What Is Tower Hobbies?


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According to its founder Bruce Holecek, Tower Hobbies is one of the largest mail-order electric model and miniatures dealers in the world. It provides catalog supplies and parts to support special interests such as ready-to-fly and do-it-yourself airplane and helicopter kits; aircraft and boat accessories; electric, gasoline- and nitro-powered automobile kits; radio systems; die-cast models; rockets, puzzles, kites, train sets and accessories; and ships and plastic models.

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Bruce Holecek founded Tower Hobbies with his brother Mark and wife Jeri in 1971. The company is based in Champaign, Ill. It hosts a large online-catalog selection of all the aforementioned scale-model hobbyist supplies. In addition to its online platform, it also accepts orders via mail, fax and telephone. Tower Hobbies ships to most international countries excluding Afghanistan, Benin, Brunei, Comoros, Cuba, Falkland Islands, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Syria.

The hobby of scale modeling, or dioramas, gained substantial popularity after World War II when plastic manufacturing became prevalent. Resin has recently become a preferred material for the construction of scale-model supplies because it is much easier to customize and work with. The most popular scale products sought after by hobbyists are cars, railroads, planes, armor and soldiers.

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