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Old 02-27-2014, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm only just getting into the diecast scene and while I've had a lot of success thus far on sites like ebay and Flying Mule, I was wondering if anyone knew of anywhere one could buy models in person. Are there any hobby chains that are particularly well-reputed? Or does anyone know of any good hole-in-the-wall places in the NW Florida/Southern Alabama region?

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Take a bit more initiative and do an internet search for hobby stores in those areas you mention. Then use a phone to call them.
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Anyone can do a Google search. The reason I posted here was because I was hoping to get more experienced collectors' insight on if certain chains generally have an updated stock of models. Or perhaps if someone lives in the area, they could point out a favorite store of theirs. I appreciate the profound and well thought-out suggestion though.
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Anyone can do a Google search. The reason I posted here was because I was hoping to get more experienced collectors' insight on if certain chains generally have an updated stock of models. Or perhaps if someone lives in the area, they could point out a favorite store of theirs. I appreciate the profound and well thought-out suggestion though.
Clearly you are only interested in having other people to do your work for you. Perhaps they should send you photos of the hobby stores model stock as well? Heck, just get them to buy the models for you, eh?
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Since when was asking for recommendations a crime? I do plenty of my own digging on ebay, but I want to broaden my horizons a bit and I don't know where to start.
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anywhere i can buy models online????
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Clearly you are only interested in having other people to do your work for you. Perhaps they should send you photos of the hobby stores model stock as well? Heck, just get them to buy the models for you, eh?
It would be one thing to ask if a certain seller or store was recommended by a DAC member, it's another to be spoon-fed information that anyone can find with a little effort. Have to go with Nick on this.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've expended plenty of effort. I don't have a whole lot of time to devote to a hobby. Rather than being lectured on how I should go about pursuing a certain aspect of my life, I'd much rather receive a bit of helpful advice from people more experienced than myself. I didn't mean to offend anyone's sensibility in posting this, but I'm looking for a bit of help and I don't have the time to drive all over the southeastern US on the weekends.
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Seems to me that if you don't have a lot of time to devote to this hobby, you should stick to the on-line stores. They generally have a lot more available than a brick-and-mortar store, you don't pay taxes on out-of-state sales and the prices can be more reasonable. You can strike up a good relationship with the owners of many of these stores, if personal service is what you're looking for. Plus, you don't have to waste gas looking for a store on the off-chance they might have something you want. Just a thought.
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Thank you for a respectful, reasonable reply. Really all I was looking for this entire time. I guess I'll stick to the online stores.
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Hi Bat21bravo,

I pulled this list of Florida retailers from Gemini Jets. You can call each one to see if you can visit them. May take a road trip but what the hey. Welcome to DAC and thank you for flying the Cynical Route!

United States of America - Florida

ADAMJets
P.O. BOX 770308
Miami, FL 33177-0308
Telephone: 786-295-9187
Fax: 305-964-7116
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: Adamjets.com:, Adamjets, Airplane Models: Gemini Jets, Herpa, Corgi, Aero Classics

Airplane Superstore
18038 Waterpoint Blvd.
Windermere, FL 34786
Telephone: (888) 747-7798 Toll Free / (407) 909-9252
Fax: (407) 909-9452
Web: Airplane Superstore; Herpa Wings, Gemini Jets, Dragon Wings, Flight Miniature, Models, Toys and Airline Collectibles

Aviation Hobby Centers USA
3041 Anata Dr.
Zephyrhills, FL 33541
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: AVIATION HOBBY CENTERS USA

Diecast Air Models
2333 Brickell Avenue Suite 1207
Miami, FL 33129
Telephone: (305) 859-9389
Web: http://www.diecastairmodels.com

Sky's the Limit Aviation
7714 Apple Tree Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Telephone: (407) 363-9331
Web: Sky's The Limit Aviation

The Airplane Shop (Miami)
6801 NW 77th Ave
Suite 107
Miami, FL 33166
Web: Airplane Models, aviation hobbyists - AirplaneShop.Com

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Hi Bat21bravo,

Welcome to DAC and thank you for flying the Cynical Route!
Yeah, what a trip! bat21bravo, welcome to the forum. Hopefully, fazeman's input will be of use to you.

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Yes, welcome Bat21Bravo.

DA.C has yet to realize that they should sent out the Welcome Wagon, not run new members over with it.
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Hi Bat21bravo,

I pulled this list of Florida retailers from Gemini Jets. You can call each one to see if you can visit them. May take a road trip but what the hey. Welcome to DAC and thank you for flying the Cynical Route!

United States of America - Florida

ADAMJets
P.O. BOX 770308
Miami, FL 33177-0308
Telephone: 786-295-9187
Fax: 305-964-7116
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: Adamjets.com:, Adamjets, Airplane Models: Gemini Jets, Herpa, Corgi, Aero Classics

Airplane Superstore
18038 Waterpoint Blvd.
Windermere, FL 34786
Telephone: (888) 747-7798 Toll Free / (407) 909-9252
Fax: (407) 909-9452
Web: Airplane Superstore; Herpa Wings, Gemini Jets, Dragon Wings, Flight Miniature, Models, Toys and Airline Collectibles

Aviation Hobby Centers USA
3041 Anata Dr.
Zephyrhills, FL 33541
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: AVIATION HOBBY CENTERS USA

Diecast Air Models
2333 Brickell Avenue Suite 1207
Miami, FL 33129
Telephone: (305) 859-9389
Web: http://www.diecastairmodels.com

Sky's the Limit Aviation
7714 Apple Tree Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Telephone: (407) 363-9331
Web: Sky's The Limit Aviation

The Airplane Shop (Miami)
6801 NW 77th Ave
Suite 107
Miami, FL 33166
Web: Airplane Models, aviation hobbyists - AirplaneShop.Com

With AdamJets, I believe Luis closed the showroom a long time ago, and is all order now.

Didn't know about the place in Zephyerhills (if they are a physical location that is), but they seem pretty pricy, considering when many of these releases were made, and if they're still around.

And Sky's the Limit works a little odd, in that since he lives in a gated community and doesn't want to get in trouble with the HOA, you have to put in at least 100 dollar order in order to visit his garage (where he sells the models out of.)

Diecast Air Models seems to be closed.

The shop in Windermere also doesn't seem to actually have a real storefront as well from what I checked.

I guess that only leaves The Airplane Shop as far as Florida is concerned.


Sadly, in this hobby, if you want to buy in person, you are very likely going to have to go to a metropolis, like NYC, LA or Chicago. I can tell you, the places in the larger cities will usually sell for rather good prices, like Past Time Hobbies in Chicago, which I bought from online and in person many times (Bill is a class act.) There will be some hole in the walls here and there I'm sure, but their selection is highly limited to a very small handful (like 2 or 3 models) from 10 years ago, sold for astronomically high prices.

I wish I had gotten into 1:400 a little earlier when Orlando's Colonial Photo Hobby carried GJs for a while. Before then, they had a couple herpa 1:500 scale models (where I got a LOT 737-400, this was very early in my collecting career.) I don't know if they had gotten more models, but last time I was at Orlando's Hobby Spot (when they were still on Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park, they're now on 50 right 436), they had some 1:600 scale Schabaks, like a small tub of them (guess a former collector sold them to Eric (the owner)), but he wanted way too much for them. This was a while back, I'm sure he calmed down on the high prices now, at one point, he was selling way above MSRP.

Their site is down right now. The site should be up by next week. I need to drop by and see what's going on, as I do get some gems from there (like that N scale 94 ft. tank car in prototype GATX colors, I've seen them go from $26 to $40, manage to sack it early on for $3). I'm guessing you're not much for Video Games, but you can find yourself some good video game things for rather decent prices there too, and I mean like old school stuff too.:
http://www.thehobbyspot.com/
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Haha well I appreciate all the help. With any luck, I'll be moving to a slightly more metropolitan area in the next year or two, so hopefully that'll up my chances a bit. And Fazeman, thanks for the addresses and links. I didn't know Gemini had stuff like that on their website and wouldn't have thought to look there. Again, I really appreciate the help. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I posted here originally.
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Haha well I appreciate all the help. With any luck, I'll be moving to a slightly more metropolitan area in the next year or two, so hopefully that'll up my chances a bit. And Fazeman, thanks for the addresses and links. I didn't know Gemini had stuff like that on their website and wouldn't have thought to look there. Again, I really appreciate the help. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I posted here originally.
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With AdamJets, I believe Luis closed the showroom a long time ago, and is all order now.

Didn't know about the place in Zephyerhills (if they are a physical location that is), but they seem pretty pricy, considering when many of these releases were made, and if they're still around.

And Sky's the Limit works a little odd, in that since he lives in a gated community and doesn't want to get in trouble with the HOA, you have to put in at least 100 dollar order in order to visit his garage (where he sells the models out of.)

Diecast Air Models seems to be closed.

The shop in Windermere also doesn't seem to actually have a real storefront as well from what I checked.

I guess that only leaves The Airplane Shop as far as Florida is concerned.


Sadly, in this hobby, if you want to buy in person, you are very likely going to have to go to a metropolis, like NYC, LA or Chicago. I can tell you, the places in the larger cities will usually sell for rather good prices, like Past Time Hobbies in Chicago, which I bought from online and in person many times (Bill is a class act.) There will be some hole in the walls here and there I'm sure, but their selection is highly limited to a very small handful (like 2 or 3 models) from 10 years ago, sold for astronomically high prices.

I wish I had gotten into 1:400 a little earlier when Orlando's Colonial Photo Hobby carried GJs for a while. Before then, they had a couple herpa 1:500 scale models (where I got a LOT 737-400, this was very early in my collecting career.) I don't know if they had gotten more models, but last time I was at Orlando's Hobby Spot (when they were still on Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park, they're now on 50 right 436), they had some 1:600 scale Schabaks, like a small tub of them (guess a former collector sold them to Eric (the owner)), but he wanted way too much for them. This was a while back, I'm sure he calmed down on the high prices now, at one point, he was selling way above MSRP.

Their site is down right now. The site should be up by next week. I need to drop by and see what's going on, as I do get some gems from there (like that N scale 94 ft. tank car in prototype GATX colors, I've seen them go from $26 to $40, manage to sack it early on for $3). I'm guessing you're not much for Video Games, but you can find yourself some good video game things for rather decent prices there too, and I mean like old school stuff too.:
http://www.thehobbyspot.com/
If I had lived in Florida during the early 2000s, I would have visited the existing shops at the time. Living further north, I've been to the Airplane Superstore when they were located at Dulles and Joe Pilot Shop in Lititz, Pa. Schabak models are the first I ever saw and they were pricey at this high end toy store in Norfolk. I resisted buying one. My first model was a DW AA 727-200 at Hobby Town USA when they sold them in Virginia Beach years ago.

I like the Hobby Spot you posted. Never heard of them and look forward to visiting their site. With regard to the N scale 94' tank car in prototype GATX colors, it's amazing how big the tank car industry is growing so we'll see many over the coming years. And railroad modeling keeps getting better. These NARC High Performance Magnalock Brake Lines are insane!!! High Performance Magnalock Brake Lines - YouTube
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Airplane Shop is way overpriced. The Red Caboose in NYC has a limited selection but they too will be overpriced and charge retail. Grayland Station in Chicago is pretty good.
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I like the Hobby Spot you posted. Never heard of them and look forward to visiting their site. With regard to the N scale 94' tank car in prototype GATX colors, it's amazing how big the tank car industry is growing so we'll see many over the coming years. And railroad modeling keeps getting better. These NARC High Performance Magnalock Brake Lines are insane!!! High Performance Magnalock Brake Lines - YouTube
I gotta make a visit there and check it out. It seems they are focusing more on Sci-fi and Movie Culture stuff nowadays, as there are a lot of people that'll likely pay crazy prices. I guess the move was also to put themselves in direct competition with Sci-Fi city, which is on the other side of SR-50 now. They used to have a store too, but it looks like they just use the site to let you know they exist (but I do recall them doing Ebay things too.)

As for the 94' footer, yeah, it was a prototype from the late 1960s, this giant 8 axle monster was found to not take the smaller radius curves in the US as nicely as they expected, and it became a one off. It lead to the standard maximum length for most cars to be 89'. Atlas made them once and never again in the early 1970s in N, including some fictional ones, liek Citgo, Texaco and one more Chem company that escapes me. Sorta regret not getting the Citgo one too, it was just missing an axle (which is easy to fix, too bad I was just getting into things then and didn't know any better).

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Airplane Shop is way overpriced. The Red Caboose in NYC has a limited selection but they too will be overpriced and charge retail. Grayland Station in Chicago is pretty good.
With the amount of various hobby shops in Chicago, I have to say, it does tend to be good shopping for that kind of stuff if you don't mind driving around town! I think some of the stores out in SoCal also have a good rep for being reasonable on prices.
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Airplane Shop is way overpriced. The Red Caboose in NYC has a limited selection but they too will be overpriced and charge retail. Grayland Station in Chicago is pretty good.
I gotta agree, my friend and I try to make visits to their Miami store once every couple of months, and they are almost always usually overpriced. My first big foray into model collecting was from there and spent almost $350 on three Gemini 200s and a Skymarks. They do have somewhat a good selection, but with the recent Boeing Store opening right down the road, I'll have to visit there and see what they have in terms of models. I like the Airplane Shop and they mean well, but usually they are higher priced. In my mind, though, the amount I could pay for a model in their store + a little tax can sometimes be close to what I'd pay online + shipping (this was before I discovered Past Time Hobbies and Troy's Toys). I'm going back this week, and I'm going to be very selective with what I get this time.
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