My Favorite Vendors

I spent the entire weekend working on moving everything model-related from the basement to the attic. It wouldn’t have been so bad if part of that move didn’t include a 65 year-old heavy desk. As such, didn’t get any progress made on anything–although I should be good to go tonight. So… I thought I’d throw this out: Some of my favorite (or noteworthy) online vendors for models and model-related goods, with a short explanation (these are in no particular order, by the way).
  • mecha skunk – Sure, a friend of mine owns it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an outstanding source of "option parts". For the unfamiliar, "option parts" would be things like hoses, rivets, engine bells, resin weapons, and a whole lot more. A great place to start if you’re looking to make a model more than just "Out of Box".
  • HobbyLink Japan – Yes, their ordering system (and associated delays) can be a little bit frustrating, but they’re probably the best overall source for literally thousands of models and modeling supplies. Personally, I end up killing a lot of time just browsing their immense online listings.
  • Starship Modeler – If giant robots aren’t your thing (or even if they are) and you like sci-fi, this is a darned good place to stop and look around. Thanks to their ever-expanding catalog of resin kits and conversions, there’s something there for every wishlist.
  • Fireball Modelworks – Mainly specializing in decals and resin conversions for helicopters, definitely worth looking into if you’re trying to do something other than another plain’ ol’ stock helicopter build.
  • Samuel Decal – Another site that specializes in decals, but almost exclusively sci-fi decals for all your giant robot needs. They also may very well have the world’s slowest website. That notwithstanding, their decal quality is outstanding.
  • Sprue Brothers Models – A great source for military and aviation models. I’ve met the guys who run the store at several model shows, and they’re a great bunch of folks.
  • Squadron – Another great source for mostly real-world models. Their prices are competitive, but they also have a large, easily searched catalog.
  • HobbyWave – Probably the single best source of Bandai (mostly Gundam) models in North America. Flat shipping, large inventory, and great service make this a stand-out.
  • AKO Creation – If you’re looking to upgrade one of those aforementioned Gundam kits, but don’t want to shell out ridiculous prices for resin conversion kits, this is the place to go. They make some outstanding conversion kits for Gundam and they make them out of plastic! Prices are incredibly reasonable, customer service is great, and shipping is fast.
Hopefully, I’ll have something updated so I won’t have to do this again anytime soon.

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