The birth of JEM Kits
Most trams are the same on both sides, and the same on both ends, so this led to the notion of resin casting. Friends wanted kits too, and a lively exchange of model tram items ensued. The first few tram kits were made with epoxy resin, including flush glazed windows, but the epoxy tears the surface off the moulds after only a few kits are hatched.
It was suggested that the kits could be supplied to local hobby shops. Ralf Schmidt of RMS Models was already dealing with a commercial resin caster and a manufacturer of small cartons. New molds were made, new business contacts were made, and JEM Kits was born.
From mid April 1995, Adelaide type C JEM Kits were cast in the brittle polyester resin, but the moulds suffered far less damage during production. The C type kit was an awkward beast to assemble, but producton continued with the last kit, the seventy first to be made, delivered to a local retailer in June 2001.
JEM Kit 5G2 and 5G6 - "The Birney"
In February 1996, two Birney kits were available from JEM. Kit 5G2 covered the four Birneys as operated on the Port Adelaide system, and 5G6 represented these same cars in their final form in Bendigo, in the Australian state of Victoria, after their transfer from Geelong. The simple design of these kits made them an ideal project for the new-comer, while still providing a worthwhile model for the more discerning collector. These cars are in regular tourist operation in Bendigo in both forms. Note that they are LEFT HANDED compared with those of their homeland, the USA. They were designed to be powered by a Tenshodo SPUD WB28 and to use a Precision Scale kit-built trolley pole. Production ceased in 2015 with 180 kits sold.