Shop News

Updated by Adrian Cotterill, NGS Shop Manager, email me at shop@ngaugesociety.com

06-Sep-21: The Czech’s in the post.

Some of our antipodean members who endure long delivery times may be heartened to know that they are not the only one’s to suffer. A recent posting from the NGS Shop in Livingston, Scotland to the Czech Republic took 10 weeks 3 days to arrive. According to Google maps it would only take 11 days to walk it. The route the parcel took was:

Livingston-Edinburgh-London Heathrow-Canada-Heathrow-Edinburgh-Heathrow-Prague.

Not the most direct route. When I challenged Royal Mail on why it went to Canada first, their response was that “sometimes if there isn’t a direct flight available a parcel is sent via another country to avoid delay”.  Yeah, right. Or maybe some worker at Heathrow Mail Centre threw it in the wrong crate. So, just a warning, delivery delays due to covid may be receding, but those due to human error are still there.

06-Sep-21: TINGS are what they used to be.

I have just sent off three boxes of over 1200 NGS Shop items to the NGS Display Stand manager for sale at the International N Gauge Show. Although I won’t be there myself, please call in at the NGS stand and say hello, where Tim and his team will twist your arm off to buy some goodies to make it all worthwhile. Enjoy the show and stay safe.

03-Sep-21: For hunters of shunters

Recent (favourable) reviews of our Hunslet models in the model railway press have spurred members who missed out on the Hunslet pre-ordering facility to make enquiries about the means of purchasing the models. So, for those new to the story – a few facts:

  • The Hunslets have not arrived in the UK yet (but are expected).
  • When they arrive, the first task will be to distribute to those members who pre-ordered previously. This process is described on the NGS web-site.
  • The rest will then go on sale to the general membership.
  • The factory has said it will release the models in three batches – so not all variants will be available at the same time.
  • There will be plenty of remaining stock of every variant once the pre-orders have been dealt with. This was a deliberate policy by the NGS committee to ensure we have enough stock for new and future members and not just those who were present for the pre-ordering.

I will post news of stock arrival here as it happens. My guess is that for each batch it will take 4-6 weeks to clear the pre-orders, before the remaining stock goes on sale to the general membership.

Keep an eye on the NGS web site and this Shop News (of course!) for further announcements.

25-Aug-21: PNA – gone away!

Also received in the latest consignment was a small number of Kit 33 Railtrack PNA Wagon – twin pack (NGSK0330) Kit 33 Railtrack PNA Wagon – twin pack NGSK0330  @ £12.80. There will not be many more batches of these kits produced, as the chassis (a Poole-era type Farish Presflow chassis) is no longer available and we are running out of our stock. They have always been a slow-selling kit , not in great demand, so they probably will not be greatly missed. However, we do have a number of the wagon body sprues left over. If anyone is interested in these drop me an email (shop@ngaugesociety.com) and they can have them for a nominal £1 to cover the postage cost.

25-Aug-21: The night mail has crossed the border!

Not carrying the cheque and postal-order, unfortunately, but four boxes of goodies. Back into stock are:

21-Aug-21: Coming up the down line.

News from the North (which is south of me) is that there are batches of kit 35a Tiphook PIA/KPA Hopper Wagon (NGSK0350) kits and Kit 77c. LNER-BR Boplate – Y25 bogies (NGSK0773) kits on their way to replenish the empty stocks. Watch out for an update when these arrive and are safely tucked away.

11-Aug-2021: What’s rolled up?

Rolling into my stock today are the long-awaited packs of 6.2 mm solid wheel-sets, available at 4 Axles with 6 2mm Solid Wheels NGSB0300 . “Up” is the operative word as these are much more expensive than the previous batch we had several years ago, now priced at £6 per pack of 4 axles.

Also doing the rounds is the news that a batch of 3-hole wheel-sets have rolled into Kit Production, which means those kits waiting for these can now roll off the production line.

04-Aug-2021: More bunches of fives, but different.

Received today some 5-packs kits. Back in stock are a single Kit 35b JJA Autoballaster NGSK0351 5-pack at £100.90, a single Kit 35c HQA Autoballaster Railtrack NGSK0352 5-pack at £103.40 and a small number of Kit 72 PTA/JTA/JUA Iron Ore Tippler NGSK0720 5-pack at £94.00.

The above have been facilitated by the arrival of new stocks of wheels. However, we are still awaiting other parts for the various kit 35 Autoballaster range, which will follow in due course..

02-Aug-2021: Warwells on Parr with Hoppers

Kits back in stock today:

NGSK0280 Kit 28 RMC JGA Hopper wagon kits, £14.90 at Kit 28 RMC JGA Bogie Hopper NGSK0280

NGSK0390 Kit 39 BR Mullet/Parr Sleeper Wagon, £10.80 at Kit 39 BR Mullet/Parr Sleeper Wagon NGK0390

NGSK0501 Kit 50b. Warwell – post 1976, £10.25 at Kit 50b Warwell – post 1976 NGSK0501

30-Jul-2021: What goes round, comes round (at last)

Wheels are what goes round and the good news at last is that the dearth of wheel-sets has come to an end with a shipment of wheel-sets having just arrived at Kit Production. This means the production lines can resume for all the kits that have been on hold. Kits 28 RMC JGA Bogie Hopper (NGSK0280), 39 BR Mullet/Parr Sleeper Wagon (NGK0390) and 50b Warwell – post 1976 (NGSK0501) will be the first re-appearing. We will also see packs of 6.2mm Solid Wheels (NGSB0300) back on sale in due course.

30-Jul-2021: A bunch of fives from the Distillers.

I have recently received some replacement etches for kit 9b BR Polybulk Distillers Hopper (NGSK0091). There are now five packs ready to buy at £14.70 each at Kit 9b BR Polybulk Distillers Hopper NGSK0091 (ngsjoin.com). If you miss out on these, then don’t worry. The newly available etches and the newly arrived wheels-sets means that these kits will be back into production before too long.

16-Jul-2021: Southern Comfort is served.

Amongst a batch of recent arrivals at the Shop is a brand-new NGS transfer sheet:

These are decals for Kit 21 SR/BR 12t Box Vans – twin pack, and are available for £1.50. More details on the Shop page at NGST0210 Decals for kit 21 NGSK0210

A number of other transfer sheets have also returned to stock:

09-Jul-2021: No wail for Borail no more.

Just received a new batch of NGSK0380 Kit 38 BR Borail.

For information, some members have asked whether Kit 38 and Kit 39 Mullet/Parr will be continued given the recent announcement of RtR models from Revolution. The NGS will continue to produce these kits while parts are available and there is continued demand for them. Kit 39 is currently out of stock, but more are on the way.

01-Jul-2021: Thanks, and thank you.

In March 2020 the world changed with the first of the Coronavirus lock-downs. We considered that the stay-at-home order would mean we would have to close the NGS shop. However the legislation wording gave us enough wriggle room to carry on as ‘normal’. Its odd to think in those early days I skulked along the side streets and alleyways to get to the post office while avoiding any police patrols. As it happened there were none – and I have not seen any police since come to that. Most days I was the only person on the streets and no traffic which was very surreal. Who would have thought back then that you could go into a post office wearing a mask, gloves and carrying a large bag without someone hitting the panic button?

Things were not quite normal, however. I took to sanitising and quarantining any incoming parcels of stock and mail-orders. The postal system creaked to breaking point – there was no telling if or when anything would arrive. There was also a huge increase in the number of orders coming into the NGS Shop. Most months from March onwards were double the orders of the same month in the previous year. I am glad we stayed open as it was obvious that many members took to kit building as a way of relieving the stresses of lock-down.

To come to the point, I have received some messages of gratitude and thanks for keeping the service going over this difficult period, which I do appreciate. However, although I am the front-man for the NGS Shop, I could not have done this without the support of a number of volunteer-members. As it now looks as though we are getting over the peaks of both the pandemic and the order mountain, I want to express my gratitude in turn to the Membership Secretary (for keeping the online shop system going); the Kit Production Officer and Decals Officer (for keeping products in production); the Kit Packing volunteers (for keeping the stock levels up); my wife (for helping with the order packing) and the NGS Treasurer for making sure my extra large expenses were paid so quickly). It has been a great team effort which reveals just how good the N Gauge Society is when everyone pulls together.

(to be printed in the 04/21 NGS newsletter)

01-Jul-2021: Shell out on some vents! -All gone, sorry!

Recently come to light a small quantity (7 packs) of: UM251: Plastic LMS shell vent (pack of 32) for anyone into kit building. As they are few and not to be repeated these will not appear on the NGS Shop for now. If anyone is interested drop me an email at shop@ngaugesociety.com.

£2.00 per pack of 32 plus £1.00 P&P if ordered on their own, or P&P free if included with another order. First come, first served. If/when they sell out, I will delete this post.

28-Jun-2021: Shop Stock Top-up Shock

There were seven boxes of stock on the drive this morning barely supported by the local postie. It took an hour to unpack, count and put into store. There are a number lines back in stock, plus a couple of new release decals sheets, as follows:

A full list of stock received today can be seen at NGS Shop – Stock arrivals | The N Gauge Society

27-Jun-2021: Livid Livery for Liquid Delivery

While surveying one of my old stomping grounds on Google maps © I came across a surprising image (screen-shot below) of a decidedly non-military military vehicle. It is of course the Bv206 amphibious vehicle in the livery of the famous Tan Hill Inn, on top of the Pennines and by the Pennine Way. The pub is billed as the highest pub in Britain and no doubt needs the tracked vehicle to ferry supplies and customers through the winter snows. So, the precedent is set. If you want to model a Bv206 in your miniature pub car-park go to NGSV0004 Bv206 amphibious vehicle (ngsjoin.com) and buy the NGS kit!

From  Google Maps -Street View, Map Data © 2021, Image Capture July 2016,  accessed on 24-Jun-2021

26-Jun-2021: Stacks of stock shipping to the Shop

News from our Kit Packer of boxes of stock on the way to the NGS shop at the moment. This includes re-stocks of kits 10; 14; 48; 70; 74 and decals for kits 26; 28 and 36. Also re-stock of some of the bogie kits: Cast Y25; Diamond Framed and Southern steam era. More details to follow in the next couple of days as and when they arrive.

13-Jun-2021: Coming down the line

Word from Kit Production is that several thousand wheels are on the way to us in the slow-boat from China. When these arrive, they will go into completing a range of out-of-stock kits for the NGS shop.

Also soon to be released, new decals for kit 26 GWR Plywood and MOGO vans twin, and kit 36 shock wagons open and van twin.

09-Jun-2021: Open season again

Kit 23. RCH/LMS 12t Open Wagon (NGSK0230) 7-Plank, end door, private owner back in stock at £5.60.

06-Jun-2021: More kits back in stock

The return of some old favourites: NGSK0030 Kit 3 MR/LMS/BR Outside Framed Van at £5.90; NGSK0060 Kit 6 Loriot at £6.75; and NGSK0180 Kit 18. LMS/BR 12t Box Vans-twin pack at £10.90

15-May-2021: Kits back in stock:

New stocks arrived today of :

13-May-2021: Wheels, they keep on turning

A recent arrival of a batch of wheels has led to an influx of a number of kits recently, including the return to stock of:

NGSK0123 Kit 12d. BR BDO Bogie Bolster D (Plateback bogies) Kit 12d BR BDO Bogie Bolster D Plateback bogies NGSK0123 (ngsjoin.com) at £9.75

NGSK0150 Kit 15 LMS/BR Trestrol Bogie Well Wagon Kit 15 LMS/BR Trestrol Bogie Well Wagon NGSK0150 (ngsjoin.com) at £9.45

NGSK0771 Kit 77a LNER-BR Boplate – Diamond Frame bogies Kit 77a LNER-BR Boplate Diamond Frame bogies NGSK0771 (ngsjoin.com) at £10.00

I am also reliably informed of the imminent arrival of Kit 6 Loriot (NGSK0060); Kit 49. WD Warflat (NGSK0490) and Kit 75. BR VCA Van (NGSK0750).

29-Apr-2021: How now Sea Cow?

if your idea of heaven is a kit 11 (NGSK0110 Kit 11 BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hopper wagon kits) then you will be in a state of grace to hear another batch have arrived from our heroic kit packers. Previous batches have always been snapped up pretty quickly: Kit 11 BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hopper NGSK0110 (ngsjoin.com) priced at £19.75.

29-Apr-2021: Time to jump on the Band Vagn

Yes, it’s finally arrived – the new BV206 Amphibious, articulated two-unit NGS Military Vehicle kit, available now at NGSV0004 Bv206 amphibious vehicle (ngsjoin.com) priced at £14.00. The ‘BV’ stands for ‘Bandvagn’ meaning ‘Tracked vehicle’ as both driving and trailer units had powered ‘caterpillar’ tracks. See page 7 of the 2/21 NGS Journal for an in-depth description by Paul Gandy and Ben Ando.

31-Mar-2021: Mine’s a lamb sandwich.

March, it is said, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb (old British weather-lore). Well my March came in and went out like a lion with a bit of lamb in the middle. It started with the usual volume of orders experienced since last March and then suddenly went quiet. I ACTUALLY HAD TIME TO DO SOME MODELLING! Then just I was getting used to the slower pace of life, wham, back came the orders in droves in the last week of the month. Let us hope April brings showers of Hunslets!

I am intending to take a big batch of orders to the post office tomorrow. For those waiting, be aware the Easter weekend is upon us and will add a couple of days further delays.

30-Mar-2021: Spam, glorious Spam!

No, not the return of Monty Python (regrettably) but rather those pesky unwanted emails that the Shop email account gets a lot of, but nearly all are filtered away into a Spam folder. Unfortunately for no apparent reason, a number of perfectly valid emails have been filtered away as Spam recently rather than go into my inbox. I have just had a clear out, responded to the valid emails and ‘white-listed’ them so they will not get blocked in future. So apologies to anyone for a delayed response and I will keep a more frequent check on the spam folder going forward to catch any strays in good time.

27-Mar-2021: Notice for kit 58 War-flat owners

Members who have previously bought kit 58 (NGSK0580) Modern Warflat may have noticed that for some builds, the supplied transfer sheet is short of a couple of decals. The current transfers sheets only have four decals with the lettering ‘Handbrake Release Both Ends’ – two in yellow, two in white.

However there should be four of each colour. We have therefore produced a correction sheet with just the missing two yellow and two white ‘Handbrake Release Both Ends’ decals on it – its about the size of half a postage stamp. Any members who have previously purchased kit 58 and require the additional decals, please contact the NGS Shop Manager at shop@ngaugesociety.com

21-Mar-2021: Beginner’s luck.

Members may know that in order to entice the wary into the techniques of kit building, we offer Kit 29 Private Owners wagon as a safe and easy step into the dark art. The kit comes with a complete body-shell and a chassis kit that needs just a little black paint and a private owner’s decal to go on each side. We offer the kit with a range of decals of traders from across the UK. A few of these decals are now starting to sell out so we have extended the range with four new variants. These are:

  • NGSK029B A. Goodall & Co Ltd., Birmingham
  • NGSK029C Coalpit Heath Coal Co., Coalpit
  • NGSK029D Cawoods, Leeds
  • NGSK029E James Cropper & Co Ltd, Kendal

The full range of Private Owner wagon kit 29s can be seen at Kit 29 7-plank Private Owner various liveries (ngsjoin.com) for the knock-down price of £5 each.

16-Mar-2021: Limpets stick on minerals?

Possibly… but meanwhile we have some stick-ons back in stock. Decals for kit 68Tiger/Limpet available at NGST0630 Decals for kit 63 NGSK0630 (ngsjoin.com) @£1.50 and for kit 14 LNER/BR 8-plank Mineral Wagon available at NGST0140 Decals for kit 14 NGSK0140 (ngsjoin.com) @£1.00.

10-Mar-2021: Seacows quick, or no-see-cows

Sorry – all gone!

A small quantity of NGSK0110 Kit 11 BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hopper wagon kits swam in today. The quantity is limited by the number of wheel sets that Kit Production could gather together to get these hot items out. Experiences shows that these will only be around for a day or two – if not hour or two – so if you want some, get the trawler out: Kit 11 BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hopper NGSK0110 (ngsjoin.com) @ £16.65

Note that in some of this batch of kits, the etch is malformed, in which case two etches have been included to ensure you receive all the parts.

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