Meet The BrickTanks Team

Who are BrickTanks?

BrickTanks was founded in 2016 by Neil Basil as a hobby business, alongside his NHS delivery business Patient Choice, after discovering the incredible COBI kits during a visit to Bovington Tank Museum. Zoë Basil took over running BrickTanks in 2018 after previously working as a hypnotherapist. And in 2020, James joined the team helping Zoë run the business.
Zoë is the Fearless Leader of BrickTanks. Having previously worked as a reporter then later as a hypnotherapist, just make sure not to look into her eyes or you might end up buying too many sets!

Zoë enjoys dancing in the kitchen, swimming and making steady progress towards her goal of completing the South West Coast Path.
James joined us in December 2020, after moving back to the UK from Thailand where he owned a bike tour company for 12 years. 

James is a former Ironman but now spends most mornings training for a sub-three marathon. He also enjoys cooking and experimenting with Asian-inspired dishes.

What do we offer?

If it’s a military model and made of bricks we love it! We started initially to stock the complete COBI military range, and after seeing the other brilliant brands on offer we decided to expand our range to CaDA. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of customer support possible and always be on the other end of the phone to answer any questions. Our customers rave not only about how excellent the kits are but how fast they are delivered and the high level of customer support.

Why choose BrickTanks?

At BrickTanks, our mission is simple: to commemorate the heroes of the past
and inspire future generations through the art of brick model building. We
believe that every model tells a story, and we are committed to preserving the
rich heritage of military history for years to come.

Our Passion for History

At the heart of BrickTanks lies a passion for history. We are
dedicated to researching and sharing the most iconic moments of military
history particularly from the battlefields of WWI and WWII. Through our blog, website and social media accounts, not only can you find out about the latest COBI and CaDA brick models and discontinued kits, you can also take a deep dive into military history. Explore our popular series ‘Heroes of WW2’, ‘Tales from WWI’ or uncover the historical significance of each model with our ‘Brick Model of the Month’ feature.

Community and Engagement

We encourage our customers to join us on this journey of discovery, sharing
photos of their own models, MOCs (Model of Creation), dioramas and any model
building challenges along the way. We are very fortunate to have our 'BrickTanks family' who are customers who write fair and honest product reviews for us. So, whether you're a seasoned collector or a curious newcomer, there's a place for you in the BrickTanks community.

Join Us

We invite you to explore our website and discover the world of BrickTanks
for yourself. Whether you're looking to add to your collection, learn more
about military history, or simply connect with fellow enthusiasts, you'll find
everything you need right here. Thank you for choosing BrickTanks.
'BrickTanks has always been first rate in my experience. In my last order there was a problem which I contacted them about, received a response quickly and it was resolved immediately. Thank you & well done to the team.' - Steve B.
'I have just completed a couple of Cobi kits and they are fantastic, BrickTanks are an amazing company, the range of kits is extensive and customer service is by far one of the best I have ever experienced as nothing is too much trouble. Very happy and satisfied customer.' - Ian H.
'Relatively new to Cobi, just received our first order from BrickTanks. What fantastic friendly company I will never go anywhere else. Great selection of sets and parts, great prices, fast free postage and Panzer points a bonus! Vey happy 6 year year old & Dad & Grandad.' - Anthony W.
'A fantastically fun focused team that make BrickTanks. Product knowledge and caring about the customers also adds to my repeat purchasing as I know that after many items bought I have never had any reason to complain. Carry on BrickTanks.' - colin t.

Who are BrickTanks’ customers?

To be honest, a surprisingly wide range of people from wives and mothers to fathers and grandfathers, appreciate Lego type products, coupled with an appreciation of military history.

From young children tackling the smaller sets under the watchful eye of their parents to adults of a wide range of ages taking on the bigger tanks, planes and warships. Who wouldn’t love to spend an hour or so assembling a military model that looks just like the real thing?

Don’t believe us? Then check out our video reviews page!

Check out the video reviews