Welcome to Finney7, the re-release of the Martin Finney range of 7mm kits. We now have most of Martin's models in manufacture and are starting to add designs of our own. We are also designing some new chassis for some of the kits to bring them up to modern expectations. We consider that no work is required to the upper works.
The web site features some photographs of locos built from our kits. We hope you enjoy these fine examples of superb craftsmanship. Our thanks to everyone who supplied us with the photographs.
Well, where does the time go? We've been busy at Finney7 and the exhibition diary is full, so we hope we'll see you at one or more of these events. The first for this year as far as we are concerned was Kettering, which was really busy. Occasionally we had visitors three deep inspecting our wares. It was really rewarding too to see some splendid models brought in by our customers.
In the meantime we've been stocking up and our kit availability is at an all time high. This has been achieved despite interruptions to supplies caused in large part because our preferred etchers ceased trading. We've found an alternative, but costs have increased significantly. In fact brass etches have increased by around 50% and nickel silver etches by between 79% and 95% depending on the size and thickness of the etch. We regretfully have no alternative but to increase our prices from 31st March, although we will keep the increases as low as we can.
Our kit levels are now such that it's impossible to carry all of them to every exhibition, although we'll continue to bring one of every kit to each exhibition we attend. To be certain of us supplying your preferred kit, a telephone call or email to Richard will make a reservation.
The good news is that work has continued in the background on the 94XX and the B1. Due to the difficulties outlined above there have been some significant delays but we're getting there. We'll not make a forecast yet about availability, though. What we can say is that they'll be worth waiting for!
Firstly, the exceedingly good news. The Calender is now updated and we are going to some shows! We are looking forward to seeing you at these shows.
We are aware that a number of our customers have been waiting for Collett 4000 gallon tender springs and axleboxes. We are happy to say that the new patterns are now with the casters, and we should have the castings available shortly. We would like to thank customers for their patience, and ask them to contact us to confirm their current address if they are awaiting the parts.
Now to the bad news. We have kept our prices unchanged since we took on the business. Unfortunately our production costs rose significantly over the past year, and as a result we will have to increase our prices accordingly. The current prices will be held until the end of the Kettering O Gauge Guild show on 5th March, but will change immediately after. All the orders received by 5th of March will be honoured at the old price, even if delivery is at a later date.
At last, we are getting out to a show! Finney7 will be attending the trade show at Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall on Saturday 4th December 2021. We will only have limited stock with us, but if you order by 24th November we will be able to set your order aside for collection on the day. Tickets are limited due to Covid regulations and we advise that you take a look at their web site for full information.
It's been a difficult time for all, both individuals and businesses, as the Coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of abating. We have not been immune from the effects of this as we have suffered from interruptions to our supply chain. Indeed, we lost some 6 month's work of development and production with new castings that we are still working to get back.
In practical terms, we were unable to release the rest of the GWR range when we expected to, and those that have been released are still missing a few sprues. We are working assiduously with our caster to get these out as soon as we can, and thank customers old and new for their patience in waiting to complete the kits. This delay has been as frustrating for us as it must be for you.
We now have available the City, 3232 Class, Stella and Dean Goods, although the missing sprues (which in the main cover firebox fittings and final detailing) will be sent on later when we get them into production. The instructions will be missing information on the castings on these sprues but will be corrected.
In respect of new kit development, there has been a lot of design work going on behind the scenes. The 94xx and B1 are in a position where we need to productionise the castings and write the instructions, and while we don't expect anything to happen quickly in the current environment, the end is in sight. We are also working on new chassis for the Aberdare and 28xx, as well as development work on a number of other kits for future release.