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  • Update - 8th April Apr 11, 2015

    Latest News (8th April) Open again following Easter closure We are open as normal but are short staffed this week and next due to staff holidays. Please bear in mind that there will almost certainly be a delay in getting orders out. We...

  • Update - 31st March Apr 01, 2015

    Latest News (31st March) Back to normal! The issue with prices mentioned early today has been resolved and all Sale prices are again being displayed. They will now last until midnight on Sunday 12th April.  IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ...

  • Update - 26th March Apr 01, 2015

    Previous News (added 26th March) Two Items of good news, and one not so good! Sale extended for two weeks The Mad March Sale will now end at midday on Sunday 12th April. The reason for the change of date is twofold. Firstly on a...

  • Update - 19th March Apr 01, 2015

    Flexitrack - backlog of orders (added 19th March) Please note that due to a massive number of orders for track, there is now a backlog that is likely to take around two weeks to clear. Unfortunately we can't make the track any quicker, it...

Welcome to C & L Finescale Modelling Ltd

C&L not attending 'Scalefour North' due to a garden accident

Update - Friday 17th

I worked this afternoon for an hour or two after finding that the pain had eased a bit by lunch time. I still can't do any lifting but managed to clear a few bits and pieces as well as answering nearly all of the outstanding emails. 

We are getting through clearing the backlog of orders for track and turnout kits. Obviously we are dealing with the oldest orders first. 

My staff have been fantastic, working really hard and doing additional tasks whilst I have been off, so a big thank you to them. 

I had already booked Tuesday to Thursday as leave next week, and I plan to still take those days off in order to make sure that I don't go too mad too soon. I will therefore only be in the Office on Monday morning (having treatment in the afternoon), and all day Friday. 

Many thanks to all who have sent me get well messages. They are very much appreciated. Pete L

Update - Wednesday 15th

Nothing broken, but still in a fair amount of pain, especially when sitting or walking, so I will not be into work this week. Pete L. 

A message from Pete (Monday 13th)

I had a nasty accident in my garden yesterday which involved me falling backwards from some height onto a concrete path. Needless to say it did not do me much good!

I landed on my back and slightly to one side and so my lower back and hip took most of the impact and at my weight, there was a lot to impact! Just to make it worse my head was also thrown backwards hitting the concrete path, hurting my neck. I am having X-rays today but it would appear that I have probably cracked some ribs and torn ligaments in my hip, lower back and neck. 

I was due to attend at Scalefour North with the large C&L stand this coming weekend and was down to staff it on my own (due to staff holidays and commitments). I will not be in a position to drive almost 200 miles each way and to serve all weekend, even though the Scalefour Society had already kindly allocated helpers to assist me in unloading and loading before and after the show.

This message is therefore to let visitors know that C&L will be able to attend the Scalefour North show. I am really sorry to let customers down. 

If you are aware of anyone who was intending to visit our stand at the show and who does not have internet access, please could you inform them of this news and apologise on my behalf.

There is also likely to be a knock on effect concerning our level of service this week. Only one member of staff will be in the office today and tomorrow and it will be impossible for them to deal with all of the weekend's orders and to catch up with outstanding Turnout Kit orders which have built up during the last two weeks.

It is likely that I will be off work for at least a few days and therefore emails will remain unanswered unless they directly relate to an existing order. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Those waiting for 'OO' flexitrack who have already ordered will receive their boxes in due course, as we have discovered that there was a batch of 'OO' trackbase at our suppliers which they had made in advance of our next order. We are using this to complete the backlog of 'OO' flexitrack orders received during our sales promotion. However there will still be a further delay as we have to hand build every piece of track and can therefore only manage a certain number of boxes of track per day. Once this batch of trackbase has been used up there will then be a period when no 'OO' flexitrack is available, due to the broken moulding tool (see previous Blog for photos & details). We are investigating the best way forward with regard to getting a new tool made but it will be some time before it is completed as there are no CAD drawings to help the toolmaker, as this tool was designed and built in the 1980's well before computers were used for such drawings.

The 'Product Availability' page has been updated (see link below) including news of the arrival at last of the 'OO-SF' 3 point gauges! There are also details of new products and updates on the supply and re-stocking of others.

Regards. Pete Llewellyn (owner of C&L)


For the latest position regarding the re-stocking of products and the latest new arrivals please CLICK HERE   (UPDATED 11th April)


Previous Blog Updates - CLICK HERE 


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 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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