ActionModelCentre.co.uk - Online sales of remote control cars and parts in the UK
Action Model Centre
We are one of the UK's premier race shops, a long established business in RC Cars and accessories offering a huge range of products through our retail store on the South West Coast. We are also the exclusive UK importer for Calandra Racing Concepts , BMI Racing and hold importer and distributor status with VXR Racing, and V Dezign.
We offer a wide selection of Boats and Planes and both Nitro and Electric Cars, in all sizes, ranging from tiny 1:18th Touring Cars and Buggies electric and nitro to massive 1:5th FG Petrol Cars. We stock a number of spares and upgrades for cars from the HPI, Tamiya, HaBao, CEN, Team Associated, Calandra, Corally and Traxxas ranges. We are the largest UK importer for Integy products, who specialise in tools and Nitro Car and Truck Upgrades - many of which can be found in our Ebay Shop.
We specialise in 1/12th Scale Circuit Cars and attend each and every round of the BRCA 1/12th National Series, supplying parts and accessories for the BMI DB12R , Hotbodies C12, Calandra GEN-X Carpet Knife, T-Fource, RC12L3 , L4, and RC12R5 SP12M and SP12X and the Black Widow. There are also accessories available from a number of other makes including, CEFX, IRS and FTX. We also offer trackside support and advice for set-up and maintenance of this super-fast class.
Newly appointed trackside shop for the very first brca 2007-8 1/18 Micro Cross series
We also stock a huge range of Plastic Model Kits from Airfix, Revell, Trumpeter and Italeri, offering a wide choice of cars, and military vehicles, tanks, planes and boats. We have full stock of all Humbrol paints, glues, brushes and air-brushes, scalpels, a large selection of Balsa Wood, Plasticard and Brass and Copper Tubing as well as Sheet Metal and many other items the expert modeller might require.
We keep in stock tracks and accessories for Scalextric and have slot cars from Scalextric, Fly and Ninco.
We hope you enjoy browsing our new website, any suggestions will be greatfully received. We will adding more stock shortly, so if you cannot find an item, please contact us, we will be delighted to help.
Around 15 years ago my son began remote controlled car racing, soon followed by myself and then my daughter. We attended both regional and national race meetings all over the country, travelling away most weekends to compete. Living in South Devon, we were frustrated that we could not readily buy the products we wanted in the local r/c world and so began running trackside support for Exeter Radio Controlled Car Club. Action Model Centre was officially opened in Torquay Road in April 1999.
New Shop in Town...
Initially stocking Electric RC Car kits, spares and accessories, we soon had alot of demand for other items you would expect to find in a model shop, mainly modelling kits and materials. Within the first year we expanded to include Die Cast Models and Plastic Modelling Kits and also stocked a wide range of the trend at the time, Beanie Babies. A limited range of other RC items such as planes, helicopters and boats was introduced later that year.
Also at this time we began supporting the local race tracks and helplng improve local interest in the RC World, starting with the two small clubs in Torbay, Torquay On Road Racers, at that time in Torquay Community College on a Monday evening, and another club for on-road touring cars which was based at the Half Moon in Preston, on Sunday mornings.
Expansion to 1:12th Cars...
As time went on, and word of mouth spread that there was a new shop in town, we began to recieve orders from people all over the UK, mainly for RC car spares that just weren't available from a shop near them. Many of the items we would keep in stock and be able to have them delivered the next day, and so our mail order became massive. We began to spot a trend, a large majority of the orders were for 1/12th car spares, hence our later expansion into this specialised field. As more and more people ordered 1:12th spares and accessories, our stock grew and grew. We were then asked in 2004 to support the BRCA National 1:12th Circuit Races all over the country. With this came our new *Official UK Calandra Importer* status.
With the launch of eBay in 1995, we caught on to the growing trend of onlline auctions, and launched our eBay shop in 2003. With an apparent demand for Monster Truck spares and Hop Ups, we then took a turn in yet another direction and found INTEGY, who we are currently the biggest UK importer for.
The shop was based in Preston, South Devon and has two full-time staff, Lesley and Wim Goss, a husband and wife team. It is open 6 days a week, with late night opening on Wednesday and Thursday. Trackside Support is provided on a Tuesday night at St Pauls Church for 1:18th and 1:12th Electric Cars, every other Friday night with Plymouth Model Car Club and Sundays are usually supporting various local clubs and series, namely the Plymouth Model Car Club Winter Series, in Association with AMC and Torbay Off-Road Racers for nitro racing. Other clubs in the South West that we provide support for are: Torbay Mini-Stock Car Club, Exeter Radio Control Car Club and West Cornwall Radio Controlled Car Club. Roughly once a month, a weekend of National 1:12th Racing is supported, through which we have gained our "Retailer of the Year" status from the BRCA.
May 2007 - 2009
Over the last year, AMC has gone from strength to strength, remaining as a family run business, by expanding into our new shop in Torquay. New appointment as brca Trackside support for 1/18 micro cross series. Expanding our trackside support to major race meetings. With our new website, we are also hoping to be able to offer a wider range of products . . . and spreading our experties to all!
Sponsor of the 1/12th Euros stock final Haarlem Holland