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Old 24-06-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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I'm off to a, as it turns out, 'Dry' Presbyterian wedding in the Scottish capital tommorrow. Rather than enjoying the trainspottingesque excesses I had anticipated it turns out that I will wake refreshed and alert on Saturday morning.

I remember some fine fine Sci Fi/Model shops in the city from the last time I went some years ago.

Can someone please direct me so the weekend is not an entire write off.

Thanks in anticipation.

Pete
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Old 24-06-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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Pete

Unfortunately we are not particularly well endowed of such shops. There's Forbidden Planet on the Bridges oposite Chamber St, but it is quite small and never has any Anderson material, though it does have Star Trek Voyager kits. Wonderland on Lothian Rd is the biggest model shop, but half of it is a toy shop, but has quite a few Star Trek/Star Wars kits at the moment.

Harburn Hobbies is mainly trains on Leith Walk.

Hope you enjoy your trip to sunny Edinburgh!

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Old 24-06-2010, 08:13 PM   #3
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Not forgetting:

www.marionvillemodels.com
42 Turnhouse Road, Edinburgh - 0131 317 7010

I remember seeing it from the bus as I was travelling in from Edinburgh Airport last September
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Old 24-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #4
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It's gone downhill a bit as far as kits are concerned since it was done up when the son took over. It always was mainly flying models and is concentrating more on that side of things.

Keith
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Old 24-06-2010, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks Guys for replying.

Looking like a hip flask and copy of Sci Fi Now.

Where have all the cool shops gone???

There are 2 small shops selling Sci Fi stuff in Newcastles covered market and a Modelzone and a Forbidden planet, so I must be spoilt.

Always happy to host visitors to Geordieland BTW
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Old 24-06-2010, 09:09 PM   #6
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Are you not thinking of Glasgow? They have a few sci-fi specialist shops in the Saltmarket. Never been anything like that in Edinburgh.

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Old 24-06-2010, 09:30 PM   #7
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so that was you shouting from the train going over my bridge? think im up in Edinburgh saturday too visiting more relatives ,if you fancy a coffee give me a shouty
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It's gone downhill a bit as far as kits are concerned since it was done up when the son took over. It always was mainly flying models and is concentrating more on that side of things.

Keith
I think there's more of a profit margin in flying models - with a pretty regular repeat business when little johnny (and his dad) come back to replace the model they trashed the previous weekend.

Scale modellers are probably something of a nightmare from the dealers' point of view; they'll come in, spend something like 20 on a model then, apart from paint and glue, won't re-appear for several months, having spent the intervening time superdetailing to the nth degree
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Are you not thinking of Glasgow? They have a few sci-fi specialist shops in the Saltmarket. Never been anything like that in Edinburgh.

Keith
On that note is see Scotsman models folded about a month or so ago

as i passed they were just loading the last of the stock in a van
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Old 25-06-2010, 12:53 AM   #10
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www.marionvillemodels.com
42 Turnhouse Road, Edinburgh - 0131 317 7010

I remember seeing it from the bus as I was travelling in from Edinburgh Airport last September

I also found a large model shop at an Edinburgh retail park,but i am not sure where it was,its not central Edinburgh,help Keith
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Good Hunting Alfalfa!
Do they have "thrift shops" over there?
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Old 25-06-2010, 11:36 AM   #12
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I also found a large model shop at an Edinburgh retail park,but i am not sure where it was,its not central Edinburgh,help Keith
That would be Hobby Craft at Kinnaird Park, east of the city. It's more a craft shop with knitting and sewing on the ground floor and more crafty (!) stuff including a selection of models/Games Workshop items and railway stuff.

Sorry to hear about Scotsman Models closing though.

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Old 25-06-2010, 05:48 PM   #13
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Oh no Scotsman models as well.
Bummer.
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Old 25-06-2010, 06:53 PM   #14
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Not Scotsman as well - I was going along that way this weekend - now I hope A1 is still going
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A1 were still trading at the last two Memorabilia shows at the NEC in Birmingham, so its a fair bet that they are still around.
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Wedding wasn't dry

Found a set of Thunderbirds coasters for sale and a mainly obscurred Centuary TV comic on display in the Museum of Childhood.

To be fair I think people go to Edinburgh for shortbread, kilts and castles not 60's and 70's scifi memorabilia.

But the world would be a better place if they did IMHO.
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That would be Hobby Craft at Kinnaird Park, east of the city. It's more a craft shop with knitting and sewing on the ground floor and more crafty (!) stuff including a selection of models/Games Workshop items and railway stuff.
And expensive...

Some kits and other bits being sold at higher than the RRP.
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Old 26-06-2010, 09:13 PM   #18
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You won't get many dry weddings in Scotland apart from up north with the Free Church.


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To be fair I think people go to Edinburgh for shortbread, kilts and castles not 60's and 70's scifi memorabilia.
eh, no, that would be for the tourists!

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eh, no, that would be for the tourists!

Keith
Tourists are people too!!!

Sorry know what you mean tho.
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Old 26-06-2010, 09:44 PM   #20
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Actually I never cease to be amazed at how many astronauts visit Edinburgh.

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