How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

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How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby smeg1959 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:11

Having run out of grey primer, I thought I’d check out the aptly named House of War in Ringwood, the haunt of outer eastern suburban wargamers. For the Melburnites on the forum, there wasn’t a lot in the way of 1/144. The store does carry a goodly range of Wings of War/Wings of Glory WW1 miniatures, but I parted reluctantly with my collection a couple of years ago to focus on WW2 and the RAAF. Having said that, I finally got to see the Zeppelin Staaken R.VI and Handley-Page O/400. With a wingspan of over 42 metres or 138 feet, the Staaken is a real monster and would certainly look impressive surrounded by its fighter brethren. F_IV and Ondra, I can see your beautiful RFC scratchbuilds valiantly attacking this behemoth … or nestling comfortably in its cockpit! :P

Also had a closer look at WoG’s 1/200-scale range of WW2 fighters. Whereas the WW1 range hold up well as collectables, the WW2 range is coarsely detailed and definitely wargaming only IMHO. True, detail is much harder to include in such a small scale, but Shed Models seem to do it well. There was also a handful of Flames of War WW2 minis which, whilst 1/144, I’ve always thought way overpriced given they, too, are not “collectable quality” without a lot of work. For the record, the FoW Spitfire Mk I is way out of proportion with clearly stumpy wings, which again begs the question, “What is the problem getting the lines of this classic aircraft right?” Several members have voted the long-OOP Bandai version as a gashapon they’d like to see reborn, in part because it’s pretty accurate in profile. So, note to Mark I, Eduard, Sweet or anyone else looking to expand their 1/144 range … Spitfire Mk I/II. We’ve come so far in this scale that it’s a travesty that we still only have the ancient Revell thing to fall back on as far as injection-moulded options go. :evil:

OK, back to HoW. No luck on the model front but the shop does stock an impressive range of paints and other hobbyist accessories. Predictably, wargamers’ faves like Citadel, P3 and Scale 75 get a run. I’ve heard good things about Citadel, although its bizarre naming protocol would do nothing to help the modeller of “real world” subjects. The store also stocks Tamiya (which provided my primer) and, ermmm, Vallejo. How I wished my experiences with the latter had been more favourable as HoW has the complete … and I mean COMPLETE … range. One brand I have had no probs with to date (touch wood) is AK and again, stocks are good. I note that AK has released a set of readily airbrushable acrylic lacquers consisting of 114 colours under the banner “Real Colors”. At this stage, the range is aimed towards the AFV modeller, with RAL and S.C.C. colours aplenty. Impressively, AK has sought the advice of four well-known authorities on armour and camouflage, including Mike Starmer and Steve Zaloga. Starmer’s guide to model paint mixes for Allied vehicles is a “must have”, covering everything from the Cauter scheme to the good ol’ Mickey Mouse camo. Having bought two works by Zaloga when I was a 15-year-old (amongst his many published works, he wrote a couple of the Airfix Guides and published a comprehensive volume on Soviet AFVs), I want to know how the hell he looks so much younger than me in the promo photo within the AK pamphlet. :shock:

Best of all, HoW is local as you can get, being walking distance from home, even for a decrepit old fossil like moi. We’re talking around 500 metres tops. I suspect F_IV and Metro Hobbies are separated by a similar distance. So, a question to y’all. How close is your closest retail (or wholesale, if you are amazingly fortunate) modelling haunt?
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby BigReg » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:47

Well Hannants is only 7 hours away......although there is a small model shop in Holsworthy. Nothing in 144 and limited paints but it exists! Barnstaple is about an hour away with a reasonable selection in the larger scales.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby pbhawkin » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:58

[url]“Real Colors”. At this stage, the range is aimed towards the AFV modeller, with RAL and S.C.C. colours aplenty. Impressively, AK has sought the advice of four well-known authorities on armour and camouflage, including Mike Starmer and Steve Zaloga.[/url]

STAY AWAY FROM "REAL COLORS"!!!!!!!! :evil:

I got some for my RAF vehicles and they were NOTHING like the mixes Mike Starmer suggests and even he has posted that AK did NOT take ANY advice from him after samples were sent he suggested changes. They produced colours that are NOT like what he advised and still went and produced them using his name. He has publicly disavowed the range :x
see the pictures of the ones I tried here:
https://www.kampfgruppe144.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=5517&start=60

The paint itself is actually very nice to use but just now what it claims to represent.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby nils » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:13

the closest i have (and the only one in the province) is in Bruges, but i refuse to go there as they tend to ripp me off, overcharging for paints and selling kits at 2, 3 or even 4 times the retail price. thats why i order everything i need from online shops.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby F_IV » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:57

I've never heard of House of war before. What sort of prices do they charge for the WW1 aircraft? I've been sorely tempted to do a Roland C.II but the prices of the gaming models on ebay are obscene.

My nearest model store is about 400 metres away as the crow flies. It is good for paint and whatnot, but 1/144 is still such a niche that I almost always need to resort to online sales to find what I need.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby bootneck42 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 17:35

There are three model shops that I tend to visit but they are all about an hour's drive from where I live equally the nearest. One is to the north, one to the south and the other to the east (west is the Irish Sea!), to it depends on which direction I plan to go as to which shop I shall visit. There is a toy shop in our town but they only sell Airfix kits, which are not to my scale, and no specialist paints only humbrol.

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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby pbhawkin » Sat Apr 27, 2019 0:05

For me the easiest to get to and cheapest with the best range of everything is in my office! It is Google or EBay!
The closest physical shop is 126km away ( the one in town closed years ago) and is mainly focused on R/c cars and young children’s toys.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby MichelB » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:49

About 10 minutes away by bicycle. Very little 1:144 though, but all the tools and paints and occasionally some ' larger' things..
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby smeg1959 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:00

F_IV wrote:I've never heard of House of war before. What sort of prices do they charge for the WW1 aircraft? I've been sorely tempted to do a Roland C.II but the prices of the gaming models on ebay are obscene.

The standard WoG/WoW minis are $AUS25 apiece. They've definitely gone up in recent times, as I recall getting some of the earlier releases for $AUS16 from Milsims in Bentleigh, albeit more than 5 years ago.

And thanks for the heads up on the Real Colors, Peter. Sad that AK would act that way.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby moresby » Sun Apr 28, 2019 15:47

About 200m, small store hosting a club specialized in 1/35 and 94mm figurine painting. Good for colours, brushes and accessories.
Another one, way larger, is about 4 underground stations from home (or about 20min riding my bicycle).
95% models I buy come from the web, though.
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