What is Workbench Hobbies?

What an amazing time to be part of this wonderful hobby of scale modelling.. Never before has there been the level of detail, the range of product or the accessibility of ideas than right now.

My aim for Workbench Hobbies (formerly The Workbench), is to showcase, not only my work, but to help others showcase theirs. Workbench Hobbies shares our hobby through imagery, ideas, techniques as well as offering specialty product through our online store. It is my hope, that in time, the site will evolve into a valuable resource for all to use, or just be a place where people can come and enjoy looking around.

One of my goals when re-entering this hobby after many years on the sideline, was to connect with like minded people from all over the world.

I am an enthusiast, passionate about the hobby and the subjects it is based around. Please share with me in showcasing the art of scale modelling.

Clayton Ockerby

Take some time to visit our online galleries

Land Based Models

A collection of finished models of all military vehicles that are land based.

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Air Based Models

A collection of finished aircraft and air based models.

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SciFi Models

A collection of finished models of all Sci Fi and Fictional subjects.

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Model Shows

See work from around the Globe with a selection of images from various model and hobby shows.

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Other Artists

A collection of work from other artists from all over the World.

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What exactly is scale modelling?

Scale modelling what a fantastic hobby for everyone to enjoy. No matter if you are building a plastic ship, model planes, model cars, model tanks or building a diorama with a set of plastic figures, this hobby of scale plastic modeling has something for everyone. Adults and children alike.

With so many model manufactures in the market today, just about every subject, military and civillian is available for sale, both online and in model shops. Some of the players in todays market are companies such as Revell, Tamiya, Monogram, Dragon, Takom, Italeri, Airfix, AMT, Miniart, Bronco, Eduard and Bandai.

Have you ever walked into a newsagency and picked up a model magazine and dreamt of the possibility of building your own piece of history. There are many magazines based around the subject of military modelling. Some of these are titles such as Fine Scale Modeler, Weathering Magazine, Military Modeler International, Tamiya Model Magazing, Model Art, Tanker, and Model International.

Not only are there magazines around the subject of scale modeling, but there a number of terrific websites and forum pages available such as Armorama, Hyperscale, Missing Lynx, Inscale, Britmodeller, Kitmaker, Starship modeler and Modelersite.

If it is scale model kits you are looking to buy, then there are also a great number of websites expecially set up to cater to your needs. Some of my favourites are, BNA Model World, Hobby Easy, Squadron, Hobby Link Japan, Seal Model, Firestorm, Lucky Model, and Frontline Hobbies.

I guess I am a little bias, but building a scale model of a car, ship, tank, plane or even a sci-fi kit can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding experiences anyone could undertake. Please join with me in sharing the art of scale modeling.

You Can HELP Keep This Site Online.

As you are probably aware, running and maintaining a site like this takes time and money. You will notice on a number of the pages, there are links to suggested products related to the model and the hobby. By clicking on these products and ultimately purchasing the product, you are not only getting a great value product, delivered to your door, but you are helping keep this site alive through a small commission we receive from the sale. See below for an example.

Another great way to keep this site alive is to spread the work. Tell your clubs and tell your friends about Workbench Hobbies. The more traffic we generate, the more opportunity we have to connect with people and share this amazing art of scale modelling.

Also remember, sharing is caring! If you meet the criteria and would like to contribute, then please contact us and get involved.


What's New

Not only can she fly, but she floats!

We have all seen those models of the Japanese planes all chipped within an inch of their life, but after actually doing a little bit of research on this, I found the whole chipping debate is somewhat of an urban myth.

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The DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future

The Polar Lights kit was a very basic model in terms of detail, so I had to dig a little deeper than usual to try and get some life into this one. Pretty happy with it in the end I have to say.

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About Time!

I finally have started adding more Australian armour to the display case!

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