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Specialty product (online) stores
Posted by gomeral on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:15 AM

Hi, all -

Perhaps I'm not looking correctly with the search function, but I can't seem to find this info in the forums already and I'm wondering what (web) stores people use for what I call, "specialty" products for modeling.  Specifically in that group is things like canopy masks, PE sets, rigging, etc. such as items from Uschi van der Rosten, Eduard, etc. (I'm also open to other neat stuff!)  There is not really a good (aircraft) modeling LHS near me that I know of, so I'm doing a lot of online searching, but I was hoping maybe for some direction from folks that have been using this stuff.

For the record, the LHS for me is mostly gaming and RC, and I do go there to pick up paints when I can, but Hobby Lobby is the largest carrier of plastic models and building supplies anywhere near me that I know of.  Sad

Oh, and if there's anyone in the RTP that knows of a LHS I'm missing, please let me know!

 

daniel

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 3:47 PM

Sprue Brothers carry much of what your looking for.  You can also go to Scalmates and enter the kit in their search engine.  They will provide numerous aftermarket and other products for that specific kit.  They will often include where to buy.  For more obscure items I usually go to EBay.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 3:51 PM

How far is Cary, NC?   Looks like they have a shop called Hangar 18.  

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Posted by gomeral on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:43 PM

Thanks for the info, I've actually never been to Sprue Bros., but now that you mention it, I've heard of it.  Need to go and browse for a while....

wpwar11

How far is Cary, NC?   Looks like they have a shop called Hangar 18.  

 

 
That's the LHS...  I'd say half the store is RC and the other half is gaming/figurines/etc.  I believe they have one small shelf section with plastic and balsa wood (aircraft) models, I bought a Guillow's there for my kid and I did buy a Tamiya A6M5 a while ago, but as far as anything 'aftermarket,' they don't have it.  Good store, and I go there for paint and to browse, but...yeah, online for PE, etc.
 
 
daniel
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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:52 PM

Got ya.  I have 2 hobby shops about an hour from me.  They carry a decent number of plastic kits and supplies.  I don't see much of the things you posted about in the brick and mortar joints.  I think you'll find Sprue Bros an excellent online place.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:06 AM

There's a Hobby Town in Hickory NC,as good as any regular hobby shop I've been in,might be a little far from Apex,but Hickory is a cool town,even has an a good Aviation musurm.

 

Ebay is also a great source for those hard to find AM products

Scalehobbyist has a nice variety of stuff also

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:05 AM

I find online hobby shops tend to have pretty poor search engines.  I used to teach google searches at local library so I am not a newby on computer searches.  Still I have failed to find items at some of these places, only to find out later that they have them.  If you know the item brand and item number their engines are okay, but if you enter a generic description- good luckNo

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:33 AM

Just to ditto Rocketman's post, I find it's easier to search by manufacturer, then filter by application if I'm looking for something in particular. One exception is when the item or items of interest aren't stocked by my go-to sites; then I'll just do a general Google using words that I think may turn up some results, sometimes coming at it a few different ways to make sure. Some products are only available from the manufacturer, and some are out of production so they become eBay searches.

The aftermarket is a big place...Happy hunting!  

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:34 AM

 

The Hobbit in N.C.

Don't let their looks fool you.

They have "EVERYTHING".

Amazing how this place is crammed with more models than a store 4 times it's size.

6111 Yadkin Rd

Ste A

Fayetteville, NC 28303

(910) 864-3155

 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hobbit+Hobby+Shop/@35.0987127,-78.9921096,1047m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89ab6af1a523b8c9:0x934431deec1cc486!8m2!3d35.098701!4d-78.9898922

 

https://i.imgur.com/Gcc59Dk.png

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Posted by gomeral on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:03 PM

Thanks, Disastermaster.  I haven't heard of nor been to visit them.  On the list, for sure!  They're about 80-90 minutes away, but I occasionally have need to be down that way, so I'm going to have to find a way to remind myself!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:53 PM

gomeral

Thanks, Disastermaster.  I haven't heard of nor been to visit them.  On the list, for sure!  They're about 80-90 minutes away, but I occasionally have need to be down that way, so I'm going to have to find a way to remind myself!

 

Thanks,no problem

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:33 PM

gomeral

Thanks, Disastermaster.  I haven't heard of nor been to visit them.  On the list, for sure!  They're about 80-90 minutes away, but I occasionally have need to be down that way, so I'm going to have to find a way to remind myself!

 

 
Have fun!
 
They're 70 miles from where I live but it's been a year since I last visited.
 
Just wait 'till you see what all's hung from the ceiling, it's a real treat.
The Hobbit isn't a franchise, it's a Mom & Pop store. There's stuff that's been hanging from that ceiling since the early 70's.
 
Here's two more places......
 
Hobby Shop, Model Making
809 Elm St, Fayetteville, NC
(910) 485-2337

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:32 AM

Squadron used to carry a lot of aftermarket.  And, in their paper flyers they often placed aftermarket stuff near the aircraft ads.

Hope the new management will carry a lot of aftermarket.  And I loved those flyers.  Otherwise you find out about new stuff only by word of mouth.  I really urge the new managers to continue the flyers.  Sure, it is more expensive but is a sure way to get a following and encourage purchases- I can't resist good sale prices when I know about them.

I do get online flyers from several hobby shops but they are not very extensive and seldom buy as a result of what they show.  Mainly I go to their sites to order something I want.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by gomeral on Saturday, June 19, 2021 6:57 PM

disastermaster

The Hobbit in N.C.

Don't let their looks fool you.

They have "EVERYTHING".

Amazing how this place is crammed with more models than a store 4 times it's size.

Well, I convinced the family to make a day trip to a couple of museums, nice lunch out, and oh, can we stop by the Hobbit on the way home?  What a place!  Reminds me of the dedicated hobby shops I remember as a kid.  Wound up leaving with the new ICM O-2A Skymaster and an Academy P-39 in 1/72, plus stuff for the boy and even a few goodies for the missus.  Thanks again for the recommendation, I've taped the card up on the side of my spray booth for reference and a reminder to make the occasional day trip.

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