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About The Hobby Shop

South East England's leading continental model railway specialist. Established in 1988 we stock leading brands' products for model railways, ready-made road vehicles, plastic and wooden kits, radio control cars and various modelling accessories

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FREE gifts from CITADEL

  • Spend £20 on CITADEL paint, get a FREE Painting Handle worth £4
  • Spend £30 on CITADEL paint, get a FREE Painting Handle AND a FREE Water Pot worth £4 each
  • Spend £50 on CITADEL paint, get a FREE Painting Handle, a FREE Water Pot AND a FREE Painting Mat worth £12

*whilst stock lasts


Scale Model Show 2019

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BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN

Over the course of the last year, the business and many staff members at Hornby have spent a great deal of time in front of a camera, in order to give the world an insight into the business, the industry and the difficulties, which Hornby has faced over the past years.

The filming has resulted in something very special, involving model railway enthusiast, James May.

JAMES MAY’S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN

The two-part documentary is hitting TV screens in the UK next Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 13th March on BBC Four at 9pm.  

Two-part documentary, introduced and narrated by model train enthusiast James May, that follows a year inside Hornby Hobbies – an iconic British toymaker on the brink of collapse. But this is no ordinary business series; this is a series about model train and plane obsessives, both inside and outside the company, all of whom desperately need the company to survive.

In Episode 1 we join Hornby as they face their biggest crisis in a generation. The company has lost £30M in the past five years and sales across all three of their major brands – Scalextric, Airfix and Hornby Railways – are down.

A new boss, Lyndon Davies, has been appointed to turn the company’s dismal fortunes around and he has brought back some company veterans to help in the fight for survival.

Simon Kohler, known affectionately as ‘Mr Hornby’ has been brought back after a four-year absence. He assesses the decline of his beloved company and attempts to reconnect with Hornby’s dissatisfied customer base and retailers.

Meanwhile, in a bid to revitalise Airfix, Lyndon tasks a master amateur model builder, Jim Bren, with the biggest build of his model-making life – the largest reconstruction of the Hellcat plane ever attempted by the company.

We get the opportunity to delve into the highly secretive world of the company’s design and development process. We meet Ken, head of the audio research laboratory, as he struggles to find the perfect cat sound as well as other veterans like Head of Archives Peter who has some very strong words on how he feels the company has been managed.

We also meet the people whose pastimes are at stake, such as the members of the Double O Gauge Association. We will follow them as they prepare for one of the biggest events in the model railway enthusiast’s diary – The Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes – where their fictitious village of Batcombe is ready for its unveiling to the public.


Dec/Jan Opening Hour Changes


We will be open as usual (Tues to Sat 9.30 to 5.00) through the Holiday period except:-
Weds 19th December  12.00 to 5.00
Sun 23rd December     10.00 to 4.00
Mon 24th December     9.30 to 2.30
Tues 25th December     CLOSED
Weds 26th December    CLOSED
Thurs 27th December   10.00 to 4.00
Fri 28th December        10.00 to 4.00
Sat 29th December        10.00 to 4.00
Tues 1st January            CLOSED
Weds 2nd January         10.00 to 4.00


LEGO Christmas Wish List Draw

For every £30 you spend on LEGO at The Hobby Shop between now and 17.00 Saturday  22nd December you will receive an entry into our LEGO Wish List Draw.

The prize? One LEGO set of your choice¹.

Whether LEGO Batman, Creator, Super Heroes or Technic is your thing, you have the choice of what you win.

We will contact the winner via SMS on the evening of Saturday 22nd December².

 

The Hobby Shop and LEGO

Let’s make Christmas

 

¹In stock products only

²SMS number must be provided for notification. Prize must be collected by 17.00 Saturday 29th December


The Great Model Railway Challenge

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