Berlin Tram Diorama

21 September 2017 by Rod Carruthers
If you've always wanted to create a highly detailed model diorama, but not really known where to start, we have the perfect solution. By using the Occre Berlin tram and the Occre Berlin Diorama Kit , alongside the detailed instructions and videos from the Occremania website , you can create this amazing post World War 1 scene. Please click on the video at the bottom of the page, and expand it to see the incredible detail and realism of this kit. Setting the Scene: A general strike at the start of January 1919, provoked terrible confrontations in the streets of Berlin between the government of the time and the burgeoning Communist Party of Germany. Berlin had to live with street barricades, armed conflict between workers and army and great loss of human lives for several days. The new Occre Berlin Diorama Kit captures the state of the streets, somewhere on the tram line between the train station and the zoo, during those dark days.
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FREE PLAN: Cabin Yacht - The Venturesome

06 September 2017 by Hobbies
This free cabin yacht design is perfect for a more practical hobbyist who wants their own miniature sailing boat. While the kit model doesn’t include a mast, sails or rigging, you shouldn’t need much more than some strong dowel (fitting into the slot ahead of the wheelhouse marked ‘Hole for Mast’ ) some lightweight scrap cloth and some string, as well as eyelet hooks to mount it all. Unfortunately, the part of the plans detailing the exact rigging designs have been lost, but getting this model to full sailing condition should be a fun challenge for any modeller. If you aren’t going for a full sailing vessel, however, this is still a handsome and detailed kit ripe for additions that will make an excellent and challenging model.
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FREE PLAN: Model Sailing Yacht ‘Challenger’

06 September 2017 by Hobbies
A simpler design more directly suited for sailing on open water, the Challenger is a simple but rugged hull design with a full keel that can be sailed on ponds, rivers and model boating lakes. Instructions for a mast, rigging and sails have sadly been lost to the archives, but we recommend a light cloth or even paper sail, and dowel and string for rigging. Small boats like this are great for training aspiring sailors without having to get a full boat out, as they can be rigged in the same way and in a variety of configurations. We recommend building this design of light but waterproof wood, and varnishing thoroughly to ensure that it's waterproof. Hobbies can provide waterproof glue, varnish and paints as well as wood and materials to make sails. This guide might be useful if you're looking to rig the model properly: http://www.rcsails.com/sailmaking.html
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FREE PLAN: Bookcase/Bureau

06 September 2017 by Hobbies
Feeling a bit handy? These free plans will help you assemble your own bookcase and bureau set with just basic resources and tools. The bookcase is 36 inches high, 24 inches wide and ten inches deep, with two shelves for books and a top bureau shelf for writing and storage. No more faffing about with IKEA instructions - build your own furniture your own way. While Hobbies unfortunately no longer supplies specific kits with the materials to build one of these bookcases, we do sell brassware, screws and hinges ideal for this sort of project. You’ll also need a couple of large sheets of hardwood, preferably cedar, maple, alder or even teak and mahogany. Hobbies can provide these, although for larger sheets you may want to visit a local hardware store or builder’s shop. Make sure all the screws are properly tightened and secured, and this bureau will help you keep your house tidy for years to come.
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FREE PLAN: Miniature Wheelbarrow Vase Holder

06 September 2017 by Hobbies
A more practical design for those looking to spruce up their house a bit or add some colour to their kitchen. This holder holds three plant pots of reasonable size, and is modelled after an old gardening wheelbarrow. Despite its three-legged design it’s pretty stable and solid if properly put together using the right hardwood. We advise using this design as a guide but selecting your own size based on the pots you have available. Alternatively, try sizing it to use as a bottle holder for beer and wine bottles, or even building a miniature version as a desk tidy. To retrieve this plan, either right-click on the image, save it and then download it to print (we suggest A3 paper or several sides of A4 if you've got it, although the design works at any scale). We suggest building this design with a sturdy wood and varnishing it to ensure its stability. Hobbies' craft section should be able to supply you with everything you'll need to get started.
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