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  • Update - 16th December Dec 21, 2014

    Tuesday 16th December 2014   Getting back to normal - but not happy with BT! We were finally re-connected to the Internet late this afternoon, having had no access for almost 5 days! We have been getting by with staff continually moving...

  • Update - 15th December 2014 Dec 16, 2014

    Monday 15th December 2014 No Broadband connection - possible reduction in service We still have no Broadband connection. We therefore have to split our workings between our staff's homes, where we can still access the web site orders &...

  • Update - 12th December 2014 Dec 16, 2014

    Friday 12th December 2014 No contact with the outside world! Today our phone lines gave out completely resulting in us having no internet or telephones. Our business is totally reliant upon web sales and emails/phones and at lunchtime we...

  • Update - 10th December 2014 Dec 16, 2014

    Wednesday 10th December 2014 Very Slow Broadband connection We are currently struggling with a broadband fault that means we have intermittent provision, and even when we do have a broadband connection, it is very very slow and is therefore...

Welcome to C & L Finescale Modelling Ltd

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For the latest position regarding the re-stocking of products and the latest new arrivals please CLICK HERE

You are welcome to visit our Shop in Bristol (only 4 miles from M5 at Avonmouth) To visit us there is no need to go into the City Centre. We are close to the Cribs Causeway Shopping complex should you wish to combine a visit to both retail outlets!


LATEST NEWS

Sunday 21st December 2014

What's happening at C&L over Xmas & New Year?

 

C&L staff will be at work as normal on Monday 22nd but only up until 11am. They will then be heading off for their Xmas Meal and so the Shop and Office will be closed for the rest of the day.

 

Orders received before 9am on Monday will either be taken to the Post Office at 11.30am or will be collected by City Link. Hopefully the City Link deliveries will be made before Christmas but obviously the Royal Mail deliveries will not, the last posting day for 1st class having been on Saturday.

 

Pete will finish work for the Xmas period after the Xmas meal - he obviously needs time to recover from the shock of paying for it! He will therefore not be available for technical enquiries or business related matters until Monday 5th January.

 

The Shop and Office will be open as normal on Tuesday morning, staffed by just Jenny. Orders will again be posted at lunchtime but there will not be a City Link collection.

 

On Christmas Eve the Shop and Office will be closed completely.

 

Between Christmas and New Year Pete, Luke & Mike will be off. Jenny will be going into the office for an hour or so each morning in order to send out straightforward orders received over the Christmas period. However orders requiring kits or any items that are not currently in stock will be held until the New Year. Roy will be helping to build up stocks of flexitrack and chemicals by working some days during this period.

 

The Shop will remain closed throughout from midday on Tuesday 23rd December until Monday 5th January.

 

We will be open for business again as usual on Monday 5th January 2015.

 

There is likely to be a backlog of orders that will need to be dealt with on 5th and this may take a day or two to clear. The email situation is likely to be even worse as only messgaes directly concerned with the sending out of orders will be looked at by Jenny. The rest will have to wait until Pete is back on 5th. 

 

Everyone at C&L would like to thank all of our customers for their support during this last somewhat difficult year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Thursday 17th December 2014

Tonight is your last chance to order for Xmas delivery!

UK orders using Royal Mail as the delivery option need to be with us by 9am tomorrow morning in order to catch the last delivery for 1st Class post. 

 

Getting back to normal

Jenny is off this week but other than that we are now starting to get back to normal after having no internet for some days. There are still some of the 167 emails that had built up that are still to be answered, but hopefully they will be clear by Saturday. 

 

So who is doing what at C&L at the moment?

  • Roy has been busy working in the freezing cold making up track in an attempt to keep up with demand. He is also responsible for making and bottling all of our chemicals, as well as cutting and packaging our stocks of baseboard coverings etc. Roy is also responsible for Health & Safety and for things such as PAT testing of every electrical item held at C&L. Actually there are hundreds of them when you count up and list them all, including not just actual appliances but everything that goes with them such as extension leads, adapters, transformers etc 
     
  • Luke has taken over dealing with all of the orders (during our busiest week of the year) whilst Jenny is off, whilst also still trying to fit in making all of the turnouts kits as they are required, and trying to keep on top of the packing of hundreds of product items. This last part is having to take a bit of a back seat this week as there are just so many orders to deal with that have to be urgently processed and sent both to the UK and all over the world.
     
  • Jenny normally has responsibility for picking, wrapping and the sending out of all orders, including booking the delivery services etc. This week she has kindly been taking some of the packing home with her (even though she is technically on holiday) to do in the evenings in an effort to keep items immediately available for when orders come in.
     
  • Mike has been busy sorting out our Book Keeping entries in order to reduce the amount of time (and therefore cost) that the Accountant will need to spend checking them early next year. Previously Pete struggled to keep up to date and record everything in the way that it should be done, partially as a result of ignorance and partially due to the fact that there is always and order or two that needs sorting that seems to be more important at the time. That is until it is time to submit the accounts and then all the shortcuts come home to roost! Mike is doing a grand job of ensuring that the records are right before they leave for the Accountants!
     
  • Pete is just 'swanning' about doing nothing, achieving nothing and generally getting in everyone else's way as normal - but what else is a boss supposed to do! Pete is meant to be responsible for deciding what to stock, ordering it, prioritising purchases and re-ordering all whilst carfully watching and updating the cash flow forecasting plan which aims to show what monies are (or will be) available in the future to spend on stock. He answers a lot of technical enquiries both by phone and email, and takes many of the orders that come in by phone. He says that he also deals with all the mundane items that business owners have to deal with such as PAYE, Tax/National Insurance, VAT, services, business rates, the premises and associated issues including repairs and insurances etc. 
     
  • Jo (Pete's wife) is not a member of staff. She occasionally helps out at the odd show but her high grade at her full time employment with the MOD means that she is no longer able to get away on Friday afternoons in order to travel to set up at shows. She works long hours with a lot of responsibilty and apart from her huge support to Pete both in advising and encouraging him as well as looking after him when his health is poor, she is not physically able to take on any more than this in the running of C&L. We must all remember that there would be no C&L without Jo, as she supports the Llewellyn household financially, meaning that wages that would (should) normally be paid to Pete are instead ploughed back into the business in order to re-stock what we already sell, widen the range where possible and pay the costs of running the business such as wages, premises rent and purchase loan, which amount to close to £80k p.a.

    There you have a small insight into what we get up to at C&L - just so that you can all 'play trains'!

Previous Blog Updates - Click HERE


 

 

 

Products Update

 

Arrived this week -

30g loco suspension Springs

More Tortoise point motors (singles & value packs of 3/6/12)

Code 75 and 125 Hini rail

 

Waiting for arrival of - 

3mm Foam

7mm Switchblades

4mm Tie Bars (OO, EM & P4)

4mm & 7mm Common Crossings

4mm & 7mm Vees

 

Waiting to be re-ordered -

Code 125 Steel Rail

Solder Paint

70 degree Solder Bars

 

Recent arrivals -

3mm Axles Caps

OO-SF Gauges (track, check and 3 point gauges)

145 degree Solder

 

New Products

All Components - Controllers and Power Packs

Gaugemaster - Analogue and DCC Controllers

Peco/Ratio/Wills/Metcalfe - take a look at the relevant pages - we have added quite a few new products - Pete will make up and post a new list ASAP.

 

Previous Blog Updates - Click HERE


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Who are we and what do we offer?

C&L Finescale aims to encourage modellers who are unhappy with how the trackwork on their layout looks, to rise to the challenge of building at least some of their own track or pointwork. Our simple method is to glue chairs to sleepers and timbers, rather than soldering rails to copper clad strips, to achieve prototypical looking trackwork that includes chairs and other detail. We want your track to compliment your layout and not to look out of place with highly detailed kit and ready to run locos and rolling stock. We are now able to supply both C&L and Exactoscale track components, along with the latest additions to our range in the form of wheels, gear boxes and wagon chassis and brake gear.

The Carr's range of products covers items for the preparations prior to soldering, solders & fluxes as well as post soldering treatments. The range also includes metal black treatments, scenic items, ballast, baseboard fittings and underlay which compliment the C&L range, and are joined by products from other manufacturers such as Antex (soldering irons, bits & accessories) and Roger Smith's modelling products.

We are also UK distributors for Tortoise 'slow action' Point Motors and accessories, and we still offer the 'Timber Tracks' range of laser cut plywood 'Track Bases', although we are no longer able to obtain further supplies.

We aim to give advice to assist new or inexperienced modellers. Visit the new Knowledge Centre on the main Menu, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages. These pages will be added to and improved over the coming weeks. Further information is given at the start of many of the pages displaying the lists of our products, and these will be expanded with more information and tips as time allows.

We take our stand to around thirty Model Railway Exhibitions throughout the year (see Exhibition Diary), and sell many of our products through other Traders and Model Shops, both in the UK and abroad.

Go to our Contacts Page for details of our address, phone and email address.

Why not visit our Shop?

Aran Lodge, Severn Road, Hallen, Bristol, BS10 7RZ

Located half way between the M5 junctions for Cribs Causeway and Avonmouth on the edge of a rural village (no need to go into Bristol). Leave your partner at the Cribbs Shopping complex and pop along to see us nearby! 

Shop Opening Hours 

Callers are welcome between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note: We close on Friday's that precede a Model Railway Exhibition, to allow us to travel and set up.

Please check the Exhibition Diary for details. 

Also, please phone first to ensure that Pete will be available at the unit if you need to discuss technical issues or ask for advice on our product range.

 

 

C&L Finescale


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