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Shops in Vancouver

Post by Serafa » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:42 pm

I'll be travelling to Vancouver next week and I am planning for a full day dedicated to visit all the main local hobby and model shops.

These are the shops I initially intend to visit, although any suggestions are welcome:

- Magic Box Hobbies
- Burnaby Hobbies
- Wilkinson's Automobilia
- Yoma Hobby & Die-cast Model

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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by oldirish33 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:17 am

Sorry, just saw this Wilkinson's is the only one I'm familiar with. I will be up there next month. Will be interested if you find any other good shops.
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Serafa » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:06 am

I'm still here in Vancouver as I write this review, but the visits to the hobby shops ocurred on Thursday. It has a lot of pictures, so if that is a problem for you, you can call the police. :mrgreen:

Yoma Hobby

Yoma is the name of a very sympathetic Chinese girl who owns the shop and also operates it. It isn't located in Vancouver exactly, it's aprox. a 45 min drive from downtown to Surrey where the shop is. It is mainly dedicated to high-end and mid-end 1/18 scale models, but she also has a handful of 1/43 models available, as you can tell by the pictures. She has contacts with all the main Chinese producers and the price is exceptionally good on the high-end 1/18 scale models, such as Exoto and CMC.

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CMC+Exoto
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Other 1/18 brands are strongly represented, like Otto, GT Spirit, and Spark
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1/43 new arrivals
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She also has 1/12 models!
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Burnaby Hobbies

Also located outside Vancouver city, but closer (about 30 min driving from Vancouver to Burnaby city), there is this small hobby shop mainly dedicated to plastic kits and R/C vehicles. They also have some magazines/books/catalogues available, but everythng here is related to kit modelling, R/C, an some Scalextric cars as well. You won't find any finished model in this store.

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Wilkinson's Automobilia

There has been a while since Wilkinson's Automobilia changed its model from a brick & mortar shop and went online. They moved to a different place, but they still have an improvised show room that shares the space with a chaotic stock of new and old models, books, vintage racing suits and etc. If you are looking for 1/43 scale models, this is the place to go in Vancouver, however, the price doesn't come cheap.

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Magic Box Hobbies

Another hobby shop dedicated to kit building and R/C cars. The difference here is that the shop is located in Vancouver and it is much larger than the shop from Burnaby. It is ran by a very sympathetic Japanese couple and the guy knows a lot about the hobby, since he is an enthusiast. The shop has a huge stock of military kits (tanks, planes, ships, etc) and a small section for cars. If you are into building kits and need supplies for it and/or you are looking for kits (especially military), this is the place to go.

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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Alfaholic » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:24 am

If we don't hear from you for a while Bruno, we will send out a search party in case you get "trapped" in these shops :lol:
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Tom » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:19 am

Enough there to keep me occupied for at least a day.

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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Jager » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:39 am

Good information Bruno, but what we really want to know is what did you buy :D .
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by scalainj » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:43 am

I so wish we had stores like that left here
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by JSB33 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:57 am

I was in Vancouver with some time to kill about a year ago, all I did was eat and drink beer. I should have taken the same path as you. Great stuff!
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Post by LUW » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:04 am

Wowzers! I could easily spend two or three dyas around inside those shops, drooling.
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Post by oldirish33 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:35 am

Thanks for the info! We go up to Vancouver every May for a car show, will need to check some of these places out.
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:12 am

Those shops are financially, very dangerous places to be :lol:

Saying that , it must be bliss looking around shops like that again . I used to enjoy a weekly visit to my local model shop but like many others, sadly , its now gone .
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Serafa » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:30 am

Alfaholic wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:24 am
If we don't hear from you for a while Bruno, we will send out a search party in case you get "trapped" in these shops :lol:
Martin, I survived! :lol: But I escaped with my wallet a little more empty though. :roll:
Tom wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:19 am
Enough there to keep me occupied for at least a day.
That's exactly the time I spent in those 4 stores - 1 full day.
Jager wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:39 am
Good information Bruno, but what we really want to know is what did you buy :D .
I bought 1x 1/18 scale Jaguar D-Type (Team Nationale Belge) by Exoto, 3x different kits and some accessories for when I start building the kits. Pictures to be added later in my collecting threads.
scalainj wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:43 am
I so wish we had stores like that left here
Those are getting super rare. I was surprised to have found so many in such a small town. Vancouver has less than a million citizens... São Paulo for instance has 12MM inhabitants and only 2 shops to buy this type of stuff.
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:57 am
I was in Vancouver with some time to kill about a year ago, all I did was eat and drink beer. I should have taken the same path as you. Great stuff!
Hope you have the chance to check them out someday in the future.
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:04 am
Wowzers! I could easily spend two or three dyas around inside those shops, drooling.
I would too, Luc!
oldirish33 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:35 am
Thanks for the info! We go up to Vancouver every May for a car show, will need to check some of these places out.
Hope you guys have a great time there!
Galaxy Gaz wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:12 am
Those shops are financially, very dangerous places to be :lol:

Saying that , it must be bliss looking around shops like that again . I used to enjoy a weekly visit to my local model shop but like many others, sadly , its now gone .
Don't even tell meabout it, Gary... I feel like I always have to drop some cash at stores like those just to avoid "missing the opportunity". :roll:
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Post by oldirish33 » Tue May 21, 2019 7:42 pm

I was in Vancouver this past weekend for a car show. Since it was a long holiday weekend in Canada, most shops were closed but Wilkinson's had a booth at the show we attended. I helped myself to a number of models & books I thought I couldn't live without and at the very favorable current exchange rate. I will be back again in July and August, so will give my wallet a chance to heal some and hit the other shops then. :)
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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by IFHP » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:50 am

Wilkinson's Automobilia

There has been a while since Wilkinson's Automobilia changed its model from a brick & mortar shop and went online. They moved to a different place, but they still have an improvised show room that shares the space with a chaotic stock of new and old models, books, vintage racing suits and etc. If you are looking for 1/43 scale models, this is the place to go in Vancouver, however, the price doesn't come cheap.
I used to stop in to Wilkinson's nearly every visit to Vancouver and always enjoyed them. I knew they had closed their storefront a few years ago, but I wasn't aware of their physical showroom. The photos remind me a lot of their old place. Here is a photo that I took the last time that I was there.

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Re: Shops in Vancouver

Post by Serafa » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:33 pm

Nice picture, thanks for sharing!
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