I quickly discovered that there were TONS of places that had really awesome places to shop, so I decided to start collecting the URLs here. Of course, that meant that I needed to categorize everything because well… there are a lot of things to buy if you’re going to work on models. In some cases, usually if I’ve actually dealt with the site, I’ll add a comment. If your favorite shopping site isn’t listed here, please feel free to comment and I can add it in.
Sites that sell Models:
http://www.dlmparts.com/ I’ve purchased aftermarket parts from this site. I thought that prices were pretty good and while I haven’t tried the parts yet, they certainly do look good.
http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/ OR http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/fantastic-plastic-models-online-catalog.html Resin models. Let me say that they have many, many satisfied customers. I only bought one thing from them and I was… less than satisfied. That being said, they have a good rep and a number of cool models, so I’m sure I’ll be giving them another try.
Lighting and Electronics:
http://www.tenacontrols.com/ TenaControls makes the light kit I used in my Polar Lights Enterprise 1/1000 Refit kit. It was the first lit model I ever did, and Ralph at TenaControls was INCREDIBLY helpful, both via email and even over the phone. So I highly recommend their products.
http://shop.galacticmodeler.com/main.sc I purchased a light kit for my Defiant model from them, but I haven’t built it yet, so I don’t know how good the kit is. I can say that I thought the price was reasonable and that the kit seems to be complete.
(Many of these stores have lots of other model kits and supplies)
General Modeling Supplies:
How-Tos, Galleries, Shows and Other Info:
http://www.pierre-drolet-sci-fi-museum.com/ This guy does some AMAZING work! Check out his site!
https://www.scalehobbyist.com/manufacturers/Vallejo_Acrylics/Paints/browse.php?s=3&t=1&man=vlj Some useful paint chart/numbering info from Vallejo Paints