Refer to the following post for a list of Hobby shops (by State and City).
Refer to the following post for a list of Hobby shops (by State and City).
I'm lucky enough to have friends in different cities and to get to occasionally travel for work, which allows me to hunt for more model kits in different towns at new (to me at least) hobby shops. I'm always eager to hit a new town in hopes that it may have a great shop to find some vintage kits that i've been looking for.
I thought perhaps we could make a sticky thread to aid other travelers in search of kits?
I realize that some people may not want to "give-up" their hunting spot in fear that their local kits being picked off. This may be true, but try to realize, there may be kits in your local haunt that you no longer want/need, but may "feed a weary traveler", lol. In the spirit of being a good neighbor, share what you know.
I will collect each person's contributions, copy/paste it to the first post to aid in an easy to read/access page of these hunting spots. Just provide the State, City, Hobby Shop, and possibly a short note about what to expect? You can also provide a hot link to the store and that will be included (provide a FUNCTIONING link to the store, not to a google search of possible hits). I will also post the contributor's post number in this thread beside their name to read the full review of the store.
Please do not post a Hobby Lobby or a Hobbytown USA (or any other national chain) -- anybody can do a two second search on google to find those and they are usually the same thing from town to town. In addition, note the the forum you are in. We're not interested posting hobby stores that focus on RC or trains or whatever -- this is about getting the resources for model scale kits and resources to construct and finish them.
If you are lucky enough to get to try out one of the following spots in your travels, try to thank the poster for their info.
-Phoenix, Hobby Bench (per morris99,#29)
-Tempe, Hobby Depot (per morris99,#29)
-Tucson, Hobby Place at Ace Hardware (per swhite228,#54)
-Anaheim, Aardvark Clay (per MarkWLewis, #118)
-Berkeley, Berkeley Ace Hardware (per darth_myeek,#10)
-Burbank, Burbank House of Hobbies (per Lee S,#37)
-Canoga Park, Scale Model Stuff (per Lear60man,#137)
-Carmichael, Viking Hobby(per Rick H,#67)
-Garden Grove, Brookhurst Hobbies (per PhArchivist,#84)
-Garden Grove, JK Electronics (per MarkWLewis, #118)
-La Mesa, Reed's Hobby Shop (per micdavis,#5)-best HS in SanDiego
-Montclair, Pegasus Hobbies (per gobler, #147)
-San Carlos, J&M Hobby House (per Rick H,#67)
-San Leandro, Hobbies Unlimited (per darth_myeek,#10)
-Santa Barbara, California Hobbies (per drknotter,#72)
-Santa Barbara, Dave's Hobby Central (per drknotter,#72)
-Stanton, Pacific Sign Supply Company (per MarkWLewis, #118)
-Studio City, Kit Kraft (per alan cross,#30) - best hobby shop ever
-Walnut, Carpe Diem (per MarkWLewis, #118)
-Colorado Springs, Compleat Games & Hobbies (per dcarty,#46)
-Denver, Bonnie Brae Hobby Shop (per You Sir Nay Me,#120)
-Denver, Caboose Hobbies (per dcarty,#46)
-Denver, Colpar Hobbies (per dcarty,#46)
-Denver, Reynolds Advanced Materials (per mydigitalvoid, #117)
-Denver,Thompson's Hobbies and Crafts (per mydigitialvoid,#114)
-Branford, Branford Hobbies (per Jccarlton,#106)
-Manchester, The Time Machine (per jclinton,#74)
-Ft.Lauderdale, Warricks Hobby (per showcraft,#17)
-Ft.Lauderdale, R.C.Hobby (per showcraft,#17)
-Miami, Micro Macro Mundo (per streetjudge79,#138)
-Orlando, Colonial Photo Hobby (per Lee S,#37)
-St. Petersburg, Model Citizen Hobbies (per dinomike,#56,#155)
-Aiea, Hobby Company (per twistedxknights,#24)
-Kailua, Weller hobby craft (per twistedxknights,#24)
-Kalihi, Arm Chair Adventurer (per twistedxknights,#24)
-Chicago, Al's Hobby Shop (per Less than Super Ostrich, #108)
-Chicago, Forever Timeless Hobby Shop (per qcfoundry)
-Chicago, Ram Train & Hobby Shop (per qcfoundry)
-Indianapolis, Big Boy Hobbies (per Double T, #87)
-Muncie, Toys Forever Models and Hobbies (per Double T, #87)
-Valparaiso, Valparaiso Pet & Hobby (per qcfoundry)
-Davenport, Major Art & Hobby (per PoopaPapaPalps, #141)
-Corbin, Leisure Time Hobbies (per qcfoundry)
-Louisville, South Louisville Antique & Toy Mall (per qcfoundry) - plenty of vintage
-Norton, Harry's Hobbies (per Paulbo,#55)
-Fraser, P&D Hobby Shop (per DarkCreations, #110)
-Owosso, Dean's Hobby Stop (per emojo5, #132)
-Royal Oak, Michigan Toy Soldiers & Historical Miniatures (per Amish Trooper,#33)
-St. Clair Shores, Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy (per DarkCreations, #110)
-Sterling Heights, Great Lakes Hobby (per DarkCreations, #110)
-Warren, Prop Shop Hobbies (per DarkCreations, #110)
-Minneapolis/St.Paul, Hub Hobby Center (per ssdesigner,#32)
-St.Charles, Mark Twain Hobby (per tgreco,#15)
-St.Louis, CRM hobbies (per tgreco,#15)
-LaVista, Hobbytown USA (per JMChladek,#36)
-Omaha, Hobbytown USA (per JMChladek,#36)
-Wolfeboro, Clickety Clack Model Train and Hobby Shop (per caymen shen,#18)
-Colonia, Avenel Hobbies (per Go Flight,#73)
-Magnolia, AAA Hobbies (per Jkirkon,#156)
-Red Bank, Hobbymasters Hobby Store (per jonny5,#13)
-Ridgefield, Ridgefield Hobbies (per emojo5, #131)
-Astoria, Rudy's Hobby & Art (per Feraud,#35)
-Bayshore, Bayshore Hobbies (per Creative Models, #119)
-Bronx, Bruckner Hobbies (per Rider Kabuto,#38)
-Buffalo, Fields Hobby (per Rider Kabuto,#38)
-Buffalo, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart (per Rider Kabuto,#38)
-Mineola, Willis Hobbies (per Feraud,#35)
-Mount Vernon, The Hobby Store (per Rider Kabuto,#38)
-Rochester, Dan's Crafts & Things (per konar,#82)
-Staten Island, Brownie's Hobby Shop (per fatgeek,#115)
-Fayetteville, Hayes Hobby House (per mec011, #140)
-Fuquay-Varina, ToyTown Hobby Shop (per fuelish,#3)
-Cincinnati, Don's Hobby & Bike Shop (per qcfoundry)-small selection, but vintage stuff
-Columbus, Hobbyland/Graceland (per qcfoundry)-only new kits, but lots wide selection of other supplies
-Kettering, Smitty's Hobby Shop (per Chrgr44oRT,#128)
-Lancaster, Smoke Stack Hobbies (per jasonw2112,#16) - large selection of models & plenty oldies
-Medina, Family Hobby (per Tantooine_Todd,#81)
-Owasso, Top Shelf Models (per HIGHWAYMAN9674,#144)
-Beaverton, Tammie's Hobbies (per br12819,#22)
-Indiana, Whirlwind Toys and Hobbies (per the bdk,#19) - large shop huge selection & occasionally gets older collections
-Cranberry Twp, Hobby Express (per the bdk,#19) another large well stocked store but mainly newer kits.
-Doylestown, Herb's Hobbies and Crafts (per blakeh1,#51) - huge warehouse, tons of models
-Dubois, Fishels (per bdk,#19) - there are some older kits and lots of odd things
-Easton, Trains & Lanes Hobbies (per blakeh1,#51) - huge warehouse, tons of models
-Pittsburgh, AB Charles and Sons (per bdk,#19)
-Warwick, Apponaug Color & Hobby Shop (per Ricktor,#142)
-Cayce, New Brookland Railroad and Hobby (per thunderbolt47d, #124)
-Greenville, The Great Escape (per mec011, #140)
-Knoxville, Magic & Fun World Hobbies (per qcfoundry)
-Memphis, Mid-South Hobbies (per qcfoundry) - huge selection, lots of rare/vintage
-Austin, King's Hobby Shop (per Engelnicht, #75)
-Bastrop, BigDog Hobbies (per AnimatedPanda, #85)
-Salt Lake City, MRS Hobbies, (per philp, #146)
-Salt Lake City, West Valley Hobbies, (per philp, #146)
-Barre, Coins & Hobbies (per gunnerk19, #116)
-Chantilly, Hobby Hangar (per EKF5, #130)
-Chantilly, Piper Hobby (per EKF5, #130)
-Newport News, Denbigh Hobby Center (per rbeach84, #143)
-Lynnwood, Galaxy Hobby (per wookiefood,#50 & #60) - best store ever visited
-Seattle, Skyway Model Shop (per DeanB,#128)
-Greenfield, Greenfield News & Hobby (per xl97,#61)
-Madison, Hobby Horse (per wookiefood,#49)
-Madison, The Last Square (per wookiefood,#49)
-Madison, Madison Hobby Stop (per wookiefood,#49)
-Newcastle, New South Wales, Frontline Hobbies (per Noumcea,#101)
-Newcastle, New South Wales, Hobbyco (per Noumcea,#101)
-British Columbia,Burnaby, Burnaby Hobbies (per Thestig604,#122)
-British Columbia,Richmond, Imperial Hobbies, Vancouver's premier source of hobby, gaming and role-playing games (RPG) for over 20 years. (per altername,#65)
-British Columbia,Vancouver, Central Hobbies (per PeteVenkman,#68)
-British Columbia,Vancouver, Magic Box Hobbies (per altername,#65)
-Ontario,Mississauga, Panther Hobbies, (per Dart, #145)
-Ontario,Oakville, Carefree Hobbies (per CJS,#69)
-Ontario,Ottawa, Hobby House Ltd (per Eric Ardros,#71)
-Ontario,Toronto, Hornet Hobbies (per crackerjazz,#39)
-Ontario,Toronto, John's Hobbies (per crackerjazz,#39)
-Ontario,Toronto, Wheels & Wings Hobbies (per crackerjazz,#39)
-Quebec,Laval, Sial (per Gorgot3000,#80)
-Quebec,Montreal, Udisco (per Bigturc,#151)
-Athens, Fasma Models (per Teddz, #133)
-Athens, Kalfakis models (per Teddz, #133)
-Athens, Plastimodelismo (per Teddz, #133)
-Carl Berners Plass, Amundsen Hobby (per TheTimeRanger #148)
-Ensjų, Small Size Hobby (per TheTimeRanger #148)
-Hampshire,Portsmouth, Fratton Model Centre (per FoxhoundTCF,#96)
-Hampshire,Portsmouth, Southsea Models (per FoxhoundTCF,#96)
-South Yorkshire,Sheffield, Marcways (per Sidewinder,#111)
Last Updated per Post #156
Last edited by qcfoundry; Oct 9, 2016 at 10:43 AM.
I should have been clear in my first post:
only recommend hobby shops that you think others would genuinely find a good/great place to shop. I'm hoping nobody denotes any hobby lobbies or hobbytowns in their community.
Sadly there isn't one under 45 minutes from me and most of them only carry miniature gaming stuff anymore. We had one 15 minutes away but he didn't last long and the other 2 good ones are in Youngstown.
Anyone know any in Miami? Doubt there is any down here..
Cool Idea, and don't die. You are the only one who can update this thread.
Hobbies Unlimited (near Oakland)
937 Manor Boulevard - San Leandro CA 94579
Berkeley Ace Hardware (Basement, seriously.)
2145 University Ave - Berkeley, CA 94704
Actually, I've got some sites that I'm working on that are cataloging hobby shops, comic shops, and gaming shops in Indiana and have a few in SoCal as well.
I'm working on getting them up and running again because they're kind of broken right now, but the sites are:
Geeking In Indiana | Stores, shops, shindigs and more
Geeking in Southern California | Stores, shops, shindigs and more
Please, be gentle. Oh, and I also have Google Maps attached to both with shops listed.
Just thought this would be relevant to this thread. The sites will be going down in a week or so, but should be back up and being updated by the end of January.
personally loving the indiana one because i'm in kentucky.
seems only the front page is up (all links = dead).
not sure i'll copy any of the info directly -- kinda like the idea of straight recommendations from each individual here (no offense).
will be checking to see when the site is back up -- thx.
-Red Bank 62 White St. Hobbymasters
Website is crap their local cable commercials are laughable, and the 1st floor is R/C cars, kites and gaming crap... but Upstairs!
You will find all scales of trains and decent size selection of plastic model kits.
It is probably not the greatest shop into which you will ever set foot, but its the best thing central Jersey has going on.
Tell 'em Jon sent you, and get a FREE confused look.
Also, if you are into comics and the films of Kevin Smith, Red Bank is home to a place called Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash which is near the intersection of White St. and Broad.
Last edited by jonny5; Jan 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM.
Very cool thread.
There is a great hobby store called Smoke Stack Hobbies, located in Lancaster, Ohio.
This place has everything! It's a small shop crammed with model's! I bought some re-released Rat Fink kits a little ways back, that came out in the 90's?
He is constantly buying older kits as well, and sells them at a good price. The last time I visited, he was putting out a bunch of older ship model kits.
I've been to many hobby stores, but he has the biggest selection of models I have ever seen! Not to mention the models he has stacked in the back of the store, out of sight!
Such a large population and no hobby store - what does that say
Head up to Fort Lauderdale where theres still two decent stores - Warricks Hobby and R.C. Hobby both have lots of plastic kits and full stock of Plastruct and Evergreen. Both stores are on University Drive.
Might also try Discount Train & Hobby. This place sometimes gets in bunches of vintage kits from estate sales.
Last edited by ShowCraft; Jan 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM.
Wolfeboro, NH: Clickety Clack Model Train and Hobby Shop. Here in the big city
Heres a short list, later I'll try to get some more as I remember them:
Indiana PA: Whirlwind Toys and Hobbies, large shop huge selection and occasionally gets older collections someone brings in to sell.
Cranberry Twp PA: Hobby Express, another large well stocked store but mainly newer kits.
Dubois PA: Fishels, old school shop full stuff. There are some older kits and lots of odd things, old pewter star wars and star trek for example floating around.
Pittsburgh PA: South Hills area, AB Charles and Sons, huge 2 story shop.
Whereabouts in Chicago are you going to be: suburbs, downtown, Northside, Southside? Are you looking for straight hobby shops, or comic shops too?
Since your doing a list i figured i wold chime in for Hawaii.. though its been awhile since i have been to a few of these places its still good to know that they are there for your paint and various other prop making needs..
Kakaako: Other Realms
Other realms is a Comic book shop with a nice selection of roleplaying supplies
Kalihi : Arm Chair Adventurer
Arm Chair Adventurer is a gaming shop with a large selection of military model kits and a good selection of miniatures . they also cary tamiya , valejo , reaper paints, and a few more then i can recall right now.
Hobby company is a long time hobby shop that recently moved and downsized they are owned by the same company that operates Honolulu Craft Supply they use to have a large selection of model kits .
Jelly's Books and music
jelly's is a long time retailer of books , music , comics , and roleplaying games they carry a big selection of warhammer and wh40k along with the citadel paints..
Pearl City : Sandy Flemings Fast electrics
Is mainly a Remote control car shop though the shop does also sell model trains
Kailua: Weller hobby craft
Weller hobby craft has a big seletion of model kits ( thought its been a few years sincei have visited the shop) and various supplies.