For over 50 years, Model Empire has been the go-to spot for kits, parts, and paint.
"Some people build them in two hours, some people it takes six months. That's because it depends on how much custom they do on it," says Alex Geiger, owner of the Model Empire.
Growing up in the store and eventually taking over for his father, Alex knows his customers.
"We have a lot of dedicated customers that have kept us in business all these years. We are very fortunate," says Alex. "You know a lot of our customers are regular customers and they know exactly what we have. So they would call and say I need two cans of black paint and this Grumpy's Kit. So we would say out we will get it ready for you to pick up. It was interesting during that time and you could tell that they were really happy we could help them."
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In fact, the only thing that topped that feeling was helping new faces looking for something to do.
"It was great, it was great. There was actually one fellow who you could tell needed something to do and he was really happy to get into it. And it was good to see because we haven't seen a lot of new faces over the years. After all, younger people weren't involved with this hobby. But now that they need something to do it worked," says Alex.
Able to supply everything you need to get started, plus information on clubs and mentors, Model Empire is ready to help you create something spectacular.
Model Empire is located at 7116 W Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.