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  • Update - 18th November Nov 25, 2014

    Tuesday 18th November 2014 Len Newman Many of you will know Len, and that he started C&L back in the 1980's. In more recent years he was heavily involved with Exactoscale along with Andrew Jukes. Ill health curtailed his more recent...

  • Update - 17th November Nov 25, 2014

    Monday 17th November 2014 A busy week! This week is likely to be our busiest of the year, in the lead up to the Warley Show at the NEC next weekend. We have a lot of stock to prepare and pack. We are planning to take as wide a range of our...

  • Update - 4th November 2014 Nov 17, 2014

    Tuesday 4th November 2014 Back to normal! We are back to a full staff compliment now that Jenny is back at work. Pete will not be in the office on Thursday morning and Friday this week, nor on Monday next week. His back gave out again on...

  • Update - 30th October 2014 Nov 04, 2014

    Thursday 30th October 2014 Getter there but not quite!   Pete is back to work, but has a huge amount to catch up on and so it will take a while for him to tackle the email backlog. He has lots of things to order and as a result of being...

Welcome to C & L Finescale Modelling Ltd

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You are welcome to visit our Shop in Bristol (only 4 miles from M5 at Avonmouth heading away from the City).


Tuesday 25th November 2014

Lack of Updates

We were extremely busy last week getting ready for Warley. It took us a day to load everything into our vehicles and a good part of yesterday to unload it all afterwards. Pete then had to visit the Chiropractor to try and sort out his back issues that had arisen from standing for too long during the show!


Having not been here we have not been able to answer emails received since last Thursday. We were planning to danswer them today, but then the Phone Engineer turned up to finish installing our second line and new phone system, which involved not having a broadband connection for part of the day. We were therefore unable to even look at the messages but will try and clear the backlog as soon as possible. Pete will not be in at all on Wednesday. He has to take a day off or else he will be working for 4 consecutive weeks (and three weekends) without a break, due to the Warley, Portsmouth and Reading Shows falling on consecutive weekends.


Warley was a success!

We had a very busy Show with plenty of sales - thank you to everyone who visited our stand. Unfortunatley the downside is that we are now very low in stock of some products. On Monday we rushed around to get all the Peco items back in their place and counted, so that we could prepare and send off an order for replacements. Our hope is that they are able to get the items to us by Thursday, in order for us to price them and to be able to take the new stock to Portsmouth. We also sold out of the new 2mm Finetrax products and have ordered more, but may not receive them in time for this weekend.


Web site - stock numbers

The stock availability numbers on the web site are not completely accurate following the Warley Show. This has resulted from a software issue with the new Bar Code software. The idea was that we would have an accurate record of all the products that we sold at Shows and that we would then be able to use these figures to update the website product numbers to reflect the sales at each show. That has not happened and so we need to find time to manually update about 1,200 to 1,300 products which will take a few days to put right! Hopefully after the Portsmouth Show we will be able to use the new system as originally intended and save ourselves a lot of time, as well as having much more up to date information for our customers. 


C&L Shop & Office - Closed on Friday 28th

Please note that we will not be open at all on Friday 28th, as two of us will be travelling to Portsmouth and the others having a day off, having worked solidly for the last two weeks in order to attend Warley.


Deadlines for Portsmouth Show

Orders must be with us by:


Turnout Kits (C&L or Exactoscale) - 3pm on Wednesday 26th Nov.

Everything else - 1pm on Tuesday 27th Nov.


New phone system

Progress of a sort - the engineer has been with us all day and we do now have a second phone line and a phone handset for each member of staff. However, there was a fault in the equipment supplied (just our luck!) which meant that he was unable to set up our answering service. Yet again we still do not have the full system in operation. They hope to sort it by the early part of next week, but please accept our apologies if you call and we are not able to answer, as you will not be able to leave a message.

Products Update

Updates to the product list given in the previous Blog are as follows:


Arrived -

Tortoise Point Motors & Accessories

Copperclad in various sizes

4mm 'B' Switchblades

Due to arrive within a week-

3mm Exactoscale Axle Caps

OO-SF gauges (due end of November)

Still to order  

3mm Foam, Solder Paint

Other Recent Arrivals

'OO' Fast Track bases in Concrete (E4FT 106A)

Some Copperclad (but not the full order)

Remaining plywood Sleepers & Timbers

100 degree Solder

Antex soldering irons, stands & bits

138 degree Solder Cream  (green packet)

7mm Track Setters (new range of curves)

Alignment Dowels

4mm Brass Fishplates

7mm Trackbase

Sleeper Stain

5mm Foam

New Products

DVD's - 'Right Track' railway modelling series (range that the Norman Solomon Track Laying DVD belongs to)

All Components - Controllers and Power Packs

Gaugemaster - Analogue and DCC Controllers

Peco/Ratio/Wills - will make up and post a new list ASAP


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 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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