Ok, this is all the fault of that nice guy who does the Techmoan YouTube Channel. He did a great video about restoring a Sharp RP-107 and since seeing that i wanted one. Well i didn't manage to get an RP-107 but i did manage to find it's slightly less well specified brother, an RP-103. The difference between the 2 models is the RP-103 will not allow you to pre-program tracks but you can still play both sides of a record and skip between tracks.
You can find the Techmoan Youtube Channel here.
The RP-103 had various faults including the usual one which is the broken tray loading cog. The cog engages with a rack which opens & closes the record tray. Fortunately there is a chap on ebay in the USA who sells replacement cogs.