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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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    B I T Model Train Shop
    3001 S State St, Ukiah, CA 95482
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    (707) 468-8494
    User Review: "After looking on-line for over an hour for traction wheels, bit lead me in the right direction. Thank you mu" - Michael (CA)
    Berkeley Ace Hardware
    2145 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    (510) 845-0410
    Games of Berkeley
    2151 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    (510) 540-7822
    Boss Robot Hobby
    2953 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510) 841-1680
    Hiebert Sculpture Works
    540 47th St, Oakland, CA 94609
    (510) 654-7488
    Architectural Models Inc
    2251 Poplar St, Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 663-0118
    Gee Bee Hobbies
    111 Muir Station Rd, Martinez, CA 94553
    (925) 957-6955
    Dove John
    725 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94606
    (510) 839-1736
    Chan's Trains & Hobbies
    2450 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
    (415) 885-2899
    Gamescape North
    1225 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 457-8698
    Slot Car World
    1021 Tennessee St, Vallejo, CA 94590
    (707) 552-9085
    Japan Town Collectibles
    1581 Webster St Ste 160, San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 563-2970
    California Model & Design
    1450 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94107
    (415) 621-7460
    767 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 385-5643
    Ratio Design Associates
    3095 Kerner Blvd Ste N, San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 459-2814

    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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