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I recently placed an order for some Hobby Zone Products with Hobby World USA. It was my first time dealing with Hobby World and I could not be happier. Ordering was easy, but I would call or email to check stock because their website is not always up to date. My entire order was shipped promptly and received within 1 week.


I ordered the following three items.3026-home_default.jpg.aa5db53aa6260c5d13aa0dd8d425e8fe.jpg1627-large_default.jpg.c057f45af08740b319e3d541d00f76f6.jpg2867-large_default.jpg.2974a2ab8914e6edc4d664f80b898e58.jpg

All arrived well packed and undamaged. As you can see in the picture my limited work area is becoming quite cluttered so it was time for some extra storage space.



I thought I would do a sort of review/build log of these products. The building slip has been pretty well covered in another thread so I won't rehash what has already been done. I started with the easiest one, the wall unit storage.


The illustrated instructions were very simple and easy to follow.





I started by laying out and checking all of the pieces. All were nicely router cut with no chips or marks that I could see. Overall the fit and finish of the parts was exceptional.



The only exception was the Logo oddly enough. However because this particular unit is symmetrical I was able to turn the back panel over and build it with out the logo showing. The fit on all of the parts is quite snug and required some light taps with a hammer in some cases. I decided to dry fit each assembly before actually gluing them.



The first step is to build three main sub assemblies. I used the back plate as a sort of jig for building these by gluing up the assembly then making sure that there was no glue on the back edges I "Plugged it into the back panel and let it dry. This way I was sure that when it came time for the final assembly everything would line up.20180203_182937.thumb.jpg.2e21279dfe11c3fa7fecfb6638c01c50.jpg

After assembling the three sub assemblies together the back panel is glued in place. This was kind of daunting as there were so many slots and tabs to apply and spread glue on. Then aligning them for assembly before the glue started to set up was a little tricky. This is where dry fitting at each step came in handy.



The three drawers were fairly straight forward.



I would say that this was a fun and useful little project. The assembly to this point was done in one afternoon. No doubt it could be hung up and used just as it is. But I will do some light sanding to ease some of the edges and apply a couple coats of oil based poly before loading it up.


I am guessing that the bench top unit will go together in much the same way. I will update when I get going on it.


Thanks for looking in.


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Nice choice Osmosis. I have the building dock, very flexible. It can be used in a variety of configurations.

Enjoy, Harley

Cheers, Harley<p 



Under Construction:       


Completed:                      USS Atlanta CL-51 1/350 by Very Fire 

                                    Liberty Ship John W. Brown 1/350 by Trumpeter

                                    HMS Spiraea K-08 1/350 

                                    USS Arizona BB-39 1/200 by Trumpeter/Mk1 Design

                                 HMS Sir Gareth 1/350 by Starling Models

                                  USS Missouri BB-63 1945 1/350 by Joy-Yard, 9/11/21

                                  USS Indianapolis CA-35 1945 1/350 by Trumpeter

                                  USS Kidd DD-661, 1945, 1/350, on The Sullivans kit by Trumpeter

                                  USS Alaska CB-1, 1/350, Hobby Boss, Circa 2/1945

                          Brig Syren 1/64 Model Shipways, Wood

Started,On Hold:     Frigate Confederacy 1/64 Model Shipways, Wood

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These products are very good. Lately I’ve been building my own out of foamcor and ca. It gives me a great deal of flexibility.

Completed Builds:

Virginia Armed Sloop...Model Shipways


Louise Steam Launch...Constructo

Hansa Kogge...Dusek

Yankee Hero...BlueJacket


26’ Long Boat...Model Shipways

Under Construction:

Emma C. Berry...Model Shipways


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Parts all laid out and inventoried for the bench top organizer and as you can see in the pics I need some organization. Construction starts tomorrow night.



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Managed to get all the drawers done in the past few evenings. There are a few more in this one20180210_194416(0).thumb.jpg.98684df4e2151cb8e2b103bb4291be86.jpg


I should have plenty of time tomorrow to finish this one. The Admiral will be at the Renaissance Festival all day.

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Well, after I fixed breakfast and got the Admiral packed off to the Renaissance Festival I had no problem finishing the carcass for the bench top piece. Again a little light sanding and a couple coats of poly and this one will be done.20180211_193344.thumb.jpg.bc15e76f33ba84add6a724872a40f3c8.jpg

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Well it has been a while since I had any time for hobbying but I finally got the storage organizers finished and filled up. I don't know where all this stuff was before but I managed to fill them up without adding any additional stuff.20180303_193300.thumb.jpg.08686eff41cedbe330ea2328e3d62efa.jpg


Time to start on the Building Slip.

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I just opened the Building slip and found this. The corners on both ends of the top sheet are pretty dinged up. Also they shorted me on a couple of hex nuts.20180303_215551.thumb.jpg.7fbb3771070ee4059deb678bb6ec6830.jpg20180303_215610.thumb.jpg.a0d69823f452857b0a8e8bc7f1af6eb0.jpg

This while disappointing will not be a big deal as I had already planned on shortening the base by about 4" in order to make it a bit more manageable on my smallish work table. The building of this jig has been covered in another thread so I don't plan on going into detail here.

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Ouch... I'm not going to "like" that post.   But at least you have a plan.  I do like the organization the work space now has.   

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"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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Well I finally managed to finish the building slip. I shortened the base to 32" inches which means the largest keel I can mount is 27". That is the distance between the clamps when moved all the way out. It fits much better on my work bench at this length. I also replaced all the kit steel hex head hardware with stainless button head screws.



I will take it for a test drive on my Bluenose build, hopefully beginning later this week and let you know how it works.

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  • 2 years later...

I just finished building my HobbyZone Building Slip yesterday. I found the plans lacking as for instructions. I too like the idea of shortening the slip as its way to large and heavy. Shortening it will work for my Mayflower and Golden Hind builds.



Current Builds: Mayflower - 1:60; Golden Hind - 1:50

Past Builds: Marie Jeanne, Bluenose, Bluenose II, Oseberg, Roar Ege,

Waiting to Build: Swift


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I recently bought HobbyZones smaller building slip. My work space is only 80 cm wide, so their big one would not fit. The small building slip is also simpler in its design, and quite easy to build. I have not started using it yet, but my feeling is that it gives good value for money. 

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