Welcome to Classic Collect Models

Hi, my name is Geoff. Whittaker, I am a model railway writer and vintage transport fan. I developed this site as a combination of a blogging site and a model railway shop. I also have a YouTube channel named “Not Just Trains”. I release a new post every week and videos somewhat less often!

My main claim to fame is building kits and dioramas, for clients

Finally, Welcome aboard and enjoy the content. UK customers please use this site for kit builds and orders.

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Look out for my Google featured how to’s. These feature at the top of page 1 for the relevant phrase. You cannot buy this position it is merit only!


” Hi Geoff, I wanted to write and thank you properly for the tube station models, which all arrived safe and sound this afternoon. I’m absolutely delighted with all of them – and particular thanks for the alterations to the Wansford Little Chef which looks great.

There’s no way I could get these things to look any good, and your skill is very much appreciated on all of the models. Hope to get you to do some more one of these days. Thanks again. Nigel.”

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Turnaround for kit builds is usually five days, however at busy times I instigate a waiting list system. Bulk orders from the same person usually take priority. You can contact me below to find out the current waiting time.

Selected builds

Layout inspiration at the Ribble Steam Railway.

This layout is on display in the Ribble Steam Railway’s museum. The Railway operates over three miles of track on Preston Docks. Unusually, the line runs down the centre of a road and over a swing bridge, before running next to the river Ribble. If you are lucky you may see the bridge in operation. This happens every time a boat enters or exits the marina, in the old dock.

The layout It is a good example of landscape modelling. For example, there is a first radius oval inside the main running lines. Note the very curved station platform on the left! The village in the centre makes a good scenic break. Additionally, most of the buildings look scratch built. The village is not flat, it is raised in the centre. A stream flows down the hill and road signs add interest.

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I regularly visit heritage sites and post Image sets for modellers reference. These include locomotives, rolling stock, buildings and more.

Finally, Get your model railway building kits ready made. No fiddly construction, just plant!

Check out the kit build gallery for images from recent model projects.

Look out for regular posts on model railway topics. There are some useful Tips and tricks, from an experienced modeller. Finally,welcome to my U.S. readers. Subscibe to receive an email every time a new post is released.

Get your ready built model railway kits here. No time to build kits? Do you have manual dexterity problems?

We provide a kit building service for all of the best known manufacturer’s kits. Metcalfe, Superquick, Kingsway and even Dapol plastic kits.

How wonderful to find a kit build service!!:)

There are so many Miniatures I love, but I’m often frustrated to find that they’re kits!

So it’s really great to find you:).

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Buy now and save time on your next layout project. Many of our builds are used as dioramas for displaying model vehicles such as buses and Fire appliances.

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