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DCC02 Prodigy Advance Package Demo

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Advance Booking Essential for Gaugemaster Demonstration of DCC02 Prodigy Advance Package Demo

Ideally suited to OO/HO ad N Gauge Model Railways, the Prodigy Advance consists of three elements.  The Power Supply transforms the power from your mains socket ready for the Base Unit, which contains all the technology you need to send DCC commands to your trains and accessories.  The Walkaround Controller, which plugs straight in to the Base Unit will send your commands on to the relevant decoder on your railway layout.  You control the speed and direction of your trains from there.

DCC offers a numeric address for each of your locomotives which is selected as and when you wish to operate a particular loco.  DCC allows you to run it anywhere on your railway at the same time as other trains are moving.  You can operate points (individually or route set) and signals from the Walkaround.  Use it to programme your decoders to replicate the running characteristics of your locos, or perhaps introduce a speed clock which allows you to run a 24 hour timetable within one operating session.  Add additional Prodigy Advance Walkarounds (DCC14) by purchasing separately.  The DCC02 is a very popular DCC system and now features a backlit Walkaround as standard.

See the DCC02 up close for yourself and talk personally to Kevin Player from Gaugemaster at our specially arranged demonstration on Saturday, 16 April 2016.  PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE by calling 01485 533324.

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PRODIGY ADVANCE KEY FEATURES

  • INPUT: 15-16v DC 3.5 amps
  • OUTPUT: DCC signal with 14.5v amplitude for OO/HO and N scale
  • MAXIMUM CURRENT: 3.5 amps
  • MAXIMUM NUMBER OF WALKAROUNDS: up to 99
  • ADDRESS CAPABILITY: 2 digit (1-127) or 4 digit (1-9999)
  • SPEED STEPS: 14/28/128
  • ACCESSORY FUNCTIONS: 28 (F0 to F20)

“Steam Up” Event Planned for 12 Dec 2015

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Model Steam Engine in Brass and Copper

Model Steam Engine in Brass and Copper

Imagine our surprise when Mr Bruce Basson walked into the shop to show us his beautifully made brass/copper model steam engine.  It transpired that Mr Basson and his friends who make up North West Norfolk Steamers meet once a month and share their love of all things to do with steam engineering.  The group also go round the various garden events in the summer months to show off their models and memorabilia.

Some of your may be interested to note that Mr Basson and his friends are visiting Hunstanton Methodist Church to host a “Steam Up”.  There will be lots to see and talk about for model railway/steam engineering enthusiasts from:

2-5pm on Saturday, 12 December 2015.  Entry is free but donations to the church are, of course, appreciated

Tony Gooch and Bruce Basson Admire the Model Steam Engine

Tony Gooch and Bruce Basson Admire the Model Steam Engine

Competition: Win the 2014 Baja Q32 Buggy

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Design the HPI 2014 Christmas Card

Prize is the 2014 Baja Q32 Buggy

Winning design will feature on the HPI Facebook cover image

HPI-Christmas2014-Competition400The Rules

  • design to be hand drawn and hand coloured only
  • design does not have to be RC related, but would be preferred
  • entries to be posted only – emailed entries will not be considered
  • design can either be landscape or portrait

The Important Bits

  • competition open to under 14s only
  • only 1 entry per person
  • closing date 31 October 2014
  • winner announced 7 November 2014
  • design will be put into print on the HPI Christmas cards and Facebook cover page
  • HPI aims to keep your original design and colours wherever possible, however, minor changes may be required

Baja Q32Post Entries to:

HPI Europe Limited
Christmas Card Competition 2014
19 William Nadin Way
Swadlincote
Derbyshire DE11 0BB

 

Click to download pdf version of competition details

Customer Projects: Ian Holt from I C Steam

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Driving a steam train and a fire engine are typical dreams for many a boy but for 59 year old Ian Holt it was more than just dreams.  Previously a boilermaker, Ian went on to become a Fireman based in St Neots and qualified to drive fire engines on emergency calls eventually transferring to Norfolk Fire Service in 1992.  As a regular volunteer on the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford, Peterborough, Ian qualified as a steam train driver  so by the time he was 30 years old, Ian had achieved both of these ambitions.  One of Ian’s proudest moments was when he got to drive the largest steam train in the Nene Valley Railway collection, “Britannia” – the train used for the funeral of King George VI.

The Nene Valley Railway has often been used as a backdrop for television dramas and films.  Ian found himself at the controls when a Mosquito “bombed” the train for “Secret Army”.  He was also driving when James Bond was tackling one of his baddies on the roof of the train for the filming of “Octopussy”.

Ian Holt holding a piece of the new locomotive - photo by Stella Gooch

Ian Holt holding a piece of the new locomotive – photo by Stella Gooch

However, Ian also has a passion for building and restoring steam engines and since he”retired” from the Fire Service in 2006 he has developed his interest in steam engines and is now building a small business in bespoke steam engine projects.  Ian develops steam engines using the following rail sizes:

1/12th, 1/16th,  1/8th, 31/2 inch, 5 inch and 71/4 inch rails.

Note – Some Scale Sizes Explained:
Scale  1/16th” to the foot is 1/12th the size of a full size locomotive – eg 5″ gauge rails

Scale 3/4″ to the foot is 1/16th of a full size locomotive – eg 3 1/2″ gauge rails
Scale 1  1/2″ to the foot is 1/8th” the size of full size locomotive – eg 7 1/2″ gauge rails

Ian’s current project is the same engine used in the very famous “Flying Scotsman” locomotive – London North Eastern Railway, Class A3 Pacific Express Steam Locomotive.   Ian has tenderly moulded the bodywork, boiler and trims in his workshop at the bottom of his garden and is close to completing the engine for a private commission.  (This loco is a 5″ gauge locomotive and fitted with vacuum brakes, a copper boiler working at 90 psi.  Also fitted with a water scoop in the tender. )

Hunstanton Models is delighted to have been able to supply Ian many of the materials used in his project and have observed progress with interest.  We cannot wait to see the finished engine.

Ian has recently begun work on the design of a new locomotive  which was also involved in the funeral of King George VI – a LNER B17 Class 4-6-8 wheel arrangement in 6″ gauge.

Commenting on his work, Ian said: “I am pleased to use Hunstanton Models for their paints, wood and small metal items.  Tony and Stella are always helpful and willing to supply items on request at competitive prices.  Being situated not far from where I live in the delightful town of Hunstanton is a godsend when I need that little item to finish a project.

With reference to my new locomotive an LNER B17 Class locomotive in 1/12 scale for a 5″ gauge – I will be guest blogging throughout the design and construction of the locomotive.  Currently I am in the process of producing a set of full working drawings prior to commencing construction in the near future.  Hopefully this will be of interest to visitors to the Hunstanton Model website.   If anyone wishes to approach me about a commission for a construction of this locomotive or any other steam project I would be pleased to discuss individual requirements by arrangement.  Please contact Hunstanton Models on 01485 533324 or myself on 0751 1198943.

I wish Tony and Stella good luck and good fortune in their impending move to their new premises on Hunstanton High Street.”

Ian at the drawing board - photo by Stella Gooch

Ian Holt at the drawing board – photo by Stella Gooch

West Norfolk IPMS Annual Model Show brings out the enthusiasm even in the youngsters

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The 4th International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS) Annual Model Show on Sunday, 23 June 2013 in the Downham Market Town Hall proved to be a great day out for model enthusiasts.  The venue was easy to find and there was lots of car parking.

The quality of the models displayed was as impressive as the last time I attended and the tombola was well stocked with great prizes with all funds going to a worthwhile Forces charity.  There was an open model competition which was duly judged by key members of the IPMS committee.

The best new initiative of this year’s event had to be the Airfix Make and Take programme.  This part of the Model Show was buzzing with interaction and us parents were delighted to see our youngsters join in and build a small scale model aircraft in no time at all.  It was great to see the number of kids joining in with such a creative activity rather than being stuck in front of a piece of 21st century gadgetry.  All in all this definitely gets my vote as the pièce de résistance of the whole day.  So a big thanks to the guys from the West Norfolk IPMS Model Show and Airfix for sponsoring the initiative.

The IPMS welcomes anyone to join their membership from 12 upwards.  Currently they number approximately 20 members who meet on a regular basis from all over West Norfolk twice a month.   Meetings take place at the William Burt Social Club. West Winch  on the 1st and 4th Wednesday of every month 1900 to 2145ish  of all abilities, beginners to “experts”!

The IPMS display at various shows throughout the UK and Norfolk.  See the website to see where the West Norfolk branch of IPMS visits.

 

For more information about the West Norfolk International Plastic Modellers Society see their website or contact:

Steve Gregory Tel no 01760 755596
email address sinmon@tiscali.co.uk

 

West Norfolk International Plastic Modellers Society Annual Model Show 23 June

Friday, May 31st, 2013

IPMS2013-500The 4th International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS) Annual Model Show is all lined up for Sunday, 23 June 2013 – 10am to 4pm.  The show is a major event in the IPMS’s calendar and takes place in Downham Market Town Hall, Downham Market, PE38 9JS.  Visitors will find ample car parking, refreshments, club displays, trade stands, tombola and an open model competition. Entry fees are: Adults £2.00, Children £1.00.

The event has to date raised money for  the Alzheimer’s Society and the Air Ambulance.  As many of the IPMS’s members are ex-forces the Society now regularly supports Bridge for Heroes and help out with model therapy at the drop in centre.  The IPMS is delighted to welcome members from all walks of life, however.

There are approximately 20 members who meet on a regular basis from all over West Norfolk twice a month.  Members range in age from 12  to well… beyond retirement!  Meetings take place at the William Burt Social Club. West Winch  on the 1st and 4th Wednesday of every month 1900 to 2145ish  of all abilities, beginners to “experts”!  The West Norfolk IPMS have produced displays for the Bircham Newton history room and I can vouch for the quality of their work having attended a previous West Norfolk IPMS Model Show a few years back.

The IPMS display at various shows around the country from Telford to Hendon. As well as the local area.  See the website to see where the West Norfolk branch of IPMS visits.  The dedicated attend all the shows although it is not compulsory and space is always available for newcomers to display their work.

 

Members of the West Norfolk IPMS  build all varieties of armour, aircraft, ships, figures, space, horror, sci-fy, cars, trucks, trains and more.  Anyone wishing to improve modelling techniques, learn something new, build something different or just get inspiration to have a go are welcome. There are even lady members (5 at time of writing).  They are a friendly bunch who enjoy a laugh and plenty of banter.

Another aspect to the Society’s activities include visits to museums such as Duxford and regular special talks.  An example of the type of talks arranged is a recent one by Ken Wallis (little Nellie pilot and engineer)  who gave an account of his life, and adventures.

So if you are seriously keen on modelling why not pay a visit to one of the Society’s meets and get creative with models!

For more information about the West Norfolk International Plastic Modellers Society see their website or contact:

Steve Gregory Tel no 01760 755596
email address sinmon@tiscali.co.uk

2013 Norfolk Model Show Dates for Diss & District Model Railway Society

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Diss & District Model Railway Society is one of our featured railway enthusiast groups for 2013.

Check out their video “1066 Model Railway Show”.
Saturday 12th January
Diss & District  Model Railway Society Exhibiting George Williamson Memorial layout at East Coast Model Railway Expo at Cliff Park Junior School, Orde Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth

Saturday 26th January 
Diss & District  Model Railway Society Exhibiting Lindental at Norfolk Railway Society at U.R. Church Halls Eaton Rise Norwich NR4 6QR (off Ipswich Road)

Saturday 23rd February
Diss & District  Model Railway Society Manning our Club Table at Dereham Show

Saturday 14th September
Diss & District  Model Railway Society Exhibiting Yewchester at Bury St Edmunds Show

Saturday 5th October
Diss & District  Model Railway Society Exhibiting Billington at Sudbury Model Railway Club

Saturday 26th October
Diss & District  Model Railway Society Annual Show at Roydon Village Hall

Get more information about the society from their website.

Hunstanton Models new e-shop gets started in the run up for Christmas

Monday, September 24th, 2012

It is early days but Hunstanton Models has launched its new e-shop at long last.  Built in to the e-shop is a News section so we can update our customers on any newsworthy items.  In addition, there is a Classified Ads section as a service to our customers and hobbyists in general.  If you want to privately sell your made up models or pre-owned hobby items this is the place to promote them for a nominal fixed cost until they are sold (at which time the advertiser contacts us and asks for the advert to be removed).

Another great service we offer our customers is the ability to buy on-line and COLLECT from shop on a day trip to Hunstanton.  This translates to avoiding postage charges and the added bonus is a day out in glorious sunny Hunstanton.

We very much hope that our on-line product range will grow rapidly over the coming months as we approach Christmas.

 

Please bear with us as things evolve and feel free to email us on enquiries@hunstantonmodels.co.uk if you don’t see what you are looking for on the e-shop.  It is possible we may have what you are looking for but have not yet added it on-line.

Shop Open throughout Refurbishment

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Hunstanton Models remains open as usual despite an on-going refurbishment programme.

Regular customers to the Hunstanton Model Shop will notice a dramatic difference as they cross the threshold.

Now that new owners, Anthony and Stella Gooch have had some time to get their feet under the table, Hunstanton Models is moving onwards and upwards and visitors to Hunstanton who “discover” us whilst visiting the town say they are glad to find “a real model shop” (their words!) particularly as so many are sadly closing throughout the UK.

The shop is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme and already things are improving rapidly.  We hope visitors to the shop will appreciate that the shop environment appears lighter, brighter and more spacious.  As work progresses, customers will more easily be able to browse the displays and locate what they are looking for and a wider range of choice will be more visible.

Our standard range of products continue to cover a range of remote control cars, planes, boats, helicopters and tanks as well as:

– plastic models such as Airfix and Revell
– match model kits
– modelling accessories including tools, glues and a comprehensive range of Humbroll paints
– a range of Scalextric gift sets plus cars and accessories for growing an existing set
– diecast Oxford and Corgi vehicle
– kites
– railway products from Hornby, Bachmann, Farish and Piko (for the garden railway enthusiast).  Model railway sizes include 0 gauge, 00 gauge, 0H gauge, N gauge, T gauge, G gauge. An extensive range of model railway items are also available including track, modelling scenery, model buildings, model people, tools and many other related accessories

In addition to the regular product ranges, Hunstanton Models now has more choice of hobbyist product ranges including:

– arts & crafts gift sets
– quality supplies for artists including portable easels, quality oil and water-based paints
– educational skeletal models which clip together
– dolls houses and dolls furniture and accessories
– 3D cardboard models (some with LED lighting) of famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Whitehouse, Big Ben and more

Once completed, the shop will have a new look front window with a model railway as part of the display.  Thank you to all customers and browsers for your patience thus far.  We feel that the refurbishment is now at a stage where there is little or no inconvenience to our customers but work continues for a little while yet.

This season Hunstanton Models will launch a new e-shop at www.hunstantonmodels.co.uk.  You will even be able to buy gift vouchers on ine for  use in the shop.  This e-shop will develop over the course of the year and should go live for Easter 2012.

Micro DV Camera by Ripmax available

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Micro DV Camera - ideal for mounting to even the small models

Now available at Hunstanton Models at just £37.50, the tiny Micro DV Video Camera is perfect for mounting to even small models for in flight recording of both video and audio and offers amazing quality playback for a camera this small and light – only 20 grams in weight!

Charging the built in battery is quick and easy from your computer view the included USB lead and the camera is supplied complete with 2GB Micro SD card as well as two different mounts, protective cover and full instructions on a mini CD. Compact, lightweight Micro DV camera.  This video camera records audio and 720 x 480 AVI format colour video and has high speed USB 2.0 data transfer.  It also has 30FPS video frame rate, built in Li-Po – 2-3 hours charge time and a USB cable is included with a mounting clip and bracket.  You can also charge this video camera from your USB euipped PC.