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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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    Reynolds Railways
    212 North Main Street, Dupo, IL 62239
    Model railroad, mostly HO and N gauge, usually 20% off retail, from track and cork, to engines and cars, to scenery and details. World-wide mail order. Home of Observation Deck overlooking UP yards.
    (618) 286-3399
    Harter's Hobby House
    1001 W Main St, Belleville, IL 62220
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    (618) 233-3891
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    From The Desk of Angels
    413 Dearborn St, Hillsboro, IL 62049
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    (844) 567-3245
    Mark Twain Hobby Center
    2793 W Clay St, Saint Charles, MO 63301
    (636) 946-2816
    Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
    4033 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Saint Peters, MO 63376
    (636) 922-1385
    North Central Hobbies
    9630 Lackland Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63114
    (314) 426-0031
    Switch Stand Train Shop
    9120 Lackland Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63114
    (314) 733-1029
    Electric Train Outlet
    9517 Page Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63132
    (314) 428-2211
    One Stop Hobby Shop
    23 Ofallon Sq, O Fallon, MO 63366
    (636) 272-4100
    Trains LTD
    8151 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63130
    (314) 721-2939
    American Model Builders Inc
    8229 Brentwood Industrial Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63144
    (314) 646-8588
    Quality Pattern Co
    610 E Red Bud Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63147
    (314) 383-4985
    Hobbytown USA
    2550 Highway K, O Fallon, MO 63368
    (636) 281-2550
    St Louis RC
    6438 Fyler Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139
    (314) 781-0000
    HobbyTown USA
    15037 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011
    (636) 394-0177

    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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