Typically, they don't carry much from what I've seen. They do carry
some sets. limited track, and scenery materials. If you watch the
ads, they have a half-price sale occasionally.
Don't forget the other supplies you might need, though - paint, glue,
Mall Of, Ga.
We have a couple of HL stores here in Albuquerque, all in recycled
K-Mart or supermarket stores so the interior size varies as does the
layout. But each has a very small section of model railroad stuff
that varies with the time of the year. I have never seen more than
one-third to one-half of one side of an aisle, usually with one aisle
of the Pinewood Derby and Hot Wheels stuff.
Last two Christmas-New Years they have had half-price sales and I hit
our local stores. Here in ABQ they usually have the Woodland Scenics
and Mini-Metals stuff in both N and HO and I have stocked up. likewise
with WS plaster gauze and ground foam type stuff. The trains and
track are usually low end toy train sets and ModelPower flex track.
The truly awful Life-Like sub-toy quality rolling stock also appears.
Sometimes there have been odd-lot plastic building kits that support
my kitbash fixation.
For the most part the store caters to the female side of the
population with everything from rubber-stamp supplies to silk flowers
to beads, t-shirt painting and all sorts of craft-kitsch. This is NOT
a "Tim Taylor" type of retailer. If you are expecting a "guys" hobby
retailer, you will be disappointed. But look for the half-price sales
at odd times of the year, you may find the unusual treasures. I have.
Yes and no. They carry train sets, some track, and "low end" (toy
quality) rolling stock, locomotives, and structures. They do carry
Woodland Scenics stuff for scenery needs. They carry paint and air
They do not carry locomotives and rolling stock that I would consider
having on my layout. Let alone any high end stuff like Kato. They do
not carry any serious parts like Micro-Trains Kadee couplers, or
detailing pieces. And as far as I know they don't carry any
(non-Christmas) lights or electronics
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 19:01:45 -0700, Richard Sullivan
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Looking thru non-railroad sections of this place (and any craft store)
with your "modeller's eye" on can be rewarding. I found some tiny
spring clothes pins in the doll house section of a craft store. They
are as cheap as the full sized ones, and they are great for clamping
things in tight quarters.
I've also found mould making rubber, basswood, and other useful stuff.
I also got a dual-action Badger air brush at 40% off at a craft store.
Not all the modelling supplies are in the train department.
That is true enough. I started keeping that weather eye out when my
son was a Cub Scout - lots of neat craft-type raw materials, beads,
tongue depressors, odd shapes in different scales and over the years,
this has generated the most eclectic supply of flat car and box car
loads, scenic details and such. Letters to supplement Blair Line (?)
signs, and nondescript roof and r-o-w litter as well.
And then there are always the acrylic paints in hues that offer
endless possibilities for disguising that fifth version of the old