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    Some of the hobby shops down here have remote control race tracks in their back yards!! 001.gif












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    Quote Originally Posted by Pappy View Post
    As a young boy, one of my favorite places to go was a Hobby Shop. There was one on King St., in my hometown, that was a part of ones home and if they were home, they were open. I would finish my paper route and quite often visit their shop before I went home. I was in to building balsa wood airplane models. The shop I visited looked almost like the one I've posted.
    I remember those from my childhood days also. I have family in Turkey, so we used to fly over multiple time every year. Our hometown village was rather small, but still well-known, since it's one of the locations where the famous battle of Gallipoli was fought.

    Anyways, it had those kind of stores all over town with various hobby-related merchandise. My favorites where always the little miniature soldiers made of plastic. Those stores weren't really organized well. I guess the turkish ones just threw any- and everything in there they could find. I must have had thousands of many different eras and spent days trying to set them up in my room just to have someone open the door and ravage a whole battalion

    Loved hobby stores!

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    slot car track.jpgWe had a fantastic slot car race track at our hobby shop back in the 60's. They even had a track that resembled Indianapolis Speedway that ran elevated above everything else for the unlimited hobbyist.

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    The town I grew up in, Batavia NY had Adam Miller Toys and Bikes. I should say HAS, they are still there. The closest we had to a hobby shop.
    Here in Rochester we have Dan's Crafts and things witch is the ultimate hobby shop. The attached pictures are from Adam Millers


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    The photo in the original post looks just like the little hobby shop in my home town when I was a kid. It was conveniently located right outside the gate of the school. I'd love to walk in there again. An old guy ran it. Most of the kits were wood then, and I built a bunch. I got an Xacto knife set for Christmas when I was 12, and the first thing I did was slice open the base of my hand. I still have the scar.

    I still build plastic kits. Here are a few.

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    I like doing the fiddly bits.

    Don

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    Grampa Don. I used single razor blades building my models. I still have the scar where I almost cut the tip of my finger off. Being a kid can sometimes be dangerous.
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    Grandpa, I especially like your Mustang. Had a '67 fastback once. Metallic lime green. Cute car.

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    NancyNGA -- The Mustang is a replica of the real one I bought new in '66 when I got out of the Navy. It broke my heart to trade it in, but we were expecting our second son and it wasn't really a great family car.

    Pappy -- I suspect my folks thought the Xacto set would be safer than the razor blades I had been using. They didn't count on my ineptitude. I did learn not to pull the blade toward myself when carving a block of balsa.

    Don

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    I can still remember the first jet model I built. The F-86 Sabre jet with swept wing. Early fifties. Mostly balsa.
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    Those early kits were pretty simple, just a few blocks and sheets of balsa and an instruction sheet. If you were lucky, there might be a couple plastic parts, like wheels. The Guillows stick and tissue kits are still being made.

    I never mastered the art of making a plane that flew well. And, they didn't survive a hard bounce worth a darn. The big guys and adults would fly their U-control planes on the Jr. High field, and I'd go over and watch. Some of them were amazing. I built one gas powered plane. It didn't even make one circle before doing a loop and self destructing.

    Real hobby shops are disappearing fast. I'm on a modeling forum, and I frequently see posts that so-and-so shop is closing. The internet is killing them, and kids don't seem to make stuff much anymore. It's mostly old guys like me who keep them going. Prices may be a factor. A Comet kit once cost 25 cents, and a tube of glue a dime. You'd pay about $30 for a similar Guillows kit now.

    Craft stores seem to be doing well, and some of them sell a few plastic kits. But the selection is pretty poor. And, if you are looking for advice or help, forget it.

    Don

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    I tried to build one once.

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    I remember there was a shop like that in downtown Clearwater that where you could buy one of those basic kites for 10 cents.

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    A good friend of mine currently owns a HUGE hobby shop in town. Model kits, trains (every gauge),, planes, ships etc. and now

    is carrying drones (with cameras). I can't think of one thing that one wants that he doesn't have. I love to watch the trains run
    around in his front store window.
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    I had a bit of a shock the other day. For some reason I Googled "HO Scale Craftsman Kits", thinking I would see the usual $50 sets.

    Boy, was I wrong.

    This is part of a shipyard diorama that retails for $320 (if it's still in stock ... seems these types of kits sell out quickly).

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