|RC Plane Flyer||16/02/2015 18:25:20|
|734 forum posts|
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 Day||16/02/2015 18:58:52|
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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 1||16/02/2015 19:14:45|
11546 forum posts
They probably read your jokes
|Stephen Jones||16/02/2015 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 .
|Paul Marsh||16/02/2015 19:33:10|
4032 forum posts
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
1481 forum posts
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 b||16/02/2015 20:30:59|
1843 forum posts
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 !
|974 forum posts|
Or move in where you work Kevin ?
|1220 forum posts|
We do most of ours online and at shows, probably 50:50 mix
|Iain Marshall||16/02/2015 22:35:44|
|22 forum posts|
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.
|SR 71||16/02/2015 23:39:21|
452 forum posts
I travel around four thousand miles to my nearest decent model shop, Als Hobbies, two thousand each way
I also buy on line
|Mike Etheridge 1||16/02/2015 23:39:52|
|1553 forum posts|
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 R||16/02/2015 23:40:51|
327 forum posts
No 0--5 so did 5-10 but its 4.5 miles to Avicraft for me
|Danny M2Z||17/02/2015 02:18:34|
32 forum posts
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 *
9258 forum posts
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.
536 forum posts
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
11752 forum posts
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 Walters||17/02/2015 18:13:22|
1829 forum posts
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!
|Dave Hopkin||17/02/2015 18:15:28|
|3672 forum posts|
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 Simmons||17/02/2015 18:35:03|
|451 forum posts|
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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