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Visiting the UK this next week....suggestions around model engineering?

I'm looking for recommendations for shops to visit....flea markets? Swap meets?

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Doug Gourlay18/05/2014 15:44:42
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Hi guys,

I'm leaving for a 3 day conference in Glasgow on Thursday but will be travelling around Scotland for a few days before going to visit relatives in B'ham area.

Any suggestions around must visit shops or surplus tools events?

I'll be in Kenilworth for much of the time, but Macclesfield is on the list to visit (elderly Aunt to visit). I've got a car.

Any suggestions would be welcome.



JohnF18/05/2014 21:01:19
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Axminster tools in Warrington, you will pass by on the M6 as you go south, also Rotagrip in Brum. Have a look at the web sites before you travel. A shame you missed the Harrogate show.


Michael Gilligan18/05/2014 21:22:08
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As you're going to Macc. anyway; don't forget Macc Models idea

... Only a small shop, but worth a look.

There is also a decent Scrap Metal man: John Swindells, on Waterside, SK11 7HG, who often has Aluminium Alloys and Stainless Steel. --- [but don't buy it all please]


Doug Gourlay18/05/2014 21:34:54
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Thanks guys,

no fear buying anything up. The weight allowances on the airlines is prohibitive!

i had thought of visiting the shop in Macclesfield. They seem pretty focused on steam. I also thought about hemmingway kits.


GaryM18/05/2014 21:51:25
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Hi Doug,

The Anson Engine Museum **LINK** just up the road from Macclesfield (~6 miles) is well worth a visit, if you like old engines. Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday though.


Stewart Hart19/05/2014 06:02:55
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Don't forget the Northern Mill Engine Society at Bolton they have a maintenance day on Wednesday and will show a casual visitor round. **LINK**


Dougie Swan19/05/2014 07:46:02
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In Scotland the Summerlee Heritage Museum in Coatbridge is well worth a visit

Bills tool store in The Gallowgate in Glasgow usually have stocks of ex MOD tools

The maritime museum in Irvine has lots to see


Tony - CHUK19/05/2014 11:34:14
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You could pop in to see me at Chester Machine Tools on your way to Macclesfield, from Birmingham up the A5.

We have all our Hobby machines and a massive range of tooling on display.

Drop me a line if you need any directions etc.

All the best,


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