Hi Way Hobby House

★★★★★
  • 806 N State Rt 17

    Paramus, NJ 07652

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  • 201-327-0075

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I am fortunate to have visited HHH for the first time before Christmas of 1964. It was elbow to elbow busy. I loved Lionel trains and Scalextric slot cars, which my Dad already got me. Their pre 1976 location was much bigger, more densely stocked and it smelled like an old time boys shop. Glue, oil, rubber, paint and pipe smoke! To the right of the main entrance was the slot car area which had a salesman who was dressed like a mechanic--as I recall. I bought tons of the original Scalextric track, which was problematic and made of real rubber-they still smell of it. To the left of the entrance were plastic models-down a flight of stairs was an entire level of trains--everything for all gauges--even the newer N gauge. Tons of Lionel.
By the late 1960's the basement was closed and the trains moved upstairs and 2 large slot layouts were added. They had a great line of early brass HO kits.
In the new location, They had campbell bridge models and other buildings on display as you entered. I recall they had a line of cannon models which actually gave a tremendous bang. When I took my 3 year old son there in the early 90's those displays had figure and vehicle models and Lionel's. Their emphasis was on model assembly and technique. Still dense stocked. They even had wooden ships.

Last week I went there after many years and was sad to see depleted shelves and almost no balsa. Someone said that kids today do not want to roll up their sleves, learn skills and create with imagination. Video games give it all to them while demanding no real world skills and the imaginary world is pre-packaged. Kids with patience and interest are called nerds today. Remember chemistry sets? Kids used to get dirty, explore and actually LIKE science, technology, learning model trains & cars--real ones also.
I will miss HHH and if it goes down, we loose more than a business.

I just remembered one last fact. There is one senior salesman who I am told is now on limited days. He was there from my earliest memories of the place. It would be great if he made an extensive blog. What stories he could tell.
Ambrose

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★★★★★

I am fortunate to have visited HHH for the first time before Christmas of 1964. It was elbow to elbow busy. I loved Lionel trains and Scalextric slot cars, which my Dad already got me. Their pre 1976 location was much bigger, more densely stocked and it smelled like an old time boys shop. Glue, oil, rubber, paint and pipe smoke! To the right of the main entrance was the slot car area which had a salesman who was dressed like a mechanic--as I recall. I bought tons of the original Scalextric track, which was problematic and made of real rubber-they still smell of it. To the left of the entrance were plastic models-down a flight of stairs was an entire level of trains--everything for all gauges--even the newer N gauge. Tons of Lionel.
By the late 1960's the basement was closed and the trains moved upstairs and 2 large slot layouts were added. They had a great line of early brass HO kits.
In the new location, They had campbell bridge models and other buildings on display as you entered. I recall they had a line of cannon models which actually gave a tremendous bang. When I took my 3 year old son there in the early 90's those displays had figure and vehicle models and Lionel's. Their emphasis was on model assembly and technique. Still dense stocked. They even had wooden ships.

Last week I went there after many years and was sad to see depleted shelves and almost no balsa. Someone said that kids today do not want to roll up their sleves, learn skills and create with imagination. Video games give it all to them while demanding no real world skills and the imaginary world is pre-packaged. Kids with patience and interest are called nerds today. Remember chemistry sets? Kids used to get dirty, explore and actually LIKE science, technology, learning model trains & cars--real ones also.
I will miss HHH and if it goes down, we loose more than a business.

I just remembered one last fact. There is one senior salesman who I am told is now on limited days. He was there from my earliest memories of the place. It would be great if he made an extensive blog. What stories he could tell.
Ambrose

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I have been going to Hi Way Hobby for years. I think they have the best selection of sci-fi models and collectibles. They also have the biggest selection of models in general, or at least they used to. It almost seems like they are going out of business. Something needs to be done to keep this very important store open!

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★★★★★

I have been going to Hi Way Hobby for years. I think they have the best selection of sci-fi models and collectibles. They also have the biggest selection of models in general, or at least they used to. It almost seems like they are going out of business. Something needs to be done to keep this very important store open!

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I first visited HHH in March 2005 during their Sci-Fi Week and was amazed to see the new and old sci-fi model kits they had in stock. As a sci-fi modeler, this was heaven.
Although I live somewhat far away, I have been back there and plan to go again. The trip is more than worth it.
I live close to a chain hobby store and it frustrates me to suffer their lack of focus on models and model supplies.
Highway Hobbyhouse delivers in a BIG WAY! If you are looking for excellence in hobby selection, get to HHH.

PROS: Excellent selection; knowledgable staff. Excellent model displays. FUN!
CONS: No cons here, the only "cons" I know are sci-fi cons.

5
★★★★★

I first visited HHH in March 2005 during their Sci-Fi Week and was amazed to see the new and old sci-fi model kits they had in stock. As a sci-fi modeler, this was heaven.
Although I live somewhat far away, I have been back there and plan to go again. The trip is more than worth it.
I live close to a chain hobby store and it frustrates me to suffer their lack of focus on models and model supplies.
Highway Hobbyhouse delivers in a BIG WAY! If you are looking for excellence in hobby selection, get to HHH.

PROS: Excellent selection; knowledgable staff. Excellent model displays. FUN!
CONS: No cons here, the only "cons" I know are sci-fi cons.

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I've been going to Hiway Hobby as long as I've been building models, and that's since I was 5 years old in 1962! It's where I bought the old Aurora sci fi and monster kits when I was a kid, it's where I bought Monogram airplane kits in my teens (70 cents for Monogram's $1 kits at discount!), it's where I bought all the Polar Lights kits before PL's untimely demise. I still go there every few weeks to see if there's anything new and stock up on paint and other supplies, and browse the aisles (which are still full of older kits) to see if I missed anything. But even if I don't need anything I stop in the say hi to John and Anthony, and to shoot the breeze with Anthony and the crew about the sorry state of sci fi on TV. If you're a modeler, it's just a great place to be.

PROS: Huge store, great selection, good location, friendly people
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5
★★★★★

I've been going to Hiway Hobby as long as I've been building models, and that's since I was 5 years old in 1962! It's where I bought the old Aurora sci fi and monster kits when I was a kid, it's where I bought Monogram airplane kits in my teens (70 cents for Monogram's $1 kits at discount!), it's where I bought all the Polar Lights kits before PL's untimely demise. I still go there every few weeks to see if there's anything new and stock up on paint and other supplies, and browse the aisles (which are still full of older kits) to see if I missed anything. But even if I don't need anything I stop in the say hi to John and Anthony, and to shoot the breeze with Anthony and the crew about the sorry state of sci fi on TV. If you're a modeler, it's just a great place to be.

PROS: Huge store, great selection, good location, friendly people
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I am a sci fi-modeling enthusiast. I have been to hobby shops from New Jersey to California. There is no bigger better selection of sci fi kits than Hi Way Hobby House. Even though I live near Allentown PA, I make the 2 hour trip to Ramsey NJ because it is worth it. I have been making the trip since 1997 when I first found out about the shop.

And there is more. For hobby enthusiasts and collectors they have a super selection of military related kits, science related kits, auto related kits, hard to find custom kits, paint, tools, die cast cars and collectable figures.

I recommend that you use a web based map program to get directions ahead of time since the shop at a busy intersection.

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I am a sci fi-modeling enthusiast. I have been to hobby shops from New Jersey to California. There is no bigger better selection of sci fi kits than Hi Way Hobby House. Even though I live near Allentown PA, I make the 2 hour trip to Ramsey NJ because it is worth it. I have been making the trip since 1997 when I first found out about the shop.

And there is more. For hobby enthusiasts and collectors they have a super selection of military related kits, science related kits, auto related kits, hard to find custom kits, paint, tools, die cast cars and collectable figures.

I recommend that you use a web based map program to get directions ahead of time since the shop at a busy intersection.

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Located off route 17, this is a very great place to go for anyone who is into hobbies. They have large selections of models such as rockets, cars, airplanes and so much more. They also have a wide variety of the odds and ends you need such as paints and glues. The prices are great and they have one of the biggest selections around. The staff is very helpful and eager to help you find whatever it is you need to find. The prices are very good and competitive.

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★★★★☆

Located off route 17, this is a very great place to go for anyone who is into hobbies. They have large selections of models such as rockets, cars, airplanes and so much more. They also have a wide variety of the odds and ends you need such as paints and glues. The prices are great and they have one of the biggest selections around. The staff is very helpful and eager to help you find whatever it is you need to find. The prices are very good and competitive.

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Every er needs to find the right tools and equipment in order to put together whatever ing project is currently being worked on, and to do so need a good place for all the necessary accessories. Located on Rt. 17, Hi-Way Hobby fulfills this need and so much more.

The store is huge and filled with boxes and boxes of various kits, each of them varying in age and experience range. There are many aisles with different genres to select from--WWII, fantasy, science fiction, automobiles, planes--you name it, they probably have it. Because there are boxes and boxes stacked on these shelves, it can seem overwhelming trying to look for anything. Sometimes it feels too cluttered, but that always seems to be the case for s. Paints, brushes and other supplies are easily found at the entrance of the store.

There is also a space dedicated for those that love to paint miniature figures such as Warhammer. There is plenty of gaming material dedicated to that subject matter.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. They steer you in the right direction to make your purchase a lot easier by explaining the cause and effects of different materials.

The place can be hard to find as its tucked behind other buildings. If you are lucky enough to see the sign for the store, you have eagle eyes. Otherwise, you will definitely miss it especially since its on the busy Rt. 17 highway. Be prepared to make U-turns.

PROS: Great selections, lots to choose from
CONS: Can be hard to find if you don't know where to look

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★★★★☆

Every er needs to find the right tools and equipment in order to put together whatever ing project is currently being worked on, and to do so need a good place for all the necessary accessories. Located on Rt. 17, Hi-Way Hobby fulfills this need and so much more.

The store is huge and filled with boxes and boxes of various kits, each of them varying in age and experience range. There are many aisles with different genres to select from--WWII, fantasy, science fiction, automobiles, planes--you name it, they probably have it. Because there are boxes and boxes stacked on these shelves, it can seem overwhelming trying to look for anything. Sometimes it feels too cluttered, but that always seems to be the case for s. Paints, brushes and other supplies are easily found at the entrance of the store.

There is also a space dedicated for those that love to paint miniature figures such as Warhammer. There is plenty of gaming material dedicated to that subject matter.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. They steer you in the right direction to make your purchase a lot easier by explaining the cause and effects of different materials.

The place can be hard to find as its tucked behind other buildings. If you are lucky enough to see the sign for the store, you have eagle eyes. Otherwise, you will definitely miss it especially since its on the busy Rt. 17 highway. Be prepared to make U-turns.

PROS: Great selections, lots to choose from
CONS: Can be hard to find if you don't know where to look

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My first encounter with Hi Way Hobby House was when my teenaged brother wanted to build a huge train set with my Dad years ago. I tagged along as they purchased materials, and discovered Hi Way Hobby House. Located off of Route 17, the exterior is unassuming and the interior is a no-frills trove of hobby kits, finishing products, s, die-casts, and of course--train set accessories. My Dad and my brother were in heaven.

Years later, my son expressed a desire to build cars. I returned to Hi Way Hobby House and was able to find all sorts of cars that he could choose from. This store has an exceptional stock and my son had a blast browsing the die cast vehicles because he is a collector.

Hi Way Hobby House also has those pesky "science project" s that teachers assign without considering the fact that the parents will do much of the assembly. They offer rockets and even kits that feature "paint by numbers" if you are a novice builder. Besides the trains and die casts, you can find science fiction s, magazines and reference books, and derby car kits.

The staff is top notch--friendly and helpful. This business has been a community staple since the 1950's because it fills a niche and it fills it WELL.

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★★★★★

My first encounter with Hi Way Hobby House was when my teenaged brother wanted to build a huge train set with my Dad years ago. I tagged along as they purchased materials, and discovered Hi Way Hobby House. Located off of Route 17, the exterior is unassuming and the interior is a no-frills trove of hobby kits, finishing products, s, die-casts, and of course--train set accessories. My Dad and my brother were in heaven.

Years later, my son expressed a desire to build cars. I returned to Hi Way Hobby House and was able to find all sorts of cars that he could choose from. This store has an exceptional stock and my son had a blast browsing the die cast vehicles because he is a collector.

Hi Way Hobby House also has those pesky "science project" s that teachers assign without considering the fact that the parents will do much of the assembly. They offer rockets and even kits that feature "paint by numbers" if you are a novice builder. Besides the trains and die casts, you can find science fiction s, magazines and reference books, and derby car kits.

The staff is top notch--friendly and helpful. This business has been a community staple since the 1950's because it fills a niche and it fills it WELL.

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