I have been contemplating selling my Alec Tiranti Centricast system for certrifugal casting of white molten metal and polyester/polyurethane resins.
I used this system to develop and cast all the fittings for the model I released as Wyrelight Models in 1995 and all the subsequent models that I have built that needed casting repetition.
Sadly although it still works as well as the day I bought it, and is a brilliant system, my modelling has slowed down from the days I was building 3 models at a time, or developing, and I haven't used it for about 3 years, and so I am putting it up for sale, as the complete system....caster, melting pot, rings and plates and all plugs and bungs for making the RTV Rubber moulds.
I contacted Doug at Alec Tiranti..the font of all knowledge on the process about selling the system and value the other day and he sent me a reply this morning. it reads......
We do not deal with second hand units however due to the limited number that we manufacture there has always been a strong second hand market as they don’t appear very frequently.
Third part selling/auction sites are most often used to sell second hand machines. Based on the small description of a machine, melting pot and two sets of plates the current retail price would be in the region of £1600+VAT for a 10” option.
A reasonable estimate of the value of your system on the second hand market would be somewhere around £800-1000. Ebay and gumtree would be the best places to advertise as they have the best reach.
Thank you for sending the images of your work, very impressed. When I was young my parents did a lot of fund raising for the RNLI and with family connections to south wales we are regulars supporters of the Tenby Lifeboat.
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Sent: 05 February 2018 15:31
Subject: centricast system
I spoke to Sarah this afternoon regarding a centricast system I purchased from you in 1995. I and my wife personally came down to the shop in Reading to look at how the system worked and bought it for cash there and then.It has been a wonderful addition to my "tool box".
For my personal model boating it has worked wonders over the years and has given me many hours of pleasure replicating the fittings I needed to build my model lifeboats, pictures enclosed.
Sadly though due to arthritis in most of my joints and especially in my back I have to give up modelling through pain, and the centricast system lies idle and hasn't turned a plate in over two years.
Could you tell me whether there is a second hand market for these systems. It is complete with the centrifugal caster, melting pot with heat regulator, 4 plates and four rings( 2 different sizes,) plus nylon plugs and screws for separation.
I live up in the north west of England just north of Blackpool so is quite a way from Reading but for expenses paid up front would be willing to travel to deliver in mainland uk.
If there is a market, what would you consider a fair price for the full kit, as no reason to keep certain parts of it.
My name is Neil Howard-Pritchard. I live at 7, FY6 7NW and my phone number is **************
all the fittings on these model lifeboats was cast on my machine
thank you. neil.
if anyone is interested in it for a price between the guidelines that doug at tiranti quoted, please get in touch with your phone number and I'll phone you back.
i'll put photos on when I find it in my workshop.