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Old Oct 13, 2005, 05:12 PM
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Looking for a good EDF hobby shop in London, U.K.

I will be visiting there next week on business and will have a few free hours.

Any ideas?

-Todd
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 05:21 PM
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Don't bother, planes and supplies are cheaper in the States, we get robbed left, right and centre here for everything, just wait until you see the McVomits.
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 05:34 PM
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That may be true, but I am hoping to find things over there that I can't find over here.

A good place to eat would be a good recomendation too...
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 05:45 PM
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West London Models

They specialise in electric flight and silent flight stuff, too !

214 High St
Harlington
Middlesex
UB3 5DS
020 8897 2326

I've no idea how far away from the city centre that is, though...

As for somewhere to eat - I've not a clue !

Watt about MacDonalds ? lol

Keven.
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 05:47 PM
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There are lots of restaurants, cafes etc you will have no problem there, personally I always eat at home because of my bodybuilding diet and the fact I know that I wash my hands...

There is hobby (radio control shop) off of Camden market, (northern line in the underground trains) Ripmax stuff, when I lived in London I used to get most of my supplies there, bit expensive though.
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 06:08 PM
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There are lots of restaurants, cafes etc you will have no problem there, personally I always eat at home because of my bodybuilding diet and the fact I know that I wash my hands....
um, that's reassuring.



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There is hobby (radio control shop) off of Camden market, (northern line in the underground trains) Ripmax stuff, when I lived in London I used to get most of my supplies there, bit expensive though.
Do you remember the name?
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 06:14 PM
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Right in the centre...

Hobby Stores
39 Parkway,
London NW1

Keven.
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 06:32 PM
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Hobby Stores
39 Parkway
Camden Town
London NW1 7PN

Open: Mon-Sat. 9.30-5.30 Closed: Sunday
Phone: 020 7485 1818
Fax: 020 7482 0429
Email: email@hobbystores.co.uk
Website: www.hobbystores.co.uk
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 07:07 PM
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Yeah - that's what I said...

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Old Oct 14, 2005, 03:30 AM
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West London Models is the place to go for electric stuff, and it's so close to Heathrow, where you will probably be arriving. It's only a few minutes from the hire car places for Terminals 1, 2 & 3. And whatever you do, don't get a black cab from the airport into the centre of London, unless someone else is paying!

Otherwise, Slough R/C, which is probably 20mins from Heathrow is very good, but I can't remember how much electrics they do.
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 03:36 AM
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308 hobbies is a good place, lots of micro helis and gws stuff! do a little search on google for a map!

to be honest though, we usually pay in pounds what you pay in dollars.... so a 50 dollar kit would be about 50 pounds in the uk (making about 80 - 90 dollars!!!!)

As for things that you can't get in the states.... not a lot really i don't think! we get jipped on everything..... cost and availability!
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 03:41 AM
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my experiences of West London Hobbies have never been that good!!! They have always seemed less than not bothered about my custom when i go in! well thinking about it, thats the same story with most model shops that i have been to with the exception of two!!!
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 04:04 AM
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Todd,
unfortunately this is the grim reality.

dont bother with Hobby Stores in camden, they are probably the most expensive hobby store in the country, i got my ARC Ready Trainer/buddy box/TX etc from there years ago when i didnt have a clue (well at least they suggested the Ready which is SO durable).

West London is my local decent hobby store, they are a couple minutes drive from heathrow which (traffic permitting!!!) is about 40 minutes drive from the centre of london (average traffic)
Lewist i hear you, they can be very blase. but generally there ok

Slough R/C are a good shop but they are basically our version of Tower Hobbies (alot alot smaller) they own Hobby stores and Ripmax and are the sole importer/distributer of Futaba/O.S./Great planes/ etc for the uk, very mainstream.

308 Hobbies are again an expensive shop ( minutes from the new Arsenal stadium), on Holloway road in north london, they do have good bits and bobs, usefull for popping in on way home but there more i/c planes and cars(and motorbikes), a small shop really.

Als hobbies are a good chain but little electric, only edf is afew Scorpio kits

i really wish there was a better place!
im really interested also if there is, maybe i havn't found it yet, i hope...

really its a case of getting this bit from here and that from there..

alex

P.S. there are Tons of fantastic places to eat!!
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 05:00 AM
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when in doubt find a pub, the food is usually the best in them.

Barry
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Old Oct 14, 2005, 05:07 AM
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You might as well just look around Hamleys in Regent Street rather than trying to find any model shops in London. Sky High rents, rates and wages make it virtually impossible to run a shop for profit. Most of us rely on mail order from small companies on remote industrial estates or we buy in from Germany, Hong Kong or America.

Hamleys is 4 or 5 floors of toys, a great place to spend an afternoon with a few models on one of the top floors.
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