There's not much around in central London. The "best" that I know of is the Modelzone in Holborn. Scaley have concessions in Hamleys and Harrods, but only buy in there if you've got plenty of money to spare!
Yes- it's really tragic. All the places I knew as a kid turned into coffee shops and video rentals years ago. The only place I would say worth searching out in town would be the 'Model Shop' that USED to be in Moorfields, but even they've moved lately- anyone know where? They sold materials and tools rather than kits, but a great source for scratchbuilding stuff.
There used to be Howes (of Oxford) Model Shop in Bishopsgate, but perhaps it has gone now.
While having a very cursory glance on the net, I came up with Model Shop Directory
which might be a good starting point and to which people might like to contribute information.
A coincidence as I was about to ask a similar question. I'm poorly served by local shops so anywhere that sells more than Scalextric, Airfix/Tamiya and Games Workshop would be of interest. I'm on a trip to central London next week and hoping to sneak a visit or two while I'm there.
I've been disappointed with the quality of recent items purchased via the Net (not slot related) and would like to see as many items as I can in the flesh so that I can have more confidence in future Net buys.
Is Modelzone what used to be Beatties (I have been informed I have been there years ago when I was younger.)?
QUOTE (JAK @ 27 Apr 2004, 08:47)Is Modelzone what used to be Beatties (I have been informed I have been there years ago when I was younger.)?
I made that connection too, JAK!
The original Beatties was at Holborn, and I have very distant memories of going in there in the mid sixties. I can't recall the slotcars on display (though I expect that's why we were there) but seem to retain images of little wooden "skips" with all the various Meccano parts known to man. And the proper green & red stuff, not this new fangled blue & yellow!
Don't forget if you go to Modelzone and are a Hornby Racer member to ask for your discount!
As you know there's little in London.
For your information this is what I found.
ModelZone - good selection of kits, die-casts, railways and slots. On the slot front they had Scalex. Carrera and Fly. Don't want to add to the Fly debate but I couldn't see what is so good about them to be charging so much more than other makes. The quality of the plastic on some cars is very poor and transparent it makes the cars look like cheap toys. Having said that I did buy a Fly Corvette. Well it was under half price so less than a Scalex.
Hamleys Good selection of every thing once you accept the bounty they add for the pleasure of you purchasing from them - I thought my local shop over charged but they obviously have some lessons to learn. They had Scalex. Carrera and Revell. First time I've seen a Revell so was pleased with what I saw as I might be tempted to purchase a Porsche 550 when they're released to add to my Jimmy Dean collection. He should have stayed with MG when he took up racing - You've got to walk before you can run.
EF Russ, Clapham - a good window display doesn't prepare you for the shock when you go inside. Its like my Grandad's garden shed with lots of drawers and cupboards and high shelves split up like pigeon holes. It was difficult to see what stock he had - all the Scalex stuff was above head height so I didn't see much. I expect he's a great local shop as the drawers contain all sorts of obscure items and he was being very helpful to the customer who was there at the same time as me.
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