Yesterday I was touring some aviation museums in Kent, the county known as “the Garden of England”, and I took a moment to stop off at the Hornby Hobbies Visitors Centre. Here’s a photo essay!

This is the home of some of the most iconic brands in British toys; Hornby train sets. Airfix model kits. Scalextric slot racing. And of course, Corgi die-casts. It’s not an exaggeration to say this place was responsible for a big chunk of my childhood!

Each brand has its own gallery, with displays and cabinets showcasing products over the decades...

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Trains....

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Planes...

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...And automobiles.

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But here’s the section I was really interested in.

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Hornby also owns the Lledo brand...

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In addition, there was a big display of high-end die-cast kits from Pocher...

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