1⁄1Storm Hobby Store
The Storm Hobby Store
Finding the STORM store in Singapore was a moment of serendipity. It is located in a modern looking yet unassuming shopping center (POMO).
The weather was hot and my wife wanted somewhere to sit down and have a drink. We found a little cafe and rested in air conditioned comfort. Since we were in a shopping mall -slightly- off the beaten path, I decided to explore the few floors of shops while my wife sorted out digital camera photos in the cafe. Rounding a corner on the second floor, I came across a hobby shop that one could pass for a fashion boutique store with only a sideways glance. It was the boxes of Academy modern aircraft kits that got my attention.
Having been to the Tamiya Distribution HQ a few days ago (see separate review), this store is so much smaller, literally a hole in the wall but with a nice store front. The shop itself is crammed to the brim with mostly military and sci-fi models. The display shelves are lined with very well made models, no doubt by some skilled master modeler in the area. One model that caught my eye is the (then) new AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II in Republic of Singapore Air Force colors. I always found the yin-yang roundel a very unique national marking.
Back to the store description, the store is mostly stocked with the newest kits on the market. Additionally, they have a pretty good selection of aftermarket resin parts for tanks and military aircraft, with lots of Asia only resin manufacturers well represented. Furthermore, they have a good selection of modeling books and magazines, albeit not as neatly stacked. I spent a good half-hour scrounging through the selection before buying a set of AFV Club 1/48 scale Tiger I early style workable tracks.
The lady behind the cash register is friendly and chatty. We discussed about the state of plastic modeling as a hobby in Singapore. Additionally, she graciously allowed me to take pictures of the store.
This is definitely a hobby store to stop by on a trip to Singapore. It is located only a short 10 minutes walk from the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station under the Plaza Singapura shopping mall at the "end" of the Orchard Road shopping thoroughfare, not too far from other tourist attractions. Speaking of tourist attractions, a 15 minutes walk from STORM is the infamous Battle Box where the British decision to surrender Singapore in February 1942 was made. More information about this can be found here
It is now a well restored and maintained museum allowing you to view pivotal moments from the Battle for Singapore in the various rooms of the underground bunker.
Given the proximity of this store to a historical attraction, it is a definite MUST VISIT when in Singapore!
1 Selegie Road #02-20 POMO Singapore 188306 http://www.stormdomain.com/