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My LHS guy is retiring.....
Posted by DasBeav on Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:02 PM

My LHS in Mansfield, Ohio  is closing at the end of October. It's called John's Hobby Shop and is owned by one of the nicest, most knowledgable man in the world. I got the majority of my kits and supplies from him. Most of the time I go in there, I end up talking to him for an hour and it's not all about modelling. He and his store will be missed.

Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by Hunter on Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:09 PM

That is sad to hear. It's ashame he didn't have a family member he could of handed it off to. This is the "norm" anymore....LHS closing the doors for good. 

Hunter 

      

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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:53 PM

Buy as much stuff as you can...... while you still can! (Kits. Not so much paint or supply's but buy them too.)

Theres nothing like the actual hobby shop experience ( the internet won't let you sniff the parts before you buy... so to speak.)

Even if he gives deep discounts, dont feel bad. You'r helping him get rid of stock that would probably wind up being "given away" as he gets closer to closing. Support him to the end.

My heart cry's for the way things "used to be" but it's just a sign of the times.

 

 

( Darn  these kid's and there video games and their "Rock-em- Sock-em" robots !!!! )

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:33 PM

littletimmy

Buy as much stuff as you can...... while you still can! (Kits. Not so much paint or supply's but buy them too.)

Theres nothing like the actual hobby shop experience ( the internet won't let you sniff the parts before you buy... so to speak.)

Even if he gives deep discounts, dont feel bad. You'r helping him get rid of stock that would probably wind up being "given away" as he gets closer to closing. Support him to the end.

My heart cry's for the way things "used to be" but it's just a sign of the times.

 

 

( Darn  these kid's and there video games and their "Rock-em- Sock-em" robots !!!! )

 

Agreed. And as a long time loyal customer, I'm sure he won't feel bad about how they go to you. 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:51 PM

Sorry to hear about this. Happening way too much lately. 

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Academy Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion; 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II; 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet; 1/48th Eduard Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane; 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; 1/48th Monogram Douglas TBD-1 Devastator; 1/48th Monogram Pro-Modeler A-26B Invader

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:38 AM

Sad to hear. Unfortunately, it's happening everywhere. It's just too bad there's no one else to take over the business to keep it thriving after so many years. Do take advantage of snatching kits, paint, and supplies. Maybe he can give you a great deal knowing you're one of his loyal customers.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:09 AM

Hi Beav !

 Sadly this is the norm . Many folks don't know this But the LHS's in this country ( the Mom and Pop ones ) are going down . Painfully and sadly . It's kinda like riding the M.V.Canadiana from Buffalo , N.Y. to Crystal Beach , Ontario .One summer day she's not there . So after every summer for ten years she's just gone .

 Every time this happens we actually feel like we are losing a family member . The facts are cold but true .The family , after seeing Mom and Dad put in 14 to 16 hours a day for how ever many days and years want nothing to do with it . It's to much like work !

  Never mind the trade they've built up or customer base they have . It's work and most , if it can,t be gotten on the computer , fuggedaboudit ! !  I have built up two small businesses and have turned them over to new owners who are still going strong.

   This is rare , but it happens . If I wasn't 74 I would love to have a hobby shop ! To Be surrounded by all that great smelling Plastic . AAAH well !    T.B.

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Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:24 PM

I'm originally from Medina, and I now live in Cincinnati.  I drive past Mansfield quite often on I-71, and I never knew there was a hobby shop there.  Darn it, I missed that opportunity.   

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Posted by cwalker3 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:47 AM

The hobby shop near me opened about 5 years ago. They are part of a local chain of 4 stores. They have a nice selection of models and paint but also sell train and R/C items. I buy there from time to time but their prices are just way too high compared to what I can get online. I'd love to use them more but just can't afford to. 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:59 AM
Sure it happens,I would venture to say that most on the forums have lost that convenience already.

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Posted by DasBeav on Friday, September 29, 2017 5:31 PM

ridleusmc

I'm originally from Medina, and I now live in Cincinnati.  I drive past Mansfield quite often on I-71, and I never knew there was a hobby shop there.  Darn it, I missed that opportunity.   

 

He's open until the end of October. It's on the square, North Main. John's Hobby Shop. Call before if you do happen to go. Hours have changed.

Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by DESooner on Friday, October 06, 2017 3:51 PM

DasBeav

My LHS in Mansfield, Ohio  is closing at the end of October. It's called John's Hobby Shop and is owned by one of the nicest, most knowledgable man in the world. I got the majority of my kits and supplies from him. Most of the time I go in there, I end up talking to him for an hour and it's not all about modelling. He and his store will be missed. 

 

An all too frequent occasion anymore...I miss the days when I was 12, and I had saved up my allowance and paper route money, and walked the 2 miles to local shopping mall which had a hobby store, and I could pick up and hold all the boxed models, taking an hour to pick out the ONE model I wanted to buy and build because that was what I could afford, and hoping I had enough to get some new enamel testors paints to paint it. I miss looking at the box art of the models and trying to make up my mind...the funny car? the submarine? the airplane?

Those days are gone. So is the word 'hobby' anymore.

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Posted by Hunter on Friday, October 06, 2017 4:44 PM

DESooner

 

 
DasBeav

My LHS in Mansfield, Ohio  is closing at the end of October. It's called John's Hobby Shop and is owned by one of the nicest, most knowledgable man in the world. I got the majority of my kits and supplies from him. Most of the time I go in there, I end up talking to him for an hour and it's not all about modelling. He and his store will be missed. 

 

 

 

An all too frequent occasion anymore...I miss the days when I was 12, and I had saved up my allowance and paper route money, and walked the 2 miles to local shopping mall which had a hobby store, and I could pick up and hold all the boxed models, taking an hour to pick out the ONE model I wanted to buy and build because that was what I could afford, and hoping I had enough to get some new enamel testors paints to paint it. I miss looking at the box art of the models and trying to make up my mind...the funny car? the submarine? the airplane?

Those days are gone. So is the word 'hobby' anymore.

 

Hello DEsooner,

My dad would have echoed everything in your response. He told me the same story many a times. 

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Friday, October 06, 2017 6:48 PM

The Ace Hardware store here rents space to an R/C hobby vendor who also sells things airplane well as Testors paints, including 1/4 ounce bottle enamels, he's closing year's end so panic bought all the flats I routine use for painting well as 4 of 7 1/2 pint-sized universal thinner tins, use up one/year normally. I also bought several sheet styrene packs, they'll last me for years well as the paints.

There is a "real" hobby store "down the hill", after my Ace panic-buy raced there to buy three 1/2 ounce Testors Model Master Insignia Red bottles, closest I could get to 1/4 ounce Testors Flat Red. This hobby store still has good number of Model Master enamels for sale but as expected the Luftwaffe colors were mostly gone, forgot to check if they had any WWII Armee de l'Air bottles, but no matter...

When I'd moved in 2015 gave away my Testors Model Master Armee de l'Air bottles, regretted doing that given I'd like to build a few WWII subjects "sometime in the future". Last night bought two French Khaki bottles off eBay, ordered several bottles of the other 4 French colors from The Aviation Shop in South Africa, soooo glad they'd had them, will take more than awhile for them to arrive however.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, October 06, 2017 7:18 PM

DESooner

  

An all too frequent occasion anymore...I miss the days when I was 12, and I had saved up my allowance and paper route money, and walked the 2 miles to local shopping mall which had a hobby store, and I could pick up and hold all the boxed models, taking an hour to pick out the ONE model I wanted to buy and build because that was what I could afford, and hoping I had enough to get some new enamel testors paints to paint it. I miss looking at the box art of the models and trying to make up my mind...the funny car? the submarine? the airplane?

Yes, except it was a several mile bike ride to the closest shop that was in a strip mall... and he had those fancy Humbrol paints as well as Pactra besides Testors...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Hunter on Friday, October 06, 2017 7:39 PM

stikpusher

 

 
DESooner

  

An all too frequent occasion anymore...I miss the days when I was 12, and I had saved up my allowance and paper route money, and walked the 2 miles to local shopping mall which had a hobby store, and I could pick up and hold all the boxed models, taking an hour to pick out the ONE model I wanted to buy and build because that was what I could afford, and hoping I had enough to get some new enamel testors paints to paint it. I miss looking at the box art of the models and trying to make up my mind...the funny car? the submarine? the airplane?

 

 

Yes, except it was a several mile bike ride to the closest shop that was in a strip mall... and he had those fancy Humbrol paints as well as Pactra besides Testors...

 

I had to trek through 3 feet of snow and it was 12 miles to the LHS. Wink LOL just kidding desooner and stik

Hunter 

      

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Friday, October 06, 2017 7:54 PM

stikpusher

 

 
DESooner

  

An all too frequent occasion anymore...I miss the days when I was 12, and I had saved up my allowance and paper route money, and walked the 2 miles to local shopping mall which had a hobby store, and I could pick up and hold all the boxed models, taking an hour to pick out the ONE model I wanted to buy and build because that was what I could afford, and hoping I had enough to get some new enamel testors paints to paint it. I miss looking at the box art of the models and trying to make up my mind...the funny car? the submarine? the airplane?

 

 

Yes, except it was a several mile bike ride to the closest shop that was in a strip mall... and he had those fancy Humbrol paints as well as Pactra besides Testors...

...also maybe WWII Floquil colors, or was that too early for y'all then? built my second 1966 vintage Revell Fw-200 since 1966 with them c.1983.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:35 PM

Some of the shops that I went to carried Floquil, but most did not.

I never tried them myself until just after Desert Storm when it was written in FSM that one of their railroad colors was a good match for the sand color used on US AFVs in that war. Then I had to go to a Model Railroad shop to get those paints. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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    September, 2016
Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:12 PM

stikpusher

Some of the shops that I went to carried Floquil, but most did not.

I never tried them myself until just after Desert Storm when it was written in FSM that one of their railroad colors was a good match for the sand color used on US AFVs in that war. Then I had to go to a Model Railroad shop to get those paints. 

 

In 1960s near every one of the 15 or so hobby stores in metro area I'd lived in for 27 years carried Floquil paints, when I'd resumed building in earnest late 1978 maybe 10 of them, fewer still when I'd suspended building December 1992. When I'd resumed building in 2004 (Revell Fokker-Fairchild F-27 re-issue was first) four stores I'd visited in past still stocked them end of decade just one.

Pactra enamels seem to disappear at the same rate as the Floquils, Testors Model Master enamels thankfully came in but they're disappearing fast as well. I don't like acrylics so don't need to "convert", just praying Humbrol enamels will still be around decade or so from now when I'll likely have to quit building models for health reasons.

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Sunday, October 08, 2017 9:42 AM

Hey Beav,

 

Sorry to hear your LHS is closing down. When he locks the doors for good, I recommend you head down to Columbus and visit Hobbyland in the Graceland Shopping Center. Great store with great people. I know it's not super local, but if you want the atmosphere it's a good place to go. 

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