Just returned from an extended stay in Tyneside. I managed to get to the Metro Centre in Gateshead with its games workshop, Modelzone and "Metro Models" which as stated is a great little model shop stocking a very large variety of different scale models, books etc. Also visited Modelzone in Grainger Street, Newcastle which was close to Forbidden Planet and Travelling Man (If you don't know what they are, it's to late and you should stick with slot cars)
Two other shops I found were The Country House in Westmorland Rd. a very unwellcoming shop selling some models and RC stuff plus a lot of near offensive weapons; and The Model Shop in Marlborough Crescent which catered for most types of model makers. They had some overpriced GB Track cars and some second-hand cars and sets.
Amongst others bits and pieces I purchased I managed to pick up a Ninco Pajero at Modelzone for £20 so a good time was had. Now I've got to work out how to fit an MGB body onto its chassis?
A big thanks to all who provided suggestions which helped keep my sanity while I was away.