I have always had a particular fascination for those German models marketed by Bassett-Lowke between the two world wars. It seems to me that the products of Bing and Carrette, working to the designs of Bassett-Lowke and Henry Greenly, have a remarkable aura of reality. Despite their simplicity of design and all sorts of compromises with proportion and detail, the trains capture the spirit of the prototypes to a degree which many other scale models found hard to match. Of course this is partly due to the actual age of the tinplate trains and to the fact that they were manufactured in the same years as the prototypes themselves.
Also, time and use has given the models a surface patina (dents and scratches included) which adds authenticity to the excellent painting of the locomotives and to the lithograph printing of the rolling stock.
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