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Popular Terms for Hobby and Model Construction Supplies
Hobby and model construction often requires various supplies. Without the proper supplies, you could find that it is impossible to compete a kit that contains parts for a car, train, aircraft, or railroad. Learning the following list of key terms, however, should make it easier for you to communicate with businesses that sell the construction supplies that you need for your hobby.
Proportional Divider - A tool that allows you to build scale models with parts that are in proportion with each other. The proportional divider looks similar to a compass that you might use to draw a circle or make measurements in a geometry class.
Watch Crystal Cement - A type of clear-drying cement often used to attach clear plastic pieces to rockets, planes, and cars. Most watch crystal cement products come with a small nozzle that makes precise application easier.
Abrasive Chord - Since most model kits focus on making small reproductions of boats, trains, buildings, and other popular designs, hobbyists can find it difficult to sand small spaces. Abrasive chord allows them to sand hard-to-reach places. Instead of using sand paper, model builders run the abrasive chord through the area they need to smooth.
Rigging Tools - Model ship builders need tools that allow them to manipulate pieces in a very small area. This is especially true for hobbyists that like to make ships in bottles. Rigging tools allow you to tie strings, adjust parts, and hold pieces for soldering. They have been specially designed to fit into tight spots, but they still require a steady hand to use well.
Wholesalers of hobby and model construction supplies sell bulk amounts of products to retailers. Retail shops can be found in malls and shopping centers and are places where consumers can purchase their favorite hobby supplies. Hobbies are fun ways to pass the time, whether you’re seven or 70.
Fun hobby ideas include trains, model boats and cars, radio control (RC) planes, toy rockets, and puzzles. The proper accessories and tools are also needed, like adhesive, paint, and brushes. Some hobby sets come in kits, allowing for a wider range of color, type, and size selections. Other times, you can pick what you want and gather the supplies yourself.
If you’re a retailer, you know you need to stock your shelves with the latest hobby and construction supplies to keep your customers happy. Whether they like to collect stamps, put model cars or aircraft together, assemble ships in a bottle, or build scale versions of railroads complete with trains and mini plastic or wood figures, you’ve got to make sure they see what they want when they visit your store.
Volume pricing is an attractive feature of the wholesaler. The more you buy, the more you save. As a dealer, you can pick and choose what the wholesaler has to offer, order cheap bulk amounts of it, and get on a regular shipment list so you never run out of your most popular items.
Wholesalers and manufacturers of hobby and model construction supplies may operate on a large national scale, or they may operate on a smaller, regional or local scale. Many of the smaller, owner-operated retail hobby shops don’t need as much product as the larger national mall chains do, so their orders on things like trains, model cars and hobby supplies kits will be smaller.