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  • From: Hayward, CA
Big hobby shops near you
Posted by MikeV on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:27 AM
Do any of you guys live near a really big hobby shop?

I was just curious since we have this 15,000 sq. ft. one called San Antonio Hobby Shop that is about a 1/2 hr. drive from me.
Keep your credit cards at home when you visit this place. Wink [;)]

http://www.sahobby.com/sa_inside.htm

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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  • From: United Kingdom / Belgium
Posted by djmodels1999 on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 2:04 AM
I have the London 'branch' of Hannants about 1hr and a half away by train & undrground. Not bad.
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Posted by styrene on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 6:22 AM
I have access to five pretty good shops.
1. Hungate's is about 15 mins from the house and located in the mall. Prices are ridiculously high. They're OK, though, for paint, glue and other expendables.
2. Hobbytown is about 30 mins away, and selection is OK; prices a little high.
3. Naval Base hobby shop is 30 mins. away, and they are pretty well stocked. Nice thing about the base is that there are no sales taxes!
4. Denbigh Hobbies is about 45 mins-1 hour away. Good selection. Prices are still a little on the steep side.
5. Internet. 30 sec away. Superb selection. Lowest prices ever. Delivery to my front door. No wasted gasoline/vehicle depreciation/fighting for parking spaces/sitting in traffic. Best deals going...!

Gip Winecoff

PS. Hey, Mike, I assume San Antonio is a chain store? I mean, like San Antonio is in Texas, and you're near San Fran... Either the hobby shop is a chain, or you have one of the fastest modes of transportation ever devised Wink [;)]. And I know for a fact you can't be lying....Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D].

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 7:22 AM
The closest one (that has almost EVERYTHING) is Niagra Hobby. it's a 1.5 hr Drive. There's a decent one (lacks alot of stuff) near my job but it's primarily a R/C shop....5 min from Work.....45 minm from Home.....
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 8:04 AM
I depend mostly on Squadron Mail Order, no real good modeling shops here in the Panama City Fl. area. Sad [:(] Hey Mike you think your San Antonio Hobby would be interseted in opening a branch in Fl.Tongue [:P] LOL. Bob
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  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 8:16 AM
Lemme see...there's Tamiya World and Super Kid's Land about a 15-minute walk from my apartment, there's Mammut about a 5 minute walk away, there's Hobbyland about a 25 minute's walk away, there's Osaka Hobbitt about a 15-minute train ride away, there's Leopold 10 about a 10-minute train ride away, there's Hobby Kansuke about a 10 minute walk away...
And a lot of smaller shops, too!
~Brian
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 8:32 AM
Anyone been to Venture Hobby in Chicago? It's the best hobby store I have ever been to. Unfrotunatly, it is a 6 hour drive from my house...
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:55 PM
Great Hobbies is about half an hour away and there are some smaller shops in the area as well. The service at GH can be spotty and most of their business is through mail order, but they do have a large stock, primarily RC but plastic as well.
I use them mainly for accessories like sheet plastic, casting stuff, etc.
Even up here we have heard of San Antonio Hobbies!
Bruce
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Posted by kaleu on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 1:30 PM
While I don't live near a super sized hobby store, there are 5 hobby stores near me. The closest two are 15 minutes away, while the farthest hobby shop is about a 45 minute drive, depending on the traffic and time of day. There are a couple of small stores that specialize in trains and R/C, but occasionally models will show up in these stores and usually and very low prices.
Erik "Don't fruit the beer." Newest model buys: More than I care to think about. It's time for a support group.
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  • From: Hayward, CA
Posted by MikeV on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 5:28 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by styrene


5. Internet. 30 sec away. Superb selection. Lowest prices ever. Delivery to my front door. No wasted gasoline/vehicle depreciation/fighting for parking spaces/sitting in traffic. Best deals going...!


Isn't that the truth! Big Smile [:D]

QUOTE: PS. Hey, Mike, I assume San Antonio is a chain store? I mean, like San Antonio is in Texas, and you're near San Fran... Either the hobby shop is a chain, or you have one of the fastest modes of transportation ever devised Wink [;)]. And I know for a fact you can't be lying....Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D].


Haha.
Actually it is named what it is because it is located on San Antonio Rd. in Mountain View. It's not too far from Moffett Field Naval Base which use to be home of a P3 Orion Base before Clinton cut all the military spending and they packed up and moved. There is a lot of history there including the biggest blimp hanger you ever saw. It's amazing.

Actually, I don't visit this store very often because it is a bit far to drive when I have a well-stocked small hobby shop about 15 minutes away called Hobbies Unlimited. Al, who is the owner, has been operating this store for as long as I can remember and he has most anything you would ever want.

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 5:38 PM
Looking foward to going to one of the largest hobby shops here in Korea during my 4 day break. SHould have some great stuff, can't wait!Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Evil [}:)]Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by mark956 on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 5:49 PM
I have a Hobbytown USA 30 min away and a Hobby Lobby 1hr 15min away.
mark956
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  • From: Rowland Heights, California
Posted by Duke Maddog on Saturday, January 3, 2004 1:04 PM
I have about nine hobby shops anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hours driving time. Five are relatively large. Ah, the advantages of living in a large metropolis of Los Angeles!

Bob, I know what you mean about no Hobby shops in Florida. I used to live in Fort Walton Beach, and my family still does. My nephews had to go to Pensacola to get a model of the Titanic.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 3, 2004 4:44 PM
I was in San Antonio years ago and was amazed at the size. Isn't there another nice one in the area? Campbell comes to mind. Anyway, Brookhurst Hobbies is probably the nicest one to me. Its aboout a 30 minute drive in good traffic......what am I saying, there's no such thing in SoCal!!
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  • From: Central USA
Posted by qmiester on Saturday, January 3, 2004 6:13 PM
I assume that you mean a large establishment which contains aisle after aisle after aisle of assembly kits containing polystyrene and metal parts and all the necessary accouterments required to complete these items and are kept therein for the peruasal and enjoyment of those who would assemble them? Sorry, but here in Kansas the only place that these places exist is in the minds of those who smoke giggle weed!

Sigh [sigh]Sigh [sigh]Sigh [sigh]Sigh [sigh]
Quincy
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  • From: Dahlonega, Georgia
Posted by lizardqing on Sunday, January 4, 2004 3:56 PM
I have 2 hobby lobbys that I know of less than 30 min away , 2 hobby towns within 1hr.
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  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Sunday, January 4, 2004 4:23 PM
Hey all,
My LHS is about a give or take a five minute walk from my folks house and about 10 minute drive where I live now.
If you guys and gals ever visit Niagara Falls NY, stop by Ace Hobby Shop for a good cup of Joe, some laughs,tips n hints and the lose of weight to your wallet. Why Ace is the place..!!!!!!!Tongue [:P]
Flaps up, Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 4, 2004 4:24 PM
QUOTE: 5. Internet. 30 sec away. Superb selection. Lowest prices ever. Delivery to my front door. No wasted gasoline/vehicle depreciation/fighting for parking spaces/sitting in traffic. Best deals going...!


That's my hobbyshop too!
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