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  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by jhawk on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:55 PM
I use the LHS in Fargo as much as possible. After that is Sprue Brothers, then Ebay.
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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:19 PM

the doog




Best deals and prices, period.


LOL! Come now, if there's one major supplier that cannot be categorized, it's eBay.

Can "the best" deals and prices be found on eBay?



Can the "worst" deals and prices be found on eBay?



My one and only complaint about eBay, and here I'll break my own rule and generalize, is that's there's no real control over the time it takes to get the item.


  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:14 PM


Does anyone have free shipping?


Amazon Prime does. But it's hit or miss whether the item is Prime or not.

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Moparlover64 on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:08 PM

Auto world, Pegasus hobbies are a couple more then there's micro mark too they have different shipping deals all the time

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    November, 2010
Posted by STL DALE on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:48 PM

Dose anyone have free shipping?

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    January, 2014
  • From: Nampa, Idaho
Posted by jelliott523 on Monday, September 18, 2017 10:24 AM

I used to buy from several of the ones listed above, primarily and I still find an occasional item on eBay that I want. I have switch my go-to online retailer to hobbyworld-usa. It is run by Matthew Bole, he has some kits, but his primary function is for paint and supplies. If you are looking for something specific and it isnt listed on his site, send a message to him through the site or on Facebook, he is very responsive and you will typically have an answer within the hour. He is located in New Hampshire, and my orders are usually on my doorstep in Idaho within 3 to 4 days.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

  • Member since
    September, 2017
  • From: HTX
Posted by Kien on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:23 PM



I shop at my local hobby shop, but sometimes buy hard to find items online. I use scale hobbyist. They have great pricing (cheaper than retail) but you do have to pay shipping, so it does sometimes balance out. You still probably save some money though. They have kits, paints, weathering supply (a lot!), detail parts (resin, photo etch, metal), tools, reference books, diorama supply, and probably more that I can't remember off the top of my head. 

They provide a tracking number with the order, you can easily track your order and see when it arrives at your local USPS facility, when it goes out for delivery, etc (with date and time). Customer support is great, I had concerns about my order during hurricane harvey (since I live in Houston) and they replied my email within a day or the next. Very quick!

I think they are a great option, and have all the supply you will need. Sprue bros and squadron are reputable but I have no experience with them. 

Ebay has some great deals to, I ordered a wooden bismarck 1:350 deck for 25$ from China... and it came but in a month. 


Happy shopping, 


  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:42 AM
For supplies, resin stuff, and sometimes kits, I definitely go Spruebrothers. I can't say enough good things about them. Fast delivery and great customer service. I recently bought a Tamiya Corsair from them and the box got smashed somehow. The engine cowl was a casualty. They sent me a whole new kit. When I'm looking for model kits, I generally check ebay first. I don't care if its used or new, as long as they are complete.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"





  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:17 AM

I'm with doog, I too most exclusively buy from eBay!!!



Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi


On the bench:

Monogram Pro Modeler 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt (OOB)


In the works:

Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Posted by the doog on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:47 PM




Best deals and prices, period.

My FOTKI model gallery with most of my best models can be found HERE

My real name is "Karl" Smile

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:55 PM

I also patrol ebay for a good buy

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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:56 AM

You can't beat the prices at

Other places to check out:

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:35 AM

Sprue Brothers is pretty good in my experience. I have also used Roll Models for certain hard to find items. Most items that I look for online tend to be harder to find, so it's usually a case of where I can find them. I have two great shops nearby so unless its an item I have to have now, and the online deal is really super, including the cost of shipping, I'll support the local shops. I know that's a dying luxury, so I'll pay the extra to do my part to keep the privilege. I can't imagine not having a shop to run to in a pinch. 


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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton



  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:23 AM

I've been using Squadron Mail Order, now since 1988 without issues. I also use the heck out of eBay. Sometimes ordering from China is cheaper including shipping than getting it stateside. For Japanese models that are hard to find, Hobby Link Japan, is an awesome place. Culttvman is a good place for sci-fi and pop culture kits like Batmobiles and stuff.

  • Member since
    June, 2016
Where do you buy online?
Posted by Murphy's Law on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:59 AM

I don't have much to choose from in my area as far as hobby shops go so I do most of my shopping online. I would really like to find a place that I can get pretty much anything(kits,paints,decals,tools) I need at one place. Amazon to me is always high and I know a lot of folks use sprue bros. but they seem to always be out of what I want. Is there a go to place you use?


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