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Q: How far do you travel to get to your nearest decent model shop?

5-10 miles  


10-30 mile  


30-50 mile  


50-100 mil  


100+ miles  


Online buyer  


Show buyer  


(510 votes)

David Ashby - Moderator16/02/2015 06:26:28
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Good suggestion from Justin K.

The accent is on 'decent' of course.

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 16/02/2015 06:32:59

..16/02/2015 06:36:38
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Thanks David, I suggested this poll as I suprised myself at the fact I have to travel a 60 mile round trip to my nearest proper model shop. Until last year when hobbystores pulled out of town I could walk, and I do miss it  

In decent I mean a shop that you know will have all your consumables, fuel , nice selection of kits etc etc . 



Edited By Justin K. on 16/02/2015 06:39:12

Dave Hopkin16/02/2015 06:48:56
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I have a choice of 4, Steve Webbs 33 Miles, Blackburn Balsamart - 31 Miles, Leeds Model Shop 51 Miles, Nitroflight Doncaster 40 Miles

So a lot of interwebby buying is done and visits to model shops combined with other reasons for being in the area!

ted hughes16/02/2015 07:28:46
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I'd like the question to include "how far WOULD you travel".We had a nice shop in Bournemouth (Channel 4) but that has now closed.There is shop in Blandford but it doesn't really stock stuff you can browse.

Fatscoleymo16/02/2015 07:34:49
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From deepest France I have a round trip of 1500 miles to Model Shop Leeds which I 'pop in to' on our way back to Darlington around twice a year. Does that count?

There is no model shop that stocks anything of worth anywhere near me, so online for me from anywhere in Europe that's got what I want at the right price. Fuel I get from Leeds.


Kevin Fairgrieve16/02/2015 07:52:32
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27 miles each way.

Always get great service from them "Pegasus Models Norwich"


Cuban816/02/2015 08:00:22
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I usually use Inwoods for a major purchase when I'm on my way to Derbyshire to visit my daughter - otherwise they'd be a 150 mile round trip.I find that I rarely need to visit a shop in person these days, although  I do have a small local shop that's handy, and although a pleasant and helpful enough place, they don't have a vast stock of what I need. Dare I say a bit pricey as well.

90% of my modelling goods are obtained on-line.



Edited By Cuban8 on 16/02/2015 08:09:04

Nigel Day16/02/2015 08:08:28
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It was only after selecting the 10-30 miles option that I saw Internet shopping. Like many here I expect, I do both.

Birgir16/02/2015 08:11:19
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35 miles each way, but I buy most of my stuff online from Pegasus Models. Their online service is also very good and personal.

Area 5116/02/2015 08:15:33
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Round trip of between 50 or 100 miles depending which one I choose!!; but will always call in in the area or passing, inevitabiliy this means online can rule; with a little planning all bits are on the door mat waiting for me!

Gordon Brown16/02/2015 08:59:09
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A journey of 10 miles will get me to the Hobbyking UK warehouse, otherwise it's 42 miles to Pegasus in Norwich.

Bob Cotsford16/02/2015 09:06:07
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well, the question was 'how far do you travel', so I have answered for my nearest decent model shop Mike's Models in Kingstanding. I actually shop on the internet for the most part as postage is cheaper than the diesel I'd burn visiting Mike's, not to mention the 1 1/2 hours lost on the round trip through the centre of Birmingham.

Steve Colman16/02/2015 10:02:47
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I travel........walk about 100 metres! The shop is owned/managed by a member of my flying club.

Granted, It's relatively expensive, but really useful If I have the need for some small item in a hurry.

David P Williams16/02/2015 10:14:34
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One of the downsides of living in a peaceful area of outstanding natural beauty is that it's a long way to anywhere. I have model shops north, east and south, each of them an hour and a half drive each way. The best is 53 miles away, so I do most shopping online. On my last visit to the 'best' one, one of several things I needed was a single sheet of 6mm balsa. The shop had racks and racks of balsa, mostly 5mm and 9mm. Not a single sheet of 6mm. Another bulk order from SLEC coming up........

Martyn K16/02/2015 10:15:12
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I am lucky. My LMS (Barnstormers) is only 8 miles away.

Soon I will be unlucky, its closing down


alan p16/02/2015 10:15:56
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Model shop Leeds every time we visit daughter well stocked and friendly.

The Wright Stuff16/02/2015 10:20:36
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No option for 0-5 miles?

Is that because you'd all hate me if I admitted to that?

David Davis16/02/2015 10:45:07
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I'd like to give a plug for Whitchurch Models in North Shropshire which is about twenty miles away from my home.

As for French residents I came across a good model shop in Perigueux and two good ones in Tours last year.

David P Williams16/02/2015 11:12:19
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Whitchurch are good, but no 6mm balsa David!

Essjay16/02/2015 11:22:16
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Mostly internet for me, but "Motors and Rotors" is about 10 miles away, and "Al's Hobbies" (MK) about 25.

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