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Hi all,

 

not sure if it was posted already (if so then sorry) but the Ian Allen bookshop at Waterloo will be closing on the 31st of October ūüė•

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I paid them a visit 2 years ago during my last trip to London and walked away with some nice books. More and more such shops close and Covid just accelerates this development. Support them as long as they are, one day we will only have Amazon left...

 

 

Cheers

Markus

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Unfortunately it's a "sign of the times" up and down the UK.

 

There is/was a large book retailer/wholesaler in my region of the UK.  They went bust no so long ago, before the pandemic.  But they were dinosaurs.  They didn't even have an online presence, which in today's age is just asking for failure!

 

It's all very well supporting independent small businesses, but many of them simply don't help themselves!

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Sad news. I worked in central London temporarily (but it ended up being 10 years!) and did the daily commute from Southampton to Waterloo. Escaping the office early and stopping off at Ian Allen before catching the train home was one of the things that kept me going. As I look at my library of armour and aircraft books I suspect over half were bought there. They did a small but surprisingly good range of kits etc as well.

 

I don't think browsing online compares to spending half an hour in a quality shop like this.

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Sad news but not completely surprising and I think closure would have happened eventually even without Covid. I was last there about a year ago and the shop struck me as not really knowing what it was for - some books, some plastic kits, some model railway stuff, even some cuff links and other trinkets but not really a comprehensive stock of anything. It was also a bit out of the way and needed a special trip if you didn't happen to be using Waterloo.

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As far as I can tell it is (was) the last model shop in central London. 

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32 minutes ago, Pete F said:

As far as I can tell it is (was) the last model shop in central London. 

I'm pretty sure you're right unless you count Hamleys (I don't).

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1 hour ago, Skodadriver said:

unless you count Hamleys (I don't).

I'd forgotten about Hamleys. Do they have much of a model range? I haven't been there for 20 years.

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1 hour ago, Skodadriver said:

I'm pretty sure you're right unless you count Hamleys (I don't).

 

Hamleys aren't really a model shop though, they're a toy shop, that sell all sorts.

 

They sell models, but so does my local branch of Autoparts (a automotive franchise, bit like Halfords only smaller), ditto for places like Hobbycraft.  Don't know about anyone else but to me a proper model shop is one dedicated to model kits and the supplies needed to build them, everything else they sell would be a sideshow, rather than the other way around as many shops that sell model kits seem to be.  Very few of that sort of shop around.

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6 minutes ago, Pete F said:

I'd forgotten about Hamleys. Do they have much of a model range? I haven't been there for 20 years.

I'm only in London once or twice a year and I haven't been to Hamleys for a while. They used to have a reasonable selection of kits, paints and sundries but the last time I was there it had diminished significantly. That was probably five years ago and I haven't been back.

 

3 minutes ago, RobL said:

 

Hamleys aren't really a model shop though, they're a toy shop, that sell all sorts.

 

They sell models, but so does my local branch of Autoparts (a automotive franchise, bit like Halfords only smaller).  Don't know about anyone else but a proper model shop is one dedicated to model kits and the supplies needed to build them.

Agreed. I've already said I don't count Hamleys as a model shop but the way things are going "proper" model shops are getting thin on the ground and it's better to have kits sold by other outlets than not at all.

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1 hour ago, RobL said:

Don't know about anyone else but to me a proper model shop is one dedicated to model kits and the supplies needed to build them, everything else they sell would be a sideshow, rather than the other way around as many shops that sell model kits seem to be.

Very hard for a dedicated modelshop to survive now ... and I suspect we've brought it on ourselves. Every modelling item you buy online is another nail in the model shop coffin - of course this applies to pretty much any specialist store these days. Don't dismiss the non-specialist shops. If we don't use them, they'll stop stocking and then where will we be when we run out of something on a Saturday afternoon?

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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Well, it seems we are quite privileged here in Vienna as we have three good modelshops (three seems to be the critical mass as there never survived more than that number at the same time). While I shop online sometimes like many others too I try to give them a fair share of purchases, buying all my supplies like paint, glue, ... and some kits from them.

It would be a pity to see them fold, having a nice chat with other modellers or browse their stock of newly arrived kits would be simply missing.

Then of course you have many non-specialized shops which sell the usual Revell stuff but sometimes Tamiya and Italeri and even Zvezda too.

 

On the other hand we have only one really good bookstore which carries specialized military (history) books (Osprey, Crecy and many more) or literature dedicated to modellers and he is more than willing to get you every book you want, regardless how obscure it is. He is a regular at the big model shows in Austria and has survived till now (I guess in a large part because he carries "regular" books too).

 

Cheers

Markus

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The distribution of model shops is weird ... here in Southampton (pop. 250K) we have exactly 0 dedicated shops, and haven't had for at least 5 years or more. Yet 20min. down the road in Portsmouth (pop 238K) I know of 3 good, dedicated shops - and I think there may be another 1 or 2 for RC models. Whether all 3 will survive covid is as yet unknown.

 

Cheers

 

Colin

 

 

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There is Ronlines in Southampton though admittedly that’s a railway shop. Plenty of kits just up the road at AC Models in Eastleigh.

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In Leeds (population 793,000 give or take), there are no models shops in the city centre. There is one that specialises in flying models and ships that has some kits at Crossgates, a suburb, and a model railway shop in Morley. My nearest 'proper' model shop is in Halifax, who I do my best to support and a model railway shop in Outwood, part of Wakefield. 

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There are no model shops around here at all. The closest one is AMS near Schiphol, the rest that is actually useful all at least 70 miles away. 

Guess we're lucky the Netherlands isn't all that big ;) 

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4 hours ago, malpaso said:

Plenty of kits just up the road at AC Models in Eastleigh.

Yes I use AC Models - odd place 90% Revell & Airfix, but I found an Aoshima Ta 152 there a few months back ... and the only shop I've seen selling Pegasus kits.  But my comment was not so much about where to find stuff as the strange distribution.  Maybe its balanced out by a cluster of shops for some other pastime in Southampton (insert joke of choice here).

 

Cheers

 

Colin

 

 

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