Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Take No Chances ! ! !

We love our tools here at Hobbies, but we also recognize that they can be extremely hazardous to your health. Hazards can come from dust particles if you're a metalworker or carpenter, and paint mists if you're an artist, using an airbrush or spray paints
That's why it is essential to be using a good quality respirator with a classification to suit your needs.

Hobbies now stock the Elipse Half Mask Respirator which comes with a pair of P3 filters to provide protection against fine dust particles, metal fumes (smoke), asbestos, oil & water mists, bacteria & viruses. The European standard defines three classes of particle filters, with the P3 classification offering the highest level of protection.

It is latex-free and silicone-free and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time, with low profile filters that provide an unobstructed field of vision.

 At a glance details:

• Approved to European Standard EN140: 1998. APF : 20.
• Elipse twin filter ready to wear half mask.
• Latex and silicone free, lightweight TPE face piece that is comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
• Low profile filters provide unobstructed field of vision.
• Compatible with other PPE safety products including visors and welding helmets.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Berlin Tram Diorama Kit - Now Available from Hobbies

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.





Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Lowestoft Maritime Museum - Suffolk History Brought To Life !

When you first approach the Lowestoft Maritime Museum you see a small flint cottage set in the grounds of the Sparrows Nest park which is home to a bowls club, the Lowestoft war museum, the Lowestoft movie makers, Martellos restaurant & coffee house and Giardino Italian restaurant.
The cottage looks small from the outside and you struggle to comprehend how there might be a museum of any note inside, but the tiny entrance opens into a tradis-like series of ingeniously laid out rooms just begging to be explored.
There are a staggering number of model boats and ships of all types, and just as many paintings and works of art to see. 

You will also see many themed areas such as Lowestoft in World War II, and the RAF Air, Sea Rescue Service, alongside collections of thought-provoking ships in a bottle, oil rigs, coastguard and lifeboat service, to name just a few.

The museum is filled to the brim with tales of exploration and human endeavour, and there's always someone on hand to expand on the exhibits and answer any questions you may have.

 Learn about the Lowestoft fishing industry. For over 1000 years, local people netted herring in the North Sea and landed them on the beach. In 1832 Lowestoft people built a harbour, and from 1847 railway trains could quickly take fresh fish to sell across the country. 

View Sir Christopher Cockerell's fantastic design workshop where he invented the hovercraft
This has been laid out as close as possible to his original floor plan, and was gifted to the museum in 2009.

It's easy to see why the Lowestoft Maritime Museum was a finalist of the Suffolk Museum Of The Year, 2014. It really is a wonderful little museum to spend an hour or so looking round.
Admission is just £2, but bring some cash to spend in the gift shop afterwards.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

One Day In London - Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is on most peoples 'must do' list when they visit London, and I think we all know someone who's been and loved it.
The museum opens at 10am, and you may be surprised to see that it's situated inside a park and has it's own beautifully landscaped gardens with roses, lavender, and carefully trimmed lawns. You will instantly know you're in the right place from the imposing double cannons that greet you.

The large main hall that you first encounter contains a 'heady' mix of vehicles and exhibits from a variety of eras, on the ground, hanging in the air, and even perched precariously through spaces in the walls of each floor.

On the floor stands an impressive Soviet T-34 tank, an army field gun, armoured land rover and even the mutilated shell of an Iraqi civilian vehicle destroyed by a suicide bomber on the streets of Baghdad and turned into an art exhibit to demonstrate the horrors of war. All have interesting history and stories surrounding them.
Flying over your head are various suspended planes including the iconic Supermarine Spitfire and Harrier.

Still on the ground floor, I head to the World War I area. It's only been very recently that I have developed an interest in this period, but I'm now fascinated to learn more. Who was fighting who? and why? How did the soldiers live and cope with the hardships they endured? What weaponry and tactics were employed?
 All of these questions and hundreds more are answered in the most engaging way.
I particularly enjoyed walking through a simulated trench with shadows of my comrades around me, a British MK.IV tank appears above me to my left, as a Sopwith Camel flies over all to the battlefield noises of explosions and shouts. It's hard to imagine how the soldiers coped with the noise, disease and horrors.
Moving up to other floors, the exhibitions appear to follow a chronological path. There are extensive  World War II displays. You will see exhibits as diverse as a Rolls Royce Merlin aero-engine, a 25-pounder field gun, BMW R75 motorcycle and sidecar, Clarkair bulldozer to name but a few.
Around the main exhibits are other displays such as photographs by Cecil Beaton, paintings by various war artists, and even a skull and crossbones flag with a homemade 'Shit or Bust' motto used on a Landing Craft.
Further floors have exhibitions of modern conflicts including Suez, Korea, Cypress, Falklands & Yugoslavia
On the forth floor you encounter the Holocaust exhibition. This is an experience you will take away and never forget, as the history of the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators is told with photographs, words, and film. The sheer enormity and evil of events is powerfully portrayed. Testimonies from survivors bring a moving perspective to exhibits. At the end of the exhibition, a model of Auschwitz-Birkenau demonstrates the extent of events that occurred.
This is but a taster of the Imperial War Museum, which has many more floors, areas, and exhibits that I simply don't have the time to catalogue here. You really do need a full day here, and even then I guarantee you will leave wishing you had spent longer in certain areas.
Also, there are different ways to view the museum. On this visit I photographed as much as I could, both exhibits and information cards so I could read and view them at my leisure at home on the laptop.
Next time though I might just leave my camera at home and copy the many students who were sketching and writing copious notes about everything that interested them. Photographs, of course, can always be found online. 
Oh and did I mention, admission is free.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The British Camouflage Tree Observation Post of WWI

This is a British camouflage tree observation post on display at the Imperial War Museum in London, which was used on the Western Front during World War I.

In stalemate, the war had become very long and slow. The armies had to begin to be creative with war tactics since neither side would leave their trenches.

A real tree in no man's land , with its branches blown off, was sketched by a soldier-artist from the Royal Engineers' camouflage unit.
A replica tree with a steel core was then made behind the lines. The real tree was removed at night and replaced with the fake one.
The observer could then crawl up inside it and watch the German lines.

These camouflage trees stood in full view of the Germans, but their secret purpose was never discovered.