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Old 27th Aug 2015, 10:11
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Scale airlane model kit

Does anyone know if there are stores in Dubai selling Revell, Airfix or similar and glues, paints, brushes...thnx
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Old 27th Aug 2015, 10:58
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Toy store in mall of the emirates near the ski place sells paint, models etc
Also there is a "toys and us" shop on sheikh Zayed that sells models.
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Old 27th Aug 2015, 11:02
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Toy Store in the MOE has a decent stock of Revell stuff. I did see some Airfix kits at Hamleys about a year back. Not too sure if they are still there. I order most of my kits & stuff online. Shipping times between 5-12 days usually.

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Old 28th Aug 2015, 09:47
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The scale modelling scene here in Dubai is almost non-existent, which is a pity, makes for a great hobby during the summer months.

If you want R/C however, then this the place to be.....

Toys 'n Us on SZR opposite the Dubai Mall is your best bet, but they don't update their inventory regularly....think years since it's last been done. Went to look for paints there a few months back, the stock was almost more limited than before, and the paint stock was almost non-existent.
I get all my stuff from overseas -kits/paints/PE/decals/tools/resin etc, but just realize that you'll most only likely be able to ship acrylics over. You'll have to figure out an inventive way of getting enamels and the likes over yourself.

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Old 28th Aug 2015, 12:38
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Now this is a very convenient thread...just had a few big kits brought over and I'm in the process of ordering a load of acrylic paints for them. CEP, I'm assuming that I can just package them up in a Lock & Lock box in the UK (not sure it matters where you are), label them as acrylic paints and send them registered post or is there more to it?

Goes to show the prevailing mentality over here, that you can get ready-made toys everywhere but if you have to build it yourself you're on your own!

I'm actually quite surprised you can get Lego...
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Old 28th Aug 2015, 16:19
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Enamel Paints

I order my paints from dersockelshop.de . They ship enamels and lacquer paints and their thinners as well. Best stock up before they stop shipping it
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Old 28th Aug 2015, 17:44
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I spoke to the old boy in Toys and Us last summer. He was all excited about getting the entire Tamiya stock in (including paints, cement etc) by December 14. In March, they had indeed got a lot more Tamiya acrylics and tools and quite a few more kits but he has since left. I'm not sure they'll be getting further stock.
Toy Store in Ibn has paints and cement but not much in the way of kits.

As an aside, I bought an airbrush compressor in the UK but Aramex wouldn't ship it out, they said it was too "dense" - nope, I didn't understand either but they didn't bother coming up with any other explanation. I can't see any section in the DG manual that would prohibit me from bringing it over in my suitcase - anyone know different? It's an electric motor with a small air tank (not pressurised), no battery, no oil...
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Old 29th Aug 2015, 04:15
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Try Reverse FedEx, works a treat, I bought a coffee machine in which is probably of equivalent "density"! Failing that a commercial tank compressor with a water trap and suitable (1/4") regulator - purchased separately, would be fine for airbrushing on either a long hose or wear earplugs.
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Old 29th Aug 2015, 09:44
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FedEx is opposite the clinic in HQ right? I'll give it a go, thanks!
The compressor I've bought is compact with a 3 litre air reservoir, water trap and pressure regulator all built in. Also a very low decibel rating. I think the long haired colonel would have something to say if I started using a commercial one....
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Old 29th Aug 2015, 10:25
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The Chinese Mall used to have several shops selling airbrushes , several grades of compressors at very reasonable prices and accessories.A fascinating place selling everything made in China. I have even seen vibrators and penis pumps on open sale - not items you would expect to see in Dubai!
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Old 29th Aug 2015, 12:31
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@170to5

I usually use Aramex to bring things over (they have no problem with acrylics), they won't ship enamels or thinners or the like. But I would assume that your Lock and Lock box would do acrylics, I'm not aware on any restrictions on them.
I do know that when I order from some sites in the US, they specifically state that they cannot ship certain products via air or outside of the US, SpruesBros being one of them. I used another site, RedfrogHobbies in the US as well, they just threw stuff in a box (so I managed to get some glues etc that Aramex wouldn't ship) and had it shipped to my mailbox.
I try to stock up on all my enamel needs, etc when I leave the country. I just ensure that all the bottles, etc, are well packaged in bubble wrap, etc.

Just got back from HK with a case full of Mr.Hobby paints and kits, no problem

@GA Button - I shipped in an Iwata compressor via Aramex. Tank, water trap, regulator et al......yes, this was a few years back, but they had no issue with that. Otherwise, bring it with you in your check-in luggage.
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Old 29th Aug 2015, 12:33
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For a reverse FedEx you don't actually have to go into the EGHQ as long as you have access to the Intranet (I know - that may mean doing it at the EGHQ after a flight but you don't have to wait until the FedEx office opens at 0700). Make sure it is an 'Economy' not 'Priority' shipping and Robert should be the brother of your mum. It may take a while to find the Reverse FedEx applications; it is deeply buried in the FOIP. PM me if you cannot find it.

Have basement - sounds of screaming and noisy compressors is out of earshot of CinC - Home.
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Old 29th Aug 2015, 17:31
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Went to Toy Store MoE. Among tons of IQ lowering/aggression enhancing overpriced toys found a sad looking shelf with half a dozen Revell boxes and mixed up paint display. Took me 15 minutes to find it, even store staff didn't know what I am talking about
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Old 30th Aug 2015, 08:16
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My experience exactly. You're pretty much on your own in a nation that, as mentioned above, doesn't understand the concept of doing things for yourself.
ToysNus isn't much better but they do have a level of interest and knowledge.
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