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MikeQ03/02/2020 11:01:23
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Got to make a trip and drive past Edinburgh on the way to Dundee for work ... great. There used to be a model shop just north of the Gyle that was easy enough to dodge into. I like to see if I can pick up decent balsa in my travels. Is it still there? Can't see it on Google maps. Can't remember what it was called. Anywhere similar close by or is this another LMS down the drain?

cheers

mike

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Edited By MikeQ on 03/02/2020 11:02:02

John Muir03/02/2020 11:14:22
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Probably thinking of Marionville Models Mike. Seems to have moved to Livingston and gone over to drones and Warhammer games these days. There's Scoonie Hobbies in Kirkcaldy. I haven't been there in ages but used to keep a reasonable stock of balsa and bits and pieces. Maybe a bit off your route though.

MikeQ03/02/2020 11:18:13
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Hi

yep ... Marionville rings a bell. It was just off the motorway so easy enough to dodge into. Must be 5 or 6 years maybe since I was there. Maybe more.

Never mind ... thanks for getting back.

cheers

mike

leccyflyer08/02/2020 10:53:46
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As John says you;re talking of Marionville Models - which was a great shop and I used to love to drop in there on passing. Haven't visited their warehouse premises in Livingston. Wonderland Models in Lothian Road is mostly plastic kits and toys, but has a few bits and pieces, a small balsa stock, drones and parkflyers, plus glues and paints.

The only other RC model shops that I'm aware of round these parts are Scoonies Hobbies in Kirkaldy and Tay Models in Perth - which is mostly cars and drones.

Paul Marsh08/02/2020 14:22:08
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I would not bother, as been in both and hardly anything interesting. Best northern shop, if you can detour, is Leeds, probably the best shop in the north east

leccyflyer08/02/2020 15:58:31
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Leeds Model Shop is indeed a decent shop, but it's unlikely to fit into a diversion on a trip from NE England to Dundee.

MikeQ08/02/2020 16:11:18
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Yeah ... leeds is de facto my local model shop now and I live in Sunderland!

lol ... that is indeed some detour. Needless to say must be your wife reads the map on day trips out

ken anderson.08/02/2020 17:07:54
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Posted by Paul Marsh on 08/02/2020 14:22:08:

I would not bother, as been in both and hardly anything interesting. Best northern shop, if you can detour, is Leeds, probably the best shop in the north east

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or only shop in the north east,unless anyone knows different..

ken anderson...ne..1....north east dept.

Paul Marsh08/02/2020 18:08:00
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Posted by leccyflyer on 08/02/2020 15:58:31:

Leeds Model Shop is indeed a decent shop, but it's unlikely to fit into a diversion on a trip from NE England to Dundee.

Could be, if he goes up the M1 and A1(M) then A68 via A696, depends.

MikeQ08/02/2020 18:11:37
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Lol ... look ... the North of England doesn't start until Thirsk and the North East is north of that.

Ask you lass for a look at her map book

leccyflyer08/02/2020 18:18:13
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Posted by Paul Marsh on 08/02/2020 18:08:00:
Posted by leccyflyer on 08/02/2020 15:58:31:

Leeds Model Shop is indeed a decent shop, but it's unlikely to fit into a diversion on a trip from NE England to Dundee.

Could be, if he goes up the M1 and A1(M) then A68 via A696, depends.

Nope, Mike lives in Sunderland - calling into Leeds model shop on the way to Dundee via Edinburgh means heading south to go North.

Martin Harris08/02/2020 18:24:54
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Posted by MikeQ on 08/02/2020 18:11:37:

Lol ... look ... the North of England doesn't start until Thirsk and the North East is north of that.

Ask you lass for a look at her map book

That's nonsense. It's obvious that the South starts at Southampton so logically, the North must start at Northampton.

Erfolg08/02/2020 18:25:29
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There was, or is a good model shop just outside Aberdeen on the road, or general direction of Inverness. I visited it some 8 years back, so may no longer exist.

Aberdeen has a number of MFC, so may know more about what is actually there.

There was, or again is a model shop in Edinburgh, near to the meadows, at the Bruntsfield end. A bit of a toy shop, and bit of a dodgy area.

 

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MikeQ08/02/2020 18:28:53
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Lol ... Northampton. Unfortunately, not even Leeds qualifies for the North. And Manchester and Scouseland are positively on the tropics. I'm afraid Thirsk is the border ... maybe even the A66.

Think ill I'll give the model shop at the meadows a miss thanks

Don Fry08/02/2020 19:45:02
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So by the time the poor seeker of balsa, in his ( hopefully), conpany paid motor, once he does a south, then some way north, arrives at destination, might not be TOO lethargic to do a bit of business.

leccyflyer08/02/2020 19:59:55
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Posted by Erfolg on 08/02/2020 18:25:29:

There was, or is a good model shop just outside Aberdeen on the road, or general direction of Inverness. I visited it some 8 years back, so may no longer exist.

Aberdeen has a number of MFC, so may know more about what is actually there.

There was, or again is a model shop in Edinburgh, near to the meadows, at the Bruntsfield end. A bit of a toy shop, and bit of a dodgy area. The magazine shops have some uninteresting magazines for Heterosexuals.

There hasn't been a real model shop in Aberdeen since GTI Models closed more than 10 years ago. There is a small model shop in Inverurie, which was still there up to a couple of years ago - again mainly cars, railways, plastic kits with a small ARTF selection, small balsa stock, paints and glues.

PatMc08/02/2020 21:52:10
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Posted by Erfolg on 08/02/2020 18:25:29:

 

There was, or again is a model shop in Edinburgh, near to the meadows, at the Bruntsfield end. A bit of a toy shop, and bit of a dodgy area.

 

That'll be the Salvation Army charity shop on Bruntsfield Place. wink 2

BTW nothing dodgy about the Bruntsfield area.

 

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Erfolg09/02/2020 16:37:57
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Ha, Ha, nice one, I think the shop is called something like "Wonderland". I fact it is called Wonderland.

My daughter and son-in-law lived in Bruntsfield, overlooking the castle and the meadows, you are correct, in that it is not dodgy. Where the model shop is, sandwiched between Haymarket and Bruntsfield. I was not overly impressed though with Bruntsfield, it had its good points, a brilliant cycle shop, restaurants, and some Chinese supermarkets. I was put off by the Seagull, that did not like what it took for an Englishman, it attacked without Mersey. I would repulse the attack, by suddenly opening my umbrella, as it is always grinning in Scotland, or just cold (I am almost joking).

On the other hand I really liked Inverness and Culloden where they also lived, weather and all.

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MikeQ09/02/2020 18:35:30
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Haha ... I know where you mean now. I was an IT contractor before going permie and worked at the Gyle for a good few years on and off. That's how I know of Marionville models which was just off the Gyle. I used to stay at a B&B around Cameron Toll and ride to and from work on my cycle ... often with detours all around Edinburgh.

I know the city quite well but forget all the names. Especially the bars etc.  Worked Glasgow quite a bit. Both quite different in any number of ways!

Edited By MikeQ on 09/02/2020 18:36:48

leccyflyer09/02/2020 18:45:32
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Wonderland is on the corner of Lothian Road and Bread Street, as I mentioned earlier. If you want a plastic kit it's an excellent shop - likewise for tools, paints and glues for plastic kit modelling. For RC stuff they have a very small selection of servos, a few accessories, batteries etc, aimed at the model car side of the trade. A few small foamie electrics - Hobbyzone stuff - and multirotor drones. They do however have a small stock of balsa sheet and strip.

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