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!WARNING! BUYING RC CARS IN ENGLAND IS EXPENSIVE. ADVICE TO ROOKIES

Old 08-17-2008, 06:50 AM
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Exclamation !WARNING! BUYING RC CARS IN ENGLAND IS EXPENSIVE. ADVICE TO ROOKIES

As we all know buying RC models and parts are expensive in the UK and model shops are hard to find. There are some tips of how to save money. Buy on-line. Even if you buy online,make sure you know where your closest model shop is because you will never buy a model that doesn't break down. If you buy on-line you have to know some good websites,
here are some I trust and use:
1.http://www.hobbystores.co.uk/
2.http://www.nitrotek.co.uk
3.http://www.brentfordrc.co.uk
4.http://www.marionvillemodels.com/rad.../category.aspx
5.http://www.myhobbies.co.uk/
6.http://www.ripmax.com/
7.http://www.modelsport.co.uk/
8.http://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk/
9.http://www.galaxymodels.co.uk/

Here is a list of most model shops in the UK:
http://www.rcmodels.org/shops.htm

Please remember RC models are specialist items and are NOT TOYS. Try buying models with big names for instance: HPI, Traxxas etc... When on-line Be careful especially on e bay because the models are somtimes faulty and arent explained enough in the description. Lastly, this is only advice! You dont have to take it!
I hope this helps. Good luck!!
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:26 PM
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Hi Ageofdeath10,

I agree with you buying rc cars and, well any type of rc model in england is exspensive.

Some great links you have put up I have a hobby stores model shop just down the road from me i used to buy things from there all the time. That was untill i found X Nitro RC which is good value for money.

Going to have a look at some of the sites you put up.

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Good websites/shops in the UK I can recommend are:

Fusion Hobbies
Demon Power Products
Mictotech Racing.

Hope this helps some people out there.
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Originally Posted by tc3team View Post
Good websites/shops in the UK I can recommend are:

Fusion Hobbies
Demon Power Products
Mictotech Racing.

Hope this helps some people out there.
+1, I use the bottom two shops the most Microtech are kinda local to me too, so use them :P
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Anybodu used/heard of Wheelspin Models? Based off the A5 in Cannock?
As far as I know, they're my nearest (and easiest to get to), but as a newbie (only just getting into RC), I have no idea what's good or not...

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Originally Posted by Santiago View Post
Anybodu used/heard of Wheelspin Models? Based off the A5 in Cannock?
As far as I know, they're my nearest (and easiest to get to), but as a newbie (only just getting into RC), I have no idea what's good or not...

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I've ordered from Wheelspin Models quite a few times as they are occasionaly the only place that had something I needed.

If you have the part number their search facility is great.
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Thanks - really handy that my other half drives past it daily, so can always pick up the bits I need.
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I always use MK racing
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:28 PM
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ya ive used modelsport, nitrotek and fusion hobbies awesome
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Good model shops are hard to find, and the only piece of advice I can give, is ask, ask, ask. Ask the people at your local club who and where they buy from. Obviously I'd like everyone to buy from me lol, but always try to support your local model shop, as they're becoming rarer by the day.
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Apex Models are local to me and I've collected items a few times, good guys.

Also, I imported my Tamiya F104 through rcmart on ebay, they are a trusted seller and delivered VERY quickly for half the UK price!! Ripoff Britain eh?
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Hello there, I moved to Canada a few years back from Portugal, and I was buying products online from Amainhobbies.com (in Portugal) there have international shipping and the prices are well worth the shipping cost and wait. even now in Canada I still buy from them, once you open an account with them they will send you coupons $10.00, $25.00, $50.00 OFF, and you get store credits on every purchase.
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Default Is pre-order safe on eBay?

I heard about this kind of complaints quite often, and I certainly agree your point, I guess most retailers in the world are, more or less, doing the same thing.

What about pre-order for new items that we can't buy right away? A couple of eBay stores are accepting pre-order for Tamiya 1/10 RC Sand Scorcher Re-release which is rumoured to be released in Jan/Feb 2010, shall I buy online or not, especially eBay? Any idea what the retail price will be?

Hope somone would give me some hints. Thanks a lot!
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I've used modelsport before too and had no issues with their service.

I did like to use Apex models, but imho they are too expensive these days.
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I agree, ask ask and ask! Try not to buy cheap things because they will break!! Especially things from the Far East! Even though manufacture is very cheap there!

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