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Where in the Far East is best to buy Tamiya in person?

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So my wife and I are planning a holiday in the Far East at some point, but the itinerary is still to be decided. One of the things we want to do is visit a proper big hobby shop that stocks as much Tamiya goodness as possible. I am familiar with most of the Far Eastern online retailers, but can anyone suggest where to find the best ones for shopping in person?

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The only one I've seen is the one in Singapore, and it wasn't huge, but they had a lot of stuff. Tons of semis, limited edition parts, and other goodies. I went in May and they had the red Lunchbox and HKS Skyline, when both weren't even sold in the west that I could see.

Their prices varied, but I got a TA-05 M-Four for $150 USD; quite a good price, but others were just 'okay'.

 

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Maybe see if you'll be near this store:

 

 

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Stargek in Singapore was a good experience; this was 7-8 years ago when I went.  They had pretty much everything Tamiya made in that store, including the trucks, tanks, and all the off-road and on-road chassis.  Lots of supplies and promo items, parts trees hanging on the wall, hopups, etc.  I bought a pair of TRF201 (42167) chassis kits from them and packed them in the suitcase for the ride home.

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Philippines and Hong Kong.

Although 70% of Tamiya is made in the Philippines, HK is still the best place to get them for price and availability of R/C models and parts. But if by any chance you get to swing by Manila, there are a few branches of Lil's Hobbyshop (Tamiya distributor) in the metro. 

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