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What's a good Canadain store to purchase models from?

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  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Toronto Ontario, Canada
What's a good Canadain store to purchase models from?
Posted by jr223 on Friday, March 29, 2019 7:58 PM

Hello!

A quick question, my local hobby shop closed, the ownres retired so I started looking online for a Canadian hobby store to buy some of those hard to get models that Michaels does not offer.

There are plenty of fine US based stores, but the exchange and shipping rate is cccrazy.

Anywya if you know of an online Canada based site then please let me know.

Thanks

Ohh yeah I live in Toronto, ontario, canada!

  • Member since
    January, 2012
  • From: Barrie, Ontario
Posted by Cdn Colin on Friday, March 29, 2019 8:17 PM

Here's some I have in my bookmarks.  I've ordered from most.

http://www.wheelswingshobbies.com/ Huge selection.  No online ordering, but will take orders over the phone or e-mail.  

hamiltonhobbyspecialties.com/

https://hobbywholesale.com/

https://www.pmhobbycraft.ca/

https://www.elmcityhobbies.com/shop/

Hope these help.

 

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

  • Member since
    January, 2003
  • From: West of the rock and east of the hard place!
Posted by murph on Friday, March 29, 2019 9:31 PM

Ottawa has a few good stores.  IMHO, best of the lot is Hobby Center out in the west end.  Bill has a great inventory of lots of stuff; models, paints, resin, accessories, etc.  Not everything is listed on his website.

https://www.hobcen.com

Another is Hobby House in the central east area.  Very good selection of plastic, accessories, die cast. model railroad.  No website to speak of.

Great Hobbies in central south end near the train station.  Fair selection of kits, accessories, paints, etc.  Caters more to the R/C crowd.

https://www.greathobbies.com

Orleans Hobbies (formerly Discount Hobbies) in the east end.  Fair to moderate selection of plastic, paints and accessories.  They also mainly concentrate on R/C stuff.

https://orleanshobbies.getpayd.com

I've been to all and I've listed them in my preference.  Very good service at all locations.

HTH.

Mike

Retired and living the dream!

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    March, 2008
Posted by Caveman on Friday, March 29, 2019 9:36 PM

I would second Wheels and Wings.  The in store selection is quite impressive.  Also Hornet Hobbies on O'Connor can be a worthwhile stop.  Where abouts in the city are you?  It may give me a better ideas of where to direct ya.

Tim

 

  • Member since
    March, 2008
Posted by Caveman on Friday, March 29, 2019 9:40 PM

Have to admit, I do stop in at the Hobby Center whenever I'm out that way.  Great service and atmosphere there.  Always find something to spend some money on.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, March 29, 2019 10:42 PM

Magic Box in Vancouver

https://www.magicboxhobbies.net/

This is my go to store, great service, big selection but I find them a bit pricey for kits.

 

 

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    June, 2014
Posted by bluenote on Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:10 AM

Caveman

I would second Wheels and Wings.  The in store selection is quite impressive.  Also Hornet Hobbies on O'Connor can be a worthwhile stop.  Where abouts in the city are you?  It may give me a better ideas of where to direct ya.

Tim

 

 

Hornet hobbies closed last month unfortunately.  I believe that is the shop the OP is referring to.

I agree with you, wheels and wings is great.  Probably the best selection in the city and nice and organized.

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    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, March 30, 2019 6:18 PM

I always shop and compare world wide, including Europe and Asia.  The latter is quite good or even better when it comes to shipping prices.   Of course have to keep in mind the exchange rate, but also have to factor in sales tax if buying in Canada. 

Is there something in particular you are looking for at the moment?

regards,

Jack

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2008
Posted by Caveman on Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:08 AM

Damn, another one down.  I liked that place.

 

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Oakbank, MB
Posted by GregFK on Monday, April 01, 2019 12:08 PM

Try Hobby Sense in Winnipeg:

https://hobbysense.ca/

I live nearby and have used them in the past. Stellar stock and service. If there's something you need he can special order for you.

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    February, 2017
Posted by Leopard1 on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 5:29 PM

Thank you for all the great links! very useful.

 

jgeratic

I always shop and compare world wide, including Europe and Asia.  The latter is quite good or even better when it comes to shipping prices.   Of course have to keep in mind the exchange rate, but also have to factor in sales tax if buying in Canada. 

Is there something in particular you are looking for at the moment?

regards,

Jack

 

Do you have any links to order from Asia?

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    April, 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8:22 PM

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