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#1 Fender

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

My favorite is Hobbyland in Reynoldsburg / Blacklick Ohio. It used to be in Whitehall Ohio in  the Town and Country Shopping Center . T+C was a mile long and one of the first Shopping Centers of it's kind. Saturday mornings were great there when I was a kid. They had an enormous 1/32- 1/24 slot track back in the 60's. The track is still around. They also had a big HO slot track.

 

Next is the giant Hobby Shop in Dayton Ohio near TJ Maxx,  The Dayton shop is the biggest I've been in. They specialize in RC. It looked like 5 +  people worked there. That's big-- right? I mean the building seemed bigger than a Dollar General store.

 

   If I could I'd travel all over and visit Hobby Shops and model car shows. Would that be cool or what?

 

Another good shop for models you don't see everywhere is in Logan Ohio. Lot's of reissues there, Lil Coffin' and stuff like that.


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#2 martinfan5

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

They are located on the internet :lol:


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:25 AM

I managed to find a really nice shop while traveling down in the Boston area. Its called The Spare Time Shop and its in Marlborough, MA. They were packed floor to ceiling with kits of just about every genre and had some OOP stuff as well as aftermarket decals, accessories, some resin, etc. If I ever head down that way again I'll definitely be stopping in.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:38 AM

Pegasus Hobbies in Montclair, CA

 

http://pegasushobbies.net/catalog/

 

There are others still,but, they just have it all!



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:50 AM

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Riders Hobby Shop-28th.St.

Grand Rapids, Michigan



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:50 AM

Ralph's Hobbies 5208 66th St N # D St Petersburg, FL 33709 (727) 547-8607

Hobby Marketplace (941) 753-5100 5129 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203


GATOR HOBBIES (941) 927-8100

4632 Clark Rd., Sarasota, Florida 34233



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:53 AM

Al's Hobbies in Elmhurst, IL or online at store.alshobbyshop.com



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:05 AM

http://hulingshobbyhouse.com/

 

http://www.deanshobbystop.com/

 

http://www.arnies.co...mvc?Screen=SFNT



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:22 AM

Scale model supplies

458 Lexington Pkwy.
St. Paul, MN 55104-4609

 

This place has everything, it's a 45 minute drive for me but it's well worth it.

 

Here's the plastic car/truck aisle alone!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

My favorite is Hobbyland in Reynoldsburg / Blacklick Ohio. It used to be in Whitehall Ohio in  the Town and Country Shopping Center . T+C was a mile long and one of the first Shopping Centers of it's kind. Saturday mornings were great there when I was a kid. They had an enormous 1/32- 1/24 slot track back in the 60's. The track is still around. They also had a big HO slot track.

 

Next is the giant Hobby Shop in Dayton Ohio near TJ Maxx,  The Dayton shop is the biggest I've been in. They specialize in RC. It looked like 5 +  people worked there. That's big-- right? I mean the building seemed bigger than a Dollar General store.

 

   If I could I'd travel all over and visit Hobby Shops and model car shows. Would that be cool or what?

 

Another good shop for models you don't see everywhere is in Logan Ohio. Lot's of reissues there, Lil Coffin' and stuff like that.

 

There's still Hobbyland in Graceland Shopping Center in Columbus.  There's also a new Hobbytown USA in Stoneridge Plaza in Gahanna.  :)



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

Right here in Phoenix AZ http://andyshobbyhq.blogspot.com/

 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:17 AM

and a great one in Tucson AZ https://plus.google....738/about?hl=en



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

Right here in Phoenix AZ http://andyshobbyhq.blogspot.com/

 

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Andy used to be my local Hobby Shop Owner! Until he decided to leave us for Arizona.

 

Glad to see he is doing well and hopefully I will visit his shop someday soon!



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:53 AM

You'd need a time machine, but Trenton Hobby Center, in Trenton, NJ circa 1965, and around the corner from there during the same era, American Radio & Hobby. Also in the '50s and '60s, Jenkintown Hobby in Pennsylvania.

 

Today, there's Penn Valley Hobby in Lansdale, PA, but hours are very limited.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

I go to Hobby Emporium in Tynesborough, Mass. right on the state line with New Hampshire and across the street from the Pheasant Lane Mall. 



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

For a lil' bit of everything and very reasonable pricing
Whistle Stop Hobby Shop
2146 Front St
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

I agree with von Zipper. The Grand Rapids Rider store is something special. Also Walt's Hobbies in Crest Hill IL. is a great family owned shop where the customer comes first. You can't go wrong with either of these!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:48 AM

They are located on the internet :lol:

Very true Johnathan, but us old timers? We miss the experience of the venerable musty old shops. It's an experience the net cannot provide.

 

Richard- I see you are in Ohio. There are a couple great shops in the Boardman/Youngstown area and the Mosblack hobby shop in Salem Ohio. I don't know where in Ohio you are but those are some great shops. I think they even have web pages.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

When I lived in Colorado, my favorites were Compleat Games and Hobbies in Colorado Springs and Colpar's Hobbies in Aurora.  Here in the Phoenix area my favorite is Hobby Depot in Tempe.    I've been to Andy's a couple times, but I don't go to the westside very often.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Scale model supplies

458 Lexington Pkwy.
St. Paul, MN 55104-4609

 

This place has everything, it's a 45 minute drive for me but it's well worth it.

 

Here's the plastic car/truck aisle alone!

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I'm in SE Wisconsin, but I've been to Scale Model Supplies twice and have to agree it's a great hobby shop. Pegasus in California is good too. Here in Wisconsin, Model Empire in West Allis and Greenfield News & Hobby are excellent Milwaukee-area shops.