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Definitions for Hobbyists and Model Shops

Everybody has a hobby, a pastime that they do for fun or relaxation in their spare time. Hobby and model stores are set up to serve creative hobby enthusiasts, but different stores serve different needs. Some are set up to serve craft hobbies, like sewing and other artists projects, while others are set up to serve model hobbies. The following are common terms found in the hobby industry.

  • Scale Modeling – A modeling form where real life items are represented in miniature form, such as cars, trucks and airplanes. Made from either wood or plastic they have to be assembled by the hobbyist. Scale modeling has become incredibly intricate with the development of computer technology and some train displays include very accurate representations of towns and buildings down to very small details.
  • Military modeling – A subset of scale modeling that refers to reconstructing military equipment such as tanks, ships and airplanes. It also refers to soldier figurines.
  • Model engineering – Refers to building working models of machinery, like a working combustible engine for a truck or a steam engine for a train. Because this hobby requires large and expensive tools it has declined in popularity, but there are internet website that cater to it.
  • Model Supply – A type of shop that caters mostly to making scale model replicas of cars, trains and airplanes. They often supply special tools and paints. Sometimes these shops offer special discounts since they often deal directly with manufacturers.
  • Expositions – Events where hobbyists and dealers can get together and show off their crafts, as well as trade and sell good. These can be small, city-centered events or huge statewide, regional or national events.
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    Valley Rail Trains
    1901 S 12th St, Allentown, PA 18103
    Our hobby shop has supplies for all types of hobbies, including model cars, trucks, trains, and airplanes. We also have great deals on craft wood, paint for miniatures, and more.
    (610) 440-0487
    Gatehouse Games
    208 Hollidaysburg Plz, Duncansville, PA 16635
    One of the largest hobby game specialists in the area. Our shop features over 2500 sq. ft. of miniatures, roleplaying and collectible card gaming, leagues, tournaments and campaigns.
    (814) 693-9271
    Beaver Meadow Shops
    1332 Ulster St, Allentown, PA 18109
    (610) 432-4453
    Hal's Small Appliance & Sweeper Shop
    1706 Washington Blvd, Easton, PA 18042
    (610) 515-9953
    Penn Valley Hobby Center
    837 W Main St, Lansdale, PA 19446
    (215) 855-1268
    Lin's Junction
    128 S Line St, Lansdale, PA 19446
    (215) 412-7711
    Stahl's Hobby Haven
    363 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
    (215) 679-5671
    Fantastic Plastics
    1933 Hay Ter, Easton, PA 18042
    (610) 923-7534
    The Comic Store
    28 E Mcgovern Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 397-8737
    Race Place Hobbies
    201 Station Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951
    (215) 538-2394
    Tony's Hobby Shop
    101 S 2nd St, Coplay, PA 18037
    (610) 262-5159
    Foys Pigeon Supplies
    3185 Bennetts Run Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    (724) 843-6889
    Wetzel's Dick Hobbies
    514 E Main St, Bath, PA 18014
    (610) 837-6681
    Trains R Fun
    360 Lancaster Ave # Frnt, Malvern, PA 19355
    (610) 644-4585
    Iron Horse Hobby House
    60 S 6th St, Reading, PA 19602
    (610) 373-6927


    Hobby shops are stores that sell kits to construct models of transportation vehicles. The most common kits will be for cars, trucks, airplanes and trains. Some models will be just a figure. A rocket ship or military model are also examples of hobby kits found at commercial hobby stores. Upon completion, these miniature models can simply be displayed throughout the house or on a rack. Cars, trucks, airplanes and trains could also be sold in kits that you build yourself. Some model kits would allow the object to be radio controlled upon completion. The purpose of these hobbies is to use the wood and materials provided in the kit to craft the miniature model. When it’s completed, it can be painted like the picture included on the box. You may also choose to customize and paint a completely different design. When looking for a hobby center and dealer in your town, there will likely be larger chain stores as well as local shops to choose from. Chain stores generally have a larger supply and may have some items cheaper than the local independently owned shops. Meanwhile, the local shop may have access to specific items that the larger chain stores wouldn’t have. An internet search can help find the best shop for your hobby needs. Just remember, sometimes the local stores don’t have a website, however they may still carry the materials you’re looking for. When something gets outdated, the manufacturer might give a discount to the shop allowing them to sell it to you for a wholesale discount. These shops are useful for most hobbies that involve constructing models or miniatures.
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