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Hobbies 2014 Handbook

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Model Aircraft

Here at Hobbies we stock a large range of Balsa Plane Kits from West Wings, Guillows and Aerographics.

We also stock Balsa Wood, MaterialsPaintsGluesDecals, RoundelsLettering and Tools to allow you to construct your own.

A range of Remote Control Helicopters and Remote Controlled Planes are available to suit all abilities from beginners to experts.

There is also a huge selection of Plastic Kits available from AirfixItaleriRevellTamiyaTrumpeter and many more.

Model Boats

At Hobbies we have a wide range of Model BoatsDisplay Kits and Plastic Boat Kits plus all the necessary components and fittings to build them and even to get them moving.

We stock a vast range of Period Ships and Model Boat Display Kits from AmatiArtesania Latina, Billings Boats, Caldercraft, Mamoli, Mantua Models and Victory Models.

We also supply the fittings required to complete any scratch build project or replacement parts from: Anchors, Chains, Barrels, Cranes, Doors, Covers, Deck Fittings, Fenders, Eyelets, Belaying Pins, Fire Monitors, Pumps, Handrails, Bollards, Stanchions, Ladders, Companionways, Gratings, Lifeboat Rings, Davits, Lighting, Portholes, Radars, Rigging Accessories, Ships Wheels, Smoke/Steam Generators, Vents, Weaponry, Winches and Capstans.

We supply a wide range of materials essential for building any boat, including many different types of Strip Wood Planking, Plywood, Balsa, Fibreglass, Plastics and Metals.

Don’t forget we supply a wide range of tools that are essential for building boats. The range includes; Plank Benders, Rigging Tools, Vices, Clamps, Pin Pushes, Knives and Magnification and Lighting equipment all aimed for boat construction, with the idea to keep you working through the long winter nights.

Plus we offer an extensive range of Glues and Adhesives and a fantastic range of finishing products including; Cotton Flags, Vinyl Decals, Vinyl Lettering, Enamel Paints, Acrylic Paints, Thinners, Brushes, Sealers and Varnishes so that you can get the best from your project and are happy with the end result.

If a static display model is not your cup of tea, we can also offer you a range of Radio Controlled Model Boats from brands such asAmatiBillings BoatsCaldercraftGraupnerMantua ModelsRobbe, plus many lesser-known brands including AerokitsKrick, Precedent, Aeronaut, and Osborn.

To keep you up to speed, we supply a range of the latest radio control equipment that should keep you a head of the rest and avoid asking who’s using what frequency. This is thanks to the new 2.4Ghz systems we sell from Planet and Spectrum. Check out our range ofTransmitter/Receiver sets to see what we stock.                                                                                                                                 

If it’s power you need then we have a wide range of motors from 1.5-3v to a super powerful 12v. We’ll manage to find the right choice of motor to suit your needs.

We also supply the essential components like ServosSpeed Controllers, BatteriesSound GeneratorsCouplingsLinkagesMotor MountsProp ShaftsRuddersPropellers, and Bow Thrusters.

We now stock the entry level Mtroniks G2Hydra Brushless Combo Sets that include the speed controller with the set, these are waterproofed and aimed for use in small to medium sized boats.

Our range of Plastic Boat Kits is constantly expanding and new products are being added all the time, we stock a range of kits from Academy, Airfix, Italeri, Revell, Tamiya, Trumpeter and Zvezda.

Books & DVDs

At Hobbies we have a large selection of quality books and DVDs’ covering a vast range of hobbies and interests including Clock MakingWood Working ProjectsAircraftToy MakingDolls HousesOutdoor ProjectsShips & BoatsFretwork/Scroll Saws and General Interest.

All of these books and DVD’s have hobbies in mind and make great presents.


Here at Hobbies we stock a whole range of components that are essential for any hobby.

We have a range of Clock Movements including German Quartz Movements and Watch Movements to help keep your projects on time! We also stock all the necessary Hands and Numerals too.

We also supply Barometers, Thermometers & Hygrometers so you can create your own weather stations.

We have an extensive range of Brassware including all the Fixings and Hinges you could possibly need to make anything, whether it is a dolls house or a trinket box. We also stock Musical Movements too.

We have many other handy sundries as well including Batteries, Switches, Leads, Wiring, Chargers, Motors, Gears, Pulleys, Magnets and Turntables.

At Hobbies we stock a wide range of Wheels, Axles and Spring Caps, ideal for making toys and prams or even go-karts! Also don’t forget our super range of Model Garage Accessories to complete your Toy Garage to a high standard.

Craft Kits

At Hobbies we stock a wide range of craft kits suitable for all ages and abilities.

Why not try your hand at Marquetry, we have a wide selection available from beginner to expert so that you can create a masterpiece that will last for years to come.

We have a wide range of working wooden models from Timber Kits to Revell Leonardo Da Vinci models. You can even build accurate scale Period Weaponry from one of the many kits available.

Matchstick Kits are available from MatchitectureMatchmaster and Matchbuilder, They will keep you occupied for hours but the end result can be simply stunning.  We also sell Loose Matches and Safety Cutters if you’re feeling creative and want to build your own models.

We stock a range of Jigsaws from 1000 to 100 pieces from the likes of Gibson and Paul Lamond Games.

 We also sell 3D puzzles from Cubic Fun so you will find something exciting to keep you busy in your free time.

At Hobbies we sell the popular Sequin Art Range from KSG. We supply the whole range of Sequin Art including the new Sequin Art Focus and Zoom. There are many other types of Craft Kits available to keep the kids happy and busy, they include the very popular Brain Noodles from Paul Lamond Games. They are giant, silky, fluffy fibre noodles that bend any way you want. Use them to create anything you can imagine. They are totally reusable and incredibly creative.

If you’re more into painting, we have a very popular selection of Senior Painting By Numbers, they allow you to create great works of art.

Dolls Houses

At Hobbies we supply a very large range of 12th Scale Dolls Houses and Accessories.

We have recently expanded our Dolls House section and we now have over 1000 products!

With such a huge choice of: Accessories, Books, Dolls, Figurines, Houses, Basements, Flooring, Glues & Scenic Materials, 12 volt Lighting & LED Lighting, Mouldings, Stairs, Plans, Play Houses, Roofing, Windows and Doors there is sure to be something that will appeal.

We have a large selection of Self-Adhesive CarpetsQuality Paper Flooring and Turkish Carpets. We also stock a great selection of Interiorand Exterior Wallpapers and Roofing Papers. These are great for adding the finishing touches to any dolls house.

We still sell Plans, Fittings and uncut Wood Packs so if you are feeling adventurous why not build your own dolls house?

With many different types of Architectural Mouldings available you will be able to find the necessary detail required to finish your dolls house.

At Hobbies we now stock a new LED Lighting Range, this allows easy, simple installation and long lasting LED lights without the need to run wires. 

We also supply a limited range of 24th Scale Dolls House PlansLightingFurniture and Wallpapers.


We stock quality Birch Plywood, MDF and Lite-Ply in various size sheets.

MahoganySpruceWalnutObecheBalsa and Basswood are available in Panels or Strip Wood.

At Hobbies we also stock a selection of Wood TurningsWooden BallsButtonsAxle Pegs and Hardwood Dowels.

We stock a good selection of Veneer Packs which are ideal for Marquetry.

K & S Precision Metals has been in the business for over 60 years manufacturing the highest quality metal products. We are pleased to offer you a large range of K&S Metals including Brass Strips, Rods, Sheets, Tubes, Copper Tube and Sheets and Aluminium Sheet and Tubes.

Plastruct is the world's leading supplier of plastic scale model parts for every facet of miniature scale model building. From hobby to engineering / architectural to special effects to educational, Plastruct is your one-stop source for all your modelling needs. Tubes, Beams, Channels, Angles, Tees and Box Section as well as other Plastic Sheets both clear and white, sold in various thicknesses from 0.25mm-2mm.

To add a more natural effect to any scenic setting we sell a range of materials that will suit your every scenic need from; Trees, Scatter, Matting, Lichen, Snow, Water and Fibres.

Plans & Fittings

At Hobbies we have a large selection of Plans & Fittings, offering you a great selection of projects to build, craft and care for. We offer a selection of Outdoor Projects, Boats, Dolls Houses, Toy Farms, Castles, Garages, Push Along Toys and Games.

There are hours of fun to be had building these projects. Many of the wooden toys will out last their rivals and last for many generations.

All the materials needed are listed in the plans, including details for the fittings and wood packs.

As well as fittings for some of the plans, we can also supply uncut wood packs giving you enough material to complete your project.

Please note that some of the plans have had some slight alterations over the years and some materials have been substituted. These are plans that may require some thought to interpret, however we have sold thousands of these plan with very few problems.

Plastic Models

At Hobbies we have an ever growing selection of plastic model kits from Tamiya, Revell, Trumpeter, Italeri, Academy, Airfix and AFV Club.

With a choice of Cars, Tanks, Trucks, Ships, Aircraft, Trains and Figures you're bound to find what you want at Hobbies, if not tell us what you're after and we will try to source this for you.

We have a great selection of Model Paints and Tools so that you can achieve the perfect finish to your model

As well as Plastic Kits that you can build and paint yourself, we also offer Ready To Run Radio Controlled Cars and Tanks.


At Hobbies we stock a large range of engines from Wilesco, MSS and Mamod.. They are some of the best Steam Engines on the market and we are sure you will agree some of the most attractive too!

Stationary Engines
These Stationary Steam Engines are fully working models. As you can see , they look fantastic and give hours of enjoyment to the steam enthusiast.

Steam Kits and Ready To Run Models

We have a great selection of Kits or Pre-built Models that are ready to fire up out of the box, these all come with some fuel tablets and oil.

One of the most popular kits we sell is the Wilesco model based on an early 20th century Showman's Enginethey could be found at every funfair. It was used to drive the showman's roundabouts and to provide illumination for the fairground. These old timers were decorated with bright colours and fitted with a dynamo so that they could generate their own electricity.

We have a good range of Steam Engines suitable for all your boating needs. Steam powered boats have really come back into fashion and attract a lot of attention on the lake.


At Hobbies we are proud to be authorised stockists for Proxxon. We also stock products from: Dremel, Draper, Jet, Rota Craft, Hegner, Fox, Excalibur, Dura Grit, Flexcut, Charnwood, Veritas, Ice Bear, Micro Plane, Light Craft, Model Craft, Niqua, Olson, Sjoberg, Swann Morton, True Angle and Zona thus offering you a huge range of products.

Hobbies Fretsaws

Hobbies are famed for Fretsaws which we have sold for over 100 years. We continue to stock probably the largest choice of Fretsaw Bladesand Fretsaw Frames in the country. Even stocking a Junior Fretwork Outfit for those new to the hobby. We also offer a choice of Electric Scroll Saws for those that prefer the powered option.


We offer a great range of Airbrush Kits to suit all budgets and abilities, these airbrushes are ideal for controlled spray painting and are recommended by Hobbies for their quality and reliability.

We also sell Tamiya Spray Paints in ready to use cans.

Power Tools

We are pleased to offer a large range of Hand and Bench Top Power Tools to aid the model maker and craftsman. With such a large selection of tools on offer we are sure that you will find the right tool for the job, any question please ask.

Hand Tools

Need good quality tools? Then we offer a great selection of hand tools to suit the job at hand. Whether it's a fine job of planking the hull of a boat or cutting timber by hand, there is something at Hobbies that will do the job.

Safety and Work Wear

We stock a range of very trendy and fashionable Brimarc Heavy Duty Braces, they will hold up the manliest of all tool belts, or just your trousers! Safety wear like Goggles, Dust Masks, Visors and Aprons keep you safe and dust free when you're busy in your shed or garage.

Lighting and Magnification

For those long winter nights and dull summer days, use our range of lighting and magnification equipment to keep you illuminated.

Work Benches and Accessories

Tired of using the kitchen table? Why not look to purchase a fantastic wooden work bench to place in your workshop, shed or garage. It allows you to continue working without having to clear a space to eat your dinner!


Coming soon for 2013 Hobbies gardening section for the green fingered hobbyist.