Partwork models is a market that is developing both in subject matter and quality.  Some of the earlier partworks were not the best models in the world, but the ones I have built recently have been pretty good. The subjects have covered sailing ships, war ships, trains, aircraft and several radio controlled model cars.

I have built several partworks over the years, and I'm sure some will know me from my web sites that have covered the Titanic, the Red Baron's Fokker Triplane and the Bismarck. I am now aiming to develop this web site into a central resource that will bring together and help part work model builders of all the current partworks, globally.

If you're looking for help building your partwork model, you've found the right place.  The individual sites where I build the partworks provide a lot of helpful information, tips, how to correct mistakes and improve the models.  If I'm not building the partwork you're building, don't despair.  The forum is full of experienced modellers, and somebody is likely to be able to help you.  We can help with non-part work models as well.  The forum will be the central area for discussion between builders.  From my previous experiences with forums, I've found that modellers are the best people to help modellers, so I'm pleased to help bring people together to help each other. I've built a model or two in my time and can help with many problems, but there are people out there who are far better than me, and people with different ideas. The forum can help share the vast wealth of experience.

I would encourage people to join the forum.  It is a great resource, and a fun and very friendly forum.

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Build the Millennium Falcon

DeAgostini's first Star Wars model is a full size model of the original movie prop from the Empire Strikes Back.  With its unique moulded metal and resin construction, this is the most detailed Millennium Falcon model ever. Your 1:1 scale movie prop replica is 808mm long, 596mm wide and 192mm high. It has pre-painted hull parts, with working electronics and removable panels to view the interior. It’s just like the prop from The Empire Strikes Back .




Build your own 3D Printer idbox! 

3D technology is now available for you at home! Turn an idea in your head or on paper into an object you can hold in your hand with this amazing 3D printer, the idbox!

The idbox is a lightweight, compact and stylish machine that is easy to work with, and has a fast modelling speed. Look forward to making your first dynamic three-dimensional works.

Available from end March 2015



Sky Rider Drone

Something a little different from DeAgostini. This quad-copter drone is radio controlled and complete with onboard HD camera.  It has GPS and gyro, magnetic compass, altimeter and clever technology to give you assisted flight for beginners, or manual mode for experienced pilots.  It also has a "home" function to bring it back to you automatically in the case of a low battery.  The Pininfarina design looks fantastic too.

Click this link to see my review


I would recommend you obtain insurance if you fly this model.  It comes as part of the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) membership.

https://www.bmfa.org/ : The web site has details of membership, insurance and information about flying drones.


Harley Davidson Fatboy

Build the American dream bike.  This is a 1/4 scale pre-painted, mainly metal model with some plastic parts.  It features working lights, sounds and indicators.  This is the perfect model to customise if you have the skills to do it !  Another DeAgostini product.



Honda CB750 Four

Another 1/4 scale bike from the DeAgostini stables.  The classical lines of the CB750 are beautiful.  Like the other 1/4 scale bikes, this is pre-painted metal and plastic, with wire spoked wheels.  It's a stunning model



Lamborghini Countach LPS500

DeAgostini are producing a 1/8 scale model of this iconic supercar.  Pre-painted, so it only requires assembly.  No painting necessary.  As with all DeAgostini's cars and bikes, this is made from cast metal and plastic.



Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa

DeAgostini are offering a 1/4 scale Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa.  The fastest production bike in the world.  The model is pre-painted so just requires assembling.  The model is made from metal and plastic, etc.



U 96 U-Boat

Hachette are offering a huge model of U 96, in 1/48 scale.  The model is constructed from wood, etched brass and plastic, amongst other things.  It is a very impressive 140 cm long.

https://www.hachettepartworks.com/our-titles/u-boat/ and http://www.uboat-collection.com/



Hachette are offering us an O gauge model Mallard.  This is a multimedia kit with etched brass, cast metal and plastic.

https://www.hachettepartworks.com/our-titles/the-mallard and http://www.buildthemallard.com/





McLaren MP4/4

DeAgostini are offering a superb 1/8 scale model of Ayrton Senna's 1998 car.

The model is developed by Kyosho and is available only through DeAgostini's ModelSpace web site.



The Black Pearl

Hachette are offering a scale model of the Black Pearl, Capt Jack Sparrowhawk's ship.  

No scale is given, but the model is about 80cm long and  69.5cm tall.  It is a traditional plank on frame construction with a detailed captain's quarters.

Hachette's web site http://www.hachettepartworks.com/blackpearl/Index.aspx


Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb

This is a massive 1/12 scale Spitfire from the DeAgostini ModelSpace stable.

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/build-the-spitfire.html

Full independent review is available here Spitfire Review

Nissan GT-R
This is the new 1:8 scale model of the R35 GT-R Pure Edition from Eaglemoss Publications.
Nissan have helped in designing the model which includes all the dials and controls from a real Nissan R35 GT-R, in addition to interior lighting, working headlights and brake lights and front wheels which follow realistic control movement from the steering wheel.

Note : This collection has been extended to include a 1/3 scale engine.

Full details here http://www.gtr-collection.com/


Samurai Armour

DeAgostini's Samurai Armour.  This is a 1/2 scale model of a Japanese Samurai Armour.  

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/build-the-samurai-armour.html

Full independent review in available here Samurai Armour Review

D51 Locomotive

DeAgostini's D51 Japanese locomotive.  This is a 1/20 scale metal model.

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/build-the-d51-steam-locomotive.html


Red Bull RB7

DeAgostini's RB7 Red Bull F1 nitro powered RC car in 1/7 scale.

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/build-the-rb7.html

Hummer H1

DeAgostini's Hummer H1 1/8 scale nitro powered RC model

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/build-the-hummer-h1.html

Santisima Trinidad

DeAgostini's Santisima Trinidad, in 1/90 scale.

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/build-the-santisima-trinidad.html


Sovereign of the Seas

DeAgostini's Sovereign of the Seas, in 1/84 scale.

Full details here http://www.model-space.com/gb/ships/hms-sovereign-of-the-seas/



San Felipe

DeAgostini are offering a model of the San Felipe as an on-line part work which is available through their Model Space web site.

The model is 1/84 scale, and the finished model will be 63 x 32 x 83 cm.  It is a traditional plank-on-frame model complete with detailed rigging and sails.  The hull is double planked with hardwood outer planks and hardwood masts.


A full review is on my forum San Felipe Review






The Hood is Hachette's partwork.  A 1/200 scale model of HMS Hood that can be either static or radio controlled.

Hachette's official web site www.buildabattleship.com

My personal web site Building HMS Hood


The Tiger Tank

Hachette are offering us a 1/16 scale Tiger Tank.  The model is made mainly from cast metal for the armour, Interior details are plastic and fine details are etched brass.  The tracks are individual metal links.  This is going to be a fantastic model, and judging by the initial response on the forum, it's going to be very popular.  It's already been released in Germany, so a quick hunt round the German model forums (see the links page on my web site) will give you a sneak preview.

My personal web site is Build A Tiger Tank


Build your own McLaren is a weekly magazine that comes complete with all the parts to construct a superb 1:8 static model of the  2008 championship winning Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 - driven by Lewis Hamilton. This model has been developed with Kyosho and is a fantastic addition to any modeller's collection! It’s now on sale for the first time in the UK and exclusive to De Agostini.

Measuring 594mm, this model is built to the original specifications in breathtaking detail. The high quality components are a combination of moulded plastic, metal and carbon-fibre effect.

http://www.model-space.co.uk/motors/mclaren is the official web site

http://mclaren.partworkmodels.co.uk/ is my personal web site


Captain Cook's Endeavour

A 1/48 scale replica of the ship that discovered Australia.

Eaglemoss initially released this in Australia, and it's now been released in the UK.  The model is a traditional wooden model ship, constructed from a ply frame, which is planked to make the hull.

http://build-endeavour.com/en/index.html is the official web site.

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 - Published on the 5th Jan 2011

GE Fabbri have launched a partwork model magazine giving James Bond fans the opportunity to build a 1:8 scale replica of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. The James Bond's DB5 magazine is the first model to be fully authorised by EON Productions and Aston Martin and has been precision engineered to make it as accurate as possible.

Aston Martin helped design the model which includes all the dials and controls from a real DB5, in addition to James Bond's hidden arsenal of Q-Branch gadgets. Stand out features include a working ejector seat, working tail and headlights, extendable tyre slashers and a working horn. The model comes in 85 weekly instalments and each issue includes new parts for the car and a magazine featuring behind-the-scenes articles on the making of the 007 films. Model construction is incredibly straightforward and all the pieces either click into place or are held together with screws.

"Aston Martin are delighted to be involved with this beautiful model of one of our most iconic cars. Everything about it is perfect - from the materials to the attention to details - all of which are synonymous with Aston Martin".

www.007db5.com is the official web site.   Here is a link to the TV advert on Youtube 


De Agostini have released a 1:84 scale on the 17th March.  At 1.25m long it's going to be a large and impressive model.

http://www.model-space.co.uk/hms-victory is the official web site by De Agostini


Build the 1:32 scale Avro Lancaster B1MK1.  This model is constructed mainly from thin laser cut ply with cast metal undercarriage, engines and other details.
'S for Sugar' as it was in May 1944 at its 100th mission.

My personal web site is Build the Lancaster Bomber



One of the most famous German battleship at scale 1:200.  This is an impressive model with lots of etched brass details and can be radio controlled.  The series is finished in the UK and drawing to a close in some other countries.  However there are still a lot of people not yet finished the model.

My personal web site is Build the Bismarck




The legendary 1928 locomotive that first started to link directly London to Edinburgh, now reproduced as an O-gauge model.

(No website for this series)





The 1:8 scale model build of Manfred Albrecht, Baron von Richthofen's Fokker Triplane, ace during WWI.

This partwork is no longer available.

My personal web site is Build a Fokker Triplane



White Star Line's flagship, like the Bismarck, it did a single journey. It is now available as a 1:250 scale model.

This partwork is no longer available, but is available as a boxed kit from Amati.

My personal web site is Build the Titanic






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