M II Princess Coronation Class and West Country Class

M II Princess Coronation Class and West Country Class


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Number M II
Name “Princess Coronation” Class L.M.S. Railway, and “West Country” Class Southern Railway
First year published 1948
Publisher Micromodels
Number of cards 6
Size of cards 9 x 13 cm
Scale 1 : 200
Description First printing in 1948 at 1/6d.
Re-printed in 1949 at 1/8d.
Out of print during 1951.
Re-printed in 1952 at 2/-d.
Re-printed in 1954 at 2/6d.
Large stocks of this 2/6d re-print survive through to the present day.

In 1948 this model is also published at the price of 1/- in Australia by the publisher James G. Conolly Pty. Ltd. under Licence of Micromodels Ltd. It was sold in booklet form.

Micromodels London has published a reprint.

The West Country Class locomotive carries the name “Salisbury”.

Justin Olson, who has built this set, has some remarks about the models:

The Princess Coronation locomotive is particularly difficult to build due to the curved streamlined paneling. I find it most useful to shape and curve out the panels before fitting onto their framework. The front end is best glued together before fitting – a small section which holds both ends together must be trimmed to avoid giving the model a chunky appearance.
Comparatively, the West Country locomotive is quite easy to make however it still benefits to curve out the streamlined paneling before fitting. Once finished properly, they both make for very splendid models.