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Unique print shop invests in guillotine

A print firm-turned-model shop has upgraded one of its machines with the installation of a new Polar 78 ECO guillotine.

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Metcalfe Models and Toys prints its models in-house

Skipton-based Metcalfe Models and Toys prints its models in-house on its Heidelberg GTOs and die cuts with its Heidelberg Cylinder and a Platen. The firm also has a collection of laser cutters and a Lamina laminator.

The models are comprised of a set of printed and die cut sheets which can be assembled to many everything from train platforms, footbridges and train stations through to hotels, churches and industrial units and with sheets of cobblestones, tarmac and other surfaces.

The most recent investment has replaced its 30-year-old Polar 76EM guillotine, which the company bought second-hand 20 years ago.

The Polar N78 ECO is an 11th generation model from Polar and features a 5.5” monochrome screen and has a length and depth of 780mm and clamp opening of up to 120mm.

One day I looked in a gift shop and saw some models and thought that I could do that

Having started out as commercial printer, Nick Metcalfe explains how it came to be a toy and model shop. He says: “One day I looked in a gift shop and saw some models and thought that I could do that and so I started designing my own, and today we ship 250,000 models a year worldwide.

“We continued as a commercial printer at first but in 1999 the models and toys had grown so much that it became the sole focus.”

The firm has been printing for 50 years using predominately Heidelberg machines and having tried others, Heidelberg remains the top choice. “The Polar has served us well but needs updating and we decided to buy new this time round. It arrives next week and will give us a slight increase in size and a definite increase in speed,” says Metcalfe.

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