The Site
Living in the UK and buying from abroad



Access to all subject area can be gained by clicking on the appropriate hyperlink at the side of each page as well as via the contents page.  Some sections, such as the News and Updates, feature a page for each month and clicking on the "News" or "Updates"  link at the side of the page will take you to the current month's News. 


I have included an index for both News and Updates. from within any of the News or Updates pages click the "Hypertext Link" near the top of each page and you will be taken directly to the News or Updates  "Index page". Click on the "Hypertext Link" for the month required to view.


The Models section is divided into a number of categories, listing by Manufacturer, Operator, Vehicle type etc. Some pages have a spinning arrow at the top of the page. Clicking on the left arrow takes you back to the previous record and the right arrow takes you forward to the next record (in that subject area).


Some pages have a "Top" button as below. Clicking on that button where available will take you to the top of that particular page.




I am very grateful to the following who have assisted me in my research in the compilation of this site and  in providing news, reviews, photographs and information:- 


Visitors own Model Reviews are always most welcome, as is any other information or photographs of the models themselves, or the prototype vehicles.


The Site


This site has been developed using Microsoft Front Page, I have tried to keep it simple, to enable pages to load as quickly as possible.  It is best viewed at 1024 X 768, high colour or above, With IE4 or above, ensure that your text size on the "View" menu bar is set to medium.


IPlease note: The site has been created and is maintained solely by me in my spare time as a private collector. It is NOT my full time occupation and it is not run for financial gain. It is intended to be an aid  to fellow collectors in providing the latest news, information and photographs. My full time job entails me working shifts, very unsociable hours and frequent short notice changes to my working times.  I will endeavour to answer/acknowledge your communications as soon as possible but please be patient and bear with me if I am slow replying. I might be catching up on sleep following a short notice night shift!!!.




I have attempted to seek the appropriate permissions to use the various photographs on the site, however, if your photograph appears, for which I have not sought your permission for its use, please e-mail me and it will be removed immediately.


All the information included on this site is provided in good faith, and I cannot therefore accept any responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions.


This site is the copyright of No part of it may be reproduced in part or full without the express permission of myself.  Please remember that Photographs used on this site are only published on this site with the permission of the owner. They may not be used on any other site without permission.


PLEASE NOTE: With regard to press releases and articles/reviews received from manufacturers/other agencies/other persons. The view(s) expressed in these releases etc are those of the originator and may not necessarily be the view(s) of Eddie Stobart Models.



Living in the UK and buying from abroad


Information should you decide to purchase your models from abroad


Please bear in mind that all postal packages arriving in the UK from outside the EC are examined by Customs Officers who determine whether import duty and VAT are payable.


Most goods arriving in the UK from outside the EC are liable to any or all these charges: Customs Duty, Excise Duty (alcohol, tobacco etc.) and VAT. These must be paid whether:

-  you purchase the goods or receive them as a gift
-  the goods are new or used
-  the goods are for your own private use or for sale

EC agreements allow relief from charges on certain imported goods if they:

-  have an intrinsic value of 15 or less, although this particular relief does not
   include alcohol, tobacco, etc.
-  are gifts worth 36 or less



Customs (Import) Duty is charged as a percentage of the value of the goods plus their postage and packing costs. This percentage can vary depending on the type of goods and the country of origin. Generally it is between 3.5% and 5%


Import VAT is charged at the same rate that applies to similar goods sold in this country. 


The value of the goods for import VAT is based in the value for Customs Duty plus any duty charged.


The Post Office may also charge for clearing a package through Customs. They, if required, open and re-pack the package for Customs Officers.


All the above charges are collected by the Post Office on delivery.


Please note: The above information is intended for information only, remember government regulations change and often with little publicity. I cannot be held liable for any errors in the above information. Before you purchase goods from abroad it is your responsibility to check with customs and excise and or the post office for current regulations, charges etc.  You have been warned!.


This page last updated Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Eddie Stobart Models 2012