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Our Story

Brick Tanks is run by husband and wife team Neil and Zoë Basil. Founded in 2016, it was originally Neil’s passion project having been a vehicle mechanic in the REME, while Zoë started out as a local reporter. Zoë recalls one of her first jobs was reporting on a passing out parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and not having the first clue about what was going on!

But a few years later, she met and married Neil and his enthusiasm for tanks and military history (very) gradually rubbed off on her! Though clearly not an expert, Zoë has surprised herself with her new-found enthusiasm for military history since working part-time on marketing and communications for Brick Tanks since February 2018. Ironically, these days Zoë is more likely to be the one boring Neil with tank talk having fully immersed herself in the subject.

Neil’s stepfather, Peter, is also involved in the business (another military history buff like Neil) and is reponsible for ordering the Cobi sets and writing the historical copy associated with each model.

Neil and Zoë live in Wellington, Somerset, with their two young sons (who love that their parents run a small military toy shop!).

Through Brick Tanks, they aim to provide first class customer service, be competitive on price, be the first to stock new products in the UK and, build a thriving community of military vehicle enthusiasts who share a love of Cobi building sets.