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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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    L & N Trains & Things
    2115 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
    (502) 897-9005
    Hobby Lobby Creative Center
    748 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville, IN 47129
    (812) 218-8095
    Cat House Rugs
    415 W 1st St, New Albany, IN 47150
    (812) 945-7847
    Scrapbook Lovers Dream
    2305 Spring Ave, New Albany, IN 47150
    (812) 948-2859
    Roundhouse Electric Trains Inc The
    4870 Brownsboro Ctr, Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 895-2466
    Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
    968 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 895-1032
    Scale Reproductions Hooby Shop
    3073 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY 40220
    (502) 459-5849
    Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
    7500 Jefferson Blvd, Louisville, KY 40219
    (502) 968-3154
    Hobby World
    104 Vieux Carre Dr, Louisville, KY 40223
    (502) 749-7879
    Hobbytown Usa
    12615 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40243
    (502) 254-5755
    Leonard Kik & Associates
    11218 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40299
    (502) 267-5366
    Fastrax
    459 Versailles Rd, Frankfort, KY 40601
    (502) 226-6542
    P & T Hobbies & Raceway
    4718 State Road 60 E, Mitchell, IN 47446
    (812) 849-6666
    C & B Trains Gifts & Collect
    1486 State Road 37, Mitchell, IN 47446
    (812) 849-0000
    Hudsons Photo
    1538 I St, Bedford, IN 47421
    (812) 279-0268


    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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