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Scale Model Notebook

Podcasts

See also Model Podcasts curated list.

Video/Youtube

Information Sites/Forums

Manufacturers

Including Publications, Tool & Accessory makers. See also List of scale model kit manufacturers (wikipedia).

This is not an exhaustive list - mainly just companies with products that have caught my eye for one reason or another.

Country Name Notes
Australia KLP publisher of scale modelling guide books
Belgium PJ Production resin scale models and accessories
China Border Models  
China dspiae tools
China Flyhawk model Detail and upgrade sets
China HobbyBoss  
China Rye Field Model (RFM)  
China shipyardworks] Detail and upgrade sets for ships, afv
China 小号手 TRUMPETER awesome range of kits
China 首页-Bronco Mould & Plastic Co.,Ltd.  
Czech Republic Airone Hobby aftermarket items in 1/72 and 1/48 scale
Czech Republic ASK accessories and masks
Czech Republic AVI Models  
Czech Republic AZ model  
Czech Republic Black Dog resin kits, figures
Czech Republic Brengun photoetch and resin parts and kits
Czech Republic Czech Master Kits (CMK) Special Hobby spin-off, focis on rasin kits and accessories
Czech Republic Eduard plastic kitsm resin, photoetch, 3D
Czech Republic Gavia limited edition plastic kits
Czech Republic Hauler photoetch and resin parts and kits
Czech Republic HPH Models limited edition vacuum kits, mainly civil aircraft
Czech Republic Kovozávody Prostějov aircraft plastic kits
Czech Republic Offset Scale Models miniatures
Czech Republic R & P Models paper kits
Czech Republic Special Hobby  
France Heller  
France L’Arsenal resin kits
France Raging Heroes miniatures
France Readoak 3D printed figures
Germany Faller  
Germany fentens Kartonmodellbau  
Germany ModellbauRay 3D printed kits
Germany modellNatur landscaping products
Germany Noch model landscaping products
Germany Revell GmBh  
Greece Hellenic Ship Model  
Greece Michael Kontraros Collectibles  
Hong Kong CGD Combat Group Dynamix 1:144 3D printed armour, figures and accessories
Hong Kong Dragon Models Limited  
Hong Kong Hong Kong Models  
Italy astromodel LifeColor
Italy Italeri  
Japan Aerobase metal frame aircraft model kits
Japan Aoshima 株式会社 青島文化教材社  
Japan Arii now part of Microace
Japan Aurora Model miniatures, figures
Japan Bandai  
Japan Fine molds  
Japan Fujimi  
Japan Hasegawa  
Japan Microace  
Japan Mr Hobby paint and accessories
Japan Pit-road  
Japan Rokuhan Manufacturing and sales of model railroad items in Z scale
Japan Tamiya  
Japan ZOUKEI-MURA  
Latvia & Ukraine North Star Models  
New Zealand Kotare Models From the ashes of Wingnut Wings, expecting K32001 Kotare 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia (Mid)
New Zealand Micro Master 3D printed hobby parts
New Zealand Wingnut Wings Defunct, mainly WWI planes in extreme detail
Poland Arma Hobby  
Poland Hataka Hobby paint
Poland IBG webstore also carries other manufacturers
Poland ION Model resin figures
Poland Mirage  
Poland RPM  
Poland White Stork Miniatures miniatures
Poland Yahu  
Russia Brother Vinni’s miniatures
Russia Combrig Models  
Russia Zvesda  
Slovakia 77propeller airbrush stencils
Slovakia Vertigo Miniatures Jigs, tools and accessories
South Korea Academy Plastic Model  
South Korea KA Models / MK1 Design PE, after-market
South Korea Tetra Model Works detail parts for scale models
Spain Artesania Latina wood models - ships, aircraft
Spain greenstuffworld tools, putties, materials and accessories
Spain Vallejo paint
Sweden Bold Miniatures miniatures - resin, STL
Taiwan AFV Club  
Taiwan Caesar Miniatures miniatures
Turkey Tan Model Turkey’s international scale modelling brand.
UK AirFix now part of Hornby Hobbies
UK Atlantic Models PE
UK Dapol  
UK DELUXE Materials Glues, foams and other construction accessories
UK elan13 boutique for figure painters
UK Everbuild industrial CA and other building supplies
UK Frog 1955-1976,
UK Games Workshop miniatures
UK Hasslefree Miniatures miniatures
UK Hornby  
UK Humbrol paint
UK Matchbox bankrupt, moulds bought by Revell and others
UK Paper Shipwright paper models
UK Starling Models resin kits, photoetch and accessories
UK Treemendus Scenics landscaping products
UK White Ensign Models photoetch
Ukraine A&A Models  
Ukraine ACE Models mainly afv 1:72
Ukraine AMG Arsenal Model Group aircraft, 1:72
Ukraine Armory Models aircraft,resin
Ukraine ART Model  
Ukraine Clear Prop models  
Ukraine Dora Wings  
Ukraine FOXBOT decals
Ukraine ICM  
Ukraine MasterBox figures, vehicles
Ukraine Metallic Details PE, resin
Ukraine Mikro Mir rare custom-made military equipment
Ukraine MiniArt Models  
Ukraine Modelsvit kits, aircraft
Ukraine Print Scale decals
Ukraine Proper Plane wooden propellers
Ukraine Reskit Models kits, accessories and parts
Ukraine Roden  
Ukraine SOVA-M kits, aircraft
Ukraine SP Designs resin accessories
Ukraine The Red Box historical miniatures
Ukraine Wingsy Kits kits, aircraft
USA Aurora Defunct
USA Battlefleet Models  
USA Civilized Models resin
USA Dark Sword Miniatures miniatures
USA Diemension Games kickstarter games with miniatures
USA Flying Leathernecks Decals Decals and aftermarket kits - US Marine aviation
USA HäT (Hat Toy Soldiers) miniatures
USA Imperial Hobby Productions 1/700 scale ships, HO scale commuter and transit vehicles
USA Lindberg Defunct, brand now owned by Round 2 - wikipedia
USA micromark small tool specialists
USA MiniCraft  
USA Model Monkey 3D printed after-market accessories
USA Model Products Corporation MPC Defunct, brand now owned by Round 2 - wikipedia
USA Monogram Company defunct
USA MRC  
USA Pegasus Hobbies miniatures
USA propblur prop blur accessories
USA Reaper Miniatures miniatures
USA Revell  
USA Round 2 scale models including die-cast, plastic, slot cars, and other hobby products
USA Scenic Express landscaping products
USA Wizkids miniatures

Retailers

Country Name Notes
Australia BNA Model World  
Bulgaria Modelsvit Balkans A&A Models, Modelsvit, SOVA-M, Art Model
China/aliexpress Colorfulday Store great range of models, often good deals
China/aliexpress JZ Hobby Store good range of kits, often good deals
China/aliexpress KNL HOBBY No.2 Store prices^^
China/aliexpress No.3 Model Store modelling accessories
China/aliexpress Real-toys Store good range of kits, often good deals
China/taobao shop291689990  
EU SMK  
EU Super-Hobby  
Japan Hobby Link Japan  
Japan Leonardo ET レオナルドET not as good a range as LG
Japan Leonardo LG レオナルドLG range bit more diverse than LG2 but not so much my interests. Good prices, but sometimes premium for old stock.
Japan Leonardo LG2 レオナルドLG 2号店 fantastic range of planes, ships in all scales.
Japan Plaza Japan great source at good prices for all the main Japanese brands - incl Aoshima, Fine Molds, Fujimi, Hasegawa, Tamiya
Japan Surugaya Akihabara Plastic model Hall 駿河屋 秋葉原プラモデル館 gunpla and misc models and tools
Japan TAMIYA Plamodel Factory Shimbashi タミヤ プラモデルファクトリー 新橋店 must-see, but prices are premium/undiscounted of course, also cannot duty free
Japan Tamtam Hobby Shop ホビーショップ タムタム 秋葉原店 good rail section
Japan Volks Akihabara Hobby Paradise ボークス秋葉原ホビー天国2 great for tools and supplies (God Hand, Tamiya etc). Can duty free.
Japan VOLKS Hobby Paradise Online Store ZOUKEI-MURA
Japan YAMADA Denki LABI Shinjuku ヤマダデンキ LABI新宿西口館 has the best prices on new kits (Shinjuku outlet pretty good range; Shibuya about 25% the size). Can duty free
Japan Yellow Submarine Akihabara Scale Shop イエローサブマリン 秋葉原スケールショップ haven’t personally been to this one yet
Japan YFS ミニチュア人形のYFS rail-oriented figures. haven’t personally been to this one yet
Japan Yodabashi Shinjuku West Main Store ヨドバシカメラ 新宿西口本店 ゲーム館 large range of new kits and tools at reasonable prices. Can duty free.
Poland IBG also carries other manufacturers
Singapore Battle Quarters Singapore board games, war games and good source of paints and supplies inc Vallejo, Humbrol, AMMO BY MIG
Singapore HammerHouse miniatures, games, paints (Citadel, Mr Hobby) and accessories
Singapore Hobby Art mainly gundam
Singapore Hobby Bounties Singapore best place for Airfix, Hornby..
Singapore Hobby Mate great place for paints and supplies - Vallejo
Singapore Hobby Point Bras Basah great range of kits, paints and supplies - Bandai, Bronco, ICM, Academy. Mr Hobby, AK, Tamiya
Singapore Hobby Square mainly drones and RC
Singapore HPM Hobbies  
Singapore M WORKSHOP  
Singapore MediaMix Hobby motor-related scale models, but also tools and accessories
Singapore Miniature Hobby International awesome place for kits - huge range and great prices
Singapore On-line Acrylic Factory acrylic display cases etc
Singapore Pendec Art and Design acrylic display cases etc
Singapore Singapore Hobby Supplies RC, DELUXE incl liquid gravity
Singapore Stargek official Tamiya - good range but prices++
UK Dorking Models  
UK Hannants everything!
UK Inside The Armour  
UK Marcle Models paper models
UK Model Shipyard paper models
UK PM MODELS  
Ukraine Hobby.dn.ua  
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This page is a web-friendly rendering of my project notes shared in the LEAP GitHub repository.

LEAP is just my personal collection of projects, usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting (IMHO!).

The projects are usually inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the sources such as:

Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know. See the individual projects for credits where due. There are even now a few projects contributed by others - send your own over in a pull request if you would also like to add to this collection.