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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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    Sonos Models Inc
    17862 Metzler Ln, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    Our local product development company has been providing industrial design, model making, prototypes and more, for decades. We have produced thousands of car and house products for a diverse client base.
    (714) 842-5564
    Brookhurst Hobbies
    12188 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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    (714) 636-3580
    User Review: "Everything you need under one roof, model building, gundam figures, games workshop, d&d, magic, airsoft, paints, terrain,..." - Michele (CA)
    Ultimate Hobbies
    Orange, CA 92866
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    (714) 538-3111
    User Review: "I purchased a remote car it worked for 40 minutes then broke. We returned to the store only to be told "oh well," "we dont..." - Krista (CA)
    909 W 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (949) 631-8240
    Ken Gardiner Modelmaker Inc
    870 Production Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (949) 642-9127
    Sharp Marine Industries
    830 W 16th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 642-9491
    Mercenary Market Inc
    2263 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 722-8342
    New Ventures Unlimited Inc
    354 Vista Baya, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 650-0514
    Train Crossing The
    1089 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 549-1596
    Hobby People
    18480 Bandilier Cir, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (714) 378-9430
    Hobby People
    18475 Pacific St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (714) 964-8846
    R C Boat Glass Shop
    2701 Orange Ave Ste O, Santa Ana, CA 92707
    (714) 641-5871
    Morgan's Big Trains Emporium
    16182 Gothard St Ste F, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    (714) 887-0777
    Robs RC Hobbies
    15071 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    (714) 372-3777
    Hobby Lobby
    7212 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    (714) 842-9080

    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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