Hobby Annex – Richardson, TX
Proprietor: Keith Magee (KFMagee on Armorama)
Nestled in a corner spot of the shopping center located on the southeast corner of Preston and Campbell Roads in North Dallas, is the Dallas-Fort Worth areas newest hobby shop, Hobby Annex. The store has been designed to offer a unique experience for the modeler, why don’t we take a look at what sets Hobby Annex apart from the other LHS’s in the area.
While the store readies itself for its official Grand Opening on October 15, the stores owner and operator, Armorama’s own Keith Magee (KFMagee) is busy putting the final touches on what will be a true modeler’s hobby shop. You’ll find plenty o’ plastic and all the tools you’ll need to build, weather and display your models in impressive fashion. So if you find yourself in the area, or need an excuse to come visit the great state of Texas, ya’ll come and visit a while.
Keith’s desire was to open a hobby shop that catered specifically to the modeler, unlike some of the other hobby shops that have models in the store as almost an afterthought. This is a modeler’s hobby shop through and through, once you step inside you see it immediately.
Stocked on the shelves you’ll see a grand assortment of armor, fixed wing and helo’s, surface warships, modern era and WWII submarines, figures and diorama accessories and kits. Aftermarket items are aplenty as well for the detail minded including turned barrels, interior kits, zimmerit, photo-etched items both plain brass and pre-painted (which I must say after viewing them, are a tremendous buy that will only get more popular I think). Hobby Annex carries kits in the above mentioned genres from the following kit makers:
Tamiya DML AFV Club Academy
Zvezda Trumpeter Verlinden Airfix
Eduard Platoon Warriors Italeri
AMT Revell Testors CMK
Fujimi Andrea Miniatures Pegaso
To aid in your kit building, Hobby Annex also offers Squadron tools, Tamiya and Testors. Both bottle and rattle can paints from several different manufacturers such as Tamiya, Testors and Andrea Colors. Airbrush parts and kits by Badger, Aztec and Paasche as well as compressors and a nice assortment of brushes for detail work. There are also diorama accessories from Scale Military, Custom Dioramics, Hansa Systems, Woodland Scenics and Verlinden and ‘finishers’ for your kits such as Rustall, MIG Pigments and Tamiya weathering kits and sticks.
Need some reference material before you start working on your next show winner? Head on over to the magazine/book rack and you can peruse the printed works. Hobby Annex is already stocking the latest magazines from Military Miniatures, Model Military International, Military In Scale and Tamiya Model Magazine to name a few. You’ll find Squadron/Signal Publication books along with various other ‘how to’ guides from Osprey and others are available to help build your personal library as well. Need some motivation to build, check out the ever growing collection of dioramas on display built by your fellow modelers.
Keith’s been working hard at getting everything into place to give his customers, just about everything you could need in a one stop shopping experience. There are some great ‘value added’ services that you won’t find anywhere else, such as the shops own workbench in the back complete with tools for free use during your visit. A spray booth with compressor and your choice of single or dual action airbrush to use at no charge that the staff will assist you with if needed.
In the future, Keith will be making available his own personal reference library along with a comfortable couch for those extended reading sessions. A classroom/club meeting area for local club use (with discounts for club members!) and the most important item, the never ending coffee pot! Soon Hobby Annex will also be online, open for mail order business. Keith will be offering a discount to all Armorama members with a very special 25% discount exclusively for A-Guard members. Add to all of this a professional and knowledgeable staff of fellow modelers ready to assist you in all of your hobby needs and you have a great place to not only pick up the latest kits but to kick back and enjoy the fellowship of like minded hobbyists.
17062 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75248
Mon – 10:30 – 6:30
Tues – 10:30 – 6:30
Wed – 10:30 – 6:30
Thurs – 10:30 – 6:30
Fri – 10:30 – 6:30
Sat – 10:30 – 6:30
Sun – 1:00 – 5:00