How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby glehn » Tue Apr 30, 2019 19:58

After I moved here to Germany I found a hobby store just a short walk away. It is around 10min walking or less than 5 by bike. It has a nice selection of kits and supplies but a little on the expensive side. I did buy some paints there as I had sold my whole painting supplies before the move. But most of my shopping tends to be online nowadays.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby smeg1959 » Wed May 01, 2019 3:00

Impressed by the number of bike riders in our community. Looks like moresby might be the leader in the clubhouse with 200m, but I guess that depends on how fast a walker glehn is. And, whilst it is 400m F_IV, you might have the shortest travel time, assuming you can paraglide from your city apartment to the hobby store (which I assume is Metro). ;)
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby Fabiolone » Thu May 02, 2019 14:50

The local model store nearest my home is 25 km away, but it has only some colors and no kits. The second one is full of models kits, but 40 km away and prices like a Bulgari shop.

Anyway all the postmans and couriers know very well where I live.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby 144flynavy » Fri May 03, 2019 18:55

Slim pickings in West Texas.
We have Hobby Lobby and Michaels Arts and Crafts stores about 5 miles away.
Both are not traditional hobby shop/stores.
Nearest "mom and pop"/"real" hobby shop for me is 200 miles away (Amarillo, TX) if it is still open.
I buy most of my kits and paints from ebay (Rebel Alpha ebay seller, par excellence, stocks beaucoup 144 geedunk).
I average about 4 orders a year from Hobby Link Japan (kits) and occasionally from Hannants (kits).
I miss shopping at a "brick and mortar" hobby shop!
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby smeg1959 » Sun May 05, 2019 6:21

Definitely go into bat for Scott at rebelalpha. Probably the best range of 1/144 non-gashapon thingies on evilBay. Always fast getting orders away which, in part, compensates for our tardy postal service.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby F_IV » Sun May 05, 2019 6:48

These days I always find myself going to Akira at Radjapan for any gashapon needs. Apart from being a very friendly guy, his prices and postage are very fair. Plus he has everything available on day one of release. He has been extremely helpful with sourcing other stuff that he doesn’t normally carry, and has even visited his local stores to try and find things for me.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby ajmm » Mon May 06, 2019 12:30

Both Akira and Scott are regulars for me when it comes to rarities and exotica. Akira is great. Otherwise, for more ubiquitous 144 stuff I buy from Hannants or Modelhobbies in the U.K.

There’s a great little model and bookshop on Lower Marsh Street, just across Waterloo Bridge from my office called Ian Allen’s. The have Humbrol and Vallejo, tools and lots of N Scale stuff. Not too much 144 sadly. But I usually get absorbed in their amazing books. Definitely one to visit if you have half an hour to spare in central London.
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby ph-adk » Mon May 06, 2019 19:33

There is a hobby shop only 10 minutes away by bike. Apart from the occasional airliner, (there is a nice KLM DC-7) no 1/144. They do have all the styreen you'll ever need, glue and Humbrol. And a lot of diorama goodies. But mostly knitting needles, styrofoam bunnies, glittery stuff, and oil paints. Old ladies stuff.

The next closest shops i visit are the aviation megastore and the best airbrush store in the entire country. Both within a half ours reach.

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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby smeg1959 » Tue May 07, 2019 4:50

Whilst it is half an hour, I think the Aviation Megastore really wins it for you, Lex. If I had something like that 30 minutes away, I could end up deep in debt! :oops:

And I thoroughly agree with the comments regarding Akira. I've dealt with him on and off since 2006 and never had a problem. From the get-go, his postal charges have been highly competitive and I usually get the parcel from Japan appearing in my letterbox well within a fortnight. I recall one kit going AWOL and Akira had a replacement to me a week later. Great guy. ;)
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Re: How Close is Your Closest Model Store?

Postby F_IV » Tue May 07, 2019 9:09

Sad to hear Melbourne's Hylands Bookshop may be no more very soon. They’ve all but given up the search for new digs and are selling everything at 40-50% off. :(

Smeg, never mind the paraglider. I would have settled for an extension to the metro tunnel!
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