S.O.S

Hints & Tips

Hopefully some info that may help with creating your mini-marvels!

You may find that storage and painting can warp panels making the building more difficult to construct. 

Refrain from using watery glues and paints at all times.  If you do notice warping, apply moisture to a piece of kitchen towel and gently wipe across the side of the wood that bends away from you.  Place in a warm location and the wood will gradually lose the curve.

Frequently asked questions . . . .

CONSTRUCTION

WARPING

Railway O-Gauge lighting is at 1:50 scale and would suitably be applicable to the 1:48th kits. You may need to use a little copper tape depending on how long the wires are on the bulbs when you get them, a connection box on the back of the house would be required and try to use a dolls house regulated transformer for leaving it on for longer periods (over say an hour) to help prevent damage to the bulbs etc.

LIGHTING

WHERE TO GET BULBS?

All kit models come with the components to construct the main building.  Glue, painting and other decorating materials are not included.

PROVIDED - KITS

WHATS INCLUDED - KITS

Plans are provided as reference to build from.  Materials and tools will need to be purchases separately.

PROVIDED - PLANS

WHATS INCLUDED - PLANS

The narrowboat is designed as a static model.  Although motorization is perceivably possible with the model, it is something that will require independent research.

WATER BABIES

MOTORIZATION

Most kits are very straight forward and you can jump in as soon as you have some glue to hand.  You may need to wet and bend some card on occasions to form more complicated geometry. If starting out into the world of kits for the first time then kits such as the Honeysuckle Cottage or Sandy Cove are good preliminary kit models to try first.

EASY

FIDDLINESS

Emulsion paints - tester pots give you a huge array of colours and little outlay.

RECOMMENDED PAINTS

502 wood working glue is highly recommended.

RECOMMENDED GLUE

There are very small parts to many of the kit models and as such they are suitable for ages 14+. These are collectors display items as opposed to a child’s dollhouse. 

RECOMMENDED AGE

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