I'm really saddened to hear they are closing. A.B. Charles was the
fist shop I ever visited. As a kid, my father and I would go there
every Saturday morning to see what was new. I would be able to pick
out one Matchbox or Corgi car each visit, but then I discovered Tamiya
kits and it's been downhill from there. I left Pittsburgh in 1978 and
never had a chance to get back for a visit. That will truly be the end
of an era.
Is there still a Bill & Walts hobbies in Pittsburgh? I remember going
there as a kid (more years than I want to admit) with my dad and was
overwhelmed by what they had packed in that little store which I think
was on Liberty Avenue.
once erich fuchs on tremont st closed, there was nothing in
boston. it had been the only place in boston for about 20
while primarily a rail store, it always had good models.
hard to believe the hub of the universe has no model shop.
ebay and chains do not a hobby make.
I didn't know you'd been to Lancaster recently. ;)
We do have some good railroad shops but the closest we get to a hobby
shop is a store that sells G-rated adult toys like die-cast cars, rc
planes, baseball cards and, oh yes, a few models in the very back of the
store. The owner is a worshipper at the Walmart business style altar.
I envy Big Al having access to Testors new lacquer paints. The futz
here won't order anything like that. He already has acrylics. Why take
up more space? So my paint money goes to Squadron or AC Moore's.
Is that the new shop over by the airport? He opened not long before I
moved down here to TN. He did have a small supply of Alclad there, and
a few models, but nothing that inspired me to go back for a second
Yes and no. The owner expanded to another place whilst still holding
onto the original shop. That one just has merchandise for the pilots -
charts, desk models, small GA plane parts, etc. The kits were moved up
the Lititz Pike to another store where they ended up back in the one
corner. The rest is filled with train sets, sports memorabilia and
cards, die-cast cars, video games, blah, blah......
My friend is the manager over there and he finds it frustrating to not
be able to get supplies for the modelling crowd because they're not on
Heck, I can't get "Model Cars" magazine because Kalmbach doesn't handle
it and the owner won't get anything they won't carry.
Next time I'm up there I'll have to check on the Alclad. I'd like to
try it for replacing chrome.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
i had belonged to a couple of boston modeling groups.
when i looked for thm 30 years later, there were none.
there may be an ipms chapter, but i didn't have a listing.
the right coast seems to have lost a lot of clubs, not just
modeling but bowling leagues, pc clubs, coin collectors,
sports leagues are still going.
i suspect people have less free time.
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