Monday, February 05, 2007

Sevans Dalek models

"Sevans Models" was a British firm that manufactured 1:5 scale Dalek models in the 1980s. These were the first authentic ones ever produced (they actually did look like Daleks), and were popular with Doctor Who fans despite criticism of requiring a degree in mechanical engineering to build one.

The Dalek kit retailed for around £16 (with inflation that'll be the equivalent of around 30 quid now). I owned two (pictured). Santa kindly brought me the first one for Christmas 1986. My father helped to build it and I painted in the grey/black livery of the Doctor Who story Resurrection of the Daleks. The second Dalek, (the silver/gold one) was received the following Christmas. This time I built it all on my own and it came out fine, despite my father's lack of intervention.

Sevans Models was set up by a bloke called Stuart Evans, hence the name "Sevans" (get it?). As the story goes, he gave up a boring job driving a desk for the civil service to set up the company after obtaining a licence from the BBC to manufacture the Dalek model. The company was successful with the Dalek, and it wasn't long before they were banging out Cybermen, Davroses, Movie Daleks, K9s and Ice Warriors.

My gold Dalek had a very short life. It was repainted, modified, and generally buggered around with many, many times until it looked so awful that I binned it.

Goldie's predecessor had a happier story. It survived almost until it's 20th birthday before getting unceremoniously flogged on Ebay (for a ridiculously small amount of money, I might add) at the end of 2006. I have to say that age had taken its toll on the little fella and he was looking a bit knackered by the time he was packed off.

My Sevans Daleks were truly excellent models and I had a lot of fun building, painting and buggering about with them years ago. Full credit to Stuart Evans. I wonder what he's doing now.

Did you (or do you) own a Sevans Dalek? Do you want to own up to DrGaz about it? If you do then please leave a message here. Don't forget to include a link to a photo if you can.

3 comments:

Dalek Links said...

I own a Sevans Dalek - it's still in the box, unmade!! Considering putting it on ebay, there's no way I'd make it up, I'm rubbish at model-building

Matt Stone said...

Oh my God!! Dalek Links...

Let me buy the kit please!!!!

I so want an ice warrior kit.

Unfortunately, I am too young to have had the kits myself (I was two - five yrs old) but great story, thanks.

Been trying to find about SEVANS, Sheercast etc, but its really hard to find, anywhere!!

I presume the company (SEVANS) is dispanded?

Thanks anyway.

Matt

George said...

A coworker of mine was kind enough to give me his Sevans Dalek, as he'd never built it but knew I was interested in the hobby. This is my first time building a vac-form kit. Cutting away all that excess plastic is really a pain, but it really is a fine-looking model. You can follow the build on my site if you're interested.