Marsh Model Co account and the transaction will be completed when the model is made and delivered to you.
The other Lee Marsh Models Co projects (850 Saddle Tank, Standard Class 4 80XXX 2-6-4 tank, A3, A4, the Lord Nelson and the 78XX Manor) will completed as Masterpiece Models’ projects. Reservations made for these models will remain on the account of each specific project. The transaction will be completed when the models are made and delivered to you.
If your model was and is a Masterpiece Models’ original production, it will remain in place on the Masterpiece Models’ account and the transaction will be completed when the model is made and delivered to you.
Q5. Why will these changes bring about greater success?
A5. The experience, skills and profile of the two teams are quite different, but are complementary. We have been working together behind the scenes for several months and have got to know each other. Our approach is collaborative to obtain the best solutions to issues as and when they arrive. Our combined knowledge and skills will be much more helpful together rather than working as separate organisations.