Heard today that Swindon Model Centre was now closed. First time I went in there was in 1972 when I was based at RAF Lyneham, which has now been closed as an RAF station. Every time I returned to the UK they were still there) never forgave Rose for snubbing me in favour of Jan, but hey ho that's life, just hope it won't be another pound shop or nail bar !
Guilty as charged Ken 😭 But then the few model shops left in Bavaria seem to be all aircraft / heli / drone oriented 🤔 Any half decent boaty shops are in north Germany near the coast (must be the salt air!😉) But there are several excellent on-line shops specialising in boats / subs and associated electronic modules. Cheers, Doug 😎
Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
just saw andyg009 mentioned Marionville models in Edinburgh ,Andy dont know if your old enough to remember central wood crafts 50+years ago in Duke street Leith it was run by two wee old women i think i spent half my childhood and all my pocket money in that shop ,it was a modelmakers emporium .
My local Model Shop went the same way earlier this year. It is truly sad that youngsters today do not want to build their own models, preferring instead to purchase ready built.
Society generally now buys consumer goods with very short lifespans and choose to replace with new rather than repair. Not surprising then that our children adopt the same approach to their 'toys'.
It's not just the model shops that are disappearing, most high streets are totally changed from my youth of the 50's/60's.
I do wonder how many would cope if some celestical force wiped out all the satellites and we lost the on-line facility? With more and more stores in out of town centres it's to be hoped we don't suffer another fuel crisis, I can still remember the rationing from last time.
Hi Dave, yes it a shame , the way I tend to tell new members is, if you buy it from a shop as a kit or from a plan,, if you need to mend it, you have an idea of how to go about it, you put it together yourself. If you buy ready made models you may not know how to mend it if it goes wrong. But there is usually some one to help out if needed, which is always nice to know.
No I don't remember "Central Wood Crafts", until I went to Saudi Arabia in 1978 mostly interested in Model Railways (still am). In Saudi took up flying (models that is) as a hobby - Day job was to keep a Lightning Simulator 'Flying' (proper aircraft the Lightning).
you would probably have been a Harburn hobbies man ,which is still going strong ,because I was a wee boy back then the 2 woman who I thought as old would probably have been in their 50s I think they were modellers they had a great knowledge and I remember drawers upon drawers filled with every decal that was imaginable shelves full of Airfix and Keilkraft kits they also stocked exotic American kits by Aurora ,I remember one of my brothers buying Frankenstein ,Dracula etc with glow in the dark parts.