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Serafa
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Shops in Paris and London

Post by Serafa » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:58 pm

Guys, I will be in Paris and London on vacation this summer and I was wondering if you could indicate a modelcar shop for me to visit both in Paris and London.

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by Tom » Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:37 am

St. Martins Models in London is always worth a visit..

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by Jager » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:40 am

You have a few good options in Paris....

Boutique Model Auto (BAM) :
www.boutiqueautomoto.com
Easy 2 minute walk from the Chatelet metro station
90% of stock is Spark
Typical European prices (ie Euro 55 - 58 for a new Spark)

Dan Toys :
www.dan-toys.net/
5 minute walk from Felix Faure metro
Wide range of stock.....Spark, Minichamps, IXO, Norev, Part Works Models etc
Pricing of new models similar to BAM, but will discount older stock

AJC Minatures :
www.ajcminiatures.com/
Close to the Maraichers Metro
Focus is on French models from Solido. Norev etc. Mostly road cars, trucks, fire engines, ambulances, military etc.....very few racing cars.

Enjoy !
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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:54 am

Last November we had a S143 get together at St Martins Models - which incidentally is the only proper collectors shop in London. There are some posts and pics on the forum to give you an idea of how compact the shop is.

Also 'Hamleys' in Regent Street caters for the tourist trade with a large toy department on the top floor. They used to have Minichamps and odd 'Hamleys' branded cheap models but I haven't been in there recently so cannot verify their current lines. You will probably only find 1:43 Bburago, Corgi/Vanguard models amongst their much greater 1:18 stock.

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by Jager » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:26 am

For many, many years there was a Beaties / Modelzone on High Holborn which carried a fairly significant amount of diecast (Minichamps, Corgi/Vanguards and Oxford). What became of the store after the Modelzone collapse and purchase by WH Smiths ?

Also, there was an antique market,Grays, just off Oxford Street and I remember there were 3 or 4 dealers in the basement selling old Dinky, Matchbox, Solido etc. I don't know if they are still there, but it was a nice way to waste an hour while your wife/girlfriend hammered the credit card in the shops nearby on Oxford Street.

http://www.graysantiques.com/
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Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:41 am

Either Ebay or high rents have removed the toy dealers from Grays Antiques. Last time (several years ago now) I ventured to the basement they had all gone. At least one of the dealers from there now regularly attends the Sandown Park Toy Fair. One of the other dealers who specialised in tin toys also traded at the Sandown events but I haven't seen him recently. Another dealer now specialises in Bus and train memorabilia and occasionally pops up at Bus events.

On my lunchtime forays while working in London in the early 1990s I would make the odd purchase of used continental diecast (Politoys/Mebetoys/Solido etc,.) My mint but unboxed green Dinky Toys Jaguar XK 120 was also bought from one of the dealers in the basement. I hesitated at the 22 quid it cost me but as it was in original condition and was discounted it was a good buy now boxed versions are costing 10x or more.

W H Smith in the Whitgift Centre (shopping mall) Croydon is the site of one of the remaining incorporated ModelZone outlets. Poor selection of diecast but great if you want Airfix kits or Hornby trains. An oddly remote corner of the store gives a neglected down market impression.

When I think how Model Time with it's enthusiastic and knowledgable sales was an absolute magnet for me in the 1970s! It and Beatties of Holborn then become part of the ModelZone empire in still lively and well stocked large stores which were worth visiting. Since then the whole downward retail trend is very sad.

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by Serafa » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:23 pm

Thank you so much for the hints, guys. I will have a look at all of them and fit to my itinerary at least one shop in each city.

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by LM24HRS » Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:56 pm

Hope these will be of use, these were on our list in 2016 so hope they still exist.

PARIS MODEL SHOPS

Auto Jaune
41 Rue Cavendish, 75019 Paris
http://www.autojauneparis.com/
13.00 – 19.00
Metro Laumiere
Mostly old die cast and expensive

Galerie du JouetAncien
8 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris
http://www.antiqtoysparis.com/magasins/ ... dja_1.html
open 10.30 -12.30 & 14.00 – 19.00
Metro Odeon
Mostly diecast

AxitoysGallerie
8 Rue Dubrunfaut
http://www.antiqtoysparis.com/magasins/ ... _ag_1.html
14.30 - 19.00
Metro Dugommier

43e Rue
66 rue Pierre Demours, 75017 Paris
http://www.antiqtoysparis.com/magasins/ ... 3er_1.html
14.30 - 19.00
Metro Pierre
Mostly old diecasts

Once you have exhaust those why not try one of these for refreshment.

Auto Passion Café
197 Boulevard Brune, 75014 Paris
http://www.autopassioncafe.fr/

Motor Village (Italian Car Themed restaurant)
2 Rond point des Champs Elysees

Have a great holiday,
Paul - "Collecting Motorsport in Miniature; for the passion and its history".

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by CDM » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:21 am

Mr P

Dont forget one of the best Motoring Bookshops in Paris

https://www.librairie-passionautomobile.com/

Lots of motoring related books old and new.

The shop owner was good to chat with, telling us about the ban on classic cars in centre of Paris

The shop is located between two Metro stations, but be aware of the opening times before visiting

Cant remember what we brought but it was heavy enough not be carrying it around Paris, so we left the purchases with them and collected them on the way back to hotel

Chris

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by Alfaholic » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:05 am

I can vouch for this place as well - visited in 2014 and made a couple of purchases. The guy was good to talk to and was quite happy to send books to Australia, if there was anything else I needed!
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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by CDM » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:12 pm

Martin

Always worth checking in general bookshops in France. Their motoring sections are often far better than in any bookshops in the UK.

We are in Pau later this year so will check out the motoring bookshop there.

...and if you are travelling further try the bookshop at Monza Circuit (away from racedays) loads of stuff in there.

Chris

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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by Alfaholic » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:12 pm

CDM wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:12 pm
Martin

Always worth checking in general bookshops in France. Their motoring sections are often far better than in any bookshops in the UK.

We are in Pau later this year so will check out the motoring bookshop there.

...and if you are travelling further try the bookshop at Monza Circuit (away from racedays) loads of stuff in there.

Chris
Thanks Chris

I try to make sure I have a few places like this to visit when over that way, but unfortunately we don't have any European jaunts scheduled in the near future!

I have been to the Monza shop and did pick up a nice book detailing the history of the track. We were in Monza for the first time in the late 1990s and called in to the track just to get a few photos. There happened to be a local race meeting happening on the short circuit, so we spent a hour or so in the grandstands (with about 15 other people!) watching what I think were Formula Fiats buzzing around - a wonderful experience.
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Re: Shops in Paris and London

Post by CDM » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:38 am

Martin

No problem.

We went to Monza back in 2012 a few weeks before the GP. As you know its open park land and if we had the bottle we could have driven the cars onto the grid for a photo as there was nobody around. We did walk around the old track up the old banking - I still have a bit of it!!!!

If you are going to Belgium Paul & myself have covered a few brilliant model shops there, the like of which do not exist in the UK anymore.

Check out Hobby 2000 in Liege.

Chris

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