This may surprise some of you but S&S Models started way back in 1986!
It was started by Stewart Crosby and Shaun Matthews, we are 2 wargamers from Burnham on sea in Somerset U.K. and we still own and run it.
We are both members of the ‘Escape Committee Wargames Club’ winners of various awards for excellent demo games at a lot of the UK shows.
(for more details see the relevant page on this site)
Back in the early 80’s gamers and modelers had limited choice for vehicles, guns and figures apart from the plastic models by Airfix, Matchbox, Nitto, Hasegawa and Fujimi there was virtually no resin or metal models in 20mm (1/76-1/72) scale apart from Gramodels, Red Star and Eric Clark and you could only buy the Eric Clarke models if you were in the M.A.F.V.A. (The miniature afv assoc) and so were really hard to get and expensive compared to the plastic ones easily bought in toy and model shops.
In those days gamers generally used mainly plastic kits and only bought resin or metal when you could not get the relevant model in plastic.
When 2 new companies started to advertise new ranges of resin models for sale in the model magazines at a reasonable price we both became interested and duly sent off for some models to expand our collections.
After a few weeks the models arrived and after opening the box we were quite frankly disappointed with the contents, very fragile & broken mudguards, huge air holes and some not even looking like the real vehicles.
After some thought i decided i could scratchbuild some better ones as i had been converting plastic kits for years, even making them for fellow club members.
We asked a few members what sort of models they would like us to make and after a small list was made we started on the first 2 vehicles an M8 Greyhound and an M20 armoured car which seemed to be the most popular choice.
This is the very first display model
the M8 greyhound a/car.
These club sales gave us enough profit to enable us to buy more resin and rubber which at the time was very expensive in comparison to now and the range grew as we added the Cromwell turret to convert the Matchbox Comet and an a/a turret for the Airfix Crusader.
As our mastering skills and moulding skills grew we started to think about sending off models for review in the various magazines available and our very first review was in Army and Navy Modelworld magazine, in the June 86 issue, the magazine is sadly long gone, steadily sales grew and more suggestions came flooding in, some good some not so good.
For most of this time we were both working full time with our ‘real’ jobs and sorting the mail order and attending shows at weekends, now one of us does this full time as the sales and range have steadily grown.
Please note, we can supply any of the parts of the current range for your own conversions ect and can sometimes supply parts from older models as well as we have lots of old moulds still here.
Our policy has always to ask you what you want and to try if possible to make them available if we think there is enough interest hence the 15+ club list.
We strive to make the next model better than the last and to use the relevant material for the models parts making them easier to cast and also making them much stronger so gamers can be confidant they will last more than 5 mins on the gaming table.
We also reserve the right to alter or amend any materials or methods of construction as we see fit.
I still have one of the awful resin models we bought and i sometimes look at it to inspire me to make our models even better.
All models are supplied as a single model, unless stated, and are delivered unmade and unpainted and are not for sale to anyone under the age of 18 years due to small parts and some may contain lead.
Stewart Crosby and Shaun Matthews
22 Briar Close
Burnham on sea