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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Another model shop to close.
Another model shop to close.
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robbob
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Forum Posts: 57
29th Nov 2017 17:41  
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I saw in the London Evening Standard today that 308 Hobbies, probably the last remaining model shop in London is to close in the new year.
This article in the local paper gives more detail.
http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/holloway-road-insitut...
'Another one bites the dust' 😡


"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
jarvo
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 497
29th Nov 2017 19:36  
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308. It was like a shrine to modelers across London. Just like HMS in South Croydon. But said in the piece, internet, we use it for the prices, but what a price!!!!

Mark, gilty as most of us are


Etherow Model Boat Club
onetenor
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 185
30th Nov 2017 02:56  
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HJN's shop?

onetenor
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 185
30th Nov 2017 03:00  
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There are still a few as here
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=london+model+shops&oq=Lond...

KenThompson
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 41
30th Nov 2017 16:26  
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I agree, most of us use the Internet for things, but this is the result. Sorry to see another shop go.


May the wind always be always where you want it .
AndyG009
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Forum Posts: 27
30th Nov 2017 17:54  
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I agree - many of us use the internet, I do as my local shop is limited, and the I cannot always justify the travel to Leeds (good shop in Leeds) they do about 50% on line.

Years ago in Edinburgh (30 years +), I used Marionville Models, they were at Marionville (funny thing that), then moved to near Turnhouse and apparently were just as good.

That apparently closed, and the company was sold - not it is manly internet based.

The internet is useful, but it is nice to touch and hold when one is buying - I try to buy from shops, if I can (not just for model boats).

I can see the day when all specialised 'shops' will be internet based - that will be a Sad Day................

bilzin
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 14
30th Nov 2017 18:03  
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Heard today that Swindon Model Centre was now closed.
First time I went in there was in 1972 when I was based at RAF Lyneham, which has now been closed as an RAF station.
Every time I returned to the UK they were still there) never forgave Rose for snubbing me in favour of Jan, but hey ho that's life, just hope it won't be another pound shop or nail bar !

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1126
30th Nov 2017 18:37  
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Guilty as charged Ken 😭
But then the few model shops left in Bavaria seem to be all aircraft / heli / drone oriented 🤔 Any half decent boaty shops are in north Germany near the coast (must be the salt air!😉)
But there are several excellent on-line shops specialising in boats / subs and associated electronic modules.
Cheers, Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
marky
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 173
30th Nov 2017 19:30  
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just saw andyg009 mentioned Marionville models in Edinburgh ,Andy dont know if your old enough to remember central wood crafts 50+years ago in Duke street Leith it was run by two wee old women i think i spent half my childhood and all my pocket money in that shop ,it was a modelmakers emporium .

onetenor
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Forum Posts: 185
30th Nov 2017 21:00  
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Were the 2 old dears modelers too👍

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RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1126
1st Dec 2017 01:00  
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.... or models! 😁😉


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
Dave M
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1428
1st Dec 2017 10:09  
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My local Model Shop went the same way earlier this year. It is truly sad that youngsters today do not want to build their own models, preferring instead to purchase ready built.

Society generally now buys consumer goods with very short lifespans and choose to replace with new rather than repair. Not surprising then that our children adopt the same approach to their 'toys'.

It's not just the model shops that are disappearing, most high streets are totally changed from my youth of the 50's/60's.

I do wonder how many would cope if some celestical force wiped out all the satellites and we lost the on-line facility? With more and more stores in out of town centres it's to be hoped we don't suffer another fuel crisis, I can still remember the rationing from last time.


Live long and prosper

Dave
KenThompson
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Forum Posts: 41
1st Dec 2017 10:34  
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Hi Dave, yes it a shame , the way I tend to tell new members is, if you buy it from a shop as a kit or from a plan,, if you need to mend it, you have an idea of how to go about it, you put it together yourself. If you buy ready made models you may not know how to mend it if it goes wrong. But there is usually some one to help out if needed, which is always nice to know.


May the wind always be always where you want it .
AndyG009
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 27
1st Dec 2017 15:23  
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Hi marky

No I don't remember "Central Wood Crafts", until I went to Saudi Arabia in 1978 mostly interested in Model Railways (still am). In Saudi took up flying (models that is) as a hobby - Day job was to keep a Lightning Simulator 'Flying' (proper aircraft the Lightning).

marky
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 173
1st Dec 2017 18:11  
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you would probably have been a Harburn hobbies man ,which is still going strong ,because I was a wee boy back then the 2 woman who I thought as old would probably have been in their 50s I think they were modellers they had a great knowledge and I remember drawers upon drawers filled with every decal that was imaginable shelves full of Airfix and Keilkraft kits they also stocked exotic American kits by Aurora ,I remember one of my brothers buying Frankenstein ,Dracula etc with glow in the dark parts.

AndyG009
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 27
2nd Dec 2017 08:14  
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Yes, Marky used Harburn hobbies, when they were down the bottom of Leith Walk - I know they moved at some time to Elm Rowwhich is effectively the top of the Walk.

Do you remember Argylle Models when they were on the High Street, just round the corner from PT's?

marky
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 173
2nd Dec 2017 16:48  
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yes Andy ,Argyle models that's another name from the past ,Harburn hobbies are still up the top of the walk near where the TV studios used to be. Cheers Marky

Alan999
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 32
5th Dec 2017 20:51  
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A good model supplier is in New North Road Hainault.Essex. I buy my wood there but the owner says I am a rarity. Most people want aeroplanes or helicopters ready made.


Am a member of Torrevieja model boat club here in Spain.
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1126
5th Dec 2017 20:55  
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Highly reminiscent of the situation here in Germany 🤔


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
Jim
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 9
5th Dec 2017 21:01  
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The shop in New North Road and it is now closed.

Alan999
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 32
5th Dec 2017 21:01  
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Today I bought two sheets here in Spain of veneer . Two metres long by 12 inches wide each sheet. Cost was ten euros and I can cut whatever dive I want. That will last till I am well past it.!!


Am a member of Torrevieja model boat club here in Spain.
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1126
5th Dec 2017 21:43  
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Oh well, saves Alan having to drive all the way from Spain to collect his stuff!!! 😉


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
AndyG009
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 27
6th Dec 2017 07:35  
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Hi used to servise fire alarms all over UK (mainly) East Anglia, and have been in a few oer the years, but they got less and less.

The ones that seem to survive, do shop sales and internet, prbabley the only way to survive.

Alan999
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 32
6th Dec 2017 09:32  
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When did the Hainault shop close
I thought he did well.


Am a member of Torrevieja model boat club here in Spain.
Jim
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 9
6th Dec 2017 20:16  
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Al's Hobbies in Hainault closed a couple of weeks ago.

jarvo
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 497
6th Dec 2017 21:55  
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HI Jim, Al's hobbies used to have massive ads in the model mags, and seemed to be doing very well!!!!

Mark


Etherow Model Boat Club
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1126
6th Dec 2017 22:25  
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Hi Mark, they still do and still are!
The Milton Keynes shop is still open and their On-Line shop - signs of the times 🤔
https://alshobbies.co.uk/als-hobbies-milton-keynes-bucks-mod...

https://alshobbies.co.uk/als-hobbies-hainault-essex-model-shop

https://alshobbies.co.uk/als-hobbies-online-store-models
Cheers Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug