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  • Update - 20th Sept Sep 29, 2014

    Saturday 20th September 2014   Scaleforum - Pre Order for collection We can accept orders for collection at the Scaleforum Model Railway Show (Aylesbury: Sat 27th - Sun 28th September) up until 10am on Wednesday 24th. However, should you...

  • Update 15th Sept 2014 Sep 20, 2014

    Monday 15th September 2014 We have a fully usable warehouse once again We have finally finished the re-building work in the warehouse following the water leak, with the exception of re-positioning of a couple of pairs of wall sockets. Today...

  • Update 13th September 2014 Sep 20, 2014

    Saturday 13th September 2014 Some good news for once! We are open again as normal having cleared up and taken stock of what was stolen. We will be working extra hours over this weekend to get most of the outstanding (and new weekend orders)...

  • Update - 11th September Sep 20, 2014

     Thursday 11th September 2014 Open Again but... We are trading again as normal but there are still two issues that might impact upon our level of service. Firstly Pete's back is bad and the extra Morphine that he has been obliged to take in...

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).

Monday 29th September 2014

Pete not around much


We finally managed to unloaded the van and get everything put back in its rightful place by mid afternoon today. Most outstanding orders have been dealt with, but only some of the backlog of emails were dealt with.


Pete has back treatments on Tuesday having had a pretty painful weekend at Scaleforum. He will only be at work this week on Tuesday afternoon (hopefully, but depending upon how things go in the morning), Wednesday and Thursday. He is then away for a one week holiday and will not be back in the office until Monday 13th. The rest of the team will be at work as normal but calls of a technical nature that they can't answer will have to wait! Emails relating to orders will be answered by Jenny as normal but please delay business or technical messages unless you don't mind a long wait for an answer!


Product Updates

With all that has been going on recently it has not been possible to keep the product Availability pages up to date, nor many of the Stock figures. The pages have therefore been disabled for now.


Following the lack of back up by the various Insurance Companies (still on-going!) regarding the break-in and water leak, cash flow has been rather tight and so we have had to carefully plan what products are re-stocked now, and which can wait for a month or two. We have recently taken delivery of replacement rail in both Code 75 and 125 Hini, along with trackbase in OO, EM & P4. We have had deliveries of switchblades, brass castings, Peco, Metcalfe, Wills and Ratio (these last three are not yet included in the stock numbers - one of Tuesday's jobs!). We are now also well stocked for solder cream (C1016) and 2mm Axle caps. We have finally found someone who is willing to make a sensible number of 3mm axle caps for the Exactoscale driving wheels. This has been an ongoing issue for months, as the lowest minimum order was going to cost over £1,000 to purchase, leaving us with enough caps to last about 100 years at the current rate of sale! We recently took delivery of ballast jars (large & small), glass jars for Butanone, brown paper and bubble wrap for packaging as well as thousands of the plastic bags needed for our range of products.


We have recently ordered 5mm foam, copperclad strips (all sizes), 4mm & 7mm plywood sleepers and timbers (to be collected at Peterborough Show), and 7mm tie bars (7TIBAM). We have still to order P4 Tie Bars, Solder Cream (C1017), Solder Paint, Tortoise Point Motors (and attachments), Red Flux, Exactoscale Wheels and Coupling components. We have not been able to progress the Instanter Links as we are unable to find the correct drawing. We have one which we used to get samples made but as the etch was only on one side the standard of reproduction was poor. We need to find the drawing that was done some years ago with etching on both sides, but have not traced it as yet. 


New Domain Names 

Our current web address of FINESCALE.ORG.UK does not really roll off the tongue nor does it include the name that we are usually know as i.e. C&L. There is no mention of model railways, track, nor that we have widened our range to cover other supplies & components. It doesn't even mention that we now have a Shop!

We have registered a number of additional domain addresses, all of which now automatically re-direct to our main site (with one exception - see below).

We hope that you will find one of these easy to remember and that it will assist you in not having to lookup our web address each time you want to visit our page. We suggest that you just pick one to remember. If you already have our site Bookmarked then obviously you need not bother with any of this. However, we thought it might save you having to look through a long list of your Bookmarks, when you might be able to remember one of these more easily. You choices are:

candl.org                                                   modelrailwaysupplies.com

candlfinescale.com (or .co.uk)                modelrailwaytrack.com  (or .co.uk)

modelrailwayshop.net                             modelrailwaycomponents.com

modelrailwayspares.com currently links to an experimental site only  (built for us for free as a demo!)

Please let us know if any of these web addresses do not link back to our Home page. 

Stolen Property from C&L burglary - Can you help?

The following pictures are of a 5" gauge live steam GWR Duke locomotive that was stolen from the C&L premises last weekend. 

We would be extremely grateful if customers could assist us by keeping a look out on the various online selling sites for this very distinctive loco. Not shown are the hundreds of highly engineered which were in cardboard boxes and which were also stolen. The loco itself was not finished, but all the parts needed were complete and just needed to be added. The parts include the cab fittings, firebox grate, splashers, boiler fittings, brake gear etc. This locomotive is very distinctive in its unfinished state and has involved the builder in almost ten years of work. Pete is the personal owner of this engine and he would appreciate help in looking out for his engine, as it was intended to be his 'retirement' project!

Pease report any sightings direct to Pete at C&L, preferably via phone (01179 505 470 - answer machine if no reply).


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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