This is the 3rd in a occasional series of posts on Hobby Shops that I frequent. This shop, is a store that doesn’t actually sell anything model railroad specific. Wheels & Wings Hobbies is a plastic model kit shop (not meant in the least to sound derogatory towards it). I discovered the store after I moved into Toronto, as it’s conveniently located on Danforth Avenue a short walk from Coxwell or Woodbine stations. I discovered the store because I was looking for paint and painting supplies, and this store has those in spades.
Wheels & Wings Hobbies Storefront on Danforth Avenue in Toronto.
The first time I walked in, it was one of those moments. Fully stocked racks of Testors, Pollyscale (at the time, not any more!), Vallejo, Humbrol, Tamiya and others paints. A half wall of tools between the cash desk and the paint. It was something I’d been looking for that was easy to get to for a City dweller (even though i have a car, its nice sometimes to just let the TTC do the driving!).
Inside the Right Half of Wheels & Wings Hobbies. Racks of paint (well stocked no less) and tools/modelling supplies. Sci-Fi model kits are beyond the paints, and cars/trucks etc opposite them.
As I posted about recently, for a change of pace, I’ve been building a few plastic model kits in the past year or so, just for a change of pace. This store is a fantastic source for this, and their staff are experts and very helpful. I was out a dinner with some model railroader friends recently, and one of them from out of town had been in Wheels & Wings earlier in the day. He was looking for paint, but also has an interest in Canadian Military Trucks. The store didn’t have a kit he was looking for, but their response was, we should have had that in stock, and if you buy it, we’ll order it and ship it to you at our cost. Now that, is customer service. As a small business, if you treat people like that, you get return business and plaudits.
The “left” aisle in the front of wheels and wings. Aircraft aircraft aircraft!!
I didn’t take any pictures, but the back room of the store is a room with an amazing assortment of military models from companies I’ve never even heard of from around the world, which leads to the basement, with another room full of older kits on consignment or clearout. Frankly, if you are into plastic kits, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in such a well stocked store in Ontario. As a model railroader though, while I often browse the store and the kits for curiosity’s sake, most of my money gets spent on paints and tools here, but I’ve bought a couple of kits, and talked general model making and painting techniques that cross between genres of modelling with their knowledgeable staff.
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