Grayland Station in Chicago - DA.C
 

Go Back   DA.C > Ground Control > 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 04-03-2014, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
aae991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,248
Default Grayland Station in Chicago

I just left Grayland Station in the Chicago area. OMG - he's got so many 1/200 models in there including some rare ones such as a GJ200 Delta Widget L-1011. His prices are also really good. I picked up my GJ200 UAL 777 (post-merger colors) there today and was stunned by his inventory. He also checks each model before they go out. I WILL be back. Do yourself a favor - if you're looking for something rare or even new, call him. I honestly think he doesn't even know what he has in stock which makes it like a treasure hunt
aae991 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-03-2014, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
Fleetlordatvar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Rocky Mountains/ Colorado
Posts: 1,516
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by aae991 View Post
I just left Grayland Station in the Chicago area. OMG - he's got so many 1/200 models in there including some rare ones such as a GJ200 Delta Widget L-1011. His prices are also really good...
you mean competitive, good = cheap imo.
__________________
"Myyy PRECIOUSSS"

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Fleetlordatvar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 06:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
Master Collector
 
JETJHD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Victoria, BC
Age: 50
Posts: 960
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Steve at Grayland is a great guy! When I lived in Chicago, I bought most of my models from him. He will even order stuff that he doesn't have in stock! The last time I visited in 2007 his store was jammed packed with models. I miss going there!
JETJHD is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 04-03-2014, 07:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
aae991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,248
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fleetlordatvar View Post
you mean competitive, good = cheap imo.
What is your point? His prices are "cheap" on many items. You can use whatever words you like but your comment provides no value to this discussion. Obviously everyone wants the lowest price possible, but cheap does not always equal good.
aae991 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
Fleetlordatvar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Rocky Mountains/ Colorado
Posts: 1,516
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by aae991 View Post
What is your point? His prices are "cheap" on many items. You can use whatever words you like but your comment provides no value to this discussion. Obviously everyone wants the lowest price possible, but cheap does not always equal good.

Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online


his prices are 99% never the most inexpensive, but competitive. & no one said he was not a great guy people get emo over everything. btw I'm clarifying your mischaracterization of his prices.
__________________
"Myyy PRECIOUSSS"

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Fleetlordatvar; 04-03-2014 at 07:17 PM.
Fleetlordatvar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 07:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
aae991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,248
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fleetlordatvar View Post
Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online


inexpensive & no one didn't say he was a great guy people get emo over everything
You're the one that "corrected" me. I merely responded to what I thought was a comment that made no sense. I don't need a vocabulary lesson...

Last edited by aae991; 04-03-2014 at 07:32 PM.
aae991 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 07:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
aae991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,248
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fleetlordatvar View Post
Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online


his prices are 99% never the most inexpensive, but competitive. & no one said he was not a great guy people get emo over everything. btw I'm clarifying your mischaracterization of his prices.
You've got to be joking. I'M being emotional? I never mischaracterized his prices. I merely stated they were "good". I considered $85 on the UAL GJ200 777-200 to be a good price on a model that's sold out at all the on-line retailers.

Apparently you are an expert on his prices since you have stated that 99% of the time his prices are not the lowest. Wow, I didn't know we're graced with such a scholar in retail pricing of diecast stores. Just another blanket statement by someone who feels the need to nitpick a comment about a good dealer. Go back under the rock you came out from...

Last edited by aae991; 04-03-2014 at 07:45 PM.
aae991 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 07:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
Flying under the radar
 
adam340's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 923
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Don't mind Fleetlordatvar, aae991, all of his 1066 posts have no substance whatsoever.
adam340 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 07:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
aae991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,248
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by adam340 View Post
Don't mind Fleetlordatvar, aae991, all of his 1066 posts have no substance whatsoever.
I'm beginning to see that ... Looking at some of his other posts I now see what I've been "missing"... No wonder he's so popular on here

Last edited by aae991; 04-03-2014 at 07:49 PM.
aae991 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 09:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
JeffinMass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chestnut Hill
Posts: 1,548
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

The Chicagoland Airline Collectable Show is April 12th at the ORD Holiday Inn. Steve runs an Awesome! show.
__________________
[B]WANTED:
* SAS 1/100 B737 by Lupa,
* Skymarks SKR-339 SkyWest CRJ-900 1/100

"FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW"
En Vogue




JeffinMass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 09:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
wu6fiend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Surrey, B.C.
Posts: 1,411
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

I checked out his website (I'd never heard of this retailer). It leaves a LOT to be desired. He may have a good (or great) selection, but you'd never know it by looking at his site. It puzzles me why many businesses put so little effort into their web presentation, as a good website opens up a world of potential customers.
__________________
Clipper fanatic

World's Most Experienced Airline
wu6fiend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 09:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
JeffinMass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chestnut Hill
Posts: 1,548
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

wu6fiend.....check out his FB page. That is where he conducts a lot of his business.
__________________
[B]WANTED:
* SAS 1/100 B737 by Lupa,
* Skymarks SKR-339 SkyWest CRJ-900 1/100

"FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW"
En Vogue




JeffinMass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 10:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
wu6fiend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Surrey, B.C.
Posts: 1,411
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffinMass View Post
wu6fiend.....check out his FB page. That is where he conducts a lot of his business.
Thanks for the tip, but I don't have anything to do with FB. That's for kids, narcissists and old gummers desperate to re-connect with their high school crushes. If a business doesn't spend the time and minimal money to set up a proper website, that can be navigated easily, displays the products clearly, and actually works, I don't buy from them. My point is: this fellow may have an impressive stock of models, but he obviously doesn't want to sell them on the world market very badly.
__________________
Clipper fanatic

World's Most Experienced Airline
wu6fiend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 10:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
Senior Collector
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Oregon
Posts: 222
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Do you have a link to the facebook page?
kgb4187 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 11:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,809
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by aae991 View Post
I just left Grayland Station in the Chicago area. OMG - he's got so many 1/200 models in there including some rare ones such as a GJ200 Delta Widget L-1011. His prices are also really good. I picked up my GJ200 UAL 777 (post-merger colors) there today and was stunned by his inventory. He also checks each model before they go out. I WILL be back. Do yourself a favor - if you're looking for something rare or even new, call him. I honestly think he doesn't even know what he has in stock which makes it like a treasure hunt
Im confused?? so many of us would die for a brick and mortar store in our own backyard...Why are you just going now??? Glad you found the 777!
__________________
Gemini Jets 400 Scale....the company collectors love to hate but love to collect..
__________________


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 11:12 PM   #16 (permalink)
Keyboard Pilot
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,055
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

I visited Steve's store on spring 2013, a friend of mine who live near Chicago took me to the place. And, I ended up with buying a new luggage, and pay extra luggage, full of models (1:400 and 1:200) on my flight back to Jakarta

I also found 1:200 Preiser figure models with "old" price tag, I am assuming....

It is always become a sensational feeling to enter a brick&mortar model shop.
__________________
You want to make a background check of a seller? Contact me, maybe I can give a name of the con-artist.....
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
aritrixa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 11:42 PM   #17 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
aae991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,248
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by crownvic View Post
Im confused?? so many of us would die for a brick and mortar store in our own backyard...Why are you just going now??? Glad you found the 777!
I know - I am ashamed ! Seriously though, I will be going back there often. I did not realize how much stuff he had there. And thanks for the congrats on the 777. At $85 I'm a happy collector! Steve has stuff so buried in his store that he doesn't even know what's there with absolute certainty. There might be some real hidden gems under some of those boxes!
aae991 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 12:37 AM   #18 (permalink)
Senior Collector
 
ironchef0000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 375
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Grayland Station is a hobbyist's dream come true. Some of my most prized models came from that shop. Glad to hear you found what you were looking for.
ironchef0000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 06:48 AM   #19 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,809
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

last fall he had the battleship UAL 744 Inflight 200 on ebay but he knew the value of that as it was big bucks
__________________
Gemini Jets 400 Scale....the company collectors love to hate but love to collect..
__________________


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 09:18 AM   #20 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
planemark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,086
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

I would love to have great store in Denver. Colpar Hobbies is here (part of Hobbytown USA) and they do have considerable inventory. However, by the time you pay sales taxe their prices are nearly always higher than what I can get from Pete's, Aiken's, Waffle, Flying Mule, etc. Still, it is nice to go see models displayed. I have seen that sometimes with these stores they will end up having a rarer model that has just gotten over-looked for many many months and you might get a deal.
planemark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 12:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Age: 40
Posts: 1,553
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Yeah Grayland station is a pretty cool store especially for those that dont mind digging around and trying to find their favorite model. Like others have mentioned the store is more or less a huge mess with products literally everywhere lol and Steve basically has no clue what he has, but in a way thats what makes it sort of fun. If there is more than 3 people in that store navigating around people becomes pretty interesting. :-)
I will say the people living in and around Chicagoland are spoiled when it comes to diecast stores. There is actually 3 stores that carry diecasts and two of them have extensive inventory. I personally like going to Past-Time Hobbies in Brookfield because its closer to my house down near Naperville and its an easy and well organized store. Plus I typically try to avoid going anywhere near the city of Chicago at all costs.
JTS97Z28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 03:06 PM   #22 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
IflyHA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dallas, TX
Age: 27
Posts: 1,553
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Just purchased the Inflight200 Hawaiian L1011 over the phone from Steve at Grayland. I cannot wait to get this model and the transaction went very smoothly. If his store is any indication of his over the phone prowess, I can imagine it being amazing.
IflyHA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 05:27 PM   #23 (permalink)
Remove before flight
 
beltloader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 323
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

i was just in ORD 3 days ago connecting from YYZ to BOS , and i missed this post... so how far is his shop from O' hare?.... thinking of going back to check it out, and i owe some guys some Garretts popcorn anyway
beltloader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 05:44 PM   #24 (permalink)
Frogger
 
arctic9048's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: ATL
Age: 37
Posts: 2,591
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by beltloader View Post
i was just in ORD 3 days ago connecting from YYZ to BOS , and i missed this post... so how far is his shop from O' hare?.... thinking of going back to check it out, and i owe some guys some Garretts popcorn anyway
It will take about 30 minutes. I think its about 4 subway stations south of the airport and a 10 minute bus ride. The bus drops you off 1 block away. The bus runs frequently.
arctic9048 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 06:56 PM   #25 (permalink)
Remove before flight
 
beltloader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 323
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by arctic9048 View Post
It will take about 30 minutes. I think its about 4 subway stations south of the airport and a 10 minute bus ride. The bus drops you off 1 block away. The bus runs frequently.

thank you sir...
beltloader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #26 (permalink)
Insane Collector
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Age: 40
Posts: 1,553
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by arctic9048 View Post
It will take about 30 minutes. I think its about 4 subway stations south of the airport and a 10 minute bus ride. The bus drops you off 1 block away. The bus runs frequently.
Well grayland definately is not south of ORD. It's basically east. If your on 90 you can get off at Cumberland, Harlem, or Nagle. Either way his address is in his site so should be easy enough to find. If driving it would only take 15 min to get there with no traffic. No idea about train or buses.
JTS97Z28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 08:31 PM   #27 (permalink)
Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,726
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

I think the poor website may be why the inventory is so good. But that's ok. I like the idea of going treasure-hunting in such a brick and mortar store. maybe someday i'll get out there.
AnonCollector is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 09:59 PM   #28 (permalink)
Frogger
 
arctic9048's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: ATL
Age: 37
Posts: 2,591
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by JTS97Z28 View Post
Well grayland definately is not south of ORD. It's basically east. If your on 90 you can get off at Cumberland, Harlem, or Nagle. Either way his address is in his site so should be easy enough to find. If driving it would only take 15 min to get there with no traffic. No idea about train or buses.
Well, either way...to beltloader: it's about 4 stations and a 10 minute bus ride.
arctic9048 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 06:01 AM   #29 (permalink)
Aviation Maniac
 
SgtMoody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Singapore
Posts: 2,713
Default Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Bought from Grayland twice, models arrived in 8 days from the USA, super fast and highly recommended!

Quote:
Originally Posted by adam340 View Post
Don't mind Fleetlordatvar, aae991, all of his 1066 posts have no substance whatsoever.
+1
SgtMoody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2014, 07:04 AM   #30 (permalink)
Design with Elegance.
 
Upkeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Toronto, CANADA
Posts: 5,668
Talking Re: Grayland Station in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by wu6fiend View Post
Thanks for the tip, but I don't have anything to do with FB. That's for kids, narcissists and old gummers desperate to re-connect with their high school crushes.
Oh, man . . . thanx for the morning laff!!! Jets of coffee through the nose!


Quote:
Originally Posted by wu6fiend View Post
If a business doesn't spend the time and minimal money to set up a proper website, that can be navigated easily, displays the products clearly, and actually works, I don't buy from them. My point is: this fellow may have an impressive stock of models, but he obviously doesn't want to sell them on the world market very badly.
Sounds like you may also be in the business of providing solutions. Regardless, I wholeheartedly agree with your point.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Élégance en vol . . . Airfrance-style!
Upkeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:07 PM.

Latest Threads
- by Antws
- by Donity
 

Models of the Week
 



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.