and Albert William Brinkworth
.. the early years
the end of World War II Albert William Brinkworth
my father and Co-Founder of this company, returned to
civilian life. His war years with the
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 in
that time, nobody knew the name "Brinkworth" in
connection with models, but just about everybody
with an interest in scale models, knew the name
A model engineering company with a world wide
reputation, second to none, for building only the finest
of scale models. Bassett-Lowke Ltd. 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 for his new venture.
A selection of hand built
model railway buildings were constructed on our kitchen table, in Salford, near
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 the Bassett-Lowke retail branch, in
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 scale model giant was established.
The model railway buildings were a tremendous success, and were selling
faster than my father could build them. The London branch of Bassett-Lowke
Ltd. wanted models too, but we could not keep up with the sales at the
Manchester branch. Dad had a thing about non-family members
working on the models, which kind of prevented any chances of expanding the
business to increase our production.
My brother and I would come
home from school, and work almost every evening on the models during the
week, and on Saturday mornings, my Brother, Sister and I, would all board the local bus into Manchester,
to deliver the finished products, all neatly wrapped in brown paper and string.