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Offline Signals99

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2013, 21:00:26 »
Hi all,
There seems to be some confusion over Lanes toy shop - Lanes in the High street was nothing to do with Lanes model shop on the Banks; that shop was there during the latter part of the war. I remember it because it had a large model of a Sunderland flying boat hanging from the ceiling, they were two separate businesses.
I'm almost certain it had something to do with Hobdays the pram / toy shop next to the Majestic Cinema.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2013, 20:14:23 »
I believe Nucleus is still there. It was Scoops (Ice cream and cake decorating materials before that. The shop next door which is showing as Stars, was part of Francis Iles business. It was the Craft shop, they have now moved that into the Art shop across the road from La Providence. This shop did have steps down to the interior, (another one I worked in for a while :) ) but I'm not sure now whether Scoops did, got a feeling there may have been one step.
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2013, 19:41:46 »
Thanks for that numanfan, I knew it was there somewhere and also the name Comber is right. Unfortunately, my Comber`s initials were L. C., also the date, 1955 is about right. I was told by one of L. C. Comber`s colleagues, both teachers at the same school, that his wife ran a toy shop in Rochester High Street. Perhaps he was the brother of Frank the optician and the family lived above the shop?

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2013, 19:22:03 »
From the 1955 Kelly's Directory:

75 High Street - Lane's Toy Shop (M.E. Comber) Meccano & Triang specialists.
75 High Street - Comber Frank T., F.S.M.C. ophthalmic opticians

No. 75 is currently occupied by Nucleus Medway, the black-fronted shop in this photo I took about 3 years ago (so perhaps they're not in the shop anymore? :))



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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2013, 17:44:00 »
I agree about the location. If I remember correctly there were steps down into the shop inside the door - a trap for the unwary, although that applied to several shops along that stretch

Nothing to do with Lanes, and because Kyn likes a separate thread for each shop, I have started one on the model shop further on, near the clock.
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2013, 16:04:08 »
This is approximately where I remember Lanes. It could even have been the shop on the centre right with the blue frontage.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2013, 15:27:53 »
I think Lanes was essentially a toy shop catering for boys and girls of all ages, whereas both the LeCore's shops were model shops.
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2013, 14:09:47 »
There was definitely a LeCore Model shop on the banks "near" the Nags Head.  I think there's a thread about it on here somewhere as I'm sure the dispute between the 2 LeCore branches has been discussed relatively recently (though I'm jiggered if I can find the thread).

I seem to remember buying a "push along" train set from Lanes.  The models were smaller than oo/ho gauge and contained no motors of any sort.  The tracks were "solid" and grey as I recall.  Lanes had a pretty good selection of the rolling stock.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2013, 12:54:55 »
Sorry Smiler, yes indeed it was Cage Lane, I remember the little train set well. Thank you for that.
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2013, 11:51:10 »
Signals That was the bottom of Cage Lane across from the Regent I think with the little train set in the window.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2013, 11:16:58 »
Hi all
The shop on The Banks was Lanes until the early fifties, then a Mr Drake bought it. He sold it to the LeCore brothers in the late fifties. The Le Core brothers had a bitter difference of opinion over something, so Ron, (I think that was his name) opened a shop in Chatham at bottom of Slicketts Hill, on the corner. I was told the enmity between them went on for years.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2013, 10:11:56 »
I think that you will find that the shop on The Banks was LeCore's.

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2013, 09:33:35 »
There was a shop on the banks in Rochester called Lanes somewhere between the Parlour and the bridge they also sold model kits etc. Any link?

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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2013, 15:46:45 »
Peterchall
I had forgotten the solid kits, thanks for the memory, they were produced by a firm called "Veron".
My first one was a Spitfire (that's what it said on the box ?). My dad said the only time he saw a Spitfire that looked like that, it had hit Bluebell Hill at three hundred mph.
The Keil Kraft kits had printed sheets from which you cut the ribs, fuselage formers etc, you then built the whole thing over the plans, using stringers to hold it together, well, that was the idea anyway.
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Re: Lanes Toy Shop, Rochester
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2013, 15:05:51 »
Model aircraft kits that I remember came as solid blocks of balsa wood, one for each part of the plane so one for the fuselage, two for the wings, separate bits for the tail, and others for the engines if it was multi-engined. The standard scale was 1/72nd, or 1in = 6ft.

If I remember correctly, each part was marked with the outline seen from that aspect - so that the fuselage, for example, had outlines of top, bottom, and each side respectively as a guide for carving the shape. The accompanying drawings had cross-sections of the part at various points along its length. Then all the parts had to be glued together, hopefully with the wings at the same dihedral for appearance sake, even if the angle was not exactly correct.

The paint was supplied in little pots of each colour and the markings were applied by transfers. Propellers and undercarriages came ready made.

Any resemblance between the model and the real thing was, to say the least, approximate, but good enough to be able to identify the type if you saw it in the air, which I believe was the main reason for making the kits available.
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