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CLASSIC MODELS: Revisit plasticine Pinner people in 1958 

 Published on: 17th September 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Every so often, we like to go back in time and look at the rich history of the village through footage courtesy of newsreel archive, British Pathé.

This month, we go back to 1958 and see a teenager making a name for himself with plasticine figures.

While it was the legendary Heath Robinson who put Pinner on the map for artistry and creativity, John Runnicles made the news in 1958 for creating incredibly detailed plasticine figures.

Mr Runnicles, who was 17 at the time, is seen moulding his creations with the utmost care and delicacy in his Pinner home.

Still a schoolboy, John had started making the figures for demonstration purposes when he was instructing pupils in his school’s Naval Cadet Force.

By the time he was featured in the news, Mr Runnicles had clearly mastered the art of plasticine creations – he’s seen adding minute details to his characters with ease. He did so with two ordinary needles and a wooden modelling tool. 

While the video is only two minutes long, the young man would actually spend up to a day creating each of his models.

To see the video, go to

Picture courtesy of British Pathé

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