About MPH Models

MPH Models was named after Tim Dyke's beloved Riley MPH, which he owned from the early seventies to the late eighties (see gallery - "Cars I have owned").

Tim started modelling in his teenage years, greatly encouraged by a father and elder brother, Tony, who were both excellent craftsmen in this field.

Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1964, Tim spent some time in the profession, including a year in Jamaica, before joining the Pottery Industry in Stoke on Trent, running two companies, and as Marketing Director of another, before tiring of the rat race at the grand old age of 47.

At this stage in his life he found again his old enthusiasm for model cars, and decided to turn his long-held hobby into a business. His brother, Tony, had recently retired from the family business and joined him, insisting he be referred to as "apprentice!", despite having taught his younger brother most of what he knew in the field of models.

The discovery of white metal kits offering subjects one would never have seen in the world of Dinky and Corgi toys, re-ignited the enthusiasm, with the only downside being the difficulty of working with the dreaded white metal, being easily distorted and invariably having difficult-to-erase surface imperfections.

As soon as polyurethane resin, a vastly superior material, made its entry into the model car world, Tim saw an opportunity to create a business. Plenty of people were covering different areas , but no one seemed to specialise in the immediate post war years at Le Mans, a period that had helped to initiate his appetite for Motor Sport, along with navigating for his brother Tony in Rallies from an early age.

At first the policy was to build to a good standard, looking for potential improvements to readily accessible kits by utilising add-on parts availble in the market.

What started out as a better steering wheel here, painted wheel spokes there, a more delicate gear lever, an open window or two, graduated into a pretty serious undertaking, where meticulous research would lead to the incorporation of every visible detail, but with the doors and bonnet tight shut - he leaves that to his good friend Steve Barnett ! (see Links).

Tim retired from MPH in 2006, but from time to time customers ask him to find a new home for some of their models, please see "For sale" gallery.