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Sadly, Kingston Mouldings is no more.
The time has finally come and gone, after more years working in the GRP industry, and turning out fibreglass model boat hulls than I really want to think about, to more or less wind up Kingston Mouldings, and from the end of April 2016, that's been the situation. I cleaned off my brushes etc for more or less the last time. The main reason is that Anne and I want to be free to go out and to go away on interesting holidays more often, while we're both still fit and well enough to enjoy it.
The actual finishing date came, after I ran out of packing materials, and some other things. All is not completely lost though. I realise that this isn't going to help most of you, but given reasonable notice, I can still turn out a hull from time to time. Only for anyone able to collect from this address though, and callers by appointment only please.
In all the time I've been running Kingston Mouldings, I think I can count the number of awkward or difficult customers on my fingers, most of you have been a pleasure to deal with, and I've made many lifelong friends along the way.
So a sincere thank you to all who have supported this business over the years, the only real downside had been that I haven't had much time for my own modelling, and that's something I plan to put right in the years to come. I have several untouched steam engines, and a couple of unfinished yachts waiting patiently in my workshop, and I'll be building these into sailing models as soon as I catch up with all the overdue DIY jobs around the house and garden.
I'm still getting a few e-mail queries, mostly from past customers, and although it could sometimes take me a day or two to get round to replying to them, no problem at all with this, it's good to keep in touch with old friends in this way.
A few final hull bargains.
I've never kept a very large stock of finished hulls on the shelves, most have always been moulded as orders arrive, and almost all those that are left have now been sold. The few remaining are listed on the website's BARGAINS page. As a long overdue workshop clear-out continues, more bargain items will be added here, including some more hulls, so for anyone still interested, keep watching. Apart from what's listed on this page though, no more mail order.
A profile of Kingston Mouldings.
Kingston Mouldings has been around for a good many years now, and perhaps because of this, many people seem to think that the business is rather larger than it actually is. In truth, it is no more than a one man operation these days, and for much of the time it isn’t even a full time affair. The founder, principal and everything else besides, is Robin Whitmarsh. A model maker from the age of about eight, initially mostly model planes though sometimes boats and cars as well, Robin learned industrial model making and the fiberglass business at leading companies in the race car industry, initially making tank-testing models of high speed boat hulls and also aerodynamic racing car models for wind tunnel testing, both of which had to be 100% accurate for obvious reasons, then full size body patterns for everything up to Formula One cars, and subsequently moving into the technical side of full size GRP boat hull and racing and road car body production. Things had calmed down just a little in the latter phase, but he still came to the conclusion that whilst the exacting standards and long hours weren’t too much of a problem, doing them for anyone but yourself was, and the rest as they say is history.
For some years, Kingston Mouldings turned out many hundreds of model boat hulls, model glider fuselages and similar mouldings, mainly for model kit manufacturers though to an increasing extent, for individual mail order customers all over the world, but a decision to abandon mass production and down-size several years ago has led to the present set-up, a small workshop near the family home on the south coast of England.
So this is Kingston Mouldings today, a modest little operation turning out fairly small quantities of high quality fiberglass model boat hulls, an impressive proportion of which are exported to customers in all corners of the World. Robin makes all the hull masters himself, as well as the moulds, scale drawings, and every one of the production GRP hulls too. Much of his spare time is occupied by working on his own model yachts and steamboats and sailing them, and if you get the answerphone when you ring, try again later, he’s probably gone for a walk with his menagerie of Cairn terriers.
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411 Ringwood Road, Parkstone,
Poole, Dorset BH12 4LX.
Phone +44 (0)1202-744716