Recommended Walk in Model Shops!

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Postby Will01Capri » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:00 pm

Hi Guys.
Something I have always been on the lookout for is a decent walk in Model shop.
I used to live near Reading and Hobbystores was absolutely fantastic. But it closed a few years back to my disappointment. I used it as extra reason to drive South when I moved up to Dumfries.

There is a model shop in Dumfries run at a private residence, but it is not a proper walk in shop.
He specialises with RC planes, but can get anything ordered in on request. He carries good range of useful accessories for planes and TX/RX batteries and chargers. Very good advice.

I found a new shop in Livingston near Edinburgh yesterday when searching online. But it was a small shop and not a lot of accessories.
It was called Marionville Models. It says it specialises in RC models however it has a very limited stock. No doubt they could order in, but not worth travelling distance for.

Wonderland Models in Edinburgh is a great looking shop, but the range of accessories is very limited for RC as it is more geared towards selling kits or built models. It is still a great shop but unfortunately the staff are very unhelpful. One member of staff was just useless. We have been in several times and the same member of staff has been consistently useless and unhelpful. The staff are more geared around preparing orders for phone or online sales than customers in the shop. This is a real shame.

There is a cool model shop near Windsor, called Mantua models. T
The guy who runs it is very helpful and for such a small shop it has a great range of models. We have bought a lot of boat stuff here and it is well worth the detour when we are visiting down south.
It's a really good shop for static and RC boats. He also has range of planes, cars and other kits.

I am prepared to travel distance to find good model shops.
Please if you have any recommendations please post.

Apologies if this is not in the right area or if this is a duplicate post.
I just want to find good walk in shops to go visit and buy things from :)
In case it wasn't obvious this is UK.
But if anyone knows good shops in Aachen Germany or Erembodegem Belgium or Detroit US let me know as u travel these places aswell haha
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Postby RobW » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:08 pm

There looks to be a good one in Dorking, but it was closed when I was there with work. Very impressive 1:35 German rail gun in the window.

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Postby brizo58 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:09 pm

Hi will,
Yes unfortunately so many model shops have gone in the last 10 to15 years. This is what the Web has done unfortunately. I have two near me All’s models and TJD Models both RC shops.Unfortunately it seams that most of the web vendors are upping there prices in time for Xmas!!!! Especially EBay. Brian...
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Postby Will01Capri » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:42 pm

Thanks Guys, leaves something for me to check out when I am in those areas. Essex could be good as we have family in Maldon.
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Postby Tiggr » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:19 pm

This one is in Stoke-on-Trent :

https://www.emodels.co.uk

I have never been, but they certainly have large stocks of all kinds of models.
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Postby Will01Capri » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:45 pm

Found a good shop today in Brampton called Hadrians Hobbies :)
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Postby Will01Capri » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:15 am

Thanks. That is one to visit next time I south and staying at the in-laws near Reading.
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:43 pm

I know i have been this model shop alot, but just went in this evening because i just love this shop on my travels.
Modellbahn-Center Hunerbein in Aachen.

I just feel like a kid at Christmas when i walk around this shop and keep seeing new things which catch my eye.

Right in the old square of Aachen city near the old town hall and the Catherdral.

ImageAachen Model shop by Will Pattinson, on Flickr

ImageAachen Model shop by Will Pattinson, on Flickr

ImageAachen Model shop by Will Pattinson, on Flickr

ImageAachen Model shop by Will Pattinson, on Flickr

ImageAachen Model shop by Will Pattinson, on Flickr
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:29 pm

it is a shame, but i still toying with idea of how i could make a model shop work. If i could that would be me going self employeed and living part of my dream.
We need to keep these places running so we can keep interest in our hobby. RC online shopping just a hollow experience. I love to see in person
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:44 pm

So i am in Essex. Horndon to be exact, so any good recommended model shops nearby?
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:15 am

So now in Coventry, any good recommended walk in shops in the local area which are recommended?
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Postby Will01Capri » Tue May 01, 2018 8:24 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
Will01Capri wrote:So now in Coventry, any good recommended walk in shops in the local area which are recommended?

Write model shop Coventry into Google search :thumbup:

That's too easy...... Looking recommended shops. Ends up in the end I had no time so had drive back up home
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Postby Will01Capri » Tue May 01, 2018 10:22 pm

I noticed haha.
Plan for 2018/2019. Visit in person as many model shops as possible in the UK!
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:09 am

Walked into some proper model shops whist in Denver today
Colpars Model Shop, the staff were extremely friendly & helpful
https://www.colpar.com/

Also visited a couple Remote Control Hobbies stores in Littleton & Smoky Hill
https://rchobbies.store/

Staff were good and nice display of models. Also saw a rather mad 8s lipo Arma RC Pickup truck that looked familiar!

I had to keep myself amused as it was a boring day and decided to visit every model shop in Denver i could haha!
Then treated myself to a round or Electric Racing Indoor Karting haha
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