Here we go again!

Here we go again!

Following yesterday’s announcement the shop will be closed from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December.

We will continue to offer our online mail order service and will, for local customers, offer a click and collect service – buy online, collect from the store.

Our hours of business may vary depending on the situation, so we will advise these on a regular basis on the Opening Hours page of the website.


Current Opening Hours

Our current opening hours are:-

Tuesday to Saturday — 10 ’til 4


Reopening plans

We have re-opened!

Our opening hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10 ‘til 3.

A number of safety measures will be in place.

  • If required, a queue can form outside the shop. There will be signs reminding of the requested 2m social distancing gap.
  • we would appreciate you wearing a face covering.
  • Entry will be limited to only 4 customers in the shop at any one time who must be responsible for their own social distancing. No unaccompanied children please.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided inside the door and must be applied.
  • There will be a one way system which must be followed. We ask you to select your purchases swiftly – don’t rush, you can go round the shop more than once! Please be patient with other customers and respect the 2m social distancing gap. No overtaking!
  • whilst at the counter please remain behind the screens
  • We will prefer card payment and if your purchase is under £45 it will preferably be contactless. If paying cash we would prefer the exact amount to minimise change.

We will continue to offer our local delivery service with purchases being made through our website. Delivery within the M2 – Western Link – Love Lane area will be made for free. Orders placed outside this area but within 10 miles will be posted for free when you spend over £50. You can also arrange to pick up online purchases from the shop within our opening hours. Please consider these purchasing methods before visiting.

This is a new situation for us all so please bear with us. We will constantly review how this is working and if necessary change hours and structure to meet demand.

 

 

 


In this together

A message from tonies – “It’s not easy being cooped up inside as a family around Easter. Especially when you can’t find the words to explain to your little ones how and why it’s so important to stay indoors and be aware of social-distancing.
And why they can’t see their grandparents and friends?

We’ve teamed up with children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips to confront some of the most-asked questions children have at this time within an audiobook.

In this together

In our story, Rosie’s mum and dad are faced with the tricky task of explaining why she’s not in school due to the ‘microscopic bug’, why she’s not able to see her friends and how they can protect her grandparents and the elderly.

You can download the audiobook for free and upload it directly to your Creative-Tonie. That way, the next time the kids pop their creative friend on the Toniebox, they’ll be able to listen to Rosie’s story.
Why not try it out this weekend?”

Click here to download – In this together


AFV Club Churchill AVRE

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Thanks to PI for the images of his completed kit


High Speed Kato

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KATO are following on from the success of their N Scale Eurostar by advancing into solely British territory – by producing the Hitachi Class 800 IEP, which has been in use on UK high-speed lines since 2017.

Hitachi are onboard, so it will be a fully licenced and accurate model, up to the usual high standard that we expect from Kato. Licences are being negotiated with both GWR and LNER to produce the most up-to-date liveries running today. East Midland Railways have just announced that they are procuring a fleet of Class 800s for the Midland Mainline, so there is scope for more liveries.

This model will be in British N Scale (1:148), and is due for release in 2021.

We do not currently have any information on liveries, part numbers, prices, or configurations (although a powered set/add on set configuration is likely, with DCC readiness). Keep an eye out for future details.

More details are expected to be announced at The International N Gauge Show in September.


HELJAN REVEALS PLANS FOR ALL-NEW ‘OO’ GAUGE CLASS 47

Design work now underway on an all-new Brush Type 4/Class 47 for ‘OO’ gauge, to replace earlier HELJAN model dating from early-2000s.

47

 

In response to customer demand, HELJAN is now working on an all-new Class 47 in ‘OO’ gauge. The model will build on the research and design work undertaken for their new ‘O’ gauge Class 47, which is currently at the tooling stage.

While their older model remains a firm favourite with ‘OO’ gauge diesel era modellers, the tooling is no longer fit for production and in the years since it was first released, technology for features such as DCC sound and lighting has moved on rapidly. The new ‘47’ will make the most of these features with LED lighting, controllable lighting features and ample provision for DCC sound using the latest decoders.

With several sub-classes and myriad detail variations across the class over a career of almost 60 years (and counting), the models will reflect the complex history of Class 47 with a wide range of authentic differences according period, livery, sub-class and individual locomotives.

Heljan plan to release models in phases over the coming years, starting with Class 47/0s for the BR green and BR blue eras and Class 47/0s, 47/3s and 47/4s for the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Future releases will cover other popular versions including the ScotRail Class 47/7s, refurbished Railfreight Distribution and Rail express systems (Res) locomotives with cutaway bufferbeam cowling and more contemporary machines depicting locomotives still in main line service.

All major liveries will be covered, as well as numerous special liveries, ‘one-off’ variations and unofficial embellishments according to customer demand.

Detailed design work is in progress and the first releases are expected in 2021 to mark the 60th anniversary of BR’s most numerous main line locomotives.

More information on planned releases, detailed technical specifications, prices and expected release dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.


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FREE gifts from CITADEL

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Scale Model Show 2019

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