Collected my order, which was quickly fulfilled with Gwenyn Gruffydd's usual great service. I actually have half-a-dozen of these Payne's nucs (and in many ways its hard to choose between them and the near exemplary BS Honeybees rival, also available from this supplier). The material density and insulation is really good, allowing you to over-winter comparatively small colonies with some degree of confidence. The build is robust and the joints secure, they are so light and portable as to be a joy to work with (compared to wooden alternatives). Additional brood box and super extensions are available giving far greater functionality.
These are my 'nuc of choice' for swarm collection and transporting - with the simple application of a drawing pin stop the dial style entrance shaking open in the car. The only minor detraction is the side feeder - which is conversely its greatest asset in use. The wooden float allows far too many bees to drown while the design makes this area hard to clean after decanting. But, these are niggles really. The Paynes nuc is very good product that I'm happy to recommend.