The Model Room
New Auckland Hobby Shop
Auckland, New Zealand is getting a new model shop. Based in Papakura, South Auckland, The Model Room will open its doors for the first time early March. The owners, Alan and Claire Sannazzaro are currently busy making sure the shop is perfect for opening, ordering a unique range of stock- locally and internationally supplied, manufacturing shelving, counters, making a website and Facebook page etc. The focus will be a centre for Alan’s commission building trade, however there will also be plastic kitsets, radio controlled items, slot cars, train supplies, scenery products, and of course plenty of paints, tools and other hobby supplies for the modelling industry.
Alan has worked for two of Auckland’s largest model shops, with some of Auckland’s top modellers, giving him more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, during this time he has built over 200 models on commission. Alan will be working on building commissions at the shop, with a workbench designed for customers to view what he’s doing, and ask advice on modelling related subjects.
Alan and his wife Claire, have built good relationships with a lot of the local suppliers, and have a large range of good contacts in the industry, both on and off shore. He has also won 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the IPMS New Zealand nationals in the past, in the categories he’s entered. With the practical experience gained, the shop will be offering advice and building tips to customers, to help them achieve the best possible results with the products supplied. His wife Claire is also very creative, and is currently compiling a small collection of started models for the shelf of doom- which she promises she will ‘finish one day’.
Closer to the time HyperScale will publish the grand opening date for The Model Room. In the meantime, check out their Facebook page, which will be worth a ‘follow’, and be sure to plan a trip to The Model Room, 2 Averill Street, Papakura, South Auckland, to check out the newest in the line of a good range of hobby shops in the Auckland region.
Text Copyright 2017 by Alan Sannazzaro and The Model Room