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j76lr
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: September 22, 2006
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 10:48 AM GMT+7
Whats everyone's favorite on line store ? I use sprue brothers and squadron alot but im getting disappointed

in them,
ReluctantRenegade
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Wien, Austria
Joined: March 09, 2016
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 10:59 AM GMT+7
Hobbyeasy and Luckymodel are my most frequently used web shops.
jrmcdaniel
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Michigan, United States
Joined: December 30, 2015
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM GMT+7
I like Scalehobbyist. Prices are generally lower than the two you mentioned (which I also use), and has a fairly good selection of manufacturers and products, military and civilian, most time periods.

https://www.scalehobbyist.com

Mac
Kevlar06
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Washington, United States
Joined: March 15, 2009
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:11 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Whats everyone's favorite on line store ? I use sprue brothers and squadron alot but im getting disappointed

in them,



Can you tell us why you're disappointed in them? I've been disenchanted with Squadron for a while now, but not with Sprue Brothers, but I'm curious. I prefer my LHS over everybody, for several reasons-- my LHS owner keeps abreast of the Hobby industry, and tells me of the ups and downs of various manufacturers. He also makes buying trips to various distributors throughout the year. I can always count on him to make something right, or hold an order in advance. I'm disillusioned in general with on line ordering everywhere except Sprue Brothers which seems to have pretty good response and Customer service. So I'd like to know why you feel the way you do.
VR, Russ
Vicious
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Queensland, Australia
Joined: September 04, 2015
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:24 AM GMT+7
HobbyEasy and BNA Model World
white4doc
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 14, 2003
KitMaker: 890 posts
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:32 AM GMT+7
My go tos after my LHS are Sprue Bros., Scale Hobbyist, LotsofModels, HobbyEasy and BNA ModelWorld in no particular order.
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Metro Manila, Philippines
Joined: May 06, 2007
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:53 AM GMT+7
Hobby Easy, HLJ
Biggles2
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Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 11:57 AM GMT+7
Aurora model shop: https://www.ebay.ca/sch/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ssn=auroramodelshop&rt=nc
Prices are good, and all prices include shipping (free shipping). They are in China.
Mortifa
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British Columbia, Canada
Joined: December 02, 2016
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 12:11 PM GMT+7
I have a few I go with.

BNA, or A-Modeler on ebay, is very good.

I try to avoid United States online stores as the shipping is unreasonable but these folks have stuff that is hard to find, tool wise. http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/product_info.php?cPath=21_28&products_id=35

Scale Model Kits, https://www.scale-model-kits.com/, and their ebay store are very good.

This Belgian store is very good also. https://www.passion132.com/gb/

My LHS is my go to though after mark up and such, online is cheaper.
27-1025
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: September 16, 2004
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 12:19 PM GMT+7
Been a Sprue Bros customer for years now and will hit Squadron every now and again for special sales, etc. Of late have also been ordering from Scale Hobbyist.
flippen_waffles
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California, United States
Joined: June 01, 2010
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 12:57 PM GMT+7

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I like Scalehobbyist. Prices are generally lower than the two you mentioned (which I also use), and has a fairly good selection of manufacturers and products, military and civilian, most time periods.

https://www.scalehobbyist.com

Mac



Scalehobyist is quickly becoming my go to online retailer. Ill usually use them and MegaHobby for my modelling needs.
210cav
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Virginia, United States
Joined: February 05, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:37 PM GMT+7
Sprue Brothers has a superb site. I am a dedicated user. I really like HLJ another great and responsive group. Lucky Models is not what it use to be. You order, they charge and then you wait and wait.....I have two orders pending one since May. Time to give them a big break.
Tojo72
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: June 06, 2006
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:40 PM GMT+7
Scalehobbyist
Spruebrothers
Sincere Hobby

Also grabbed some good deals on Ebay
Bodeen
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: June 08, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 02:43 PM GMT+7
Hobby Link Japan
Squadron
HLJ has never disappointed me. Great prices on Asian manufacturers.

Squadron has had a lot of great sales lately. I got the Hobby Boss (former Tri Star) Early Brummbaer for $19.00 and some other goodies for way below MSRP. I have always had good luck with both HLJ and Squadron.

I have also used Hobby Easy and Scalehobbyist with good results.

justsendit
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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 24, 2014
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 08:17 PM GMT+7
Been around the block a few times and ScaleHobbyist (no affiliation) is by far my No. 1 go-to online store. Their website is a breaze to navigate, and descriptions, images, and prices are clear. They have a very large inventory, and shipping is reasonable ... and did I mention, availability is “honest” and clearly noted (subtle hint). On top of it all, their search engine is among the best I’ve ever used.

Of course, no single store can stock every doggone aftermarket item known to modeler, and that’s when I rely on “some” (subtle hint) of the stores mentioned in above replies.

As far as my LHS — well, mine is not at all “local,” it’s far away, pricy, and in addition, not very helpful. Due to my pin location on the big ball, I’ve learned to shop very effectively, and I do so online. That’s my 2 cents + many $$$ US well spent.

Whatever store, method, currency, missile delivery system you choose, remember to build what you buy (hint to self) and have fun doing it!

—mike

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 08:56 PM GMT+7

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remember to build what you buy



Ouch!
sdk10159
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Oregon, United States
Joined: December 08, 2005
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 10:27 PM GMT+7
Don't forget Amazon.com

I got some really good deals from them.
ttwells
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New York, United States
Joined: June 03, 2006
KitMaker: 105 posts
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 10:38 PM GMT+7
I have grown to like lots-of-models.com because they're super fast in shipping - usually free if using their eBay store (competitive $$$ too) lots of sales -eBay store and website, great customer service and did I say FAST! I have used Sprue and Squadron but also come to dislike them b/c of pricing and shipping costs! Second choice is freetimehobbies.com - especially when they have a REAL FLASH SALE - not like Squadron's.
viper29_ca
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New Brunswick, Canada
Joined: October 18, 2002
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:36 AM GMT+7
I like these guys.

https://www.elmcityhobbies.com/shop/
babaoriley
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California, United States
Joined: June 23, 2017
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 07:22 AM GMT+7

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Don't forget Amazon.com

I got some really good deals from them.


Me too, but in some cases the source is another company that sells through Amazon's website (and offers free shipping). Alas, they turn out to be on the other side of the planet and their free shipping offer means the item was sent by surface mail, i.e. mule train and sailing ship--but there was zero warning of that on Amazon's web site. I've had a couple of orders that took as much as two months to arrive because of surface shipping. So now if in doubt I do some homework and find out where the shipment originates before I place an order.

This is a most useful thread, I've added several very interesting supplier websites to my favorites list. Thanks to everyone who posted links to their favorite dealers.

Things that will keep me from ordering from a particular dealer:

--consistently higher prices than other sources

--no choices on shipping, i.e. everything goes out Priority Mail or Second Day Air and thus ordering a couple of small items means the shipping costs more than the items

--credit card is charged long before they are ready to ship

--whether or not an item is really in stock is uncertain
terminators
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France
Joined: February 20, 2012
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 07:38 AM GMT+7
Sockelshop, Oups Model, Euromodelshop, KMT, Blast Models, GDkits, Lot of Models. Depending of what I want,the stock of products and what brand I'm looking for.
RobinNilsson
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Stockholm, Sweden
Joined: November 29, 2006
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:35 AM GMT+7
Since I am located in Europe I prefer "local" shops within the EU (no worries about customs et.c.) and my main supplier is Modellbau König:
http://www.modellbau-koenig.de/Sprache/en/Englisch.htm
Good selection, fast and efficient, lower prices than any local hobby shop in my vicinity. They also keep good order so if they say it is in stock it will ship quickly. If it is out of stock it will take time but newer any incorrect information. If they can't restock they let you know a.s.a.p.

Some things I get from ebay.

/ Robin
McRunty
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Missouri, United States
Joined: April 06, 2016
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:44 AM GMT+7
Not a webstore in the traditional sense but the Ebay store of LotsofModels is one of my most frequented stopping points. Great prices and free shipping with a massive selection avaliable. Shipping is always very quick as well.

I have had 100% good transactions with them.

http://stores.ebay.com/LotsofModels?_rdc=1

edit: Just checked and they do have a traditional webstore. I have only ever bought through Ebay so cant comment on how good their website is.

https://lots-of-models.com/
vettejack
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Florida, United States
Joined: November 23, 2012
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:06 AM GMT+7
Maybe 90% Hobby Link Japan for new kit purchases. EBay usually makes up the rest. Supplies? Any one who happens to have the best deal at the moment.
engeee
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Minnesota, United States
Joined: September 27, 2005
KitMaker: 136 posts
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:33 AM GMT+7
I'm a fan of:
http://www.redlancers.com
and
http://www.milminwh.com

Great service from both!