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Toy/Model Shops City Centre

Big Gee

master brummie
Hobbies Ltd moved to a shop in Dale End. I can remember buying 'Aeromodeller' there in early December 1959. It had a full-size plan for a control-line Hawker Fury biplane - I've still got the plan but never built it. Our flying-field for control-line was Perry Hall Playing Fields, and for free-flight Sutton Park. There must have been over a dozen model shops in Brum when I was in my teens.

I still fly control-line models with the Nuneaton MAS, but these days everything is very, very different to how it was over 50 years ago.

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Eddie 14

master brummie
My life long friend used to free-flight in Sutton Park with Nigel Mansell up until a few years ago. He was keen on his radio control free flights, his collection consists of over 30 engines, rather a lot when you can only use one at a time.
Dave
 

Villian64

knowlegable brummie
he was my first boss - got a job, in '75, at another shop he owned, and his 70+ mom managed, over the road from his model shop at Stockland Green - it was called 'the Gift Shop' - he also owned Toyland next door to it, which I was seconded to in '76.
I wonder if any of the staff that worked there visit here - a Margaret, a girl a year or two older than me called Marian, and another lady, can't recall her name - might have begun with a 'D.'

I remember he (Jim Davis) had 2 sons, James, the elder, (3rd Jim Davis in a row) was about 2 years younger than me, 15 when I was 16/17, and a younger son.


I recalls a Doll's Hospital (discussion a page or two back), in the rag market on a stall - my mom used to take me to in the 60's to get my dolls eyes and suchlike fixed. Plus one in Erdington market in the 70's (by then used for my younger sister's dolls).
Grandad bought me Noddy's car from there
 

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RobT

master brummie
And going back to the 1950s, does anyone remember Juneero (Junior Engineering)? I doubt if it would get past 'elf'n'safety these days as it included small pieces of sheet steel (around 22 swg) with a guillotine, some 1/8" diameter steel rod and a tap to thread it. The guillotine also had a slot for cropping the rod to size, and lots of nuts and bolts (around 4BA). I spent hours playing with this stuff as it was much more flexible than Meccano for model building. About the only thing missing was an arc welder!!!

Maurice
Maurice
It's about 8 years late, but I remember Juneero.
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mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
i loved the toy shop in nav st, while waiting for the bus,i would press the button on the window frame,that started the train going around in the window.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
I remember going to Horntons Corner in the late 60's when my parents bought me my first "Airband Radio" which enabled reception of the Air Traffic Control at Elmdon (in those days!) Compared to the gear I have now, it was pretty basic, just a tranny with a bit more coverage on VHF!!
I still remember the shop owner in his natty striped suit!! I'm pretty sure at some point I had binoculars from there as well.

Talking as you were about model shops, in the 70's I used to frequent a great little emporium at the bottom of Formans Road Sparkhill (I lived in Tetley Road, Springfield, off Shaftmoor Lane) I'm not 100% sure but I think it was "AV Lucas" he used to stock all the Construction kits ie Airfix, Revell, Frog (showing my age now!) and all the rest. He used to stay open until about 8-00pm on Friday evenings as well. Wonder if anyone remembers him ?

It would be mind blowing to see a photo of the place, Long shot though!!!!

Regards BobM

PS There was a "Dolls Hospital" on Stratford Rd near College Road, owned by Bev Bevan's mother. Later it became his record shop.
and one on nechells park rd.nechells.
 

Villian64

knowlegable brummie
I remember going to Horntons Corner in the late 60's when my parents bought me my first "Airband Radio" which enabled reception of the Air Traffic Control at Elmdon (in those days!) Compared to the gear I have now, it was pretty basic, just a tranny with a bit more coverage on VHF!!
I still remember the shop owner in his natty striped suit!! I'm pretty sure at some point I had binoculars from there as well.

Talking as you were about model shops, in the 70's I used to frequent a great little emporium at the bottom of Formans Road Sparkhill (I lived in Tetley Road, Springfield, off Shaftmoor Lane) I'm not 100% sure but I think it was "AV Lucas" he used to stock all the Construction kits ie Airfix, Revell, Frog (showing my age now!) and all the rest. He used to stay open until about 8-00pm on Friday evenings as well. Wonder if anyone remembers him ?

It would be mind blowing to see a photo of the place, Long shot though!!!!

Regards BobM

PS There was a "Dolls Hospital" on Stratford Rd near College Road, owned by Bev Bevan's mother. Later it became his record shop.
i went formans road when i got a p/t job for co op butchers at hall green
 
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