Modelling is a great hobby for young and old alike to enjoy and Andy, manager of Antics Models on Fairfax Street has put together a few suggestions for great Christmas gifts.
For the younger modeller
Star War fans will love Revell’s Level 1 Build & Play series Millennium Falcon (Solo), which is as depicted in the new Star Wars movie, Solo – A Star Wars Story . Simply clip together – glue, paints and tools are not required. Robust PVC plastic. Model includes authentic light & sounds module. £24.99
Airfix QUICK BUILD is an exciting range of simple, snap together models suitable as an introduction to modelling for kids (ages five and up), or as a bit of construction fun for the more experienced modeller.
The pre-coloured pieces simply push together, without glue or paints, to build an impressive model which can then be decorated with the included self-adhesive stickers. Plane models also come with their own display stand to show off your handiwork!
The Eurofighter Typhoon costs £12.99
What young driver wouldn’t enjoy playing with a Lamborghini Murcielago, a full-function remote control car at 1:24 scale. Just add four AA batteries and you’re good to go. £19.99
For adults and children to build together
Scalextric slot car racing sets have been popular since the brand was first introduced in the 1950s and remain so today. Kits range in price from £65 to £500 and whether you keep it simple or opt for the latest six lane digital racing layout, you’re promised hours of competitive fun.
Building a model railway is one of the most popular hobbies in the UK (did you see the amazing layout built by Rod Stewart over 27 years in the news recently?) and prices start from just £55.
Ready to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year? The best way to get there is with the Hornby Hogwarts Express Train Set! In brilliant Hogwarts Red and containing a DCC Ready 5972 locomotive with working headlight, plus two coaches, this set makes a perfect gift or addition for any Harry Potter fan! £159.99.
Ready to assemble remote control cars are also a popular choice for parents and children to build together. Prices start at £117.99 with the popular Grasshopper package deal, which includes a good quality radio, 7.2v battery and charger at £128.99.
For the advanced modeller
The sky’s the limit when it comes to modelling but Andy has come up with a few suggestions if you’re buying a gift for someone with more advanced skills.
This stunning new model from Airfix, of the Grumman Hellcat in 1:24th scale, captures detail like never before, from the pilot’s safety harness to the finely-detailed Pratt & Whitney engine this kit keeps Airfix firmly among the very best in large kits. £107.99
If life on the ocean wave appeals, miniature replicas of sailing ships such as the Tea Clipper Thermopylae (£89.00) are built in a similar way to the real ship.
Drones are regularly in the news and are a good way to gather film of activities (subject to following the regulations guiding unmannned aircraft use), the Hubsan desire has many features including the ability to see what is being filmed in real time (FPV) and is £124.99.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with a metal construction kit in the style of Meccano. Prices start from just £3.50 and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!
Andy’s come up with some great ideas here and he and his team are always happy to chat all things model, just call into the shop and say hi.