Model hobbies are meant for those who love the concept of having their own miniature replicas or models in their homes. Model hobbies can be pursued in various forms where you can venture from just selecting a model off the shelf and bringing it home, or picking a model-making kit and coming home to a different experience altogether. Either ways, a model hobby ensures that you have some fine works of art at your disposal.
While the first doll houses have been recorded to be built in the 16th century, toys made of tin plates came into existence in the 19th century. These were based on clockwork, and were mainly replicas of amusement park rides like the Ferris Wheel and the Carousel. In 1931, the first die-cast model was made by a British manufacturer, Frank Hornby. These models were cheaper to make and could achieve a greater deal of accuracy, in terms of detail.
Slowly, the introduction of battery power meant that Japanese manufacturers ruled the roost with their models, although they weren't all replicas. Radio controlled models also came into the picture in the 1960s and with technology making the manufacturing process cheaper, RC models are the most exciting of the bunch.
But people interested in model hobbies have the privilege of owning miniature replicas. The industry has grown so large that not only do you get replicas of models of real-life cars, planes, boats and trains; you also get to own your favourite movies vehicles. Scale models of the Mini-Cooper from the Italian Job, or the Batmobile are extremely common.
Normally hobby stores have readymade die-cast models that can be bought off of the shelves and placed on your display shelf at home. The range and variety of these models in incredible and they are available in all shapes and sizes. Most models have moving parts such as car doors that open, or wheels that turn, while you can also choose completely static versions as well.
On the other hand, if you want to do something more creative while pursuing your model hobby, you can choose to build your own replica model through kits available at hobby shops. These kits come with complete instruction manuals and parts to allow you to put together a masterpiece. All you need are the right set of tools and a work area, and you can simply start off.
Model hobbies also venture into the remote controlled variety where you can get your hands on miniature vehicles that run just like their real cousins. These RC models are available at all hobby stores and allow you to pick a Ready-to-Run model, an Almost Ready-to Run model or an RC kit. In the first two options, you can simply pull the model out of the box and run it with minimal, or no, assembly.
In the case of RC kits, you get detailed instruction manuals that allow you to create a model, equip it with an engine and a radio controller, and head out to the park. More complex, these models can run on electricity or gas, and require a lot more care and experience while building & running them.
Model hobbies allow you to choose from all genres of vehicles including military models, commercial models, plane models, rocket models, race car models and even zeppelin models. So whatever your weapon of choice, just head out to the store and start indulging in your model hobby.