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About Us

Thank you for visiting our new look online store.

Blackburn Model Supplies was started back in 1986 by owner Keith Turner (Director) with a small 6ft counter within their parents' electrical store, this was soon out grown and independent larger premises were purchased.

Keith took on manageress Frances Hickling to take over day to day duties whilst Keith maintained his industrial electrical contracting skills, and Frances developed the Balsa Mart side of the company, specialising in high quality balsa wood.

Christine Morris (Keith's sister) then joined the team in 1990 as accounts administrator & I.T. guru.

By the year 2000 Keith retired from his industrial contracting duties to concentrate on the steady expansion of the Balsa Mart online sales, which is now known internationally.

We stock most brands of aero-modelling goods, as well as balsa block for the taxidermy enthusiast. If you can't find what you require on our website, Contact Us and we'll let you know if we have it or if we can order it for you.

Keith has been a keen aeromodeller since his early teens and between the staff we have over 100 years of modelling experience.
With the same three members of staff, it's safe to say we are passionate about modelling.


Best wishes to all present and future customers, Keith, Fran & Christine


Tel: 01254 607670