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Old 04-09-2013, 10:12 PM   #21
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Re: Online Hobby Shops. Nitroplanes, Hobbyking, etc....?

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R/C flight is now affordable! you can say that again judithangels, With online shops theses days, there is no excuse that a plane shouldn't fly. building, rebuilding, etc... its nice to know that the hobby is finally becoming reasonably affordable. Local hobby shops finally have some competition for a healthy pricing war. I went to Markham, On where a hobby shop called "Pinnacle Hobbies" is located. And their pricing has finally come down to a level where i feel less of a feeling of getting ripped off. Ultracote/Monocote even has come down due to the amount of other places you can get it from. Something have changed from 5-6 years ago. Its nice to know.
The local hobby shops will and are losing the pricing war. Soon you will not have ANY local hobby shops handy to pick up your items to repair your plane to be ready for the weekend or a replacement prop because you just dinged your last spare. Fuel, if you fly glow planes will HAVE to be purchased on line and you will then pay hazmat fees to get it shipped. If you fly electric you will find getting them will become more and more difficult because of the shipping restrictions on lithium technology batteries. Look at the circus acrobatics taken now to get them shipped. Unfortunately I believe the writing is on the wall for the local hobby shops and I for one will miss them.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #22
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Re: Online Hobby Shops. Nitroplanes, Hobbyking, etc....?

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I'm looking into buying a P-51 mustang from

But rather nervous on the reviews of their shipping style. Apparently a lot of not so happy customers getting the run around from them. But alot of them seem to be due to alot of arrogance as well. They claim that Nitroplanes is responsible for them crashing the plane. blaming it on the quality of the plane. Not that i think its Nitro's fault. You get what you payed for. I'm just nervous that i pay for this plane and i don't get it for a month or it comes damaged. Can anyone back up Nitroplanes for me? Is this site a "hit" or "miss" kind of site.

PS: Went to my LHS and they don't have to many quality P-51s for this price. I saw a $229 but it looked like a whole lot of trouble. lol.

You can order any of the Nitroplanes through AJ Hobbies in Vaughan, several club members have ordered through them and have been very happy with the service.
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Re: Online Hobby Shops. Nitroplanes, Hobbyking, etc....?

Alex I am in Pickering too and know most of the hobby shops in the city. No one mentioned it, but it all depends what you are into nowadays. Many hobby shops specialize in just couple of things. If you are into very large planes, Gliders, or any other specialty type hobby, online is the only place to go. Many LHS, don't even stock balsa wood much, or covering or any building stuff. The old style shops do.
In Toronto, great Hobbies are just ARF retailer, I have no issues with them or pricing, right now shipping is free over $100, good deal. Can't comment on quality, they sell the same arfs as everyone else. Tom at Hobby Hobby was there for a long time, is old time shop, and just down the street from Great hobbies. Always good prices, lot of knowledge. Pinnacle pricing is good and selection depends on what you are looking for. AJ, well for me pricing is too high and stock is older then I am and still at the same old price, but maybe that is only me. Pickering hobbies is now in Oshawa and called extreme hobbies with cars being specialty. There are many small shops around like Flying Stuff Hobbies in Pickering.
It is hard to beat pricing on wiring, motors, batteries, from Hobby King, their planes are still not so good, unless you are willing to rebuild them from the start. like I said, it all depends what part of the hobby you are into and what you need.
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