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    Jan 5, 2012, 6:55 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #26

    twistedxknights said: View Post
    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..

    HAWAII:
    Oahu:

    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.

    Aiea :

    Hobby Company

    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.
    I may have not made my self super clear.
    We are looking for hobby shops that sell model kits....not looking for RC models, role-playing materials, trains, etc. This list is calling out hobby shops where one can a good supply of kits or supplies for kits (eg, paints, glues, ABS, etc).

    would be happy to add some hobby shops of that nature -- but I need you to amend your list for the appropriate stores. thx.
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    Jan 5, 2012, 8:46 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #27

    qcfoundry said: View Post
    GREAT IDEA.
    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.
    And this is where the "kind of broken" comes into play.

    It should be back up by the end of the month. I've got to tear them down and build them again from scratch.

    But here is a link to the Google Map I'm trying to build of places I need to hit, for your reference.

    http://goo.gl/Ap6F

    Not much by Kentucky, since I'm based out of Indianapolis, but if I find any specific hobby stores, I'll definitely put them in this thread.

    Tony
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    Jan 16, 2012, 11:59 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #28

    **sort of a bump**
    still looking if anybody has reco's for chicagoland (going up this coming weekend).
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    Jan 16, 2012, 1:14 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #29

    Tempe, Arizona. Hobby Depot. 216 West Southern Ave. Lots of kits, armor, sci fi, planes, cars of all ages. He sells consignments, also. I picked up a Monogram Voyager 2 years ago for $40. Rockets, slot cars, trains.

    Phoenix, Arizona. Hobby Bench (2 locations). 8058 N 19th ave (NE corner 19th and Northern) and 4240 west Bell road (NW corner 43rd and Bell) Airplane kits, some armor at both. Sci fi and cars also. Trains, rockets, slot cars.
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    Jan 16, 2012, 7:57 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #30

    Kit Kraft in Studio City, CA -- best hobby shop EVER.

    I can even back up that bold statement with a couple of quick anecdotes:

    They used to have a guy that worked there at the counter. He also painted these elaborate build ups of their SF hobby kits. He eventually left to work for Sideshow Collectibles as their head of creative development: His name is Tom Gilliland

    Last year, I walked in to Kit Kraft and asked the clerk if he could recommend the right silver color for my Polar Lights C-57D, "Forbidden Planet" space cruiser kit." A guy steps up from a corner and introduces himself: "Hi, I OWN the original C-57D Forbidden Planet space cruiser... how can I help you?"

    Best hobby shop EVER.
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    Sep 17, 2012, 8:49 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #31

    upcoming trip for me to Portland Maine, starting in Boston. Anybody have any shops in those neighborhoods or along the path? thx
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    Sep 17, 2012, 9:22 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #32

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    Sep 17, 2012, 11:04 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #33

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    Sep 17, 2012, 11:47 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #34

    Amish Trooper said: View Post
    will second Mich Toy Soldier. Never knew they had brick n mortar (obviously never been), but they are vendors at several show I go to and bring excellent goods every time.
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    Sep 17, 2012, 2:52 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #35

    In Mineola, NY there is the excellent Willis Hobbies.
    In Astoria, NY is Rudy's Hobby & Art. Another great shop jam packed with models.
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    Oct 31, 2012, 4:18 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #36

    I'll put in a plug for two:

    Hobbytown USA, LaVista, NE: Not at all like other Hobbytowns as it is VERY well stocked with plastic for good prices. In fact the plastic selection has expanded a little over the past two or three years as it is their primary business. Paint and tool selection is also very good to excellent.

    Hobbytown USA, Omaha, NE: Same franchise owner as LaVista. This one caters more to RC (since it has indoor on road AND off road tracks), but it is a BIG store with a decent plastic selection as well for good prices. The tool and paint selection is also excellent.

    I would say if you are only into plastic, LaVista is the better stop (it is a suburb of Omaha). But both shops certainly don't stick to the status quo of what Hobbytown USAs are perceived to be.
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    Oct 31, 2012, 4:23 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #37

    Burbank house of hobbies, in (of course) Burbank, CA very good, always helpful, small but well stocked.

    Colonial Photo Hobby in Orlando, Florida. Large, well stocked, but full retail price on everything.
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    Oct 31, 2012, 11:16 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #38

    In the Bronx we have Bruckner Hobbies Bruckner Hobbies Home
    In Mount Vernon, NY there is The Hobby Store The Hobby Store
    we have two in Buffalo I will share my favorite first Fields Hobby
    Finally not as good service as Fields but bigger and has trainsNiagara Hobby & Craft Mart
    This a cool thread btw
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    Oct 31, 2012, 3:49 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #39

    Do Canadian shops count? If you get lost in Toronto, do look these up before finding your way back.

    ONTARIO:
    - Toronto, John's Hobbies - has rare/vintage kits
    John's Hobbies
    - Toronto, Wheels & Wings Hobbies - has rare/vintage kits
    Wheels & Wings Hobbies - Toronto hobby shop - NEWS
    - Toronto, Hornet Hobbies - great stock, very friendly staff Contact Us at Hornet Hobbies in Toronto Ontario Canada
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    Nov 1, 2012, 3:01 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #40

    JMChladek said: View Post
    I'll put in a plug for two:

    Hobbytown USA, LaVista, NE: Not at all like other Hobbytowns as it is VERY well stocked with plastic for good prices. In fact the plastic selection has expanded a little over the past two or three years as it is their primary business. Paint and tool selection is also very good to excellent.

    Hobbytown USA, Omaha, NE: Same franchise owner as LaVista. This one caters more to RC (since it has indoor on road AND off road tracks), but it is a BIG store with a decent plastic selection as well for good prices. The tool and paint selection is also excellent.

    I would say if you are only into plastic, LaVista is the better stop (it is a suburb of Omaha). But both shops certainly don't stick to the status quo of what Hobbytown USAs are perceived to be.
    I'm looking at you -- suspect.
    I only go to Hobbytown for supplies (paint, welder, etc) -- NEVER kits. I understand they are brick-n-mortar and have to cover their costs, but they are still quite high -- and don't get me started on kit costs at Hobby Lobby.
    I will admit, my Lexington store is fairly helpful though -- both with finding stuff as well as advice of the HOW-TO type.
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    Nov 1, 2012, 3:03 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #41

    Appreciate the bump Montagar....and appreciate the participation from everyone who's chipped in.
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    Nov 1, 2012, 4:17 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #42

    Rider Kabuto said: View Post
    In the Bronx we have Bruckner Hobbies Bruckner Hobbies Home
    In Mount Vernon, NY there is The Hobby Store The Hobby Store
    we have two in Buffalo I will share my favorite first Fields Hobby
    Finally not as good service as Fields but bigger and has trainsNiagara Hobby & Craft Mart
    This a cool thread btw
    Bruckner sucks they never have any of the basic stuff like paint and their model kits are so over priced and the guy that runs the place acts like your bothering him when you ask for help.
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    Nov 1, 2012, 9:15 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #43

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    Bruckner sucks they never have any of the basic stuff like paint and their model kits are so over priced and the guy that runs the place acts like your bothering him when you ask for help.
    I don't know they were pretty helpful to me when I was getting started in r/c, this was some time ago when they were at the old location. Things could change though. Where do you get your stuff from Ray?
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    Nov 2, 2012, 1:26 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #44

    why isn't this thread a sticky?
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    Nov 2, 2012, 1:31 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #45

    I second that, but I'm biased.
    I travel plenty and feel its valuable...but perhaps that isn't the norm for everyone else -- hence not "universally" interesting to the masses?
    IDUNNO.
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    Nov 2, 2012, 1:45 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #46

    Whenever I visit anywhere the three things I scope out are: Hobby Shop, Comic Shop, and music store.

    Denver, Colorado:

    Caboose Hobbies--amazing for Train hobbyists but they also have a lot of great supply options you don't see too often and if you're looking for those oddball train colors to paint your Fett helmet or Studio Scale kit this is THE place.
    Colpar Hobbies--all around GREAT model shop. I do a lot of WWI Aero and this is one of the few places that stocks more than the old Revell Fokker Triplane. Great for reference materials and after-market detail supplies.


    Colorado Springs:

    Compleat Games & Hobbies (they buy and sell vintage kits)
    HobbyTown -- we have two and they are usually very well stocked with supplies and reference materials. I don't often buy kits there these days but I used to be a fixture there.
    Hobby Lobby -- yeah, not the greatest but the ones here have a decent selection and occasionally have interesting close-out deals. They frequently have 40% Off sales as well and I've scored a few bargains that way.
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    Nov 2, 2012, 1:51 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #47

    tgreco said: View Post
    why isn't this thread a sticky?
    Because I hadn't gotten to that item on my list yet.
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    Nov 2, 2012, 1:53 PM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #48

    Montagar said: View Post
    Because I hadn't gotten to that item on my list yet.
    LOL -- i respect the list.
    I live by making lists (crap memory).
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    Nov 5, 2012, 11:53 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #49

    Madison, WI

    Madison Hobby Stop [link]

    These guys cater primarily to the train crowd, but have a very good selection of plastic kits and hobby supplies. Every time I go in there, they seem to have the hottest new items from various manufacturers.

    The Last Square [link]

    This is a family owned game / hobby store. Their primary focus is on gaming, Warhammer, FoW, Star Wars,, but do have a quirky selection of sci fi and higher end plastic kits: lots of Eduard, and rare Hasegawa kits.

    Hobby Horse [link]

    This is the other train store in town. Lots of trains, lots of RC, and a small, but nice, selection of kits.
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    Nov 5, 2012, 11:57 AM - Re: City-by-City -- Hobby Shops #50

    Lynnwood, WA

    Galaxy Hobby. [link]

    Hands down, the best hobby store that I have ever been to. They have a wall that is about 100 feet long and 7 feet tall stocked floor to ceiling with kits from almost every manufacturer. They also have entire sections of Fine Molds kits, sci fi fantasy kits, ships, and armor, along with RC. I dropped about $600 in there when I was in Seattle for a conference, and I cannot wait to go back there some day.

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