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  • Update 11th February 2015 Feb 15, 2015

    Wednesday 11th February 2015 1) Too busy for updates! The last week and a half has probably been our busiest since Pete took over at C&L almost four years ago. January saw the number of orders received increase by over 50% compared to the...

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Welcome to C & L Finescale Modelling Ltd

The 'MAD MARCH' SALE is here!

 "Leave my train-set alone or I'll box your ears"          (Courtesy of the Daily Mail)

Welcome to a new venture for us at C&L

We welcome both current and new visitors to our site in what looks as though it will be a very busy month for us, going by the amount of interest shown as a result of our recently published adverts. We have decided to offer a selection of our own products at up to 25% off. This is a great opportunity to either kick start your modelling ambitions or to stock up on things that you know you are likely to soon be needing. Unfortunately not everything has gone to plan! Please read through the section under 'Latest News' (below), as there is quite a lot to explain in relation to the Sale and how it has been set up to work.

The sale focuses on: 

  • Turnout Kits both C&L and Exactoscale in 4mm & 7mm (including new P4 Exactoscale kits in Nickel Silver) 
  • Flexitrack C&L in OO, EM, P4 & F7 (O gauge)
  • Fluxes
  • Ballast
  • Baseboard Fittings/Coverings 
  • Scenic items

We are looking to add some additional products (including Exactoscale Driving Wheels) over the next couple of days, so please check the site again to see what else has been added. We apologise for not having been able to add all the products in one go but it took over 10 hours to change the prices of the 400+ items currently in the sale, and obviously we could only start making the changes on 28th!  

We are constantly looking to make our site more interesting and attractive have recently added another batch of new products. These will be detailed in the Product Availability' page under the 'Information' heading on the top Menu as soon as I have finished with some details concerning the sale! They include Scenix (LINK) ready to use 4mm building and Knightwing (LINK) plastic kits, as well as Dapol O gauge  (LINK) ready to run wagons. This last item is a first for us as we have not supplied rolling stock before. We have also experimented with Dapol ready to use signals in OO and N (look for the Dapol category on the left of the page). 

I hope you enjoy your look around and wish you good luck with your modelling projects. Do check our Exhibition Diary and pop along to see us at one of the Shows that we will be attending.

Regards. Pete Llewellyn (owner of C&L)

       For a 'Sale Product & Price List' - Click RED ICON for a PDF File       (More products will be added to this list shortly)


New to our site? Do you want to jump to the section that tells you more about us and what we can offer?  CLICK HERE

For the latest position regarding the re-stocking of products and the latest new arrivals please CLICK HERE   (UPDATED 20th FEB)

You are welcome to visit our Shop on the outskirts of Bristol.  We are only 4 miles from Junction 18 of the M5 at Avonmouth. We are close to the Cribs Causeway Shopping complex should you wish to combine a visit to both retail outlets. 


LATEST NEWS

SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY

Why have we decided to hold our ‘Mad March’ Sale?

  1. To increase our sales and therefore generate profits to allow us to expand our range
  2. To save our customers money
  3. To give our customers an opportunity to buy items that they might not otherwise consider purchasing
  4. To clear stock where the numbers we hold are small, in order to free up warehouse space
  5. To reduce stock levels of slow moving items, to also free up space for new products
  6. Because it has not been done at C&L before and we hoped that it would become a talking point and therefore even more successful for both us and our customers!

What are the likely consequences?

There are some points that we ask you to take into account & also some difficulties that have arisen which customers should be aware of:

  1. We have been absolutely deluged with advanced orders, far beyond our wildest expectations. This has caused a massive headache in that it is less than two weeks since the first advert appeared and obviously we have not been able to manufacture or get made the quantity of items that it would appear that we are now likely to require in order to meet demand. A number of our suppliers have worked every day for the last two weeks trying to get additional stock to us, having asked them for more as soon as we realised the huge interest that the adverts had caused. The result is that even with our advanced planning (and the later extra orders for re-stocking that have been sent out immediately after the impact was realised), it is very likely that we will end up with orders backing up that we are not able to dispatch immediately. Obviously this is not how we normally work as we pride ourselves on our level of service, but it seems likely that we may not be able to achieve that in the next week or so.
  2. Our supplier of the trackbase for our Flexitrack had the misfortune to have a major breakdown on the machine they use (with our injection mould tool). Parts had to be dispatched from abroad and so there has been a delay of many weeks in us receiving the trackbase. This has mean that Roy has not been able to get on and build up the stocks of Flexitrack across our range that we had planned for him to do in readiness for the sale. We are therefore likely to have a problem in supplying track in the first week or so of the sale, whilst we try and catch up.
  3. The items included in the sale and the levels of discount offered are not consistent. We have met the prices that we stated in the adverts where we promised ‘up to 25% off’ and have in some cases gone as high as 50%. Others are slightly less than 20%, but we have offered the best that we can. depending upon the profit margin available for each product, and taking into account our need to make more room for the range of new products that we have or will shortly be introducing.
  4. The sale prices are now active (11pm 28th Feb) and will run until midnight on 31st March.
  5. A temporary file (PDF) has been added above which shows a simple list of the product codes of the items currently in the sale, along with their normal and sale price.
  6. Sale prices are easy to spot - the normal price will be in red and crossed out, with the sale price shown alongside. Try the Ballast, Scenic & Weathering Category link on the left of the page and then highlight Scenic. Single prices in black are the normal standard price. 

Stock status numbers – we have tried hard to ensure that the numbers given for the products included in the sale are accurate. We have also arranged for one of a number of messages to appear should an item sell out. It is important that the meaning of these messages is fully understood, as it will save a lot of time and trouble to both parties if it is clear whether we are able to supply the item that is shown as sold out or not. The messages and their meanings are:
 

DO NOT ORDER - NOT AVAILABLE
Shows that we were clearing out a particular item and that we have now sold all, with no hope of re-stocking this item, either due to us not being able to purchase it or because we no longer wish to stock it.

OUT OF STOCK
Means that we currently do not have any items packed and ready for immediate dispatch, but we have the basic products available to send as soon as we can pack them.

ORDER NORMALLY – SENT IN 6 to 7 DAYS

Indicates that we should be able to obtain this within the time span mentioned. This is most likely to be seen with products such as Peco, Gaugemaster, Ratio, Wills, Metcalfe or Tools, all of which we normally order on a weekly basis. Depending upon the day of the week that we receive your order will determine whether we are slightly under or over the period shown. Where possible, order by 9am Monday for the quickest turnaround.

Multiple Discounts

Obviously we have suspended the previous system for multi purchases of Turnout Kits and Ballast, as the sale price offers better value overall. The discount for Templates is still in operation, just order what you need and you will see the discount kick in at the bottom of the Shopping Cart and Checkout.

Unforeseen Problems?

We suspect that issues will arise that we have not thought of, and with nearly 400 products needing their prices altering, there are likely to be the odd error or illogical price somewhere in the system. Unfortunately our web site is an ‘off the shelf’ type and therefore it is not possible to alter the way that it does some things. We have spent money on trying to improve it but the basic template is set in stone, meaning that we have to display things or show prices in a certain way, and there is nothing we can do to improve it.

If you come across any such issues please let us know via email. It is possible that we will not be able to respond as it would seem likely that we are about to be extremely busy, especially in the lead up to two shows next weekend. Pete & Luke will be at Leamington and Phil will have his small (but expanded from 6' to 12’) stand at Kettering.

Show Deadlines

Kettering

Advanced order MUST be with us by 9am on Tuesday 3rd March.
We have to send the stock and advanced orders to Phil at mid day that day, in order for him to have time to sort everything after he finishes work on Wednesday, and therefore giving him Thursday evening to load his car.

Leamington

Advanced order MUST be with us by noon on Wednesday 4th March.

It now takes us a complete day to load our van (on Thursday) and we leave first thing on Friday to travel to the show, as it now takes us over 4 hours to set up once we have arrived!.

PLEASE NOTE  -  The two shows this week are also like to lead to a further delay in sending out normal and sale orders. The problem is that Pete & Luke will be taking most of the 4mm stock with them and so it will be unavailable to Jenny from Thursday morning until midday on Monday, and Phil will have most of the 7mm with him, which will not get back to us until Wednesday 11th.

A plea!

Please bear in mind that as a result of the issues mentioned above and of the commitments with these shows, orders are likely to take quite a lot longer to be sent out, probably stretching to even a week or more. This is not our normal standard of service but hopefully you will be understanding and bear with us under these circumstances.    


Sunday 15th February 2015

1) Pete not around for two weeks

The next two weeks require Pete to be away from the office for almost the complete period. He has a number of commitments including the need to urgently machine hundreds of parts over the next two days. He then has to prepare both the end of year accounts and the current VAT return. A further complication is that as a result of the below announcement, the number of staff employed by C&L has reached the trigger point which now mean that a raft of Employment and Health & Safety regulations suddenly become applicable. These require a considerable amount of work by Pete to prepare the necessary documentation. Unfortunately the requirements can't be ignored and in any case are aimed as safeguarding both C&L staff and the business. Pete has realised that there is insufficient time in the day to manage both the business and complete these tasks. Pete will therefore be working away from the office in order to finalise this work without interruption, in order to get it finalised by the required deadlines.

During the following week Pete needs to visit a number of suppliers to C&L (both current and potentially new suppliers). These visits are really important to the business and it is our experience that personal contact and relationships made as a result of Pete's annual trek benefit all concerned, especially when things go wrong in the production and supply chain! The opportunity will also be taken to look into producing new items for C&L, including the provision of 'ready made' turnout kits (in both bullhead and flat bottom rail versions) that will be available to use 'straight from the box'. This is something that has been a long term aim but following recent meetings it seems as though it might now actually happen! We still have some issues to sort with regard to machining certain parts and the price of doing so. If these can be resolved we hope to make an announcement in two months, once we have built up some stock of kits. The range is likely to be limited to start with until we see how this idea progresses. 

We do understand that Pete not being in the office will mean that there will be less advice available, although Luke can now answer most queries. However, he needs to be contacted between 9am and 4pm daily by telephone. Please refrain from sending emails asking for advice during the next two weeks as they will not be answered for some considerable time.

Pete will return to the office on Monday 1st March.   

2) Phil Reid joins the C&L team

C&L regulars will know that Phil Reid has been acting as a volunteer 'agent' for C&L by taking our smaller stand to Shows and Exhibitions, mostly in and around the Greater London area but occasionally a lot further afield. We have concluded after running this experiment for more than a year that is has more than proved a success. We have therefore decided to put things onto a firmer footing by C&L employing Phil for the periods that he works with the stand. He will remain in his current full time employment as now, but this change will mean that he is safeguarded in terms of employment legislation, insurance etc. We thank Phil for his efforts so far which have enabled hundreds of customers to see our products at shows we would not normally have attended, as well as introducing many who have never heard of C&L! He has also provided a service through him being able to deliver numerous 'pre-show' orders, which have saved many customers the shipping costs that would have otherwise been applicable.


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 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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