Friday, January 03, 2020
Parabellum model shop
A shop to be placed firmly in the "how the heck did I not know about this place" tray.
Based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Parabellum has been open for 21 years. OK, it's only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but only a minutes walk from the station, I must have passed it on a previous visit.
Anyway, you enter and this is what you find:
A lot of plastic kits. Stacked on shelves floor to ceiling. All subjects, scales and manufacturers. Nothing railway, unless you could 1:32 static models of German military trains, but pretty much everything else.
There's also paint - Humbrol, Game, Xtracrylix, Tamiya and Vallejo, tools, plastics, glues, detailing stuff. You have to dig a bit, but then that's very much my sort of shop.
The owner is knowledgeable and happy to chat about modelling. I guess you don't keep a shop open for over 2 decades if all you do is grunt at customers and can't put your hand on a specific kit when they ask for it.
Well worth a look for any modeller, even if you don't think you like plastic kits, the chances are there will be something to tempt you!
Visit the Parabellum website.