T7 Models will be trading at both Royal Navy air days this year.
Next Saturday 26 July will see RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset open its gates to the public, and T7 Models will be trading from a site adjacent to the classic car line up. Gates open at 9am, and there will be five and a half hours of flying displays culminating in the spectacular commando assault finale.
The following Thursday 31 July sees us a little nearer to home, at RNAS Culdrose. We will be located in C3 hangar (same as last year), with the show commencing again at 9am.
The shop will be closed on Friday 25, Saturday 26, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 July in order for us attend these events, and we hope we will see many of you at either or both shows.
This year’s Armed Forces Day is being marked in Cornwall at Heartlands, Pool, this Saturday 21 June. The event starts at 10am and features exhibitions from all armed forces, cadet forces, historic military vehicles, an awards ceremony, a full size Spitfire replica, service charities and a flypast from a real Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
T7 Models will be in attendance for the day, trading from a site in the Diaspora Gardens, offering our usual good selection of kits. The Truro shop will be closed, so come to Armed Forces Day and find out more about the men and women who dedicate their lives to protect our freedoms.
And if you can’t get to that event, remember that there are Armed Forces Day events all over the country. Go to http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/ for details.
When the Easter bunny visited Pydar Mews recently he was so struck by what he saw in T7 Models’ window that he threw away his basket of chocolate eggs and came up with a great idea!
I am happy to announce that over the forthcoming Easter weekend all model kits purchased in the Truro shop will feature a 10% discount off their usual price. This will apply to Airfix and Revell starter sets as well so, like the Easter bunny, ditch the chocolate eggs and grab that kit you’ve been thinking about for ages. To make use of the discount the shop is open on Good Friday from 10am-5pm, Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm and Easter Monday from 10am-5pm. We will be closed on Easter Sunday.
The Disney Cars and Planes ranges are exempt from this discount, but… they have their own offer to smile about! When you buy one you can get a second for half price. This offer applies to the lowest priced item, and will remain in force while stocks last.
On top of all that excitement I have launched T7 Models’ own savings club, ideal for that big model or perhaps for your Christmas purchases. A new airbrush, maybe? Open an account with a minimum of £5, and after that you can deposit as little as £1 towards purchases of any item in the shop or against a special order. Every new account holder will receive entry into a free prize draw.
It’s all happening at the moment!
T7 Models has launched its own in-store loyalty scheme from today.
Make sure you pick up a loyalty card the next time you visit the shop. Receive one stamp for every £10 that you spend in-store, and when you collect ten stamps you get a gift voucher worth £10 to spend in the shop. There is no time limit on the scheme, so you can still collect stamps no matter how few purchases of £10 you make.
There will be a craft fair at the Culdrose Community Centre in Helston on Saturday 15 March, raising money in aid of four service charities: SSAFA, Battle Back, Surf Action and Help for Heroes.
The event is being organised by a number of wives of personnel from RNAS Culdrose, and I am happy to report that T7 Models will be in attendance and supporting this event, along with a number of local businesses.
The community centre is in Hibernia Road, Helston, and the postcode for your satnavs is TR13 8DJ. It is open from 10am-3pm. Please come along and show your support.
T7 Models has added the Fleet Air Arm Museum Model Show to its list of events. The show, probably the biggest event of its type in the south west, will be held at the museum at RNAS Yeovilton on Saturday 15 February, with doors open at 1000, and I will be in attendance with the usual good selection of kits at competitive prices.
This week will see many new lines in the shop, including items from Zvezda, Italeri and Tamiya. They will appear throughout the week, so keep checking back.
Two dates for your diary for next year; the North Somerset Static Model Show, hosted by North Somerset Modellers’ Society, will be at The Campus, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 1 March, while Plymouth Model Show is on Saturday 12 April at the Guildhall, Plymouth. T7 Models will be trading at both events.
So, it has taken longer than expected, but I am delighted to report that T7 Models opened its doors to the public in Truro on 1 August. In the two weeks since then I have been settling into the new home in Pydar Mews and become familiar with the new routine. Many of my regulars from Pool Market have now found their way to Truro, and I note that scale modellers in Truro are doing so as well.
With the high street shop taking up much of my time the online shop has been somewhat neglected of late. This is no longer the case and it has now been fully updated with a number of new items. Airfix have recently released their newly tooled 1/72nd scale Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8 and Avro Lancaster B. MkII kits, and also the superb WWII RAF bomber re-supply set. Demand for all of these has been high, with the Lancaster now sold out and very few remaining of the other items. Revell has been busy as well, with its new 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, a stunning kit at an amazing price. New kits of the Ferrari 250GTO in 1/24th scale and another variation of the Sd.Kfz.251, the 251/16 Ausf.C, in 1/72nd scale. Also appearing has been a welcome re-release of the 1/72nd scale Hawker Sea Hurricane MkIIC.
Imminent is the first of Airfix’s newly-tooled 1/72nd early generation ‘tin-wing’ Harriers, the GR.1, while also scheduled for an August release is Revell’s new 1/32nd Spitfire MkII. Staying with 1/32nd, we also have Tamiya’s latest masterpiece, a Vought F4U-1 Corsair with ‘birdcage’-style canopy. This should also be in stock shortly.
I will be taking T7 Models on the road to Penzance on Saturday 7 September for the West Cornwall Model Show (please note that the Truro shop will be closed on that day), and to the Fleet Air Arm Museum on Saturday 26 October for their Autumn Model Show. Looking ahead to 2014 I will also be at the Torbay Model Show on Saturday 24 May; as other dates became known they will be added.
It has been a long time in coming, but at last I am able to announce that T7 Models will open for business in the centre of Truro on Monday 29 July. The road to this event has been lengthy and twisty in places, with a number of false stops. I am sure, however, you will agree that once it is open it has been worth the wait. T7 Models’ kit range will expand with the space available, and there will be more tools and sundry items, with Deluxe Materials and Albion Alloys among the names you will recognise. And, of course, it will mean that the shop will be open on six days in the week rather than just the two.
I shall be continuing to trade at Pool Market until Sunday 21 July, closing there for the last time at 5pm. For those of you wondering, sorry to disappoint you but there will not be a closing down sale! However, I can promise some opening offers in Truro as an alternative.
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Maria and Jo at Pool Market, and all they do in encouraging small businesses. It would have been very difficult to have gotten T7 Models off the ground had I been forced to trade from a high street premises from day one, but being able to trade at an indoor market has enabled me to grow the business to this point where I can move to the high street. I urge all of you to support your local markets wherever they are and, if you are thinking starting a business of your own, consider doing so within a market environment. After all, from small acorns…
(T7 Models opens for business, September 2011)
T7 Models will be trading at one of Cornwall’s biggest events this year. RNAS Culdrose Air Day will be held on Wednesday 24 July, and will feature a stunning variety of air displays including warbirds from the Second World War and the early jet age, the Blades aerobatic team and the world famous RAF Red Arrows. T7 Models will be in attendance with an extensive range of kits and other items; come and find us in C2 hangar. For further details on the Air Day, go to http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/The-Fleet/Air-Stations/RNAS-Culdrose/Air-Day-2013.
A smaller, but no less interesting event is the annual West Cornwall Model Show, organised by Cornwall Scale Modellers (incorporating IPMS West Cornwall). Held as usual in St. John’s Hall, Penzance, on Saturday 7 September, the show will host a number of clubs and exhibitors, and T7 Models will be in attendance as well. More information can be found at http://www.cornishscalemodellers.co.uk/.