There are two that I know about.
First is AAA Hobbies in Magnolia, NJ; aka Stephens International; aka
Trumpeter importers for the USA.
AAA Hobbies & Crafts, 706 White Horse Pike N Magnolia NJ 08049 (856)
They are a distributor, so they have a great selection of stuff. All you
have to do is go south on I-295 and then get off at the Rte. 30 exit.
Perhaps 20 minutes away.
FYI I live in Philadelphia, and this is the hobby shop of choice for me.
Closer to Fort Dix is Air Hobby shop on Rte. 38. This place is probaby 10
minutes away from you.
The place is not what it used to be, but you can still find some gems there.
This place holds a special place in my heart cause I used to go there when I
was a kid on my way to my grandfathers place. They had a wonderful
selection of kits that you could not find anywhere else.
I guarantee if you stop in there and talk to the owner (I think he was in
the Air Force and used to photograph planes for Air Classics and other
magazines) you will find it a day well spent!
Air Hobby Shop-Mount Holly, 1603 Route 38 Lumberton NJ 08048 (609) 267-1177
ps: if you are in Philadelphia to look at the Liberty Bell and Independence
Hall, check out Capelli Hobbies on 3rd and Market, just 2 blocks down.
Expensive but great selection again - and if you have to bring your family
along, it kills 2 birds with one stone!
: Howdy all,
: I am stationed at Ft Dix, NJ and I am looking for GOOD hobby stores
: within driving distance. I am willing to cross into PA or NY in search
: of a good store. Please let me know.
A.I.R. Hobby (Aircraft In Review) is definitely closest - at least if you're
looking for plastic models. Whether it's the best depends on what you're
looking for - AAA has more plastic models, A.I.R. has more magazines, books,
patches, artwork, etc.
Don Spering at A.I.R. is still an aviation photographer, he designs patches
(he also designed 1/1 scale aircraft paint jobs) and does outstanding
matting jobs for framed artwork. A.I.R. is on Rte 38 in Mount Holly, in a
small strip mall opposite Miller Ford.
AAA is on Rte 30, I-295 down to exit 29 (Rte 30, go east about a mile and
it's on your right). Make sure to ask if there's anything in particular
you're looking for, some stuff is only in the warehouse (and that may not be
accessible even to the staff at all times).
If you're looking for R/C air stuff, there's a shop close to the Air Victory
Museum. I thinkit's Airport Hobbies, but I'm not 100@ sure.
You may also want to come to Central Jersey Plastic Modelers Club. We meet
at a member's house in East Windsor (~30 min from Ft Dix) 1st Friday evening
of the month (2nd Friday in July). Very informal, except that July will be
the 10th anniversary.
Recommendation from a "figure dude":
"The Red Lancers" in Milton, PA.
This is probably the premier "historical miniature" shop in
the States; and Chuck Robinson is probably the premier
"nice guy" in the historical miniature hobby. He also carries
quite a bit of aftermarket armor stuff. And his shop is also
a kind of "museum", displaying one of the finest collections of
miniatures to be found...sculpted and painted by some of the
biggest names in the hobby, from around the world.
Now thats a day trip!
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: Recommendation from a "figure dude":
: "The Red Lancers" in Milton, PA.
: This is probably the premier "historical miniature" shop in
: the States; and Chuck Robinson is probably the premier
: "nice guy" in the historical miniature hobby. He also carries
: quite a bit of aftermarket armor stuff. And his shop is also
: a kind of "museum", displaying one of the finest collections of
: miniatures to be found...sculpted and painted by some of the
: biggest names in the hobby, from around the world.
Avenel Hobbies - on Rte 35 in, predicatably, Avenel - is excellent.
It's off exit 131 on the Garden state -- turn left on Rt 27 at the
light on the end of the ramp, go 3-4 miles and turn right on Rt. 35 St
Georges Ave. Stay on that for about 1.5 miles; store is on the right.
When I was stationed there from 99-01, I used to visit the Air Hobby
shop, and each of the local malls had a chain called Allied Hobbies.
Their selection was initially pretty good when I got there in 1999, but
went downhill during the 2=BD years I was there. There was one at the
Cherry Hill Mall (30 miles away), Burlington Crossroads Mall (20
miles), Freehold Mall (35) and one at the Deptford Valley Mall (40+).
I also recall one being in downtown Burlington, although I do not
remember what the name was. There was another shop I ran across
accidentily in the Princeton area.
There was a really nice shop in Red Bank, probably the best around.
That's up near Ft. Monmouth, about 40 miles NE.