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How far do you travel to the nearest decent model shop?

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

5-10 miles  
21%

 
 

10-30 mile  
36%

 
 

30-50 mile  
15%

 
 

50-100 mil  
5%

 
 

100+ miles  
3%

 
 

Online buyer  
18%

 
 

Show buyer  
2%

 
 

(510 votes)


RC Plane Flyer16/02/2015 18:25:20
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I have added my vote my LMS Leeds its less than 5 miles away and I only have to go 6.5 miles to the flying field

Nigel Day16/02/2015 18:58:52
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Posted by David Davis on 16/02/2015 10:45:07:

I'd like to give a plug for Whitchurch Models in North Shropshire which is about twenty miles away from my home.

Went on hols to N Shropshire and enquired from Whitchurch's website what their opening hours and item availability was. Never heard a peep so I didn't bother going the 10 miles to see them.

john stones 116/02/2015 19:14:45
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Posted by Nigel Day on 16/02/2015 18:58:52:
Posted by David Davis on 16/02/2015 10:45:07:

I'd like to give a plug for Whitchurch Models in North Shropshire which is about twenty miles away from my home.

Went on hols to N Shropshire and enquired from Whitchurch's website what their opening hours and item availability was. Never heard a peep so I didn't bother going the 10 miles to see them.

They probably read your jokes wink

John

Stephen Jones16/02/2015 19:24:53
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I am lucky as my job has me traveling around the north west .

So when ever i am near a model shop i will pop in .

Usually the shop i visit are Blackburn models , Leeds Models , Steve Webbs , Bolton models ,

Barnstormers , And a few others , But they are the main ones .

Steve

Paul Marsh16/02/2015 19:33:10
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Steve Webb, is 30 miles away. Barnstormers is 16 miles, but is closing down sometime this year, so SWM would be the better one after Barnstormers closes.

 

Edited By Paul Marsh on 16/02/2015 19:33:54

leccyflyer16/02/2015 19:34:04
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I used to be lucky enough to have the best model shop in the UK within walking distance. Now though, there isn;t a decent shop within a hundred miles, so I'm entirely reliant on mail order.

Edited By leccyflyer on 16/02/2015 19:34:22

kevin b16/02/2015 20:30:59
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Model Shop Leeds is 27 miles from home, but 2 miles from work. Flying field is 2 miles from home, 26 miles from work. I'm going into semi-retirement, so will have to combine work with shopping ! wink 2

..16/02/2015 21:25:56
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Posted by kevin b on 16/02/2015 20:30:59:

Model Shop Leeds is 27 miles from home, but 2 miles from work. Flying field is 2 miles from home, 26 miles from work. I'm going into semi-retirement, so will have to combine work with shopping ! wink 2

Or move in where you work Kevin ?

ChrisB16/02/2015 22:01:56
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We do most of ours online and at shows, probably 50:50 mix

Iain Marshall16/02/2015 22:35:44
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I get all my stuff online as the nearest good shop is over 100 miles away. I use and recommend Airtek, SMC, Gliders and BRC. Hobbyking are ok too for stuff I can't get from the others.

Iain

SR 7116/02/2015 23:39:21
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I travel around four thousand miles to my nearest decent model shop, Als Hobbies, two thousand each way

I also buy on linewink

Tony

Mike Etheridge 116/02/2015 23:39:52
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In the 1950's we had three model shops in Croydon. One was located at West Croydon and was called 'Sportcraft' and two were located at South Croydon, Hunts and Heset Model Supplies. There was another in South Norwood that has recently closed called Norwood Junction Models. Other model shops were situated at Crown Point in Upper Norwood and one also was near to Croydon Airport. When I worked in Lewisham I visited Dennis Bryant's model shop in Brockley. All of these shops have now gone and my nearest shops now are Avicraft in Bromley and Mick Charles Models on the way to Kingston.

J V R16/02/2015 23:40:51
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No 0--5 so did 5-10 but its 4.5 miles to Avicraft for me

Danny M2Z17/02/2015 02:18:34
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G'day.

25 years since I last visited a 'decent' real model shop.

About 300 miles from home to Sydney, another 10,500 Sydney to Paris then about 200 to London.

(Stopped off on Hong-Kong on the way to haggle at Radar Co. in Kowloon, fascinating shop btw).

The decent model shop in London was Henry J. Nicholls, a place that I grew to love as a kid in east London.

Found another decent model shop not far away, Michael's Models, nearby was the Aviation Bookshop.

Here in Oz, still a few left.

Next time I go fishing in Normandy I might pop-over and check out the old place.

* Danny M *

cymaz17/02/2015 06:30:32
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St. Austell models seems to be the only proper rc shop in Cornwall ! He is very good and gets stuff when asked, very helpful, and always has time for everybody. If he shuts my methanol purchases will become very tricky.

So where's the next one Plymouth...70 mile round trip. No wonder I use interweb, interestingly I buy from proper models shops with a good web site. No from bucket warehouses.

PeterF17/02/2015 07:03:47
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100 mile round trip to Model Shop Leeds, therefore I tend to drop in every time I go past Leeds on work or other trips, otherwise on line shopping. Yes there are shops nearer but the question states "decent" and they are only OK for bits and bobs, whereas MSL has a significant range in comparison.

Edited By PeterF on 17/02/2015 07:05:05

Erfolg17/02/2015 18:06:43
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I wonder if there is any definite relationship between the number of modellers per population density and the distance to a model shop?

In the past i would have expected a definite relationship, I am not as certain now.

I guess H J Nicholls and Roland Scott were ahead of their time with respect to distance selling. Were they the equivalent of HK, Robotbirds, BRC Hobbies?

Terry Walters17/02/2015 18:13:22
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Travelling to a 'local' model shop is not an option for me unless 'local' means around 200 miles! So all done on the internet which doesn't mean not using traditional models shops but does limit it to those with an internet site and decent P+P rates!

Terry

Dave Hopkin17/02/2015 18:15:28
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Posted by Erfolg on 17/02/2015 18:06:43:

I wonder if there is any definite relationship between the number of modellers per population density and the distance to a model shop?

In the past i would have expected a definite relationship, I am not as certain now.

I guess H J Nicholls and Roland Scott were ahead of their time with respect to distance selling. Were they the equivalent of HK, Robotbirds, BRC Hobbies?

I am not so sure, I would hazard a guess that most of us started with airfix kits and they were available from toy shops as well as model shops - I know thats the way I got intersted - Airfix kits, then other makes (Revel, Heller) lead me into proper model shops and there were HUGE great planes on the ceiling (ok they were probably 48" span free flight Keilcraft and Verons - but to me they were enormous!)

Keith Simmons17/02/2015 18:35:03
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Ok I will add my vote to 5-10 miles, but if it's amended to 0-5 miles, please move my vote as it's less than half a mile away for me.

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