Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Hobbycraft January Sale

Winter blues gripped the office today, so I went out at lunchtime for some relief from the gloom and ended up in Hobbycraft.

Airfix ex-JB kits Hardtop Landrover at £3.99; Saracen APC, 1 tonne Landrover and  Bedford Tactical Refueller at £4.79 each. Two Saracens in the bag. Result!

A heads up for FOW gamers. The Omaha Beach, D-Day Airborne, Hammer & Sickle and Villers Bocage books were reduced to just £7.50 each. 

Most surprising of all, proudly diplayed on a promotional end were repo old style boxes of Airfix Romans and Ancient Britains at 99p each! £10 and you have two armies for a bit of old fashioned wargaming!Ah the waft of nostalgia... or is that the steak slice from Greggs the Baker.

Modelzone arrived in Aberdeen just before Christmas, so before heading back to the office I thought I'd stop by to check out the Airfix European Ruined Workshop. The new Airfix buildings have useful photos on the back of the box displaying the model from all angles - in this case the workshop is partially destroyed at the rear - nevertheless it looks suitable for any post industrial revolution setting. But before I was tempted to buy it - I found a Hornby OO scale (fully painted and assembled) Compressor House for just £12.99, reduced from around £21. I couldn't not buy it could I, even if it means cuppasoup for the rest of the week.

The stock photos belie the building's functionality as a workshop on an old farm, in a railway siding or colliery. Or, we could add that Hovels destroyed chimney for a Stoke on Trent pottery or similar. In my case, it's destined to become part of Borchester Council Depot. That Airfix Ruined Workshop would complement it nicely but so too would a modern corrugated shed, a Portakabin or two, pallets, skips and the ubiquitous piles of old road signs and metal scrap one sees.

Cheers
Mark

4 comments:

  1. Result! I was just in London last week, but didn't get any hobby shopping in. Except for some Ospreys I picked up 3 for 2 at the National Army Museum.

    OO railroading scale translates to what? 25mm?

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  2. OO Gauge is 4mm to one foot = 1/76th scale.

    The buildings and accessories are normally slightly smaller than most metal 20mm figures.

    Cheers
    Mark

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  3. HO Gauge is more popular in America and on the Continent. It's 3.5mm to the foot = 1/87th scale.

    Cheers
    Mark

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  4. A great haul of Airfix kits,but be warned the refueller,ambulance and one of the land rovers is no longer in the Airfix cataloge.

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