About Us and Our History

Sunward Hobbies: About US

Whether you’re a hardcore hobbyist, a pushy parent, or a budding builder, Sunward Hobbies wants to help. As a family owned hobby business since 2004, we understand the satisfaction of building a model kit from start to finish. Procrastinating builders-turned-collectors are welcome, too.

We started as a small operation in our home and expanded online. Our passion for model rocket kits grew, so we began selling them. As our clientele expanded, so did our product line. The online catalogue included model paints, plastic model kits, glues and epoxy, diorama accessories, books, hobby tools, airbrushing, rocketry, and crafts.

Now we operate from our storefront at 111 Miranda Ave, Toronto, serving customers online and in-store. We focus on delivering the most diverse line of hobby paints, modelling tools and un-assembled kits. If you’re gift shopping or just buying for yourself, we aim to carry something for every type of hobbyist.

Just like we shared our hobbies with you, we hope it encourages sharing your hobbies with family and friends.

Thanks for coming by.  We would love to hear any feedback, comments, or suggestions you may have. You can easily contact us.

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For a complete history of the products made by Sunward, please visit our main history page.

For the most up to date product news – check our blog!

Sunward Hobbies Staff and Support

Angelo avatarAngelo: Has been in model rocketry since launching with his kids way back and has been in the hobby business since 2004. Past President of Canadian Association of Rocketry - L'Association Canadienne De Fuséologie. Interests include photography, electronics, and computers.
Daniela avatarDaniela: Known as Angelo's daughter or professionally as Sunward's chief "minion". Loves working with my family and learning from my dad, but doesn't always listen. When she does have to time to herself, she like to add to her houseplant collection, build dioramas, attempt to use polymer clay, and paint. When possible, loves to travel. Her favourite cities so far are Paris and Prague.
Paul avatarPaul: As someone who’s been building model kits since he was 8 years old, Paul is very knowledgeable and adept at model kit building! When he’s not building or painting kits, he spends his free time cooking, playing video games with friends, or at a restaurant patio somewhere. Hopes to make his very own movie one day.
Matt avatarMatt: A comedian, pod caster, and YouTuber who lives in Toronto. He enjoys video games, sports, and the occasional cold beverage on a hot summer day. You’ll mostly find him in the back room packing and shipping our online orders.
Check out Operation Sports on YouTube or BAM Sports wherever you get your podcasts!
Claudia avatarClaudia: Currently attending York University and studying Geography and Sociology. Loves working with kids and she hopes to be a teacher! At Sunward Hobbies she focuses on our social media platforms and making sure orders are shipped correctly. Her spare time is filled with sports, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
Rachel avatarRachel: A health science student attending York university. When not in school, she is at Sunward Hobbies merchandising and taking care of our social media platforms. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, painting, reading, and being active. Also likes cuddling with her cat Swirly.
Justin avatarJustin: Is a health science student at York University. Justin mostly takes care of picking and packing orders and at times merchandising. In his spare time, Justin likes to watch and play sports, play video games and read. His ideal day off is hanging out with friends at the beach.
Pina avatarPina: Has a background in designing. Likes gardening, crafts, and has 3 dogs.
HG Barnes AvatarHG Barnes: A former voice-over artist and retired sales and marketing professional. He’s the author of two large volume science fiction adventure romance novels with many more in the works. For well over 40 years he’s been building scale model replicas and now does commission work for clients in Canada and the USA, plus completes projects for companies in Asia and Europe.
Currently H.G. is involved as an Associate Editor with KitMaker Network’s Online Magazine Channels.
Pfiin avatarGilles Pepin: Has modeled miniatures for over 20 years. Some of his models are on display in museums in Canada, the US, France and the UK. He is a frequent contributor to Scale Modelling Now and Airfix Club, both in the UK.

Take a look at Gilles work by visiting his website:
https://www.heritagemodelaircraft.com

And don't forget to check out the following article:
https://us.airfix.com/community/i-build-because/gilles