Curt, my knowledge of Omaha hobby shops isn't exactly current (I lived
in the area 1984-2002), but here's the way it was 4 years ago:
1) Bel-air Hobby (132nd and Center Streets): long-time "mom and pop"
(actually, I think it was "pop and daughter" at the time I left) store.
The owner was nearing retirement age; hopefully they're still around.
Friendly, helpful folks with a typical selection of models and other
2) Hobby Town USA: various franchises of this national chain would come
and go. The LaVista store on South 84th Street had a good selection of
plastic kits and employed one or two nice folks from the local IPMS
chapter. Hobby Town USA's national HQ is an hour's drive west in
Lincoln. The store in Lincoln's East Park Plaza shopping center
sometimes had good bargains on close-out stuff.
3) Hobby Lobby: a very large regional chain of crafts, art supplies,
and other stuff with a small but decent scale model aisle. Several
stores in the area; the one at 84th and Harrison Streets is only about
two minutes north of the LaVista Hobby Town. If they happen to have
what you want you can often get a very good price as they run frequent
sales. If they're not having one the week you're there you can usually
download a 40% off coupon good on one regularly priced item from their
website at hobbylobby.com.
You may already be familiar with 2 and 3 depending on where you live.
Of course, if you've got the time and the transportation you might as
well check out all the hobby stores you find listed in the Yellow
Pages--there won't be that many. If you're an aircraft builder, you
might also want to visit the SAC Museum located about 20 minutes west
of Omaha near Ashland. Hope you enjoy Omaha as much as we did.
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