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Lutz Hielscher’s special technical toy store had its beginnings in 1972. It was then that Mr. Hielscher, whilst visiting the medieval village of Hythe in southern England, saw a typically British gadget shop where an historic model steam engine was on display. After some tough negotiations with the shopkeeper and having promised never to sell it, he was able to purchase the handcrafted replica engine. After only a couple of months, he had extended his collection by adding further models to the small centre-piece he had bought in England. He bagan to build exact replicas of well-known steam locomotives, such as the ledgendary Adler. Before long, his hobby became a part of his business - he ran a company called Metafot which produced moulded metal parts - when he diversified into model steam engine production.

In 1985 Lutz Hielscher sold Metafot, although he retained the model steam engine manufacturing branch, and trading came to a halt for a few years.

The history of the steam engine has been brought to life in Hielscher's lovingly and accurately restored forge. All of the things that attract collectors and admirers of steam engine gadgets are to be found here, such as unique, antique models, handmade replicas of historic machines, construction kits and components, and much more. In addition, the development and construction of Hielscher’s own products, such as steam powered train sets and steam machines, is once again running at full speed ahead.


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