This find is down to my dad who visited in February and returned home with tales of a fantastic shop. By coincidence, a thread on Model Boat Mayhem was also singing their praises. Thus, when I visited the town this week, a visit was on the agenda.
About 25 minutes walk from the historic dockyard, it's not in the most fashionable part of town. A couple of streets away, every shop seems to be selling second hand, and rather tatty, furniture. This isn't a problem, most model shops are in cheaper areas, that's how they can afford to stay open.
As you can see from the photo, it's a bigger shop than average. The windows are full of wonderful things including second hand RC boats, plastic kits and railways. They must have known I was coming as there was even a diecast Philip from the Thomas range in the window.
Inside the shop has developed that happy range that only develops with maturity. Yes you can get paint and brushes and glue (including a range I didn't know about) and plastic kits and model railways and boat kits and second hand model boats and aircraft kits and second hand model aircraft (nice but huge Hercules) and diecast models (nice Dinky Eagle) and tools and bits and piece for all these plus magazines (50p for old Tamya ones).
Little things impress - the second hand coaches, wagons and diecast are all individually bagged so they can be hung on racks. Simple but makes for a nice neat shop rather than piles of pre-owned stuff.
There's lots of stock, enough that you really need to look around. Short people will struggle as there is stuff high up but I'm sure the helpful staff will be there for you.
I came away with a lighter wallet but many boat bits as well as some Coopercraft kits. That Eagle was tempting but no. The Hercules was too big for the car. I probably should have bought a Philip though.