Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Just as I have a very good idea of what a good bottle of wine should be, I have a very distinct idea of what a good model shop should be. As such, I think RX88 Hobby in Hong Kong is an excellent hobby shop to visit while visiting my old stomping ground in Hong Kong.
Usually, my favorite hobby shops to visit while in Hong Kong were:Continental Model & Toys Co. in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, and UML (both Kowloon and Hong Kong locations). However, during my trip to Hong Kong in March, 2017, I visited a hobby shop called RX88 Hobby, located in Mong Kok, Kowloon.
RX88 Hobby, like most shops in Hong Kong, are necessary small in size, due to the expensive real estate, but voluminous in its assortment of kits and supplies. During my visit, RX88 has two locations only blocks away: One tiny shop in Fife Street and Fa Yuen Street and the other larger store at Prosperity Building (德 發 商場) on Nelson Street.
Henry is the Operator of the stores, assisted by his wonderful wife Carmen. (Update: Oct 16, 2017 – I visited RX88 and can now confirm that Henry has close the small shop on Fife Street and consolidated at the store in 德 發 商場.)
It was too bad that Hong Kong was the first leg of my vacation because I would love to buy at least one of those Chinese made airbrush and carry home a new silent compressor for a low price. While I was there, just shortly after the store was opened at Noon, I was already brushing shoulder to shoulder with several guys shopping for supplies.
Henry is a fantastic fellow. After I introduced myself to him, we had a pleasant discussion about his store and then he phoned his wife to close the other store to come over to pick me up to go to his second store at 德 發 商場. His wife later showed up and guided me for about four blocks to the larger main store.
The main store located in the basement of Prosperity Building (德 發 商場) is very difficult to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. A small red sign is the only clue you can observe at the entrance to the building and you can easily missed the store: That’s Hong Kong for you.
As I entered the basement of the building I saw many little stores selling electronics and other consumer goods. Near the end of the row of stores, I saw a bright red sign of the RX88 Store. I was delighted to see the display case full of built models. This store has a good selection of new model kits, supplies, magazines and books. I was most impressed by Henry’s wife explaining to a customer how to use a paint product as if she was a seasoned modeller, when in fact she does not build models at all! She explained that Henry often times informed her of how he builds models and how he uses the product. How many you have a wife or girl friends that would listen to you talking about models!!! Not many I say.
There are two flat screen TV inside the store and in the store front playing videos on techniques on painting and using some of the modelling products. I am most impressed that they are using this medium to get people motivated and informed on how to build models. The models displayed at the store front are examples of excellent work done by Hong Kong modellers.
I’d just let my photos speak for themselves about this store.
This is a store worth visiting if you are ever in Hong Kong. Be sure to say hello to Henry and his wife while there and let them know that Wayne introduce you to this fine model shop.