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CLOSING DOWN SALE - 20% to 50% OFF  clearance items on the Web Site and in the Shop. Please ring 0115 9412211 for details.

After over 70 years supplying our customers with model and hobby products, and as a buyer cannot be found we will close full time hours on 2nd February 2019.

In order to clear any remaining stock and shop fittings we will continue to open on Saturdays and certain week days only from 10am until 4pm for a limited period.

 *We have now stopped mail order, any successful orders over the web site will be refunded.

We regret we have had to take this action at this time.

We would like to thank our many loyal customers over the years for their much valued support.

Look out for  SPECIAL OFFERS on a wide range of products in shop and get some great bargains.

Keep watching for updates to this message.




Site of the present shop at 21 Heathcoat Street

Inside the Heathcoat Street shop 2007. RC Department on the lower floor

2007, large show case to the left of the stairs.

The RC Department 2012,  when it moved back upstairs

The Railway Counter 2012


Plastic kits - 2012

This will bring back a few memories. The Hornby layout that was to the right of the stairs going into the railway department. One of these is still operational on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the gift shop.

Site of the present shop before it was built, early 1960's. Heathcoat Street and Highcross Street. Grain Sewing Machines building on Highcross Street is still there and in use. Below is a 2018 photo from a similar position.

The first shop, opened in 1946

Inside the first shop 'Down Hockley'

Upstairs of the Hockley shop

 Upstairs at the Hockley shop, the Railway department.

Downstairs at the Hockley shop, the toy department.

Some classic Tamiya kits

Skegness shop, 1960's

Inside of the Skegness shop

The large slot car racing circuit that was installed at the Skegness shop.

Friar Lane shop 1960's

King Street shop - 1980's


 Gee Dee Models at early exhibitions



GEE DEE MODELS in Photos. Part 2


 The Gee Dee bus, 1980's

A young Peter Grain (The Boss) at the Ideal Home Exhibition in 1952 watched by radio star Norman Evans demostrates a model railway, made mainly of Trix Twin equipment.

Picture from the Nottingham Business Review, November 1979. Near case is full of Mamod and Wilesco live steam. This is the radio control counter, note the Keil Kraft Hurricane hanging from the ceiling next to the green and white control line model.

 How it used to be, mid 1980s. RC Aircraft department, Heathcoat Street. Note all the KITS (The yellow glider hanging from the ceiling is a Veron Springbok slope soarer)






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CSM HLG 200 Heading Lock Gyro
CSM SL310 Gyro. Smart Lock System / Revision 4 Software
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