By Maz Woolley
Text copyright of Author and Graeme McQuaker. Graeme McQuaker took the photographs and his copyright is acknowledged.
Regular readers will remember that following the sudden passing of Frank Waller his family were seeking a new owner for his Road Transport Images (RTI) business which specialised in 1:76 scale cabs and body and chassis fittings to allow conversions of existing 1:76 scale commercial models or the building of vehicles not otherwise available.
We now have the good news that the RTI business has been transferred to Graeme and Lorraine McQuaker from Irvine in North Ayrshire. Graeme was a customer of Frank’s for many years, using his cabs to make many of his models of Scottish fairground transport.
The photographs above show models build by Graeme to a very high standard using many RTI components. His experience of building the products and his appreciation of the challenges that builders face should be a great help when he develops the range further.
Graeme had a lengthy journey to Seasalter in Kent to collect the stock, moulds, masters, and exhibition display from Frank’s daughter Diane. All is now safely transferred to Scotland to allow Graeme to relaunch RTI. The current challenge is to get the website up and running to make the range available to buyers again.
Graeme’s and Lorraine’s intention is to focus on getting the current range of cabs, vans, bodies, trailers, complete kits, wheels accessories and transfers available to modellers again. Further development of the range will follow on once the existing range is back fully available. Graeme says “Lorraine and I are indebted to Diane, Frank’s daughter, for all the help and support that she has given during transfer of the business and we are determined to maintain and expand Frank’s legacy, which is such an important asset to 1:76 modellers“.
The new business address for RTI is 2 Macallan Place, Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA11 2DN. The website, once up and running, will continue at www.roadtransportimages.com.
To relaunch the range Graeme and his team will be attending a number of shows and exhibitions in 2019. The first two will be:
- Classic and Vintage Commercial Vehicle Show, Gaydon 8th and 9th June
- Perth Model Railway Show, Dewars Centre, Perth 29th and 30th June
The team at MAR Online hope that Graeme and Lorraine have the best of luck in reviving and developing this range which has been missed by many model builders during its absence.
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