.... the Early Years
and Albert W. Brinkworth
||At the end of World War
II Albert William Brinkworth my father and Co-Founder of this company,
returned to civilian life. His years with the National Fire Service,
and British Army now at an end, it was time to make new plans for the future.
Starting his own family
business, which would allow him to stay home with his wife and three children
was his plan, and as model building had always been a passion since childhood,
the wheels were put into motion, and "AWB Models" was established in 1945.
At that time, nobody knew
the name "Brinkworth" in connection with models, but just about everybody
with an interest in scale models, knew the name "Bassett-Lowke Ltd."
A model engineering company with a world wide reputation, second to none,
for building only the finest of scale models. Bassett-Lowke's
had been very active during the war years, on government projects, but
were now concentrating their efforts again on "Model Railways", a specialty
market they had very successfully established, and dominated in the pre-war
years. Dad decided, a connection with them was
a must, and if he could impress them with his model making skills, then
everything else would fall into place.
A selection of hand built
model railway buildings were constructed on our kitchen table.
Dad did the major construction, and the rest of us all helped with the
sanding, painting and finishing of the models.
It was very much a family effort, and I remember so well the pride I felt
when the projects were finished, and we set about wrapping them in brown
paper and string, to deliver them to Bassett-Lowke's in Manchester.
My father had agreed to build the models at his own expense, and if they
liked them, they would consider buying them on a regular basis.
The idea was brilliant,
and a connection with this model giant was established.
The model railway buildings were a tremendous success, and were selling
faster than my father could build them.
My brother and I would come
home from school, and work almost every evening on the models during the
week, and on Saturday mornings, we would all board the local bus into Manchester,
to deliver the finished products, all neatly wrapped in brown paper.