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Best Prices on Scale Models?

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Best Prices on Scale Models?
Posted by Adam148 on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:04 PM
I know prices vary between dealers, makers, scales, etc., but I'd be curious to hear of your favorite sites for buying scale model kits.

I don't have an LHS, so I've been buying online through scalehobbyist.com. Their prices have been consistently better than other sites I've found. But maybe you know an even better site? I'm building 1/48 scale airplanes after being away from modeling for decades. Happy to be back, and finding this site very helpful.
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  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:11 PM

www.spruebrothers.com

www.freetimehobbies.com

www.redfroghobbies.com

www.luckymodels.com

www.dragonusaonline.com

Look for sales around holidays,sign up for their ads to be notified of sales. Also shop around Ebay,bargains could be had,just watch shipping costs.

G-J
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Posted by G-J on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:10 PM

I agree with Tojo72.  I use scalehobbyist the most, though.

On the bench:  Tamyia Mosquito Mk. VI for the '44 group build.  Yes, still.

On deck: 

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Posted by Adam148 on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:44 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.

I haven't seen redfrog or luckmodels yet. I did sign up for email from SpueBros, et al. And I have set up some watches on eBay for an Eduard profipack Hellcat. I'll check out the sites mentioned here as well.
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  • From: Nampa, Idaho
Posted by jelliott523 on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:50 AM

I have purchased several from Ebay and got pretty decent deals (some, I've probably paid too much for, but it was the only place I could find them.  I've also used hobbylinc.com, they have pretty competitive prices and often run specials as well.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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  • From: N. MS
Posted by CN Spots on Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:57 PM

Ditto on scalehobbist.  I've compare prices between them and most others and they usually turn out to be the cheapest.  They have, IMHO, one of the easiest to use sites for finding what you want and their packing and shipping (care taken with your stuff)  are second to none.  No sci-fi or space models though.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:42 PM

I've shopped online at megahobby.com a couple times with no complaints.

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Posted by ACESES5 on Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:01 PM

Adam148;  Try spruBrothers.com and Amazion.com       ACESES5                  Welcome Sign

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:06 PM

When I have a model in mind to purchase I search all of those sites for the best price, including taxes and shipping costs.  Last week Amazon had a aircraft carrier for $40 dollars less than all these sites, plus free shipping.  The week before they had the carrier by $30 dollars over all the other sites with no free shipping.    

I suggest you keep a list of models you would like to purchase and check prices every week.

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Posted by Offduty on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:50 AM

They do have si-fi and space just have to type it in search.

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Posted by CN Spots on Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:10 AM

Well I'll be.  I wonder why they didn't include a category for it?  They're losing out on some business.

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Posted by jibber on Monday, October 20, 2014 7:47 PM

Squadron is another that usually has a large stock of kits.

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Posted by Chrisk-k on Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:47 PM

Nobody in the US beats scalehobbyist in terms of price, search engine and customer service in my experience.

Iwata HP-CS | Iwata HP-CR | Iwata HP-M2 | H&S Evolution | Iwata Smart Jet + Sparmax Tank

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Posted by Panzerboone on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 11:32 AM

I found the same thing to be true.  Most importantly for me they have great shipping prices and insanely fast delivery by UPS.  The contents are carefully packed, liquids are bagged separately, they use heavy duty cardboard boxes; they really are a first class outfit.   

It's also very comforting to have an order status page that they scrupulously maintain; I can see where my order is from placement to shipment, you get a UPS tracking number; you can cancel the order if you catch it before they process it too.  I've never had a single problem from them.  

If you look for an item that is out of stock you can get on a notification list which is done by email.  Their website is very easy to navigate with pictures of the items.  

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, December 23, 2016 4:19 PM

And reviving an old post once more....

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Posted by king.45 on Friday, January 27, 2017 4:25 PM

Try rollmodels.come, I shop with them and scalehobbyist.com. Both really good sites. 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, February 04, 2017 5:04 PM

king.45

Try rollmodels.come, I shop with them and scalehobbyist.com. Both really good sites. 

 

 

The only knock I have with Roll Models is they're super slow fulfilling your order. Unless you're not in a hurry in getting it. Scalehobbyist is by far has the best prices around.

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