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Local Hobby Contests or Clubs in the Charlotte, NC Area?

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  • Member since
    February, 2015
  • From: Charlotte, NC
Local Hobby Contests or Clubs in the Charlotte, NC Area?
Posted by panzer948 on Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:50 AM

Hi all,

Just signed up on the forum and am returning to the hobby after a 25 year hiatus.  I always knew one day I would get back into it; I only stopped because I turned 16, got my drivers license, and became too interested in girls ;)  But... I always knew I would return. So after going back to my parents house last weekend to go thru their attic to retrieve all my former tools, paints, books and unfinished kits I am ready to jump in.  As a kid, our local hobby store would put on local model/diorama contests. This was back in the mid to early 1980s in Southern Pines, NC.  Was a great way to see others work and meet people in the same hobby.  So I was curious if anyone knew of a local group here in the Charlotte NC area that does the same.  After visiting 3 local hobby stores in the area I came to the conclusion that they mostly catered to the RC crowd.


On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:26 PM

As to local groups I'm not much help-but others on here will be.

As to the hobby shops catering to the rc crowd; it 's where the $$ is in today s hobby industry.. But never fear the internet is you friend as never before. you will find in addition to local hobby shops (LHS), you can order almost any thing you want from the internet suppliers. (ie Squadron for one). Even ebay  can offer good deals - Note: always remember to add the shipping and handling price to your order price - it can sometimes put a model out of your comfort zone.    Sometimes  foreign exchange rates may work for you, depending on the current strength of the dollar; so international orders are a possibility to investigate.

Good Luck and Welcome back to the hobby its s a great time to be modeling.


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Posted by BarrettDuke on Monday, February 16, 2015 6:02 AM

Hey Panzer948, Welcome back. Familiar story. Many of us came back after a long time away. I'm glad you are picking the hobby back up. You'll like all the new developments in the art. You're right about the state of the local scale model business. Most of the old hobby shops are gone. Many that survived morphed into rc stores to survive. However, every major city still seems to have at least one really good old style hobby shop left. Yours is just outside of Charlotte, in Rock Hill. Maybe there's another, but that's the only one I have found. It's off I77 to the southwest. I went there about a year ago. They had a long aisle of scale plastic models and a good selection of materials. I just visited their web site and it looks like they may be slipping into the rc category, too. But I think  they are worth calling and asking if they know of any local scale modeling clubs. Here is their contact info.

Hobby Stop

939 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

(803) 327-4121

You also have a pretty good Hobbytown out that way. I visited them as well. They are a franchise, and usually overpriced, but they do carry scale plastic model materials and some have knowledgeable people. I'd give them a call, too.


McMullen Creek Market

8332 Pineville-Matthews Rd #204

Charlotte, NC 28226

(704) 544-2303

You can also call the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) folks and ask about their local chapter. I believe this might be a good contact, â—¾Chapter Contact: Tony Leger phone: 919-789-8323. If not, just look them up on line.

Good luck and welcome back. Barrett

  • Member since
    February, 2015
  • From: Charlotte, NC
Posted by panzer948 on Monday, February 16, 2015 7:51 AM

Hi Thanks for the great info.  I actually found that store over the weekend in Rock Hill and you are right, they have a local meet there I think every Tuesday evening.  I recorded the information.  They also have two RC tracks out back but it seems they still have plenty of scale model kits and supplies as well and the owner or manager of the place had a ton of knowledge.  So I will definitely be going back.  Will check out those other sources as well.  Thanks!

On the bench: Revell 1/32nd Junkers JU-88 A1

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Posted by BarrettDuke on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:27 PM

Great. I'm glad you found them. I hope you make some good connections there. Barrett


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