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Title: Belfast model shops
Post by: jasT1981 on February 11, 2019, 04:44:24 PM
Are there any model shops still in Belfast? I know there used to be one out the back of castlecourt on Winetavern Street but it seemed to be closed last time I was there, and I think the one on Queen street is closed also. Looking to add a few new models to my collection.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: smudge on February 12, 2019, 09:04:35 AM
Queen St one is now on Boucher Rd


Turner's is still running on Mill St in Newtownards.  Many a Friday afternoon after school was spent lusting after Fujimi there.

Surplus Revell and Airfix occasionally appear in Home Bargains if you have one of those nearby. 
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Paultojo on February 12, 2019, 12:42:11 PM
Queen St one is now on Boucher Rd


Turner's is still running on Mill St in Newtownards.  Many a Friday afternoon after school was spent lusting after Fujimi there.

Surplus Revell and Airfix occasionally appear in Home Bargains if you have one of those nearby. 

The one at Boucher is closed I think, the Old Toy Box in Smithfield behind Castle Court is quite good

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Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: jasT1981 on February 12, 2019, 03:42:25 PM
Thanks, I'll check out the Old Toy Box when I am up at the weekend. Boucher Road model shop is listed as closed on Google now.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: smudge on February 12, 2019, 05:19:34 PM
Ach that's a shame but noy really a surprise.  It had a fierce rivalry with Leisureworld* back in the day and its manager was poached by the big shop at one point. Can't fathom why they moved to Boucher instead of somewhere cheap and central like Smithfield or North St.

The one on Winetavern St was The Modeller's Nook.  Also Talisman, the sci-fi shop which was just up the street a bit, stocked some of the pricier models. Its manager ended-up in Forbidden Planet on Ann St.



* Saturday magical trips to Belfast: got off the bus at Oxford St, went to Wimpy for lunch and then to Leisureworld and The Model Shop.  Then Eccles Cakes from M&S to eat on the way home.

Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: jasT1981 on February 12, 2019, 06:14:32 PM


The one on Winetavern St was The Modeller's Nook.  Also Talisman, the sci-fi shop which was just up the street a bit, stocked some of the pricier models. Its manager ended-up in Forbidden Planet on Ann St.


Talisman was great, it eventually became part of Forbidden Planet and moved to Ann Street.

Got many of my trading cards from there :) 
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: jasT1981 on February 16, 2019, 07:53:23 PM
Thanks for the tip on 'Old Toy Box' I could have spent a fortune. Came out with an absolutely amazing 1:72 Concorde for 20 and 3 other models.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Sneaky_Nikon on February 16, 2019, 09:33:31 PM
Thanks for the tip on 'Old Toy Box' I could have spent a fortune. Came out with an absolutely amazing 1:72 Concorde for 20 and 3 other models.

It's like Alladin's Cave.  I avoid it because I've just no space left for anything more.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: jasT1981 on February 16, 2019, 09:35:55 PM
Thanks for the tip on 'Old Toy Box' I could have spent a fortune. Came out with an absolutely amazing 1:72 Concorde for 20 and 3 other models.

It's like Alladin's Cave.  I avoid it because I've just no space left for anything more.

I've got about 50+ models still in packets/boxes due to no more space. Sadly I can't help myself. I'm going to need a lot more shelves.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Mattyni on March 22, 2019, 09:54:52 PM
The Ulster Flying club currently sells the click together models at reception
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Dr Draken on June 02, 2019, 11:00:14 PM
There's a shop in Smithfield Market that sells kits and old toys. They have decent stock, but I noticed very few ofthe items had prices on them.
Which is a bit annoying. Combined with the 'not allowed bags upstairs' policy I decided I'd stick to on-line purchasing for the few kits I might actually buy these days. (no space...and less time :(  )   

It's a pity Belfast doesn't have a decent model shop, I've been in relatively small towns on the continent that have two or three.
Guess like  a lot of businesses in Belfast its the rates that ultimately kill them 
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Jimi182 on June 02, 2019, 11:09:03 PM
Is the Modeller's Nook still going at Smithfield?
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Angry Turnip on June 03, 2019, 12:59:48 PM
According to google, it`s closed, their website is partially still up.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: Angry Turnip on June 10, 2019, 12:09:54 AM
The Modeller`s Nook is now a second hand vinyl record store called Voodoo Soup.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: smudge on June 10, 2019, 09:40:54 PM
The Modeller's Nook used to be connected to another shop by a little passage.  I think the other one was called The Dungeon, sci-fi and fantasy stuff perhaps.  Old brain can't quite remember now.
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: jasT1981 on June 10, 2019, 09:57:15 PM
The Modeller's Nook used to be connected to another shop by a little passage.  I think the other one was called The Dungeon, sci-fi and fantasy stuff perhaps.  Old brain can't quite remember now.

Talisman :)

Spent many Saturdays in there getting new cards. I believe it became part of Forbidden planet and moved
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: smudge on June 11, 2019, 10:12:09 AM
Found this, in memoriam of the Dungeon:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-dungeon-belfast

Talisman was bigger and located up the street a bit, just by the entrance to the car park.  Street number 47 according to this (https://irishcomics.fandom.com/wiki/Talisman).  I liked it because it also carried some unlicensed products.  After it merged with Forbidden Planet it was briefly located in a skinny little premises in Ann St before moving to its current big site.

Another geeky shop that has gone in Belfast was the comics / wargaming one in Little Victoria Street; I was never in it but passing recently I noticed that the entire block has been levelled.

One regret I have now is that I didn't keep a copy of the Yellow Pages for each decade; I was wrecking my brain recently to remember the name of a craft shop that used to be in Ards.  ( Landaro Arts, finally came back to me ).

Oh!  "Note: historical copies of the Yellow Pages directory are available at the Berkshire Record Office."
Title: Re: Belfast model shops
Post by: smudge on June 11, 2019, 10:40:48 AM
Poking around the Interwebs I found this repository of digitised BT Phone Books from 1880 to 1984:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/bt/

You can get a listing of names and years but the actual scans of the Phone Book pages are paywalled :(