We have been so busy that it suddenly dawned on us that it has been nearly a year since the last newsletter, so it is high time that we rectified this.
Most of the news relates to new products and exhibitions, but there are some other snippets of information too.
The biggest item of news is that we have been appointed a distributor by Modelu. This fantastic range of 3d scanned figures and detailing accessories should prove of great interest to many customers. We already have stocks of the most popular items in 4mm and 7mm scales, with all other items available to order on a 2 to 3 week leadtime. Most figures are available in 15 scales and many in both Left and Right hand orientation, so the range is huge. At the time of writing this we have published over 280 figures, with a few more to add. We should be adding the detailing and architectural items over the next few days or weeks.
We have expanded our range of Alan Gibson 4mm wheels to cover more types, mostly as these are needed to cover some of the Slaters Kits. Our stock holding of Gibson wheels is now quite good and will improve as we learn what the demand is.
We have frequently been asked for Limonene, a milder solvent than MEK, Butanone, Plastic Weld etc. We now have this in stock. This is excellent for fitting glazing without fogging etc.
Since the last newsletter we have increased the range of Peco products that we have published on our website. We have also increased the number of items we hold in stock and in many cases the quantity we hold. We have stock of a number of Ratio N Gauge items, Wills Modern fencing and windows, and Ratio 00 Wagon Kits where we are offering wheel swaps to P4/EM.
The range of Slaters 00 kits now extends to 10 items (MR and GNR wagons). Slaters inform us that the Private Owners Wagons will be released next followed by Coaches. Also with Slaters we are now stocking some of their accessories such as moulded numerals and fencing.
We are pleased to say the availability of Cambrian Kits has again improved and lead times have dropped. We had hit a point where we had stock of all items, but this has slipped back a bit as some that have been hard to get have sold well at shows. Hopefully the next delivery will rectify this. We are now trying to improve the depth of stock to prevent this happening again.
We are continuing to expand our stock of the HMRS range of transfers. We have the majority of 4mm Pressfix and Methfix transfers in stock, the limiting factor is what HMRS have when we order. We will continue to re-order the rest. We have a limited number of 7mm transfers and will continue to expand this.
There are a number of items from DCC Concepts that seem to be unavailable, including 14.5mm BB gauge, all wire strippers and Cobalt Analogue IP Point motors. Please check with us on current status before ordering these.
Regrettably we will no longer be stocking South Eastern Finecast sheets. This is because of a decision by the manufacturer to only sell direct, and not via the trade. We have removed them from the website, but will continue to take to shows all remaining stock.
Peco are now putting Transfers from Modelmasters in the great majority of Parkside 4mm kits (we have spares of these on the website and keep a reasonable stock). As Peco do not tell us which kits have transfers and which not, it is hard to keep the website up to date showing which kits have the transfers, but you can always check with us for info on the current status of specific stock items.
Brexit (sorry to mention it) has had a dramatic effect on exchange rates and we are anticipating some hefty price rises in many ranges. Our last delivery of Metal Strips and sections cost a lot more and we need to put these up, probably mid October, so now is a good time to stock up.
NEW SHOW STAND and EXHIBITION STOCK
We have completed phase one and are yet to start phase 2. We typically have more open space at one end of the stand and many more products displayed on vertical racking. You may have to look wider than usual to find things. Phase 2 should happen next year.
We are normally able to take a range of Wires, Solders, Wood, Nuts and Bolts, Drills, solvents, fillers, tools, Evergreen, Slaters Plastics, A4 ish own brand Styrene to all shows.
As our range has expanded we have had to put much more thought into what we take to shows. We typically now have the following restrictions at shows:
Smaller shows where we only have 2 staff, we are unable to take 500mm long metal sections, large plasticard and the Plastruct display stands. Pre-ordering is strongly advised.
Where we have 2 concurrent shows, the 2 day show will normally have 4mm Kits, 250mm Metal Sections but not have 500mm metals large Plasticard and Plastruct. The 1 day show will not have 4mm Kits, 250mm Metal Sections etc, but will have Plastruct, 500mm sections and large Plasticard.
Larger shows - Normal stock.
The difficult exception to this is Manchester and BRM Peterborough. Here we will take 250mm Metal sections and Kits to Manchester, 500mm metals large Plasticard and Plastruct to Peterborough. Pre ordering for both is strongly advised.
PHOSPHORIC ACID FLUX, BUTANONE and MEK
The excellent Barrie Stevenson formula has been taken over by Slaters and is back in production in 9% strength. The 12% was made exclusively for us and we are still trying to persuade Slaters to make a batch for us.
Our Butanone and MEK also came from Barrie, so we are in the process of resourcing this. We have always sold this as both MEK and Butanone, but they are in fact the same product under different labels. So we have good stocks of MEK, which we will continue to sell while stocks last. Once this is gone we will only supply as Butanone. When our current small stock of Butanone is gone we will be selling larger bottles from a different source.
A new exhibition has been created this year at Gaydon. Hopefully this will be every bit as good as the previous show at this excellent and interesting Motor Museum. We did not hesitate to accept the invitation.
The Festival or Railway Modelling - Peterborough has changed dates from last year and now clashes with both Manchester and Reading. We have had to drop the Reading show as a result of this, and the stock availability will be as described above. Pre-Ordering for both Manchester and Peterborough is strongly advised.
We will again not be attending the Great Electric Train Show this year. We apologise to customers who expect to find us there but it is entirely outside of our control.
We will be trying something new at Expo NG Swanley this year. Cambrian models have agreed to let us have some of their 16mm NG kits to take to the show, so these will replace the normal Cambrian and Parkside 4mm ranges.
Our attendance at the Thornbury Show (the small show in the village, not the large event at the leisure centre) was extremely successful and it is now fixed in the calendar.
KNIVES AND BLADES
We are advised by Royal Mail that we will soon have to send knives and blades to be signed for with proof of age (over 18). Although Royal Mail say the policy is clear the detail is far from this, no sizes are stated etc. we are awaiting clarification.
Full details of all our other products are on our website.
Derek, Anita, Matt and Judith.
Do not forget that you can beat the queues at shows by pre-ordering through the website. There is a checkout option for this. You can choose to pay through the website or on collection. Please state in the 'Comments' box which show you wish to collect the order from.
Please allow at least 1 week for pre-orders, 2 weeks for Ally Pally, Guildex - Telford, Scaleforum, Railex, Expo EM, York and Warley. Also please allow 2 to 3 weeks for orders of Parkside Kits. Cambrian kits will be as available from the manufacturer.
A full list of shows is on our website http://www.eileensemporium.com
28/29 September Scaleforum Aylesbury https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/2019
5/6 October Wigan https://www.wiganfrm.co.uk/exhibition
26 October ExpoNG Swanley http://www.expong.org/
9/10 November Great British Model Railway Show, Gaydon http://gbmrs.com//
16/17 November Thornbury http://www.tsgmrc.co.uk
23/24 November Warley NEC http://www.thewarleyshow.co.uk/
7/8 December Manchester http://mmrs.co.uk/exhibition/
7/8 December Festival of Railway Modelling - Peterborough https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/shows/show/the-national-festival-of-railway-modelling/
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