Preston, Lancashire boasts one of the best modelling shops in the UK in the form of Transport Models. In these days of Local Hobby stores giving way to the out of town Mega Craft store, it's good to see a thriving shop that specializes in plastic static kits.
Transport Models of Preston
Transport Models, based at the old Oyston Mill off Strand Road, Preston, is deceptively small on the outside, yet is spacious and light on the inside. The shop also has its own off street parking for customers. On entering you encounter a large foyer where display cabinets are full of examples of models and a large railway set up to whet your appetite. Then it's through to the main sales area.
It's bright, and extremely well laid out. There is plenty of room to move around and inspect the large displays of static models on the shelves, everything from aircraft to armour, and including all the well known manufacturers such as Dragon and Tamiya, with the odd kit thrown in from less well known names.
As you can see from the photographs, the shop boasts a well stocked book display, along with tools, paints and scenic materials. The staff were really friendly, although the owner, Mark Houlding was a little camera shy, he did persuade two of his helpful staff to be photographed, in particular Phil (the 'hairy' one!). Although the shop does have a large railway and die-cast department, the plastic kit area is huge, and there was a really good selection to choose from. This shop has been open at these premises for about 4 years, but has been trading for about 11. Within the last couple of years they opened a branch in Southport, but reluctantly had to close recently due to being unable to appoint appropriate staff in that area.
I have to say I enjoyed visiting this shop, and if you're in the area, you probably would too. I was a little disappointed at the lack of any aftermarket stock such as 1/35th figures or Photo-etched sets, but they will order most things if asked.
Well worth a visit!
Unit 1 Oyston Mill
Strand Road, Preston
9-5pm Monday to Saturday,
On the Web at: http://www.transportmodels.co.uk