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Local Hobby Shops
« on: March 27, 2012, 11:31:58 AM »
We all buy stuff online a lot, but admit it, instant gratification.

Most LHSes these days sell stuff for the same prices as online, or within a few bucks. Let's keep them in business so we can get our fix without waiting for shipping!

Here's a list of local hobby shops in the Orlando area which we know are there and still open, and have decent selection/customer service. I think there are a small enough number of them that we can post a little bit about each, what kind of selection they have, and their hours the last time someone checked. I know some places are closed Sunday, but others are open, so that would be helpful info to know..

If you would like to have a shop added, just post the shop's info, but give a little synopsis of what they carry and how the staff have been, and make sure you've actually visited! Don't want people driving out to something that's closed down...


Graves RC Hobby
Graves is a large hobby shop. They have pretty much all RC type hobbies including Helicopters, Airplanes, Boats and Cars. Their prices are very reasonable, and the staff is pretty helpful and knowlegable about the stuff they sell. They have a huge wall of planes, tons of them hanging from the ceiling, plenty of used stock for people looking for projects.

Location:
4814 North Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32810
http://g.co/maps/mjvwz

Hours:
Monday          9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday          9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday     9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday        9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday             9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday        9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday          Closed

Website:
http://www.gravesrc.com



Bob's Hobby Center (at Steve's Hangar)
Bob's is a smaller hobby shop than Graves, but it's still got a lot of stuff, especially for the E-Flite/Hobbyzone/Parkzone stuff. (Horizon Hobbies). They have simulators set up with both RealFlight and Phoenix, and sell a pretty good amount of stuff, though it's mainly aircraft. They have Blade helis and Horizon Hobbies planes, as well as materials for building/repair of all those things. The staff is very friendly, prices are on par with other shops, and they're closer to people on the east side.

Location:
540 N Goldenrod Rd # A
Orlando, FL 32807
http://g.co/maps/s7w9z

Hours:
Monday            10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday            10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday       10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday          10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday               10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday            Closed


Website:
http://shopbobshobbycenter.com/



Micro RC Zone
We took a quick run out here during our first Saturday FamiLAB RC Meetup, and the guy there was pretty cool, it's a small shop but he has plenty of stuff there. Blade heli/horizon hobby stuff, parkzone planes. He also has some boats and car stuff. This is the only place around open on Sunday!

Location:
460 West State Road 434 #116
Longwood, FL 32750
http://g.co/maps/4zqj4

Hours:
Monday       10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday       Closed
Wednesday    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday     10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday         10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday      10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday       12:00 - 6:00 pm

Website:
http://www.microrczone.com/



Superior Hobbies
This seems to be quite a large hobby store with a comprehensive collection. They are up in Casselberry, and it looks like they have Horizon Hobbies stuff, as well as a bunch of other chinese brands of equipment. They seem to have a large selection of things from aircraft, to boats, to cars.

Location:
1436 State Road 436 # 1040
Casselberry, FL 32707
http://g.co/maps/q9qwm

Hours:
10am - 7pm Monday Through Friday
10am - 6pm Saturday

Website:
http://www.superiorhobbies.com
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 02:17:27 PM »
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Here are some local hobby shops that show up on Google maps and look good, but haven't been visited by members or had information posted about them. If you visit, please post a quick review!


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Re: Local Hobby Shops
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 10:22:44 PM »
Colonial Photo and Hobby

1-800-841-1485

Colonial Photo & Hobby, Inc
634 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803

website: http://www.colonialphotohobby.com/hobbies.htm

Store Hours
Mon - Thu:
  9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday:
  9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday:
  9:00am - 6:00pm

Only bought photo equipment and some tools not any hobby stuff but plastic gears.

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Re: Local Hobby Shops
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 07:15:39 PM »
graves is a great hobby shop they have a ton of parts and will always have all the random little parts you need.

superior is a great shop for the high performance on and off road cars and trucks. all the guys that work there race

hobbytown is my local shop here in sanford and the owner is super nice and helpful he has helped me with all my random projects and has ordered in parts that i cannot get on my own.

train depot is mainly trains and slot cars but they have all the other stuff, they are just small inside.

skycraft i think needs to be mentioned. they are not rc or hobby but i have skycraft parts, screws, lights, switches, wire, tools, ect on all my rc cars, trucks and projects. they are the best.

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Re: Local Hobby Shops
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 10:16:14 AM »
skycraft i think needs to be mentioned. they are not rc or hobby but i have skycraft parts, screws, lights, switches, wire, tools, ect on all my rc cars, trucks and projects. they are the best.

This list would/should be expanded beyond just hobby (toys, radio control cars, rocket, and model trains) vendors.

How about a list of resources that would be of interest to the hardware and/or electronics hacker?

The older Yahoo!groups forums had an app that included the ability to build a database to include links to a Google map.  I had plotted the locations of vendors in the central Florida area that sold items of interest to users of surplus computer and electronic parts.

Various FamiLAB projects have used scrap/surplus wood, plastic and metals also obtained from local vendors.

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Re: Local Hobby Shops
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 12:41:55 PM »
We'd started something like that on the wiki, but it didn't go very far: http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=Local_Vender_(Materials)

Here's the page we added for food: http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=Food_Guide

(If you need a wiki login, let abyss or I know)

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Re: Local Hobby Shops
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 03:28:24 PM »
We'd started something like that on the wiki, but it didn't go very far:  wiki link

Almost remeber this page ... I made the two entries ...    :-\

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Re: Local Hobby Shops
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2014, 05:59:35 PM »
Graves is 2 miles from my work, so you'd think I'd shop there fairly often, but I've never been allowed to out of Graves with a purchase, always empty-handed.

Now... I don't build RC stuff, but I frequently need gears, linkages, hardware, motors, connectors etc.  So I cannot go in there and say "I need a replacement tail rotor gear for a model blah-blah-blah helicopter"

Much of their mechanical-ish hardware is behind a huge glass counter that wraps around the entire middle room, and they won't let anybody behind it.  And when I have asked 4 different people to please let me see a particular part 6-feet behind the counter (you can barely even see the tiny parts from that far) over the course of 4 different trips over the years, every single employee each time acted as if I was asking them to give me one of their kidneys, finally resigning themselves to allowing me the "privilege" of passing the item of interest across the counter to me.  Whenever I ask to see a second one, the employees over the years have usually told me to go shopping on the internet instead of their store.

This has been my experience... Maybe it's a wonderful place if you know a specific make and model of your RC device.  But for me, a maker, Graves RC is completely worthless... :-/