Not all is lost though: Amerang, the wholesale part of Modelzone, has been purchased by Ripmax, a distributor of radio-control (RC) models. It sounds an excellent fit, as Ripmax is an old-established outfit that’s been around in various forms since 1949, and RC continues to be extremely popular.
Sad to say, Modelzone stores are likely to disappear, as Deloitte is putting in place a closure programme.
For UK modelmakers it’ll be worthwhile looking out for closure bargains across the Modelzone stores.
Also hit by the Modelzone collapse is Hornby, which sold model trains under a store-in-store arrangement, though this wasn’t flagged out to customers. It’s good for Hornby now though - the company owns the stock, meaning that it can pull trains out of Modelzone and sell them elsewhere.
Hornby is another miniatures firm that suffered in 2012, largely because of poor sales of Olympic branded items. No surprise there really, as we can’t think of a single Hornby Olympic model that really screamed, “Buy me.”
Good luck to all involved, especially Modelzone staffers.
Header pic courtesy Wales Online.