Legacy Model Plans

While searching through our archives, staff at Hobbies HQ in Norfolk found a stash of old instructional plans that were once part of the Hobbies annual, dating back to the 1950s. The plans were originally sold to hobbyists who wanted to make wooden models from scratch, and some were quite ambitious indeed. To help keep the lost art of wooden model-building alive, Hobbies have decided to release these plans for free to allow a new generation of hobbyists and modellers to try their hands at 1950s construction techniques. 

Included are the plans for a pleasure boat, complete with space for a working motor, a rather splendid 'Nuclear Submarine 'Dreadnought'' design, as well as plans for a model lightship and a WWII-era Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber. Also included are links to the supplies you'll need as well as advice for junior modellers starting out for the first time. The plans were originally produced in A3, but can be printed in A4 with appropriate adjustments to scaling.

Whether you're interested in modelling history or just looking for a project to while away long winter evenings, dust off your tools and take a look at these classic wooden model plans from Hobbies!

 

Free Plan: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

16.01.2017

Free Plan: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

The Armstrong Whitworth Whitley was a Royal Air Force medium bomber developed in the 1930s that participated in the first bombing raid on German territory during the Second World War. Although widely used until 1945, the Whitley was unpopular with...

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FREE PLAN: MODEL LIGHTSHIP

23.02.2017

FREE PLAN: MODEL LIGHTSHIP

Lightships like this one were used all over the world to mark offshore navigation hazards in places where lighthouses or offshore platforms were unfeasible. The earliest were built in the 1730s. Crews would maintain the light and the ship, and...

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FREE PLAN: HMS DREADNOUGHT (S101) NUCLEAR SUBMARINE

16.01.2017

FREE PLAN: HMS DREADNOUGHT (S101) NUCLEAR SUBMARINE

The HMS Dreadnought (S101) Was the Royal Navy's first nuclear submarine, commissioned in 1963. Built by Vickers Armstrongs in Barrow-in-Furness, the Dreadnought was a joint Anglo-American project, with an American reactor inside a British hull. The design caught the popular...

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FREE PLAN: MOTORISED PLEASURE CRUISER

23.02.2017

FREE PLAN: MOTORISED PLEASURE CRUISER

This ‘Crusader’ Pleasure Boat isn’t just a static model – it can also be equipped with a powered propeller shaft and an electric motor ( Available from alwayshobbies.com) to turn it into a proper powered model. If you use waterproof...

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