Model of a 1500 ton Pull - Down Forging Press, c.1960

Supplied for an Exhibition in Moscow

Gloucestershire Archives
Gloucestershire Archives
Gloucestershire Archives
Gloucestershire Archives
Gloucestershire Archives

The second of two models of this press, made primarily from metal, this was a working model and complete with a sliding toolpost and tools, this model ably illustrates the amount of equipment that resided below floor level.  The model resided for many years in the foyer of the main office entrance.  The real press is still in operation.

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If you had any involvement in designing, making and assembling any of the Fielding & Platt models or know the current whereabouts of any models that may have survived, please share your memories at the bottom of the page by clicking on the words Add a comment about this page.

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  • Hi John! Sorry for delay in replying, regrettably, I have no recollection of origin of the drawings.

    Regards, Dave

    By david Budrey (26/08/2015)
  • Hi Dave!  Many thanks for adding valuable information on this model. As you were involved with making the components, can you remember whether the manufacturing drawings were made by more senior apprentices, possibly from the technical drawing office, or other members of the drawing office. I do not recall ever seeing manufacturing drawings of any of the ‘working’ models including the extrusion press and concrete press and it would be nice to clarify this for the record.  John B.   

    By John Bancroft (26/05/2015)
  • The last picture shows left to right – Bill Thomas, Tony Dyer, Dave Budrey and of course, Bert Ravenhill.

    It must have been taken early 1961 as I was then still in the first year of my apprenticeship.

    A lot of machined parts were made by the 1960 intake apprentices and final build was undertaken by Alec Pope from the maintenance department who was, I believe, a keen model maker.

    The ‘Wellman’ billet handler was supplied by ‘Wellman’ and I was sent, on the train, to collect it from their head office in London. Travelling by taxi, train and hand-carrying was not an easy task.

    By David Budrey (24/05/2015)

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