In the seventies, when I was a child and in my early teens, I used to build balsa model aircraft with my father. Today there are no model shops at all in Brighton or Hove that sell traditional model aircraft kits, although the hobby is still going strong across the country.
Shops I remember
I remember several shops in the area that used to sell balsa models. There was Harry Brooks in Hove near Portslade station; Gamleys in Brighton; the shop that is now called Model Zone in West Street; a shop in Lewes Road opposite the (now) B&Q store. I’ve no idea of the name but the owner was very helpful. I remember a toy/model shop at the upper rear of the old Churchill Square, near to where Tesco used to be I think. Again, I have no idea of the name. There also used to be a model shop called Arthur Mullet in Meeting House Lane (see advert from 1958), but I never went there and assume it had closed by the early seventies.
Do you remember any other model shops?
I’d be interested to hear from anyone who remembers these shops. I would also like to know what happened to the owners. Perhaps someone remembers other such shops in the area.