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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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    American Heyday
    9829 Deer Creek Rd, Moreno Valley, CA 92557
    Contact us at (951) 777-0979 in Moreno Valley, CA, to learn more about our collection of vintage American goods and 1950s memorabilia.
    (951) 777-0979
    Nova Rc Products, Inc.
    1611a South Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081
    Are you looking for a more efficient cooling head for your radio controlled car? We provide after market parts for racing such as clutch shoes and shock towers.
    (760) 599-0657
    M.v. Products
    26841 Cll Maria, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
    Make your model trains more realistic with M.V. Products lenses. Based in Mission Viejo, CA, we ship our modeling supplies and products all over the US and Canada.
    (949) 427-7913
    Real Trains
    32215 Dunlap Blvd Ste D, Yucaipa, CA 92399
    (909) 446-0600
    Worthy Thing LLC
    384 Los Robles Cres, Redlands, CA 92373
    (909) 792-9595
    Hobby People
    835 Tri City Ctr, Redlands, CA 92374
    (909) 307-1185
    Hobby People
    837 Tri City Ctr, Redlands, CA 92374
    (909) 307-1185
    Hobby Lobby Creative Center
    26443 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
    (951) 296-0048
    VIP Hobbies
    118 E Airport Dr, San Bernardino, CA 92408
    (909) 890-2633
    Funfly Hobby
    6950 Indiana Ave Ste 1, Riverside, CA 92506
    (951) 686-3206
    Busy Bee Hobby Shop Inc
    461 W Highland Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92405
    (909) 886-2669
    HobbyTown USA
    27470 Jefferson Ave, Temecula, CA 92590
    (951) 699-7492
    Hobby People
    26755 Jefferson Ave Ste E, Murrieta, CA 92562
    (951) 677-5816
    Rex Studios
    18285 Collier Ave Ste G, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
    (951) 674-4899
    Hobby People
    10128 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA 92503
    (951) 785-6773

    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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