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    Hello all - new to the forum and N scale in general. Was an HO kid, and just getting back into the hobby after a couple decades. My modeling plans are leading me towards N due to size available and what I'd like to fit into it. As there does not appear to be a lot of Lehigh Valley RTR stuff out there, I am probably going to spend a good amount of time painting/detailing to accumulate the power and rolling stock for my eventual layout (Cortland to Canastota - abandoned in 1967).

    I've never airbrushed, so first step will be a kit and jumping in there. Also, will be learning about decaling. My main curiosity at this point is where do most people get their supplies? I live in San Antonio and have fairly easy to two or three big-box Hobby places (HL, Mike's, HT USA), and I think there is a specialized mom and pop shop I have not had the chance to make it to. Do most modelers find the price and selection of the big boxes adequate, go the the specialists, or just shop online?

    Building up my post count here, so thanks for fielding the newb questions and replies.

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    I buy a lot of my paint (Vallejo and Model Master) at Hobby Lobby. We have the largest Hobby Town in the nation here in Georgia but it's 2 hours away from me. Between those two, I can't see needing to go anywhere else. I make up my own thinner for acrylics so it doesn't matter to me if they carry those items. Hobby Lobby and it's 40% coupon make it a good choice as well.

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    I tend to spread the love. Buy online for convenience. Buy from the local hobby shop when I'm in the neighborhood, when I feel like being inspired, when I need something right away, or when I need to see the colors or sizes in person to know which to get.

    But there's a lot of specialized items that I can't find locally. Vallejo air brush paints, certain styrene and laser cut sheet products, tiny LEDs, electronic circuits, SuperTrees, various odd tools, and many others.

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    I'm fortunate enough to live within a couple of blocks of a very well appointed hobby shop, so I get all of my paint and painting supplies there. For me, the convenience outweighs the cost (especially since I tend to run out of stuff at very inconvenient times, lol).

    -Mark

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