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The HobbyStop will no longer be updated

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a while since I've been on here.

Photobucket has disabled all image hot-linking (affecting millions of its users around the web), so all my toy photography is now on DeviantArt.

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Combat Force figures by Atco

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"Army builder" figures are always popular, especially among 1/18 military toy collectors, but are these guys worth a look?


I discovered these action figures in early 2011 - only two Chinese eBay stores carry the line.  Reasonably priced and reasonably detailed, I decided to grab a few. 

The figures come in 3 arbitrarily-named types - (L-R) "Infantry Battalion", "Armor Battalion" and "Ranger Bat...

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Modified Schleich "Technical"

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a few pics of my finished Technical.

I cut the Schleich SUV in half with a razor saw and extended it by epoxying a piece of MDF to the chassis.  I then sprayed the chassis with black plastic dye and painted the body with semigloss spray enamel.

Using an ol...

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Schleich 4x4 SUV

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

German toymakers Schleich are well known for their high-quality figurines, which include dinosaurs, animals, knights, faeries, dragons, etc.

This SUV is part of their Farm series and is meant to go with their horse trailer (available separately).

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True Heroes R/C M1 Abrams

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I had a lot of toy tanks growing up.  A battery-operated Chieftain tank that went forward and backward... a deformed tumbler-style tank that would flip over when it encountered a wall and drive back the way it came... a big one I made out of a shoe box... my cousin's GI Joe MOBAT... tanks were a lot of fun.

I always wanted an R/C one, but they were expensive back in the early '80s.  I was insanely jealous when my ...

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Inexpensive Gem

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 11:33 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm always on the lookout for stuff I can use for dioramas or photographic props.  I was on one of these "expeditions" recently when I spotted this 1/18-scale wired-RC excavator (made by Xiongda) in a local Chinese gift shop for $14.95 Australian.


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Doing what I can with what I've got

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I'll be using this, my own little piece of the web, to post about things I've made or collected that I think are cool., and I hope you like them as well.

I'm not after 100% accuracy with my models - for me, close is good enough.

I'm tired of hardcore (read: overzealous, anal-retentive, etc) modellers criticizing the work ...

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