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Toy/Model Shops City Centre

sylviasayers

master brummie
I know this isn't Aston but can anyone help settle an argument I have had with a friend, I recalled a wonderful toy shop which may have been a model toy shop which was located at the corner of Stephenson Street and
Navigation Street, just past the old entrance to New Street Station before
redevelopment, I loved to look in there it was a treasure trove to me as a child. When we used to go to catch a tram to the Lickeys I always lingered
looking in the window but never went inside. My friend disputes this and said I'm thinking of a shop near the back of Rackhams somewhere. Help
I can't recall the name.
 
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midlandsafc

Guest
Toy Shop

Hi
The only shop I can remember that was anything like you describe, was on the corner of Temple Street and Temple Row. They had a fantastic range of models and toys. I used to buy all my model aircraft there in the early too late 50's. :D
 
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Rod

Guest
Sylvia, there was indeed a shop, I think? it was almost where you place it, It was certainly on a corner, and in Stephens Street. I was often taken there, along with my brothers in the early sixties. As for one near Rachams? I don't recall that one.

.The shop you mention Sylvia, I think it may have moved into the nearby arcade later on, although I cant be sure. It was a magical shop, and sold many toys, a brilliant place for a child.
 

dirtyden

Black Country Boy
The Model shop at "the back o'Rackhams" was on the corner of Cherry Street, facing the the Churchyard. It was still there in the 70's. I used to buy my Scalextric bits and bobs there ! brumm-brumm !
:lol:
 
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Rob Lowe

Guest
Model Shop

Yes Den, I also bought models from there, it was called "The Model Aerodrome", do you remember the racing cars they sold with a cordite fired engine ? it,s a wonder any of us didn't have a hand blown off.
 

Oisin

gone but not forgotten
And what about the dope you got to paint your gliders with? :? You could get real dopey sniffing that. :roll:
 
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Rod

Guest
Thats Right

Thats right Paul, I think it was maybe cellulose based? Our dad used to make model planes, the structure was I think covered in a tissue? and then painted with dope.. I used to love the smell, although it made me cough.
 

Peter Walker

gone but not forgotten
Toy shops and model shops

The three main model shops in Town that I remember were Birmingham Model Supplies in Dale End, run by a Mr Smith, with two lady assistants, Mrs Neagley and Welsh Mrs Thomas. For a time they had a young girl assistant, Joan - I rather fancied her - but I don't thing that sort of modelling meant much to her. I was a regular customer from early 1946, but I can't say if it had been open during the War.
The Model Aerodrome at the corner of Cherry Street and Temple Row was formerly Barnby's, and a few doors down Cherry Street until about 1940, I think. They made quite a fortune selling model aircraft kits with balsa wood strips and tissue paper.
There was also Kanga Models in, I think, Colonnade Passage, run by Mrs McQueen. Long after I left Brum I went into their new shop and there was Mrs McQueen, who asked kindly after me and my friends in the Birmingham Model Railway Club.
Also Horntons in Stephenson St, started 1956 I think. Yes. there was a model shop for a time on the corner of Navigation Street and John Bright Street, but I never thought much of it.
Porky Walker
 

dennis

master brummie
Hi Sylvia,
Do Remember a good model shop called "Model Aerodrome" on the corner
of Cherry St.
 
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Harvey Barr

Guest
Kanga Model Shop

This shop was situated in the road along side the Theatre Royal that ran from New Street to Stephson Street, I think it was called Ethel St
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Right Dirty Den
Opposite the Churchyard :eek:
Used to love it on my Sat visits to Brum
 
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davidkw

Guest
I remember the one in the middle of Cherry Street well. As mentioned earlier it was still there in the 70s. I'm pretty sure it turned into a fairly large camera a photography shop. There was a guitar shop nearby as well.


Dave
 
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davidkw

Guest
Hi Alf, are you there :?:

I'm still here :!:

Stockton's not bad - the houses are cheap, or at least they were when we moved up in 91. Might go back to Brum one day - fond memories - but things are never the same going back are they.

Dave
 
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jake

Guest
the model planes sold at the model aerodrome were KIEL CRAFT used to go there every saturday when i had my pocket money not sure i have spelt/ kiel craft right

jake
 

Rupert

master brummie
I used to pass the model shop on the corner of Cherry St. every day on the way to school. It was right opposite the church yard. I say pass but that never happened I always had to spend time gazing into the window at the super assembled models and dream of owning one. Then I had to run to catch a West Brom bus in front of Snow Hill Station.
I managed to buy an engine from that store. A Mills .75 and I built a Junior Mallard and a scaled down Envoy which I flew at Sutton Park. Yes Kiel Kraft was one of the brands. Wow, I think I built one of their models, a Skylon if I recall. There was a problem with the wing attachment. Faulty design or I read the plans incorrectly.
Regards.
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Jake you are and the spelling Kiel Craft if you look on Google there are 100s of pages O0
 

dennis

master brummie
Wow,
The Model Aerodrome shop in the corner of
Cherry St. brings back some happy memories,
I  bought two Keil Kraft kits the Ajax & Achille's
duration rubber powered models they were made out of
Balsa wood & covered in tissue paper and then painted
with "Dope" to taughten the tissue
Then I tried something bigger, an A1 6ft swing span
glider which I flew at Atherstone golf course
after the 3rd trial,it flew beautifuly and then
on landing managed to find the only piece of rock on the ground
needless to say it caused quite a bit of damage :( :knuppel2:
 
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chris911

Guest
From 1966, (just after some football match!!!) I worked at Barnby's. It was situated at the end of the Great Western Arcade, opposite Snow Hill station. There were three floors: Ground floor was mainly prams, pushchairs, cots, etc. The Mezzanine floor was the dolls and soft toys department, and the top floor, the biggest, had books, diecast models, train and Scalextric sets, Airfix models, Meccano and a Kindergarten section.

The shop was built over the rail tunnels, and every so often, the whole place would shake. Customers would ask what was causing the vibrations, and we would answer " It's the big train set in the basement!

I left in 1971 to join the RAF.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Chris911. Barnbys is the toy shop that a lot of Brummie's from that era remember. It was a child's treasure cave. It was always good to go there with a kind Uncle and Auntie when Christmas or a birthday was on the horizon.

I liked the answer re "the big train set in the basement".
 
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