Many hobbyists find that their local hobby shop has limits or the distance to a fully stocked RC hobby shop is too far for their liking.

Online vendors are often have a much larger stocks and offer excellent prices. With the deferral of sales taxes on internet purchases, even with the shipping, good deals are abundant. Here are some of our experiences with some online providers.

Here are a couple of my favorite sources. Links to the web sites are included in the reviews.


BP Hobbies, formerly Balsa Products, has a comprehensive product selection via its web site. The site is easy to navigate and most items have a decent description.

Hobby King, formerly Hobby City, formerly United Hobbies, is a Hong Kong-based hobby site with a wide selection of modeling products, as you probably would guess, made in China.

Hobby People is one of my favorite stores to visit when I’m in the San Diego area. I seldom miss the opportunity to drop by. I’ve purchased a couple of models there as well as used their ecommerce site.

Tower Hobbies is one of the powerhouses of online RC modeling. With a couple of distribution centers, I find that I can get my orders within a week.