When you’re at the mall for the train show at the end of March, you may find a shop that can help your modeling efforts year around. Right at it’s center, Lincoln Square offers a great art supply store, the Art Coop, with plenty to appeal to model railroaders. You’ll find all sorts of paint, stripwood, knives, brushes, Sculptamold, plaster, and other such items in multiple formats at reasonable prices. It’s pretty cool that I am within walking distance of a store that carries Sculptamold.
While not a hobby shop, they carry a selection of scenery materials, figures, and tools that offer a wider selection than many model shops offer. In part, that’s due to their supplying the needs of local architects and students, who often need diorama materials.
There’s a wide selection of papers and quality cardboards, along with markers and pens, that come in handy when scratchbuilding. They have a selection of textures and roofing materials, although it is more oriented towards O scale than HO. However, if there;’s something you don’t see, just ask and they can usually get it for you. They always look forward to making new friends among those who come for the trains but notice that the Art Coop has much to offer, too.