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ACTion was started by Craig Talbot in 1994. Craig was an enthusiastic modeller, primarily interested in boats and trucks, who wanted a particular sound effect which he couldn’t find in any shop. Being a skilled electronics engineer he set to and designed one. This proved to be very successful and was soon in demand from other modellers, so Craig began to expand his range of sound simulators. When he was made redundant from his job he was persuaded to build ACTion into a full-time business. Sadly he passed away in May 2007 but not before he saw his friend Dave Milbourn take over the business.

Dave is perhaps best known for his design and drawing work on the recent Model Slipway kits, but he has been in and around the model trade for a long time – having designed the original Precedent Huntsman 31 in 1972 and most of the subsequent Precedent model aircraft kits e.g. Hi Boy, Bi Fly, T-180. Under the stewardship of Dave and his wife Liz ACTion expanded its range of products to include some of the most familiar electronic items currently fitted in RC model boats. In 2012 Dave & Liz decided that it was time to retire & the business passed to its current owners Iain & Natasha Lewis at Component-Shop, with Dave staying on part-time to help out.


All of the ACTion units are made “in house”, which means that if the one you need isn’t already in stock then one will be made up for dispatch, often on the same day. Units in DIY kit-form are packed to order. Stock units can often be modified for a specific purpose (e.g. we have sold more than one P14 Destroyer Sound unit for use as a doorbell!) or we can offer advice on using them in specific installations. There is a fixed-charge repair service for ACTion units and this fee can be credited against the cost of a new unit if the old one proves to be unserviceable. We can’t, however, repair non-ACTion items or undertake special projects or one-offs.

Iain, Natasha & the team at Component-Shop, like Dave and his wife Liz before them, pride themselves on the quality and speed of their service – just like Craig in the beginning, they like to get it right.

Please note that ACTion is primarily a ‘mail-order’ business and, although we like to see our customers, it is best to let us know in advance if you want to collect your goods. We attend several of the regular model shows at various venues during the year, so make a visit to see us and have a chat with us there. We usually take our whole range of products (except kits, unless ordered in advance) but if we run out of stock then you can order with payment and we’ll send on your goods post-free after the show.