Daiso Japan - great for our hobby - for example...

03-05-2014, 01:43 PM

Just thought I might share some knowledge about a recent visit to a store in socal called, Daiso.

Basically, it's a slightly higher end version of a 99 cent store or Dollar Tree that sells a bunch of japanese market stuff, such as gift boxes, cleaning supplies, wrapping paper, etc.

However, I recently saw that they carry tons of stuff that we might use on regular basis for our hobby such as plastic bottles for thinner, paints, and those plastic things that you use to mix colors. Nothing in the store is over $1.50 unless marked otherwise and some stuff is $1.00.

The greatest find for me though was a very suitable replacement for bare metal foil. This stuff costs a ton right?


But check out what Daiso sells for $1.50 (US)


I use the metal tape in this pack as a backing to my tail lights and as mirrors as the surface is very reflective. Haven't found a use for the other metal colors but I would highly recommend it. :smile:

03-05-2014, 03:05 PM
I did not think $6 was a lot money, more so if you dont use it very much like me

I am not sure that is going to work like BMF to be honest

03-05-2014, 05:16 PM
Where are they located?

03-06-2014, 12:21 AM
There's a similar place in Houston called Fit, and it sells a lot of Japanese 100-yen-store items (though prices are understandably higher, like $2 and up). My problem is that I tend to over-spend there.

03-07-2014, 12:21 PM
They have a good amount of stuff like a pencil/pen holder that I ended up using as a paint brush holder, Paint dish to use as a mixing pallet, and etc. Not bad for 1.50 for each item but a great find from the OP on the metal tape.

03-07-2014, 12:33 PM
I think the Daiso in North America are mainly on the west coast, Washington, Oregon, California. Where I am in Socal, they're in all the major cities, like SF, LA, San Diego, Orange County.

They even opened one in Buena Park recently which is a suburb in the OC!

Vette Modeller
03-12-2014, 09:22 AM
Here in western Canada we have a line of general auto parts stores called Princess Auto. They often carry Chinese products and I picked up a couple of rolls of very shiny duct tape carrying the label Power Fist. Thinner then regular duct tape and thicker then bmf but it does stick well. It is also very cheap for a large roll. Works well when you're not applying it over complex curves or over detail that you want to show through. Because it's heavier it also doesn't tear as easily as bmf. Works well for windshield surrounds and I really like it for leading wing edges on the airliners I build.

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