About Kingsway Models
& how the kits are built
Kingsway Models offers a range of distinctive card building kits.
These are mainly in the commonly used 1/76 scale suitable for OO gauge model railways, although there is also a smaller range in 1/43 (O gauge).
Ready built models are now rarely sold by Kingsway Models - I simply do not have the time these days. Should any become available they will only be sold through this site. See HERE
I have been a model maker for over fifty years, with a general interest in London Transport. In the early 2000s I built a fictional Underground layout called Cromwell Road, featuring scratchbuilt surface stock trains. For more pictures click the button.
More about the trams at
Later, I exhibited a couple of London Transport themed tramway layouts based on real locations - the Kingsway Subway , and Dog Kennel Hill.
Dog Kennel Hill
Models of real buildings seemed to really capture the interest of the viewers. I wondered if I could design a card kit of the well known Kingston bus station.
This became the first Kingsway kit, later joined by the adjacent cinema.
These two kits are still available, amongst a large range of other bus garages, and cinemas, and shops and churches, and pubs, and houses, and .......... many others!
The first Kingston kits were sold in 2006. Many other bus garages followed, and then Underground stations.
Since then I have gone on to design well over a hundred other card building kits.
I still model London trams and very occasionally exhibit my latest portable layout - Kennington Cross, which includes many Kingsway items in standard and modified form.
Building the kits......
The kits are not precut. You will need to be able to cut stout mounting card, approximately 1.4mm thick. For this you will need to use a sharp knife and steel rule, on a cutting mat. The kits are not designed for children although older children may enjoy assisting an adult.
Many buildings will have a number of window openings that will need to be cut out individually.
The kits are designed to be assembled by adults. They vary in size and complexity but even the smallest are likely to occupy the builder for a full afternoon. Larger models could take a few days.....
Use Bostik All Purpose contact glue or UHU to glue the parts together.
I suggest that you should not use pva glue.
Please look carefully at the photos below to learn more about the contents of the kits, and/or download a typical instruction sheet using one of the red buttons.
A pencil with a long lead (cut with a knife) is especially helpful for colouring cut edges. Use a 2B or 3B grade to enable different shades to be applied as required.
Note that the card is not precut.
The most important skill that is required is the ability to cut thick mounting card (1.4mm thick) safely and accurately. Because of this, the kits are not suitable for children.
A kit will contain a number of sheets of mounting card with the parts printed on. Many kits will also have thinner sheets of card to enable curved parts to be constructed, or alternative names or signs to be applied.
There will be a sheet of instructions with diagrams showing the process of construction.
Click a button below to see a specimen instruction sheet.
Many of the buildings are half relief. This means that there is no rear detail to the model.
Half relief buildings take up less space and are especially useful on a model railway or diorama where the layout is viewed only from one direction.
Kits that are described as full relief will build a model that can be viewed from all sides. The picture shows how full relief and half relief models may be used together to create a scene.
Each based on a real building
From the smallest beginnings....
Model buildings .........
.... created in card
..... and on and on
.......... the cat's whiskers!
The kits are designed by myself, drawing on many years of personal model making. Many of the models in the range were inspired by suggestions from customers, but as demand has grown over the years, new additions are now much less frequent.
Kits are printed and packed and posted by myself with occasional assistance from Blueberry. Usually orders will be posted within 24 hours (except at weekends). Occasionally at busy times, it may be slightly longer.
I will usually respond within a day or so to email enquiries.
Orders by post are welcome. The CONTACT page gives details of how this can be done.