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Old 02-06-2011, 01:31 PM
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Okay I just had a wild idea after having just returned from a vacation in Las Vegas. As an avid RC pilot, I decided to seek out Hobby Shops in Las Vegas. A search of the yellow pages and after a number of phone calls I found 3 to go visit. As I started out on my venture, out of the 3, I found one that actually had some RC plane related stuff but it was all ARF planes Magnum Engines and a radio brand that was foreign to me. Parts and accessories were very limited at best so needless to say I was somewhat disappointed. My thought was, if I were to go on another vacation which city would I go to to see the best selection of RC plane related for sale in the Hobby Shops. I now realize how lucky I am to live where I live in that Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington have at least 5 Hobby Shops that are fully loaded with planes, trains and automobiles. What other cities are this well stocked?????? Thanks Dave
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Orlando!!! Several of the biggest hobby shops are in Orlando.

Bob's Hobby Center

Graves RC Hobbies

Central Florida Hobbies

J & B Hobby Center


I've spent more money than I care to mention in Bob's and Graves!!!!!

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Okay I just had a wild idea after having just returned from a vacation in Las Vegas. As an avid RC pilot, I decided to seek out Hobby Shops in Las Vegas. A search of the yellow pages and after a number of phone calls I found 3 to go visit. As I started out on my venture, out of the 3, I found one that actually had some RC plane related stuff but it was all ARF planes Magnum Engines and a radio brand that was foreign to me. Parts and accessories were very limited at best so needless to say I was somewhat disappointed. My thought was, if I were to go on another vacation which city would I go to to see the best selection of RC plane related for sale in the Hobby Shops. I now realize how lucky I am to live where I live in that Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington have at least 5 Hobby Shops that are fully loaded with planes, trains and automobiles. What other cities are this well stocked?????? Thanks Dave
Back in the 80's, one of the largest hobby shops was Circus-Circus in Las Vegas. They hosted the TOC. Nowadays, the biggest hobby shop is a click away.
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St. Louis has a very nice shop pertaining to mostly cars with an assortment of planes and other RC's called Mark Twain Hobbies. They were very helpful the last time I was in there (end of 09) and apparently they have expanded into quite a shop since then.

One town I was rather disappointed with hobby shop wise was Charlotte, NC. We were there a few weeks ago and there were very few places to shop. They had one Hobby Town that was actually off the Concord exit we found but it had a really limited selection of RC parts. For being a NASCAR town (there are more NASCAR involved people who are RC'ers than you think) there sure was a slim selection of places to visit. [:'(]
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For those of us in Northern Wyoming/South Central Montana you can't go wrong in Billings, Montana. All of these stores always have what you need on the shelves it seems like, but if they don't they'll have it for you pretty quick. The other nice thing about Montana is no walk in sales tax, what you see on the tag is what you pay

[link=http://www.centralhobbies.com/]Central Hobbies[/link]

[link=http://www.abellhobby.com/]Abell Hobbies[/link]

[link=http://www.heliproz.com/]HeliProz[/link]

South of us about the same distance as Billings is Casper, Wyoming. New hobby shop opened up here and it looks like it's going to only grow. Stu and the crew here are great and continue to get more and more in store items every time I visit:

[link=http://www.wheelsandwingswyoming.com/]Wheels and Wings[/link]

Over in Rapid City, SD we also have:

[link=http://www.whoshobby.com/]Who's Hobby House[/link]

I know there are many more down south, but in Denver I always have to stop off at AeroWorks.

[link=http://aero-works.net/store/]Aero-Works[/link]
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Minneapolis / St Paul has a few.

Hub, Sky, and Hobby Warehouse.

All pretty good in there own ways.
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St. Louis has a very nice shop pertaining to mostly cars with an assortment of planes and other RC's called Mark Twain Hobbies. They were very helpful the last time I was in there (end of 09) and apparently they have expanded into quite a shop since then.

One town I was rather disappointed with hobby shop wise was Charlotte, NC. We were there a few weeks ago and there were very few places to shop. They had one Hobby Town that was actually off the Concord exit we found but it had a really limited selection of RC parts. For being a NASCAR town (there are more NASCAR involved people who are RC'ers than you think) there sure was a slim selection of places to visit. [:'(]
Charlotte sux, you should've went North on I-85 to Archdale. KC Hobbies is an awesome store. Airplanes of all kinds hanging from the ceiling, kits both build and arf, four isles of Dubro/ Great Planes hardware, heli parts, mufflers all type, fuel tanks/ pumps, balsa/ lite ply, two simulators running all the time, KC is alittle weak in the engine department, but can order what ever you want and most likely have it in 3 days. Well worth the trip.
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In the 'Dallas area' we have a few:
A1 Hobby - in Mesquite.
Plano RC - in Plano
Mike's Hobby Shop - in Carrollton
Wild Bill's - in Irving
Roy's Hobby Shop - in Hurst
To go to all 5 in one day would be tough because they are pretty scattered. I know there are shops in Fort Worth but I am not familiar with them.
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Okay I just had a wild idea after having just returned from a vacation in Las Vegas. As an avid RC pilot, I decided to seek out Hobby Shops in Las Vegas. A search of the yellow pages and after a number of phone calls I found 3 to go visit. As I started out on my venture, out of the 3, I found one that actually had some RC plane related stuff but it was all ARF planes Magnum Engines and a radio brand that was foreign to me. Parts and accessories were very limited at best so needless to say I was somewhat disappointed. My thought was, if I were to go on another vacation which city would I go to to see the best selection of RC plane related for sale in the Hobby Shops. I now realize how lucky I am to live where I live in that Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington have at least 5 Hobby Shops that are fully loaded with planes, trains and automobiles. What other cities are this well stocked?????? Thanks Dave


Oh good grief! How could you have visited LAS without a trip to Twice Nice hobbies. Only an office front in a warehouse district but worthy of any modelers stand alone vacation destination.

From your description you hit only some of (not all) the bubble pack stores[] Man, that is so sad.


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Old 02-07-2011, 08:50 PM
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+1 !! Ciao Matt!

When in the Chicago area, it's Al's Hobbies in Elmhurst,

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If you're ever in Dubai, Ultimate Heli would be your best bet for aerial stuff.

There are a few other ones, but this is by far the biggest and most stocked shop I've seen out here.

Next best bet is the Net....
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:51 AM
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LOL I know what you mean. I tried that and I've been disappointed every time. Gas is way to high now to drive two hours for a "Largest selection of RC planes and gear in the state!" hobby shop that only has 2 coaxial helis and four little ARF planes.

Google street view helps out a lot that way you can at least see if they are a real store and not a flea market booth or a house in a residential neighborhood.

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Orlando!!! Several of the biggest hobby shops are in Orlando.

Bob's Hobby Center

Graves RC Hobbies

Central Florida Hobbies

J & B Hobby Center


I've spent more money than I care to mention in Bob's and Graves!!!!!

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thanks,good for me.
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