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New to model building and looking for a place to start. -Gonna build'em all!

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New to model building and looking for a place to start. -Gonna build'em all!
Posted by Falanca on Sunday, January 19, 2020 1:39 PM

Hello, i am quite new to model building and looking for some online retail stores with good prices where i can buy some starter kits. I only found lots of models and mega hobby but dont know if any of them are good. Lots of models looks cheaper overall though. Probably start with 1:32 or 1:48. Does any one have exprience with any of them?? Thanks :)

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:55 AM

Have had good luck and pricing with scalehobbiest.

Squadron is kind of up and down for availability.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 20, 2020 12:04 PM

Amazon actually is always worth a look. Sometimes they are more expensive, other times competitive if you are a Prime member.

eBay is of course always worth a look.

Watch for "coming soon", "pre-order", etc. Those are usually at best wishful thinking.

I second scalehobbiest. If you start to narrow your focus in subjects, which most do, you'll start to learn which smaller store specialize dependably in the things you like to build.

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by armornut on Monday, January 20, 2020 12:18 PM

    Third for Scalehobbyist and add Sprue Brothers, excellent selection and service.

    If your really New to the hobby look for some of the Recall or Monogram offerings, they have generally a lower parts count and are better priced....something to cut your teeth on so to speak. Manufactures like Trumpeter and SOME Dragon kits are for more advanced modelers however they don't disclose that information. Not that their kits are bad just can be overwhelming for a beginner.

    Hood luck, have fun, and " build them all!!"

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 20, 2020 1:17 PM
Welcome aboard,if your like us,you will still buy more kits then you build.

fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, January 20, 2020 1:36 PM

Hi Falanca! Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you with us.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 20, 2020 1:58 PM

Welcome aboard.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 20, 2020 3:52 PM

Welcome Sign

I concur with all of the above suggestions. Even check a Japanese hobby shops. They may have a long ship time but that will sometimes offset the price. I didn't catch where you're at but if in the states and near a Hobby Lobby, use their 40% coupon for some deals.

Just do some research on the kit and price. Most kits have a review or more somewhere on the net. After 54 years, I've built 1 kit, if I remember correctly,..... no, it was 2.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 20, 2020 4:06 PM

modelcrazy

Welcome Sign

I concur with all of the above suggestions. Even check a Japanese hobby shops. They may have a long ship time but that will sometimes offset the price. I didn't catch where you're at but if in the states and near a Hobby Lobby, use their 40% coupon for some deals.

Just do some research on the kit and price. Most kits have a review or more somewhere on the net. After 54 years, I've built 1 kit, if I remember correctly,..... no, it was 2.

 

Seriously? Indifferent just 1 or 2 

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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, January 20, 2020 5:25 PM

Tojo72

 

 
modelcrazy

Welcome Sign

I concur with all of the above suggestions. Even check a Japanese hobby shops. They may have a long ship time but that will sometimes offset the price. I didn't catch where you're at but if in the states and near a Hobby Lobby, use their 40% coupon for some deals.

Just do some research on the kit and price. Most kits have a review or more somewhere on the net. After 54 years, I've built 100 kits, if I remember correctly,..... no, it was 200.

 

 

 

Seriously? Indifferent just 1 or 2 

 

There, I corrected it for you, Steve!

 

OP, welcome to the forums! Welcome Sign Beer

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, January 20, 2020 8:34 PM

Naw....  The 2 was just in the last weekBig Smile

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 20, 2020 9:30 PM

Tojo72
Welcome aboard,if your like us,you will still buy more kits then you build.
 

He speaks the truth! 

Welcome aboard! 

                   

 

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Posted by Peaches on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:40 AM

If your interested in older kits, there is a group on the book of friends where you can buy some older stuff. 

WIP:
Academy F-15 (1/72)

On Deck 

MH-60G 1:48 (Minicraft)

C-17 1/144

KC-135R 1/144

Academy F-18(1/72)

Ting Ting Ting, WTF is that....

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:20 AM

Hobbylinc.com is dependable and if you look at Tamiya 1:48th aircraft they have several inexpensive Japanese ww II aircraft models from13 to 14 dollars that I cut my teeth on. They have a few recessed and some raised panel lines. Low parts count and go together quite well considering the age of the kits. Not to mention the instructions are straight forward and easy to follow. Welcome to the hobby and have fun.

 

 

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Posted by GlennH on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:27 AM
For the most part I have bought from Hobbylinc and ScaleHobbyist. Excellent customer service from the latter. I like the way ScaleHobbyist has their site layer out so you can narrow down by equipment, country and era.

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Posted by Nino on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:03 PM

Falanca

Hello, i am quite new to model building and looking for some online retail stores with good prices where i can buy some starter kits... 

Does any one have exprience with any of them?? Thanks :)

 

 

 Welcome Falanca!

 Take a look at this older Thread.  Many references for online stores.

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/general_discussion/f/9/t/179441.aspx

    ( I did an update to my rather large post there. Hope it is helpful.)

 

A few stores may have fallen out of favor recently, so ask specifics when ready to buy.

   Nino.

 

Edit:  FreeTimeHobbies has a hugh "Moving sale" with stuff at 50% off and free shipping on a $50 order. I suspect there's not much inventory left now though.

(They had a 1/48 Revell Stearman PT-17 for 9.99 with free shipping 'cause I also got 2 other items. One was a 1/350 Dreadnought 1915 version for under $40.)

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:03 PM

Hi There and Welcome;

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:22 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

I've used Mega Hobby; they are good.  Also freetime hobbies are very reliable.

https://freetimehobbies.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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