Ratio make a wide range of very detailed kits of trackside buildings and the like.Address
Ratio Plastic Models LimitedAbout the company
Hamlyn House, Mardle Way,
Buckfastleigh, Devon. TQ11 ONS
Like a lot of model railway companies, Ratio was founded by a husband and wife team - in this case, Jack and Deva Webster. They started out in the 1950s building OO models of coaches and the like. They soon started making signals, and then focussed on plastic kits, adding the Plastic to their company name. They now make N scale trackside kits, OO scale trackside kits and coaches and O signals.Catalogue
In January 1997 the firm was purchased by Peco. Apparently, however, Ratio will continue to operate as a semi-independent unit in Buckfastleigh and wont move to Beer.
Ratio publish a nice half-A4 sized catalogue, with detailed full colour photos of all their products. I dont know the UK pricing for this catalogue, however, as I bought a copy of the catalogue through a local dealer. I expect you can order it from most UK shops, though Ive never tried.What I think of their products - models
Ratio make very high quality model kits, aimed at the experienced modeller. The tooling is very good, and all the plastic components are injection-moulded. They also arent afraid to include etched brass sheets for detailed items, such as ladders, windows, railings, etc. They generally mould pieces in roughly appropriate colours, though of course like any model, the components will look much better if painted in realistic matt colours.Summary
However if youre looking for a shake-the-box sort of kit, Ratio isnt for you. Nor are their products appropriate for children - there are a lot of extremely tiny detail components.
Cant think of what else to say, really... if they produce a model that could be of use to your layout, go for it. You cant go wrong. My only wish is that they branch out into non-railway models. Everything they sell at present (station, sheds, water towers, etc.) is railway-related. It would be nice to see some quality kits of cottages, houses, etc. as well.
Quality, detailed models. What more can I say?
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