Scale Model Collectibles
Scale model collectibles are an extremely popular hobby, with collectors ranging from the young to old, male and female. If you have ample space in your house and time on your hands then scale model collectibles are the hobby for you. But before you can begin you will have to choose from the wide number of categories that scale model collectibles are available in.
Scale model collectibles can be traced back to ancient times, with the first dollhouse being discovered in Ancient Egypt. As time went by scale model collectibles have become more and more refined in terms of quality, quantity and diversity.
How to start your Scale Model Collectibles Hobby
So let's get started now. The first step would be deciding what variety of scale model collectibles you want to collect. There's a wide variety of scale models available, starting from the traditional scale model collectibles of trains, trucks, cars, bikes to dollhouses, Japanese robots, food, or entire scale models of street scenes from different cities. Some of the more popular categories include, model airplane collectibles, model ship collectibles, model train collectibles and model car & truck collectibles. Apart from these, model animal collectibles are equally popular.
A good way to begin would be a visit to a few scale model collectibles stores. You can find out information about the kind of merchandise on display and compare prices with other stores in your area. Apart from that speak to the people in the store and ask them as many questions as possible. This will help you assess the quality of products as well the level of skill these specialists possess. Some key areas which you need to know the answers to include, average prices of various models and their parts, a minimum budget that you might require to start and the kind of costs involved in pursuing this as a long term hobby.
Now that you have some basic information to start with, expand your knowledge by researching your category of scale model collectibles on the Internet. There's an exhaustive list of groups, discussion threads, blogs with comments and specific websites, which can provide immense help to novices. In fact, the Internet is also a great source to purchase scale model collectibles, with a host of sellers available on sites such as e-bay, which can be quite helpful when looking for a particularly hard to find scale model collectible. Make sure that you buy models which are available in their original packaging and are in mint condition. You always need to exercise caution when buying from the web. Read about the seller and the feedback s/he has received and stick to experienced sellers. Avoid purchasing products with vague descriptions or no photographs.
There are also several fairs and exhibitions held in many cities and a little bit of internet research can help you latch on to this network. The scale model collectibles exhibitions can be a good place to find everything related to the hobby under one roof. Model car & truck collectibles, model animal collectibles and model ship collectibles are some often exhibited categories, so if any of these are your area of interest, do make it a point to visit these exhibitions.
Maintenance of your scale model collectibles is an important task, as not only do they require constant care, these models also need to be used regularly to avoid rust up in difficult places. In the case of model train collectibles, model car & trucks collectibles and army scale model collectibles you might want to invest in tracks or scenes to put them in, this of course requires more space.
Make sure your models are placed in a dust proof area and are shielded from light and moisture. Clean your scale models with a brush specifically meant for that particular model, these are usually miniature in size and have fibers that gather dust very easily. Now that you know how to select, collect and maintain your scale model collectibles, start right away.