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Hobby Lobby Model Stock?
Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:39 AM

Anyone know how often they move new stuff in or replenish their shelves?  The one on the way home from work has had a barren aircraft section since the begining of september.  Checked the clearance section and there was just a few ugly cars in there.

Went to another one close to where I live and they have fully stocked shelves with the same ugly cars in the clearance section.  I also noted that the aircraft kits are the same ones that have been there for over a year.  I haven't  seen anything new except for the 1/32 F-4G.

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:55 AM

68GT

Anyone know how often they move new stuff in or replenish their shelves?  The one on the way home from work has had a barren aircraft section since the begining of september.  Checked the clearance section and there was just a few ugly cars in there.

Went to another one close to where I live and they have fully stocked shelves with the same ugly cars in the clearance section.  I also noted that the aircraft kits are the same ones that have been there for over a year.  I haven't  seen anything new except for the 1/32 F-4G.

 

I don't know about the HL where you live .Hl where I live brought in new stock back in aug. Gama goat  sherman easy eight  just to name couple can't remember  the rest. They also have some new stars kits.

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 10:57 AM

Been reading of those but have not seen any of them in my stores.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 12:17 PM

68GT

Anyone know how often they move new stuff in or replenish their shelves?  The one on the way home from work has had a barren aircraft section since the begining of september.  Checked the clearance section and there was just a few ugly cars in there.

Went to another one close to where I live and they have fully stocked shelves with the same ugly cars in the clearance section.  I also noted that the aircraft kits are the same ones that have been there for over a year.  I haven't  seen anything new except for the 1/32 F-4G.

 

 
I know that the frequency with which they rotate or replenish the stock of model kits was mentioned in a previous thread about HobbyLobby as a place to buy models.  I'm sorry but I don't remember how frequently that is.  If you search on "hobby lobby", I'm sure you'll find the specific thread, though.
 
I do recall that the discussion was triggered by someone's observation that the model shelves were somewhat bare and he commented that HL was phasing out model kits.  It turned out not to be the case; someone else asked a manager at his local HL store, who explained that they were waiting for a shipment to come in.
 
If I were you, I would talk to a manager there, the next time you go, and ask how frequently that particular store replenishes.  You could also let him know what you're looking for.  I bet that they don't often get that kind of feedback, so who knows?  You might influence a decision just by letting them know you're interested.
 
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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 12:29 PM

I wouldn't count on HL for kits.Supplies,maybe paint,why bother,their not a model shop.you migjt find one kit your interested in,just go online for what you want

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 12:39 PM

I find HL very handy for resupplying with glue, paint brushes, paint, thinner, etc..  That 40% off coupon comes in real handy and with the store on my way home from work I am not forced to make a side trip.

Once in a while they will have a model that catches my attention.

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 8:10 PM

Tojo72

I wouldn't count on HL for kits.Supplies,maybe paint,why bother,their not a model shop.you migjt find one kit your interested in,just go online for what you want

If I still had a local shop I would still be going there.  

 

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 8:13 PM

Brad, been looking for that post.  I'm going to have to try a manager cause a month is too long to just fill the shelves with the same old Revell and Academy kits.

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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:26 PM
Reset of the department is in August, so new stock should be there. It gets a mild refresh in February. They replenish weekly, so if it's empty, someone is not doing right.
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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:30 PM

I've given up shopping for my hobby needs at Hobby Lobby. Always the same old stuff. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:31 PM

About 7-8 years ago HL had a very good selection of Tamiya, Revell and Trumpeter kits then got rid of just about all the military models. HL is ok to get glues and some paint but that's about it.

I once called the corporate office to ask who is responsible for their anemic model selection and was told that came from the regional managers who determine what to put on the shelves.

With that said, don't hold your breath for any new stock to come in any time soon. There are plenty of on line sites that have superior stock selection and excellent pricing.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 5:35 AM

There are a hand full of new car kits at mine.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:47 AM

The shelves at my local HL are always pretty much full.  However, the stock is mostly older kits, few really new ones, and they tend to be the most popular stuff.  Still, if I want something, it is convenient and the discount coupons certainly are nice.

I am trying something different. I picked up one of those Model Earth photo-etched kits Monday, a CAT excavator.  I will attempt to modify the kit to as scale as possible.  I have identified the CATmodel the kit is based on (the 318), and will be painting it, decaling it, and rounding off some of the edges that are sharp in the kit.

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 2:39 PM

The Hobby Lobby in my area is always full but nothing moves. that's why I hardly go there anymore. Their Vallejo and Model Master (enamels & acrylics) selection are pretty limited.

Don't get me started on Michael's. They're no better.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 2:41 PM

It's a pretty common problem with stores that sell a lot of different things. The manager buys more of the stuff that sells the most. 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:56 PM

The one by me has probably 80%+ of the same kits in the past year or more. They do tend to get new Revell releases quickly. And recently added a few new Tamiya armor kits to their selection. The only othe new kits I see are the Bandai Star Wars kits, and Round 2 stuff that seems to cycle thru rapidly and regularly. That and some world of tanks stuff. 

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:07 PM

My local HL has had the same old stock for the past year. Three weeks ago I stopped in for paint and they finally.... FINALLY  were rotating to almost all new stock. Plus the kits they didnt sell all year long were now on clearance. I asked and was told that they change out the kit's once a year. (september to september)

Their new selection still aint that great....................... maybe 4 kits I have a minor interest in. 

The ship kits did'nt change. Same old same old.

And OOOOOO..... A wopping 6 tanks   LOL

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Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:27 PM

68GT

 

 
Tojo72

I wouldn't count on HL for kits.Supplies,maybe paint,why bother,their not a model shop.you migjt find one kit your interested in,just go online for what you want

 

 

If I still had a local shop I would still be going there.  

 

 

 

I miss the days when I had a choice of LHS, Kaybee, Toys,r us, Meyer's Toy Store, Two Guys, JC Penny, Sears Woolworths, Newberys and not to mention the multiple drug store and super markets that carried kits.  Maybe I was spoiled but that's just the way it was in the 70s.

I'll have to check on my way home tomorrow and see if they moved anything in.  

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Posted by mississippivol on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:28 PM
On a happy note, today I happened upon a Hobbytown in the town I'm working in about three hours from the house. Found a RoG C-17 kit on the shelf! Just how long has that thing been out of production? Yay, me!
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Posted by Chemteacher on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:59 PM

Yes, indeed. I miss the Ben Frankllin store that was about 2 hrs from me when I was a kid. I remember begging for a trip every now and then. They had one, full aisle of just aircraft and amother of just ships, all paints/supplies you would need plus tons of model railroad and RC stuff. I also miss having kits at the local drug stores (K&B drugs) and stores like Woolsworth. Kaybee Toys had a great kit selection when they first opened in a local mall. The good old days.

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Posted by 68GT on Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:30 AM

Had a Ben Franklin 5 & 10 in the next town over.  I also remember certain hardware stores had kits also.  Growing up in central NJ we always has something withing a half hours drive.  LHS not anymore.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:49 AM

68GT

Had a Ben Franklin 5 & 10 in the next town over.  I also remember certain hardware stores had kits also.  Growing up in central NJ we always has something withing a half hours drive.  LHS not anymore.

 

You must remember Avenel Hobbies in Colonia and Dic*k's Hobbyland in Cranford,two of the best.

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Posted by 68GT on Thursday, October 05, 2017 8:12 AM

Never made it to Hobbyland but went to Avenel right ut to their final days.  The Hobby Shop in Aberdeen is more like a toy store these days and Hobby Masters is just a big PITA for me to get to.  I'm near New Brunswick.

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, October 05, 2017 4:25 PM

68GT

...I'm near New Brunswick.

 

 
Do you ever get over to Triple-A, too?

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Posted by 68GT on Thursday, October 05, 2017 4:34 PM

Thats kind of far down for me but want to stop in one day on the way to Philly.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, October 06, 2017 5:06 AM

68GT

 

 
Tojo72

I wouldn't count on HL for kits.Supplies,maybe paint,why bother,their not a model shop.you migjt find one kit your interested in,just go online for what you want

 

 

If I still had a local shop I would still be going there.  

 

 

Thats why I said to go online

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Posted by FLYING T on Saturday, October 07, 2017 6:34 PM

68GT
 
68GT

 

 
Tojo72

I wouldn't count on HL for kits.Supplies,maybe paint,why bother,their not a model shop.you migjt find one kit your interested in,just go online for what you want

 

 

If I still had a local shop I would still be going there.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

[I miss the days when I had a choice of LHS, Kaybee, Toys,r us, Meyer's Toy Store, Two Guys, JC Penny, Sears Woolworths, Newberys and not to mention the multiple drug store and super markets that carried kits.  Maybe I was spoiled but that's just the way it was in the 70s.

I'll have to check on my way home tomorrow and see if they moved anything in.]  

 I was in  cleveland in the 50's.I would go to woolworth and find the latest Aurora,
Monogram there.went to Hobby Town for Revell.  Now,I have to go 25 miles just for
Hobby Lobby.lots on internet,see or read reviews first

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, October 07, 2017 8:52 PM

Tojo72

 

 
68GT

 

 
Tojo72

I wouldn't count on HL for kits.Supplies,maybe paint,why bother,their not a model shop.you migjt find one kit your interested in,just go online for what you want

 

 

If I still had a local shop I would still be going there.  

 

 

 

 

Thats why I said to go online

 

I do all of the above. I go to my remaining local shops, which are top notch. I buy stuff off the internet. And I visit the local HL to get stuff that I know they have, like Testors Universal Enamel Airbrush Thinner at 40% off, get things that I know the shops don’t carry, like wood plaques for bases, and to peek for what goodies they may have gotten in since my last visit, like the Bandai Star Wars stuff, and Tamiya Gamma Goat (still new to grab the open top one). 

This Hobby is addicting as crack to me and has me going everywhere to feed my habit...

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, October 09, 2017 8:28 AM

With the 40% coupon, I find HL cheaper on many items than most online dealers, and the sales tax here is usually cheaper than shipping fees.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, October 09, 2017 9:06 AM

Only reason I go there.

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