Scale modelling is a hobby where you build a miniature replica of a life size object. You assemble the replica from a number of pieces contained in a model kit or make the parts yourself. You've probably seen plastic model cars and trucks in the toy department of your favourite department store. Scale models can also be made from a variety of materials like wood, metal, etc.
A model starts off as dozens, hundreds, or thousands of pieces. In this case most of the pieces are plastic with a few rubber, vinyl and metal pieces. The modeller takes these pieces, adds glue and paint along with a lot of time and effort to create a miniature replica of a real world object.
There is a overwhelming misconception among the general public that models are "toys". This couldn't be further from the truth. Most models are too fragile to be treated as a child's toy. In fact today's model kits are designed as static models and say so on the box. Years ago some models came with motors, but not since the advent of tough radio control (R/C) cars that are now available.
My models, and the models of others, are not meant to be handled but viewed as one would view a painting or sculpture. Even the modellers themselves avoid handling a finished model unless absolutely necessary. Static models are very fragile creations that may start off as an inexpensive kit. After countless hours of research and work, the few dollars worth of plastic, rubber, and metal becomes what the modeller might consider his/her work of art. Likewise, everyone admiring a finished model should consider them a work of art as well. Or at the very least, a piece of fine craftsmanship.
If you ever have the pleasure of viewing models that the owners have put on display, please keep these things in mind: