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julionav
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 02:29 PM UTC
Where do you buy your models and AM resin, decals and etch detail enhancements?

I live in Florida, so I am looking for an online supplier that has low prices.

Thanks.
rdt1953
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 04:25 PM UTC
Julio-
I mostly use Sprue Brothers-good pricing,selection, frequent special sales, and the BEST service in the industry.
http://spruebrothers.com/
I also use Scalehobbyist:
https://www.scalehobbyist.com/
For some items that are difficult to find here in the USA ( i.e. FineMolds) I use HobbyLink Japan- economy shipping takes up to 30 days so plan ahead- they will also store your purchases in a " private warehouse" for up to 60 days so you can combine shipping to save a little.
https://www.scalehobbyist.com/
Hope this helps- Richard
rdt1953
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 04:28 PM UTC
Oops - sorry, I don't know what I did wrong- that last link should be :
http://hlj.com/ Cheers ! Richard
BigfootV
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 05:00 PM UTC
Hello Julio,

Try http://www.internethobbies.com/

They're out of Mayfield, PA., so shipping shouldn't be too bad.
Price's are somewhat within reason, depending on the brand.
Every once in a great while you'll find kits that you just can't pass up on the price.

HTH

See ya in the funnies........
Vicious
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 05:36 PM UTC
Probably the 2 Shops-Online most famous...

http://www.luckymodel.com/

http://www.hobbyeasy.com/

julionav
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:13 PM UTC

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Hope this helps- Richard



Thank you Richard!! It helps a great deal.
julionav
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:14 PM UTC

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Every once in a great while you'll find kits that you just can't pass up on the price.



One of my greatest weaknesses. Thanks Brian
julionav
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:15 PM UTC

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Probably the 2 Shops-Online most famous...

http://www.luckymodel.com/

http://www.hobbyeasy.com/




Great Vicious, thank you.
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:38 PM UTC
julio,

As already mentioned my two favorite online retailers are ScaleHobbyist.com and Sprue Brothers. 90% of my purchases are generated from them.

I use to be a Squadron customer, but their in-stock condition which is still horrendous including when they run sales, makes buying anything a 50/50 deal at best. And they seem to have the highest shipping rates by far.

I do buy a lot of AM directly from smaller dealers, but that's becoming an accepted method of our hobby these days.

Rarely do I buy anything via ebay, but there are times that's the only resource. I never enter auctions as I found that they end up at the last min as a bidding war, but rather the buy now option. The one exception is that many of smaller specialty companies don't have a web site, but use both facebook and ebay for selling their goods.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:08 PM UTC
I am on Amazon Prime and it is absolutely the 1st place I go to look for anything and everything. When My LHS closed last year I started looking for stuff there, usually kits, and sometimes get a good price and free Prime shipping. It doesn't work put all the time but lots of times I end up ordering through them. Not the selection a hobby shop has but if I am looking for something specific I try. Then Sprue Bros. is usually my 1st "shop" stop.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 01:41 AM UTC
Hi Julio

As has already been noted, HLJ are great for Japanese stuff. I also always look at Modelimex for Eastern European items.

With aftermarket stuff I do try to buy direct from manufacturers where possible. It cuts out the "middle man" and is often cheaper (some of the mark-ups in the UK are high)- and, having produced resin sets myself in the past, I know just what a difference it makes to any small producer to get retail (as against wholesale) orders.

All the best

Rowan
julionav
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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 05:33 AM UTC

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Hi Julio

As has already been noted, HLJ are great for Japanese stuff. I also always look at Modelimex for Eastern European items.

With aftermarket stuff I do try to buy direct from manufacturers where possible. It cuts out the "middle man" and is often cheaper (some of the mark-ups in the UK are high)- and, having produced resin sets myself in the past, I know just what a difference it makes to any small producer to get retail (as against wholesale) orders.

All the best

Rowan



What are some links to direct manufacturers of aftermarket parts?
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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM UTC
I use a very small shop in Truro, T7 Models. Martin gives me a 5% discount and if I pick stuff up then there's no postage costs. The bonus is I gain browney points for taking the wife on a hopping trip I do buy specialist stuff direct from source and I have an "Administration" account with Uschi van der Rosten, which means that I don't pay for anything other than postage (I don't use it though but Alex reimburses me then reminds me of my account status!)
http://www.uschivdr.com/

http://www.t7models.com/
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Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 01:33 AM UTC

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What are some links to direct manufacturers of aftermarket parts?



Hi Julio

A classic examples is Fly Models (although they are a limited run kit manufacturer, rather than purely aftermarket), where it is massively cheaper to buy direct than go through UK dealers.

But there are probably thousands of aftermarket companies out there - some of them tiny "one man" operations. Many don't have web pages, so it can be a case of chasing down Facebook profiles or just e-mail addresses and asking "How can I buy your stuff?". In my experience, they are usually delighted to supply direct. It means more money for them and can be much cheaper price for you than buying through an importer, so it's worth the time spent doing a little web searching to track them down.

Being a bit of a sleuth is part of the fun - and you could well turn up stuff that most modellers around the world have never heard of. If you do... write us a review!

All the best

Rowan