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  • 1980s Radio Shack Showroom


    Just finished this 1/64 replica of an early/mid 80s era Radio Shack showroom (reversed Evans Designs Model Builder free sample download design with Radio Shack signs rendered in "Crystal Radio Kit" downloadable font/typeface)

    I know at least a handful of members of the 1/64 diecast fanbase are into historic/dead/defunct retail stores like I am, and this is my first of what I hope to be several different dead retail chains recreated in 1/64.

    Naturally, I had to make the temporary parking lot all accurate to around 1984 or 1985. (This will eventually go into a downtown area with a back alley and curbside diagonal parking)

    The yellow GMC Vandura will eventually be decaled into a Radio Shack shop truck.

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  • #2
    Nicely done, those old style Radio Shacks bring back memories !

    I remember visiting Radio Shack a lot as a kid, messing with our car radios and such, we always needed some clips or connectors from there. Just visited the one in town here this past summer looking for an adaptor to connect old portable DVD player to computer, yeah, they had it, but the price was twice the price as me just going on Walmart.com and buying a whole new DVD Drive, which is what I did.
    Doug

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    • #3
      Now there is a business name I haven't heard in a long time - kind of like Tandy Leather and others. What a neat diorama of a long gone store, that as Douglas said, many of us went to over the years for various electronic items. I remember both the free standing stores as well as when many of them had locations in shopping malls.

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      • #4
        Awesome diorama! I remember going on trips to Radio Shack. The last thing I remember purchasing was book on how to build your own home stereo speakers. Of course you could by all the electronic components right there.

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        • #5
          Lot´s of costumers there, must be because the new Sony Walkman is out....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tyrolese View Post
            Lot´s of costumers there, must be because the new Sony Walkman is out....
            Tyrolese's typcial humor! I love the 1972 GMC Vandura. I am surprised (and disappointed) that Greenlight has not made more variations of this classic.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
              Now there is a business name I haven't heard in a long time - kind of like Tandy Leather and others. What a neat diorama of a long gone store, that as Douglas said, many of us went to over the years for various electronic items. I remember both the free standing stores as well as when many of them had locations in shopping malls.
              I remember going into one only about three years ago while working on a modelling project. A very convenient and inexpensive shop for small motors and lighting. Another victim of retail armegedon

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tyrolese View Post
                Lot´s of costumers there, must be because the new Sony Walkman is out....
                That, the Coleco Adam, and the Tandy TRS-80 Model 100 portable PC.

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                • #9
                  What caught my eye is the Chevy Citation. That really belongs there!!

                  I had a TRS-80 computer. The first thing I did with it was make lists/files of my science fiction films I had on VHS tape. I thought the whole ability to do that was so marvelous. LOL LOL.

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                  • #10
                    The researching of bygone stores and brands is a fun hobby. It'd be nearly impossible without the internet.

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                    • #11
                      I worked at a typical Radio Shack chain store in the '80s, so forgive me for pointing out we did not carry Sony products.

                      There were some privately-owned Radio Shack stores that were allowed to carry other items outside of Tandy products, but they were not technically part of the chain.

                      We had one in our region, and it would be heck when somebody came to our store to return something someone bought there. Customers didn't want to hear an explanation why we couldn't provide a refund, especially after the "independent" Radio Shack finally went under, and everyone came to us for service/refunds on stuff we didn't carry. What a headache. Glad my time there was short.

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                      • #12
                        when Radio Shack was going out of business someone converted the sign to read adioS
                        I miss that store
                        I dunno if RS even sold diecast vehicles
                        they were more into the R/C types

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by microbuss View Post
                          when Radio Shack was going out of business someone converted the sign to read adioS
                          I miss that store
                          I dunno if RS even sold diecast vehicles
                          they were more into the R/C types
                          The ones I went to never had diecast. I do hope to get the "Brum" (anthropomorphized Austin Seven Chummy) and Stuart Little convertible R/C cars someday now that I'm am adult with plans to move into a 2-bedroom duplex with a proper garage/workshop in the next few years, and as such have space to get back into large scale.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GCU 2.0 View Post

                            The ones I went to never had diecast. I do hope to get the "Brum" (anthropomorphized Austin Seven Chummy) and Stuart Little convertible R/C cars someday now that I'm am adult with plans to move into a 2-bedroom duplex with a proper garage/workshop in the next few years, and as such have space to get back into large scale.
                            yeah
                            I'm looking for that Transformer knock-off of Shockwave called Shackwave
                            https://tfwiki.net/wiki/RadioShack

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