Serving the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area since 1958.

We love the outdoors and good ol’ hobby fun. Sheldon’s Hobbies offers a large variety of remote controlled vehicles, educational projects and material as well as crafts and tools for any hobby you choose to enjoy. 

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Trade In

R/C Doctor

Love Racing?

Show off your skills and practice as much as you want at our state of the art indoor drift track and rock climbing course.


Store Hours

M-F 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

2130 Trade Zone Blvd,

San Jose, CA

What is Sheldons Hobbies?

Sheldon’s Hobbies is a hobby shop has been serving the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area since1958. We love the outdoors and good ol’ hobby fun. Sheldon’s Hobbies offers a large variety of remote controlled vehicles, educational projects and material as well as crafts and tools for any hobby you choose to enjoy. Our state of the art indoor drift track and rock climbing course allow you to show off your skills and practice as much as you want. If you enjoy radio controlled flying, Sheldon’s is the place to go. We have helicopters, quad-copters, drones, planes, and more. A sales representative will gladly help you pick one appropriated for your skill level and features of your choice. We also have a large assortment of plastic models, boats, rockets, and slot car race tracks. We have thousands of parts in stock for your upgrade needs or fixtures. We also have vintage parts for certain r/c models. If it’s broken, we fix it! Sheldon’s RC Doctor has the knowledge and parts to fix most models. Sheldons Hobbies R/C doctor offers Car/Truck Tune-Ups, Helicopter Repair, Airplane Repair, Complete Kit Builds, Collision Repair, Transmission Repair, Engine Repair and Electric Repair. Not using that old remote control car or truck? Trade it in for the latest model. Sheldons hobbies allows you to trade is your used surface vehicles as long as they are in working condition and are hobby grade. Sheldon’s Hobbies is your one stop RC and Hobby Shop. Stop by our San Jose location today or browse our online store.

What is Sheldon’s Hobbies return policy?

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. Items may be returned within 30 days of our purchase for store credit only. We do not offer refunds. We only replace items if they are defective and no physical damage has occurred.  If you need to return a product. email us at please write in the subject line RMA request. To complete your return for exchange or store merchandise credit we require a receipt or proof of purchase. If your return is eligible a gift card is issued for the purchase price. 

Additional non-returnable items:

 Gift cards

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable.  


Can I trade is my used r/c car at Sheldons Hobbies?

Yes, at Sheldons Hobbies you can trade in your used r/c car at Sheldons Hobbies for in store credit. The following rules apply:

  • Trade-Ins only apply to surface vehicles.

  • Vehicles must be complete and in somewhat of a working condition.

  • Vehicle must be hobby grade or common name brand.

  • Upgrades and spare parts typically do not add value.

  • Value will be determined based on used market value or discretion of Sheldons Hobbies staff.

  • No cash will be issued. Store credit only.

  • In store only.

  • Valid photo ID required for all trade ins.



Does Sheldons Hobbies offer full radio control repair?

Yes, Sheldons Hobbies offers the following full Radio control repair.

  • Car/Truck Tune-Ups

  • Helicopter Repair

  • Airplane Repair

  • Complete Kit Builds

  • Collision Repair

  • Transmission Repair

  • Engine Repair

  • Electric Repair

If you R/C car is in need of repair trust Sheldons Hobbies to fix it.


Does my purchase come with any repairs guaranteed?

Yes, your R/C purchase from Sheldons Hobbies includes

  • Free Engine Boost With Tune-Up

  • Free Motor Installation With $100 Purchase

  • Free Glue Install Service with Purchase of $50 in Tires/Wheels


I’m a beginner what kind of R/C should I buy?

There are a wide variety of available r/c cars, from kits you can customize and build yourself to ready-to-run rc cars. Battery powered RC cars are a popular choice, they are rechargeable so you can save money. When choosing a R/C car it is important to consider what you are looking for in your vehicle. Do you prioritize speed, or are you looking for a car that van handle going off road. R/C cars are an extremely fun hobby and we would love to help you get into them. If you are unsure about which car is right for you ask one of our experienced staff to help you pick out the right car for you.


Does Sheldons Hobbies offer nitro engines?

What sets nitro engines apart is that they use fuel instead of batteries. Similar to real cars nitro engines have carburetors, air filters, flywheels, clutches, pistons, glow plugs (similar to spark plugs) and crankshafts. They also use a fuel tank and exhaust. A full tank of fuel can typically get you 20 -25 minutes of driving time. Nitro RC cars are a great choice for the intermediate or advanced user who prides themselves on customizing their vehicle and tinkering with there engines. Avid racers also ten to enjoy the realistic driving experience. If you are looking for a R/C car with a nitro engine then visit Sheldons Hobbies today, our experienced staff can help you pick the perfect car. Or shop our online store to find the nitro engine R/C car you are looking for.


Does Sheldons Hobbies sell rock crawlers?

Rock crawlers are a special category of R/C cars. They offer an amazing amount of power and great design. While they are smaller than monster trucks, they have the power and suspension of a monster truck. These small cars have amazing power! They can conquer dirt, mud, gravel, snow, ice, sand, and uneven terrain. However these little powergouse require a lot of maintenance. If you are interested in purchasing your own rock crawler, visit Sheldons Hobbies or purchase through our online store.


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2130 Tradezone Blvd San Jose California US 95131