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I recently learnt that Gerald A Wingrove, well known professional car modeller passed away during March this year. He lost his wife Phyllis last year who was a very active partner in his business.

They had retired to Spain a number of years ago.

Gerald will be best remembered for his exquisite scratch built car models on which he built his reputation as well as his 'Complete Car Modelling Books 1 and 2' in which he shared his techniques.

Most of his models are in private collections, and along with the books he has written will be a lasting legacy to this remarkable model maker.

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A very very talented man. A great loss to the modeling world.

I wonder if the owners of his models would allow them to be photographed and put in a book as a memorial to a great man. Just a thought.

Steve

 

 

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Yes - a sad loss. I regularly read my copy of ‘Complete Car Modelling’ and can only dream of one day coming within a Bull’s roar of the exquisite standard he achieved. 

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SteveJJ If you want a comprehensive photo treatise of the late Gerald and Phyllis Wingroves work seek out a book entitled The Art of the Automobile in Miniature by Gerald and Phyllis. You will do no better than this, although there was also a much earlier book by Gerald named The Model Cars of Gerald Wingrove. Both these books will have all the photos within that you could ask for. Both out of print now so check out Amazon and Ebay or specialist second hand book sellers.

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Only just saw this: Gerald Wingrove was one of my BIG inspirations as a younger modeller. I could never aspire to his level but he provided much inspiration to try certain techniques, most of which failed for me, but some have worked. He will be greatly missed but has an awesome legacy: many top-notch kit and model manufacturers (MFH, Amalgam) must owe him a great debt.

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Met him once, he was a close friend of my boss and came into our workshop to see what models we were working on.

Really nice man and was very open with information and gave me as a apprentice industrial model maker at the time some great tips that I still use today.

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I think it's fair to note when someone does something as great as Gerald Wingrove did, it gives validity and inspiration to the entire hobby. I've read his books over the years, and always gained perspective.  

 

more so than the few lucky souls who possess his replicas, I believe his gift to the hobby is free to all that draw on his experience.

 

RIP.

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Sad news, I only met him once at the AMT Torrent show near Valencia about 10 years ago.

 

Had his gang with him and was still modelling, had a chat to him,  was looking for suppliers for metals at the time.

 

If I remember correctly he used to make two of every model.

One for the customer and one for his collection, he then sold his models to fund his retirement.

 

Paul

 

 

 

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His latest creations the Falls Of Clyde ship model, associated tooling and some of the last car models he built were bequeathed to the Clyde Maritime Trust. They will be placing them on permanent display in Glasgow in their museum.

 

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