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Old Feb 26, 2012, 07:44 AM
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Where do YOU buy from?

Hey guys,

I'm pretty new to the hobby and I would like to know where everyone buys their stuff from. Second hand auctions/classifieds, brand new, everything. I'm mostly into cars but i dabble in planes.

Look forwards to hearing what you guys have to say
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 03:21 PM
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Hobbyking mostly for major orders, but I do use eagletree systems, bevrc but carefully and for FPV cameras I 100% recommend securitycam2000 as they have awesome shipping which is very quick (ordered both cameras on separate occasions on Saturday night and had them on the Monday!) and they rang me to confirm it was me who ordered both times to rule out fraud and when an order was dead on arrival they shipped me a replacement free of charge that I got 3 days later.

For small need right now items I use local hobby shops (kelletts and rc hobbies) but for big well known branded items I use monaro hobbies in canberra (I lived there the last two years and developed a great relationship there so I like to keep supporting them) if I don't mind waiting. The best shop with the best customer service I use in Sydney is rc hobbies, it can get very busy in there and I'd sometimes slow to get service but that's cause they are helping noobs out. They are great.

Anything else I need in a hurry that I haven't got I use PMRfly Hobbies and they are awesome to deal with and have great prices though the rc knowledge is quite lackluster! LMAO
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Dont waste your time with hobby king they allways mess up you order and dont respond im in the hole $100 for more than a month they are not worth the time its pleny ather place inthe use were you get taken care of and thers some to help at any time i buy from HK no more than $30 its a ganble and if you have some issue your on your own not worth it those australians are no good >i send more than 50 emails no response for my order 2003958176 those guys are no good
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 03:50 PM
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I use Hobbyking for most things. I've made 48 orders totalling nearly $9k, and I've never had a problem. I very rarely bought from there because I needed it right then, I only buy for things I will want in future. Allow a few weeks for things to be delivered, never order anything that is backordered, and you'll be fine.

If I'm impatient enough to want it now, or I wasn't clever enough to buy something from HK before I actually needed to use it, I'll go to my local hobby shop.

Radio gear and specialist bits come from local hobby shops. I've found Kellets to have a pretty good range of the things I use.
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 03:54 PM
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Hobby king almost exclusively! Don't order back order items, if you want it fast pay more postage, Australian warehouse postage is very quick.

More than 60 orders and way to much money, only 2 lipos have been dodgy.
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 03:57 PM
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It really depends on what i am after. Hobby King is my first port of call. If they have what i want then they will generally be the cheapest!
Otherwise for nitro plane stuff i mainly use Kellet's.
RC hobbies is good too.
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Hobby king almost exclusively! Don't order back order items, if you want it fast pay more postage, Australian warehouse postage is very quick.

More than 60 orders and way to much money, only 2 lipos have been dodgy.
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Hahaha your post reflects my position at the moment too! Heaps of orders and heaps of money spent and only ever had 2 lipos DOA. One lipo last week was hugely puffed on arrival but the box was fine so I'm guessing it was puffed on the shelf at the warehouse and they failed to open the box and check. I have raised warranty claim but don't hold high hopes for any response to my liking but I'm willing to write it off and just buy a few more. I think with batteries you should buy one extra of each needed to allow for one to be DOA and if they aren't then you get an extra battery!

I love HK, if it wasn't for them and this forum I wouldn't be back in the hobby that's for sure. I originally stepped away from the hobby due to costs but mainly cause everything was going to lipo and have you seen what local hobby shops charge for lipo's?
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Dont waste your time with hobby king they allways mess up you order and dont respond im in the hole $100 for more than a month they are not worth the time its pleny ather place inthe use were you get taken care of and thers some to help at any time i buy from HK no more than $30 its a ganble and if you have some issue your on your own not worth it those australians are no good >i send more than 50 emails no response for my order 2003958176 those guys are no good
Maybe you get no response 'cause they can't understand what you're trying to say? Put a little effort in, man.

I've bought loads of stuff from Hobbyking too. Like the others say, don't order backorder stuff, and be patient for delivery. With HK, it gets here when it gets here. Only problem I had so far was 1x 1s lipo omitted from an order. Weirdly, they asked me so email a photo of the missing item for proof it was missing. I didn't bother.
R2Hobbies is good too. More limited range though.
LHS if I need it NOW, or for scratchbuilding supplies
here http://www.balsacentral.com/epages/a...s/balsacentral for wood.
Bunnings has all the glues I need.
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 06:59 PM
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For a Queenslander....

Out of the box ready to fly and anything I want good warranty on - parkzone, eflite, multiplex, spektrum, JR, Futaba

www.wiredrc.com.au, www.modelflight.com.au

But if I want that parkzone aircraft or part that hasn't yet made it to OZ in the slow container and all our brothers in the states already have it.... www.amainhobbies.com

All small parts, replacement motors, speedies, servo's and batteries, hobbyking, occasionally an air frame from Aussie warehouse or Scratch and dent.. ( they have been getting some flyfly and dynam models in lately ) ( Know the shipping limitations )

If I want that small part right now... LHS.. Hobby Pitstop, Concept Hobbies, Budget Hobbies

For BIG aircraft wolfmodels.net, desertaircraft.com.au and duanesplanes.com.au

I always try to buy the airframe in OZ then assemble it from chinese parts !!! but then don't forget about performance parts, ie alloy firewalls smallcncparts.com

Second hand....

www.rctrader.com
www.ebay.com.au
and here...

But no matter what you buy new / second hand, modify replace.... I research the aircraft first.

www.rcgroups.com
www.youtube.com
your local park / club.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 12:22 AM
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I agree www.modelflight.com.au is good for some things that cant be bought from hobbyking. The australian hobbyking service is excellent with very fast and cheap delivery. Ive found the international not so great anymore. The only error ive had was one extra speedy thrown in!! but the order processing and delivery times have become very bad lately so dont buy from them if you need something urgent.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 05:04 AM
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I tried to buy something from Teamsherman Hobbies once. They tried to deliver it by sea-mail and my parts went into liquidation.

For everything else I use HobbyKing.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 05:18 AM
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I tried to buy something from Teamsherman Hobbies once. They tried to deliver it by sea-mail and my parts went into liquidation.

For everything else I use HobbyKing.
BAaahahahahaha thats deffinately the best one yet!! Gold!!
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 03:35 PM
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Hobbyking.com for lipos, best value on the market! Aus warehouse is very fast & cheap for shipping models/arf kits.

lowpricerc.com for small orders when HK is out of stock

himodel.com for other a good list of products

R2hobbies.com for glider bits n pieces, best cheap bungee kits

Eflypower.com for GWS bits n pieces

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Old Feb 27, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Hobbyking mostly. Pick up the odd item from ebay if I'm deparate.
Local hobby shops if I'm feeling lucky because they hardly ever have what I want.

I try to plan ahead and buy in bulk for my future needs.
My garage is now better stocked than either of my two local hobby shops.

Australia going back to the days of waiting for the boat to come in.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 06:33 PM
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Hobbyking mostly. Pick up the odd item from ebay if I'm deparate.
Local hobby shops if I'm feeling lucky because they hardly ever have what I want.

I try to plan ahead and buy in bulk for my future needs.
My garage is now better stocked than either of my two local hobby shops.

Australia going back to the days of waiting for the boat to come in.
and the locals wonder why sales are down, simple if you dont have it you cant sell it and if the customer has to wait he may as well order it himself online.

for me Hobby King and ebay are the go
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