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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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    Insane Boats
    5528 Acacia Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
    Our RC boats make a great hobby for anyone and can even be used as racing boats in competitions to give you an edge. Call INSANE BOATS in Whittier, CA, today.
    (424) 526-2385
    Royal Vapour
    950 N Enterprise St, Orange, CA 92841
    Royal Vapour’s custom blends have been enjoyed among the vaping community with a variety of flavors that consist of a 65 VG and 35 PG mixture. We have 5 nicotine levels to choose from : 0, 3, 6, 12, a
    (714) 681-2871
    Alpine Antique Clock Repair
    833 W Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502
    We offer house calls service, and also We sell, repair and restore all kind of clocks. visit us and look for any kind of clock u can imagine! Thanks to our loyal customers.
    (424) 210-8877
    Earles Hobby & Crafts
    16412 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
    (562) 925-8314
    Hobby Warehouse
    4105 South St, Lakewood, CA 90712
    (562) 531-1413
    Hobby People
    5449 South St, Lakewood, CA 90712
    (562) 804-2515
    Downey Hobbies
    8029 E Florence Ave, Downey, CA 90240
    (562) 381-2287
    R Hobbies
    14269 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638
    (562) 777-9492
    Pacific Miniatures
    2021 Raymer Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833
    (714) 447-4478
    1001 S Brookhurst Rd, Fullerton, CA 92833
    (714) 726-4075
    Prestige Hobbies
    1238 S Beach Blvd Ste A, Anaheim, CA 92804
    (714) 821-8320
    Bargains Galore
    232 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
    (714) 992-6194
    V G Racing
    810 E Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011
    (323) 846-9700
    Hobby Shop Ichiban
    15606 Gale Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
    (626) 333-5238
    Zooms Heli
    2068 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
    (310) 533-9311

    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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