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    • Gerald Wingrove a Legend has passed 1934-2019

      That Ain't No Hemi!!!-gw-jpg

      It is my sad duty to report that model engineer, author and fellow member Gerald Amery Wingrove has passed away this last March following the death of his lovely wife Phyllis just last year.

      In this small international community many of us have looked to Mr. Wingrove as a mentor and respected teacher. His contributions will live on in his many books that continue to inspired and instruct in the art of model making.

      His official site. http://www.geraldwingrove.com
      Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Wingrove
      The Internet Craftsmanship Museum http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/Wingrove.htm
      SMC Profile Page http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/members/gerald.html

      Some of his amazing books.
      The Techniques of Ship Modeling (1974) ISBN 0-85242-366-7
      The Complete Car Modeller (1978) ISBN 0-90456-813-X
      The Model Cars of Gerald Wingrove (1979) ISBN 0-90456-812-1
      Unimat Lathe Projects: (1979) ISBN 0-90456-820-2
      The Complete Car Modeller 1 (1993) ISBN 1-86126-644-8
      Anatomy of a Bugatti Royale (1993) ISBN 0-85429-856-8
      Art of the Automobile in Miniature(2004) ISBN 1-86126-632-4
      The Complete Car Modeller 2 (2005) ISBN 1-86126-750-9

      Contact email but Im not sure if it will be checked. gaw@wworkshop.net
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Gerald Wingrove a Legend has passed 1934-2019 started by ScaleMotorcars View original post
      Comments 13 Comments
      1. MODEL A MODEL's Avatar
        MODEL A MODEL -
        I found this little bit, that is the first time Mr. Wingrove was mentioned in a modeling magazine. -he was twenty.

        Attachment 34471

        I have known of him my whole adult life, and have been inspired by him. I contacted him a few times over the years, as I am sure many had. He always responded, -a generous man. -I wish I could have known him.

        My thoughts are with his friends and family, and of course his daughter, Elaine.

        A craftsman, an author, husband and father, a full life, and held in the highest esteem by so many.

        Rest in Peace, Mr. Wingrove.
      1. Bugatti Fan's Avatar
        Bugatti Fan -
        I read with sadness about the death of Gerald Wingrove recently and of his wife Phyllis passing away last year. I first met him in the early 1970's when he turned professional and I visited his first workshop when he lived in High Wycombe UK. Subsequently he moved to Digby in the UK and finally retired to Spain. He was a regular exhibitor at the Model Engineer and Scale Modelling Annual Exhibition in London and always found time to have a chat. After he retired we had the odd contact by email and he was always generous in answering any questions. I started scratch building due to his encouragement and having to hand all the information he willingly shared in his Complete Car Modeller books. In one of my emails I sent him a picture of my first scratch built model, a Bugatti Type 59 to which He replied that it was fabulous! Coming from Gerald himself needless to say I was more than pleased with hiis most generous and encouraging remark. He will be sadly missed but his legacy will live on.
        R.I.P. Gerald Wingrove O.B.E.
      1. Roy vd M.'s Avatar
        Roy vd M. -
        Oh I was not aware of this... such sad news! One of the greatest in scale automobile building. Through his books he taught me so much. As Bugatti Fan's reply proves he was a gentleman and a generous, friendly man. Unfortunately I never had the honour of meeting Gerald in person. I will keep studying his texts whenever required, as mentioned before his legacy will live on.
      1. ScaleMotorcars's Avatar
        ScaleMotorcars -
        A quick note I failed to mention in the original post.

        This thread and condolences will be be forwarded to Geralds daughter. Thank you.
      1. Egon's Avatar
        Egon -
        Rest in peace Gerald, it's always sad when we lose some member, a gifted one I must say, I didn't know Gerald but seen some of his work, it's a great loss.
      1. BrassBuilder's Avatar
        BrassBuilder -
        Awwww man...he was the reason I got into metal modelmaking. I wanted something different to do than the same old boring plastic kits and came across his site while searching for model ideas. I bought a cheap 7x14 lathe and a mini mill and went to town. He was a HUGE inspiration to me. A bucket list item was to meet Mr. Wingrove in person but now that chance has passed by. :( Such a sad day for the modeling community.
      1. Richard Bartrop's Avatar
        Richard Bartrop -
        I still work in plastic, but so much of he talked about in his books is till highly relevant. This is a great loss.
      1. MODEL A MODEL's Avatar
        MODEL A MODEL -
        For anybody wanting to see what Mr. Wingrove had been up to recently,

        www.wworkshop.net

        is actually his web-site address, last updated in February. -at that site you can review many of his builds, almost step by step, and he has also listed his books and magazine articles. He had made many useful tools, his louver press for one, and a pantograph attachment for a Unimat lathe. Look into the work he had done on the Falls of Clyde, a old square rigger, that he was modelling.

        His video "But Does it Work?" was posted on April First, 1999 , and gives us an example of his idea of a prank? -a harmless bit of fun.

        He documented his progression of workshops.

        And he also included a gallery of other modelers work, "MODEL MAKERS SHOWCASE", actually many galleries for those who shared his philosophies of model making. Everybody should check out these galleries, some very fine work by other modelers from around the world.

        And, not to forget his wife, Phyllis, there is a series of galleries that show her development as a ceramicist. Digby Pottery. -very admirable work, very pretty.

        And finally, I do not know much about web-sites, and their maintenance, but I assume that probably at the end of this year? this site, Mr. Wingroves www.wworkshop.net, will go down?

        That too, will be sad!
      1. jfonticobal's Avatar
        jfonticobal -
        I am sad, realy sad. Rest in peace.
      1. Bugatti Fan's Avatar
        Bugatti Fan -
        Re. Model A Model's thread with his thoughts about the www.wworkshop.net was a good notation. I will be getting on to the site asap and download as much as I can to save as reference material.

        There is a reference to a book in one of these threads ' Anatomy of a Bugatti Royale. Although an international book reference number was allocated, I believe that it never got to press. G.T. Fouliis Publishers were lined up to do it, but I understand that they backed out thinking it would not be viable. However, I read elsewhere that most of the info destined for the Bugatti Royale book was split and found its way into the Complete Car Modeller 2 that is virtually all about how the Model was built. The historical info went into the Art of the Automobile In Miniature book, so the content intended for the Anatomy book become split between the two. The first issue of the CCM2 book did not have any plan drawings, but I think that the subsequent reprints did.
      1. SUPERPOT's Avatar
        SUPERPOT -
        For everyone's information I feel I need to correct the details within this post. I can tell you for a fact that Phyllis is still alive and living in the UK with her daughter Alexandra. She is sadly suffering with Alzheimer's but being very well cared for. Gerald actually passed away on 20th February and it was myself that found him.
        I have spoken to his wife and daughter and they are absolutely fine with me taking on the upkeep of the websites and I have no intention of seeing them taken down. He deserves to be remembered for the achievements within his lifetime and hopefully the pleasure and inspiration he has brought to many people will continue. I am open to receive private messages if anyone feels the need, best regards, and RIP Gerald Amery Wingrove
      1. SUPERPOT's Avatar
        SUPERPOT -
        Quote Originally Posted by MODEL A MODEL View Post
        For anybody wanting to see what Mr. Wingrove had been up to recently,

        www.wworkshop.net

        is actually his web-site address, last updated in February. -at that site you can review many of his builds, almost step by step, and he has also listed his books and magazine articles. He had made many useful tools, his louver press for one, and a pantograph attachment for a Unimat lathe. Look into the work he had done on the Falls of Clyde, a old square rigger, that he was modelling.

        His video "But Does it Work?" was posted on April First, 1999 , and gives us an example of his idea of a prank? -a harmless bit of fun.

        He documented his progression of workshops.

        And he also included a gallery of other modelers work, "MODEL MAKERS SHOWCASE", actually many galleries for those who shared his philosophies of model making. Everybody should check out these galleries, some very fine work by other modelers from around the world.

        And, not to forget his wife, Phyllis, there is a series of galleries that show her development as a ceramicist. Digby Pottery. -very admirable work, very pretty.

        And finally, I do not know much about web-sites, and their maintenance, but I assume that probably at the end of this year? this site, Mr. Wingroves www.wworkshop.net, will go down?

        That too, will be sad!
        Please rest assured that I will ensure Gerald's website will stay "live" and not be taken down
      1. MODEL A MODEL's Avatar
        MODEL A MODEL -
        Having become concerned that there had not been an update to Mr.Wingroves site since February, I sought out someone who actually knew Mr. and Mrs. Wingrove.

        And at that point, I was misinformed regarding the date, of Mr. Wingroves passing, and the health of Mrs. Wingrove.

        Not having any reason to doubt my source, I took it to be true. I then sat on the information for a few weeks, before passing that burden of information onto Daniel.

        I do apologize to everyone! Especially the Wingrove family! Mrs.Wingrove and her two daughters.

        My most sincere condolences at your loss.

        Don Sutherland, Model A Model.
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