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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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    M & N Hobbies
    1923 Brandville Rd, Knoxville, TN 37924
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    (865) 525-7532
    User Review: "This is not a fancy shop, but is one of few good hobby shops left in east tennessee. Bill will order any thing you want if..."
    Hobby House The
    1211 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791
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    (828) 692-6683
    User Review: "I stopped at the hobby house with the intent of purchasing a few birthday gifts for my twin boys. The lady who you would..."
    Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
    1905 N Eastman Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660
    (423) 246-2118
    Dixon's Hobbies & Crafts
    1428 Lost Creek Rd, Hazard, KY 41701
    (606) 436-4820
    Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
    507 S Davy Crockett Pkwy, Morristown, TN 37813
    (423) 587-5083
    Rod Shop The
    776 Highway 321, Newport, TN 37821
    (423) 623-2723
    A Plus Hobbies & Pawn
    1392 Main St, Maynardville, TN 37807
    (865) 992-0620
    Leisure Time Hobbies
    3181 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin, KY 40701
    (606) 258-9933
    Great Smokies Hobby Shop
    1436 Winfield Dunn Pkwy Ste 3, Sevierville, TN 37876
    (865) 453-0093
    Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
    6580 Clinton Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37912
    (865) 938-5521
    Avid Rapid Prototyping Service
    2737 Dee Peppers Dr, Knoxville, TN 37931
    (865) 357-2741
    Hobby Lobby Creative Center
    4150 S Highway 27, Somerset, KY 42501
    (606) 679-1911
    Stroup Hobby Shop
    44 Stroup Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
    (828) 765-2765
    Great American Hobbies
    811 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
    (828) 298-9906
    Beads and Beyond
    37 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801
    (828) 254-7927

    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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