By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by CML

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

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
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)


MattyB23/02/2015 00:38:02
avatar
2104 forum posts
32 photos
Posted by ted hughes on 21/02/2015 01:26:56:
Posted by MattyB on 17/02/2015 23:26:41:

What's a "shop"? wink As a glider guy and FrSky user shops are (and have always been) mostly a dead loss for me, as they don't tend to stock the specialist bits needed. T9, GiantCod, Robotbirds and Hyperflight are my "local" shops now, along with the odd order to the 'King. Sorry, but I don't feel I'm missing out on much.

This is the exact opposite of my experience! When lived in Wallingham, and now in B'mouth,Tommy Harris and Channel 4 models were the very places I could go to pick up the odd item straight away, and also get advice. For example, Channel 4 used to have boxes in which they kept odd items, such as servo gears, arms and screws. So I could get back into the air the same day for a couple of quid, or pence. Thinking about it, I'm the type of customer who drove them out of business!

Mind you, it is the same with everything, with a global economy, and if you can wait a week or so, it simply is not worthwhile repairing items like servos.

Servo gears and arms are not specialist items - I'm talking thin wing servos from KST or MKS, a good selection of carbon strip and composites, or a FrSky receiver. For non specialist stuff it is simply way cheaper to keep stock in a top up when you place your next order - I always keep cheap 9g servos, a variety of clone apc-e props, some spare foam wheels and lots of linkage gear, deans plugs and heat shrink around so I am never really downed (besides, I have too many toys for that to happen in reality! ).

scott finnie23/02/2015 00:41:23
avatar
756 forum posts
95 photos

I just put into google maps my route From Edinburgh to Lancaster and it's 166 miles. thats well over 300 miles round trip to my closest REAL model shop. I do take my paraglider for some (hopefully nice) flights around the lakes though i do not regret the trip as the drive is great and the service even better. I have even recieved Scottish discount hehe i wont say the amount but thanks guys for you're kind custom. Will always be back, sorry for standing on the old timer

Scott

YakMad24/02/2015 09:39:33
518 forum posts

I used to have 4 model shops within 10 miles of me, the best was 10 miles each way but closed several years ago, the worst I could walk to but don't as he never has what you want and over charges for everything, the next one is about 5 miles away were I used to buy a few kits and all my glow fuel from until I found out he was mixing his own and re-filling empty cans returned by other modellers, he actually thought he was doing us a service as he condsidered he knew how to mix fuel better then the recognised fuel suppliers (he didn't). The last model shop was opened in an industrial unit about 7 miles away a few years ago, he has a well stocked shop and prices are keen but he suddenly decided that he would only trade online from the start of last December??? he now charges shipping on everything, I will not deal with him anymore as I can source everything at lower shipping costs elsewhere, I used to enjoy wandering around his shop and anytime I was there the shop always had a few people in it and weekends were very busy, I just think he didn't want to deal directly with customers as he always thought the customer was wrong and getting problems resolved could take a while. I am 100% online shopping now, sometimes the local model shop can be its own worst enemy.

JayCee24/02/2015 10:04:57
avatar
507 forum posts
117 photos

To be honest I think model shops have to have an 'on line' presence to survive they can't just depend on passing trade with the high overheads of commercial property.

Apart from my VERY local model shop I use Sussex Models and King Llyn over night delivery if you can't get to the shop...I guess it's a sign of the times!

Olly P24/02/2015 10:11:47
avatar
3215 forum posts
181 photos
Posted by scott finnie on 23/02/2015 00:41:23:

I just put into google maps my route From Edinburgh to Lancaster and it's 166 miles. thats well over 300 miles round trip to my closest REAL model shop. I do take my paraglider for some (hopefully nice) flights around the lakes though i do not regret the trip as the drive is great and the service even better. I have even recieved Scottish discount hehe i wont say the amount but thanks guys for you're kind custom. Will always be back, sorry for standing on the old timer

Scott

What about Leeds Scott - that must be closer? So much so that my Dad is going to call in next week on his way from the Borders to our hols in Nottingham.....

Erfolg24/02/2015 11:44:52
avatar
11781 forum posts
1340 photos

I thought that Edinburgh had two model shops, Marionville and Wonderland?

Richard Wood24/02/2015 12:43:12
avatar
1097 forum posts
164 photos

Marionville Models in Edinburgh is a well stocked shop for most things R/C apart from
traditional builders kits - but that seems to be the way it is with many shops now.
There's also Scoonie Hobbies in Kirkcaldy, a small shop but with quite good
stocks of many items.

Mike Etheridge 128/06/2020 16:32:34
1555 forum posts
431 photos

In the 1950's we had three model shops in Croydon. One was located at West Croydon and was called 'Sportcraft'  

A historian spotted this item as she was investigating the London Road where the model shop 'Sportcraft' existed. 

 

Hello Mike, just wanted to let you know that my article covering Sport
Craft has now been published:
g/history/0224-gucio-express.html >**LINK**

Thanks again for your help with this!

Kake

Edited By Mi

Doc Marten28/06/2020 17:31:15
636 forum posts
7 photos

60 mile round trip.

Michael Kulagin28/06/2020 19:19:45
12 forum posts

Bits and bobs can be bought from 4-Max, just a couple of miles away. Wood and a browse can be had at Andover Models aroung 20 miles away. For some reason 4-Max don't stock Model Technics.

Tom Gaskin 128/06/2020 20:32:23
38 forum posts
5 photos

I'm in the next village along from Sussex Model Centre, so two-and-a-bit miles.

Tom

Richard Clark 229/06/2020 03:55:16
422 forum posts

17 miles each way to Spire Model near Salisbury.

Failing that I shop online with Sussex Model Centre. Occasionally I buy motors direct from Hacker in Germany.

Erfolg29/06/2020 12:05:12
avatar
11781 forum posts
1340 photos

I am surprised how many have a model shop within 30 miles @ approx 57%.

In my case I am in the 3% group, where the nearest model aircraft type of model shop is @ 70 miles each way. There are odds and ends type model shops, which may have the odd thing that can be used on model aircraft, that are nearer, but not much.

On my personal situation, I am surprised that only 18% buy on line.

All of which goes to show, that your personal experiences are often very different to others.

Age is also possibly relevant, as in the past, I travel a lot more. Specifically to Scotland once a month to Edinburgh, Inverness later to Aberdeen. A few more miles to another town seemed part of the break. Now living at the end of a road to nowhere else, traveling 60 miles to Manchester seems a long way, then, where to park the car?

I have not been to Webbies for over +4 years now, my now local, proper model shop. A shame as their level of service and bonhomie is exemplarily.

Edited By Erfolg on 29/06/2020 12:06:54

Keith Berriman29/06/2020 14:16:50
756 forum posts
11 photos

I estimate I am 5 miles from Leeds Model shop never clocked it and 6.5 miles from the club field have clocked that one

MattyB29/06/2020 15:49:16
avatar
2104 forum posts
32 photos
Posted by Erfolg on 29/06/2020 12:05:12:

I am surprised how many have a model shop within 30 miles @ approx 57%.

This thread was brought back from the dead by Mike Etheridge for some reason; the data from the poll is over 5 years old. A lot has happened since then, including C-19 so I wouldn't bother analysing the results too closely!

Edited By MattyB on 29/06/2020 15:52:12

Chris Armstrong09/07/2020 20:40:53
avatar
27 forum posts
30 photos

Sussex Model Centre is now my go to shop after the big one in Bognor shut 7-8 years ago. Bognor was a 8 mile round trip. The Sussex Model Centre is a 42 mile round trip.

In my youth growing up in Wiltshire in the 70's/80's we had a model shop about 1/2 mile from the house. Spoilt or what!

Lima Hotel Foxtrot10/07/2020 08:56:31
avatar
393 forum posts

7.5 miles house door to Addlestone Model Centre. I'm very lucky, which why I always mention tjem

on here because I want the place to stay open.

Bob Bertram10/07/2020 11:16:14
308 forum posts
27 photos

Pegasus is about 24 miles from me. Great shop. Hobbies is about 4 miles if I run out of glue or ply.

Vecchio Austriaco14/07/2020 22:09:04
avatar
1513 forum posts
716 photos

Interesting. I can see the result but not my post. Probably I am one of the former members? Well Al's Hobbies still 3 miles away, I have no intention to move...

VA

Geoff S14/07/2020 22:56:46
3701 forum posts
29 photos

I've just discovered that the Vintage Model Co is based in Flagg a small village in the 'wilds' between Bakewell and Buxton. I think that's about 25/30 miles from me and by far the nearest. I must go over some time when they're open. I have been known to cycle to Flagg to start a club ride but I'm afraid those days are past more's the pity

Geoff

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Sussex Model Centre
Slec
CML
electricwingman 2017
Advertise With Us
Sarik
Latest "For Sale" Ads
Has home isolation prompted you to start trad' building?
Q: The effects of Coronavirus

 Yes - for the first time
 Yes - but Ive bashed balsa before
 No - Ive existing projects on the bench
 No - Im strictly an ARTF person

Latest Reviews
Digital Back Issues

RCM&E Digital Back Issues

Contact us

Contact us

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of RCM&E? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!

Find RCM&E!