Author Topic: Online Hobby Stores (Where to buy stuff)  (Read 66122 times)

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Please post your online hobby stores and store questions (like shipping) here so that we can avoid another 100 "where can I buy gundam models?" threads. Post them below and we'll update the list here at the top. Please format as listed below for consistency.
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Model Kits

Hobby Wave
http://www.hobbywave.com/
One Stop Source for Gundam Models. Huge selection, flat-rate shipping and with every purchase, you can earn credits towards next purchase.

HobbyLink Japan (HLJ)
http://www.hlj.com/
Another great online store located in Japan.

Rainbow10 (R10)
http://www.rainbowten.co.jp/
Located in Japan. Highly reccommended and my favorite online model shop. Fantastic customer service.

Gundam Mad
http://www.gundammad.co.uk/
Large range of Gundam, EVA, Armored Core and Patlabor kits - European wide shipping.

Gundam Store and More
http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/
Probably the US store I've ordered stuff from the most when I first started. Nice service.

ImageAnime
http://store.imageanime.com/
US Store. Not too bad. Lots of out of stock stuff.

Best1Hobby
http://www.best1hobby.com/
Used to have a great monthly contest. Nice store and good selection of military.

Ako Creations
http://akocreation.com/
Kits and conversions. Cool stuff!

PlaJapan
http://www.plajapan.com/
I ordered from them once when they were J-Hobby.net. Not a bad exp.

Hobby Search
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/
In Japan. Good for resin conversions and new releases. I've heard good and bad about shipping being overcharged.

the House of Anime
http://www.hoaoutlet.com/
U.S. Reasonable pricing and "discount sales" (up to 50% off). A good source for Hobby Japan & Dengeki Hobby.

Operation Gundam
http://www.operationgundam.com
Okay prices, don't appear to have newer releases.

Asylum Anime
http://www.asylum-anime.com/
Has a 30% sale off right now on all gundam kits. Weird ordering system.

Modeledom
http://modeledom.com/
A Canadian site with a forum also with pics of customized kits. Dollar amounts are in Canadian currency.

tisinc99
http://www.tisinc99.com
A little bit of everything from anima/manga. 

Lucky Model
http://www.luckymodel.com
Great for scale planes, armor and Gunze paints. They have free worldwide airmail shipping on a wide range of after-market accessories. Their service is top notch and they answer most email queries within a day. Prices are very good too and they seem to have sales very frequently. Based in Hong Kong.

Resin and Recasts

E2046
http://www.e2046.com/
Resin recasts

Supplies and Parts

MechaSkunk
http://www.mechaskunk.com
Fulcy's store. Aluminum bells and great option parts and bits.

HobbyLinc
http://www.hobbylinc.com
Great place for tools, styrene, and metal supplies. Kits too.

The Barrel Store
http://www.bentbutnotbroken.com
Canadian Store. I get my MIG pigments here. Good selection of armor accessories.

Samuel Decal
http://www.samueldecal.com
Waterslide Decal Store

Dixie Art
http://www.dixieart.com/
Airbrushes and Accessories

K&J Magnetics
http://www.kjmagnetics.com
Best source for incredibly strong neodymium rare earth magnets
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October 14, 2006, 01:36:51 PM
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I added Hobby Wave to the list. They're an official FichtenFooForums Sponsor so go check them out!

Hobby Wave
http://www.hobbywave.com/
One Stop Source for Gundam Models. Huge selection, flat-rate shipping and with every purchase, you can earn credits towards next purchase.

October 25, 2006, 06:12:37 AM
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I got my first order from Hobbywave today. Arrived quick and packed very nicely. Four Gunpla kits for only $10 flat shipping was nice.

October 31, 2006, 05:41:50 PM
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Welcome to our newest advertiser: HobbyLink Japan! Check out their site when you get a chance. Great selection and also a great source of info when researching kits that are old and new.

October 31, 2006, 07:31:23 PM
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Quote from: "FichtenFoo"
Welcome to our newest advertiser: HobbyLink Japan! Check out their site when you get a chance. Great selection and also a great source of info when researching kits that are old and new.

And I've just gotta say (again) that the HLJ folks--including their President, Scott Hards--were the greatest bunch of hobby enthusiasts I've ever dealt with when I met them at the IPMS convention earlier this year. I'm pretty thrilled to see them on board as a FFF sponsor.

 :roll:  So many great vendors, so little money (and shelf space)...
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October 31, 2006, 08:51:10 PM
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Wow! We even have HLJ as a sponsor now! I buy all of my MGs through them so its cool to see them sponsoring here! ^_^

December 13, 2006, 10:47:02 AM
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Is there a good place in the US to order option parts from? I want to get quite a few to have a supply to start out with. So have the only place I can find them in HLJ.

December 13, 2006, 12:40:20 PM
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I've purchased several kits from

Big Bad Toy Store
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com
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December 13, 2006, 05:22:46 PM
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Micromark.  Sells lots of hobby tools.  Lots of small versions of big tools

http://micromark.com/

December 13, 2006, 05:41:30 PM
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THanks for the links... please format them properly though next time to make our lives easier updating the list. ;-)

January 19, 2007, 01:34:37 PM
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Lucky Model
http://www.luckymodel.com
Great for scale planes, armor and Gunze paints. They have free worldwide airmail shipping on a wide range of after-market accessories. Their service is top notch and they answer most email queries within a day. Prices are very good too and they seem to have sales very frequently. Based in Hong Kong.

February 10, 2007, 11:47:36 PM
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i have a question about hobbywave. After you buy the kits from hobby wave, how do you use the credits? Can you use the credits to buy other gundam model? It's been bugging me. So far i can't get any answer. thanks if you can tell me. Right now im thinking about buying my gundams there because it has a 10 flat rate.  :D

February 11, 2007, 07:19:20 AM
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Quote from: "mugen1"
i have a question about hobbywave. After you buy the kits from hobby wave, how do you use the credits? Can you use the credits to buy other gundam model? It's been bugging me. So far i can't get any answer. thanks if you can tell me. Right now im thinking about buying my gundams there because it has a 10 flat rate.  :D


As long as what you ordered isn't a preorder then you get credits towards yuor next purchase. Go to the mypage section to see how many you have. When you add stuff to the cart, they generally show up there or in checkout. I can't recall.

February 15, 2007, 11:40:33 AM
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Archer Fine Transfers
http://www.archertransfers.com/
These guys specialize in dry transfers for armor models. In the context of fichtenfoo anime modelling however, they also sell tatoos and eyes as water slide decals for anime garage kits. Based in Youngsville, USA

As a side note: I've ordered from them once before and their service is excellent. My order was shipped within three or four hours after placing and paying for it. Delivery time was about 12 days from USA to South Africa.

February 21, 2007, 10:10:02 PM
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Has anyone ordered from bearair.com? They're airbrush seem a little too cheep, but maybe they have bad shipping

February 22, 2007, 02:01:32 PM
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I have ordered from bearair a few times. Shipping fast and there customer service is great. I think I got my stuff in like 2 or 3 days. Plus they offer loyalty pionts where the more you spend the more points you get towards future stuff.

I have nothing but good things to say about them even though they don't carry Iwata anymore. :D  :lol:

PS. I almost forgot they offer first time buyer packages. Like I got a free cleaning brush kit with the purchase of an AB. And I got free paint from them to, for a purchase over so much money spent.

So ask if they are offering any first time buyer specials of order there cataloge first. You could just PM me and I will give you the coupon codes from my book.

March 10, 2007, 09:37:45 PM
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I have found a place you all might want to explore.
$5 airbrushes.... YES you heard me $5 not greatest in world but  good for what we do. And many more

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?function=Searchairbrush says 9.99

I got code for 4.99 pm me

file sets
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?function=Search

hole punch
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?function=Search

and alot more at
harborfreight.com


March 11, 2007, 06:19:01 PM
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Thanks fulcy

Not sure why my links are not working.

April 18, 2007, 11:36:05 AM
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Hope is the right topic for my question, if not I apologize

I tried to mail an order to samuel decal but my mail return to me, is there a problem with the website or the mail ?