In 2007, long term modeller and Totem Timber managing director Roger Parnell, in response to the lack of a good RC model shop and not being able to get his modelling goods in the Plymouth area, decided to start his own model shop. The shop was run by Roger’s son and director of Totem Timber, Shaun Parnell until 2009.

Totem Hobbies was born.

In 2009 Kevin Waite came on board. Kevin, who has been a modeller for over 35 years and has worked in the model industry for over 30 years, now runs the business on a daily basis. With extensive knowledge and experience in most modelling topics and a past Southwest Regional Champion in 1/10 off road car racing was sponsored by companies like Schumacher Racing, Trinity, Parma, Tenth Technology, CML and Lesro Models is well placed to pass on his knowledge to newcomers. He went back to flying model planes and helicopters around 10 years ago, the part of our hobby that he started in over 35 years ago.

2013 We now have new part time help from Kevin Stares, from the Eddystone Model Flying Club, 3 days a week. Kevin is an exceptional model aircraft pilot and also runs the indoor model flying club at Devonport High School For Boys on Friday evenings.

We are now the Southwest’s largest model shop and located inside the Totem Timber Home & Hardware shop, basement, in the Mutley area of Plymouth. We offer goods from all aspects of RC modelling from aircraft, helicopters, drones, cars and boats to balsawood freeflight models for those of you that want to re-live their childhood. Our stock is changing and growing as the market changes and our aim is to be one of the best model shops in the country. Customers are welcome to call in at our large retail premises, order by telephone or on this website. We also welcome customers seeking help and advice, in person, on the phone or by email.

Our website is growing daily and we stock a very large number of products in the shop that will gradually be put on the website. A very important note about our website, unlike some other online traders, our website shows live stock availability and is updated from our computer system every 30 minutes. So if the website does not say the item you want is out of stock, then we do have it.

We can help with repairs and updating your drone to the latest software, setting up and repairs. We can help with your RC Car repairs, subject to being able to get the parts for your car.

Need aerial photography, video, surveys for repair and insurance purposes? Kevin Waite is a fully CAA qualified and insured drone pilot. Give us a call maybe we can help at competitive prices.

Just bought an expensive drone and need help with setting up, explaining all the features and some basic flying lessons? We can help, give us a call.

Totem Hobbies looks forward to supplying your modelling needs for the future.