Chris, I live in South Charlotte. I used to cover the whole state of NC in a previous job but now I am just in the metro market of Charlotte. Next February there will be a great swap meet in Salisbury, lots of models to choose from!
Depends on what you are looking for. Not sure how long you were gone from the hobby but the price of kits has risen over the last 10 years considerably. If you shop around, you can find deals and ways to save money on kits. 1. Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon that helps bring the cost of a kit down.There are stores in Kannapolis and Salisbury. 2. Local hobby shows and swap meets are a good way to find kits at good prices, along with some older out of production kits. There is a great show coming up in August in Clemmons NC that will have a great variety of kits for sale along with some nice models on display. 3.Internet sellers. Places like Modelroundup, Tower Hobbies, Megahobby, and others have sales and special offers that can get you models and supplies delivered to your door. eBay is another avenue, just be careful to not get caught up in a bidding war and pay too much for a kit. 4.Trading with forum members here. If you have something someone else is looking for, you can make a trade and get rid of a kit and get one you want! Searching around at thrift shops and yard sales is also another way to find bargains.
Also check to see if there are any mold lines in the body before you put color on it, you will be glad you did! Not familiar with that kit and where the body lines might be, but a close inspection should show them. Welcome back to the hobby and enjoy. As you have found out, there are some helpful people here and don't be afraid to ask questions, that's what we are here for!
There is a show at that location, but it is usually in February. That is a great show if you are looking for kits or parts as that is all they have. Bring lots of money when you go to that show, you will need it!
Thanks Aaron, I did get them confused. And you are correct about the shipping. I usually buy several at a time to cushion the blow on shipping costs or at least find additional items (paint, glue, etc) to help with the cost.
Harry, Nice builds! Do you airbrush yours or hand brush it on? I did a model a couple of years ago with Future and hand brushed it on only to see it cracking a week later. Wasn't sure if it was due to the application process or some other factor.
Is that a glue kit or snap kit? If you are looking for Japanese kits, Hobbylinc is the place to go. If you are looking for domestic kits, there are plenty of sources here in the states to find what you want at a good price.
July 9th, Lexington SC 7th annual SCMA Model Contest 432 Ball Park Rd, Lexington SC
November 12, Smyrna GA 20th annual ACME Southern Nats NNL Smyrna Community Center, Smyrna GA
I highly suggest you try to attend all of these as you will get to see some really nice models, meet some great people who share information about their builds and they all have a nice vendor area to pick up some hard to find kits, new releases, parts and resin stuff. PM me if you have any questions.
Thanks for sharing Tom, you were busy all day snapping pictures that I didn't want to interrupt you ! Great show as always and had a good time talking with attendees and selling off more of the stash. Wife told me I had to bring some of my builds next year, just might have to actually finish something!
You missed a good one today in Greenville SC (Simpsonville). There will be one in July and August in the Carolinas, I will dig out the information and get it to you. These shows have nice vendor areas and some really nice models on display, along with a great bunch of modelers to talk to!