Tuesday, 31 January 2012

New AIM imag 'Project Special' - Out Now

With February upon us it is my honour to welcome you to this very special issue of the AIM imag.  Although Christmas is now all but a dim and distant memory, here at AIM we thought you all might like to revisit the wonderful projects that were featured in our very unique online advent calendar.

Throughout December (and January too) my inbox has indicated that, yet again, the AIM Advent Calendar was a massive hit with the whole of the miniature world.  It seems that for many of our readers, the calendar helped to revisit the sense of childhood anticipation and the delight of opening a new advent door each day to reveal a different surprise. 
I also know from the many emails that I received during the busy ‘pre Christmas’ period, that some of you sadly missed the opportunity to download each project before they were gone – but worry not!!

This new issue of the AIM imag is a wonderful compilation of the individual projects featured in the 2011 AIM Advent Calendar, all neatly packed into one easy to download publication and we hope you all enjoy it!

But before you head off to flip through our virtual pages, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the AIM members who not only kindly donated FREE miniature projects for you all to enjoy, but also took the time to volunteer both their work AND their time for FREE.

As ever the AIM Advent Calendar or indeed this issue of the AIM imag would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the AIM Editorial Team, who personally undertook a massive amount of work to bring the 2012 calendar into fruition! Thank you.

So finally I hope that you will all enjoy this very special edition of the AIM imag and if you do have a go at any of the projects contained in its pages – do let us know how you got on, as we would love to hear from you!?
Bea (Fiona) Broadwood
Editor Of The AIM Magazine

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Coming Soon - 1:48th Bay Tree Manor...

Good afternoon everyone!
Well the season of 'previews' continues  and I am delighted  to share news of
yet another forthcoming 
quarter scale kit: Bay Tree Manor, which we will be launching very soon!

As many of you already know, the original ethos behind Petite Properties’ ’Book & Kit’ series was a simple one - to teach miniaturists how to build their own 1:48th scale dolls houses and how to bring them to life by creating a highly realistic ‘artisan finish’.

However, the techniques taught in each of the booklets that accompany this series of house kits should not be left languishing, unused in a drawer as I have designed an extensive range of additional kits, all of which can be constructed and finished using the techniques included in each of our previously published instruction booklets.

In  the ‘Basic’ House Kit Series, each kit has a set of full colour instructions which are also carefully linked back to the techniques and finishes taught in each booklet; allowing you to create your very own ‘artisan finish’ on a new quarter scale property time and time again!

Bay Tree Manor has six internal rooms and has been designed as an 'extension kit' to Mulberry House and so it  re uses the techniques taught and included in the Mulberry House Booklet... However, as with all of our basic house kits Bay Tree Manor can also be finished and brought to life internally and externally in any way you choose!!

So if you enjoyed the formal architectural style of our
Mulberry house kit, you are  simply going to love our new (and very handsome) quarter scale Bay Tree Manor for sure!
Bea Broadwood

Friday, 20 January 2012

Coming soon - 1:48th 'Side Garage' Kit...!

Good morning!
(Picture shows constructed and decorated kits)

If you enjoyed our nostalgic  1:48th ‘Birchwood Avenue Semi’ dolls house kit then you might to interested in this  preview of a new little quarter scale kit, which we will be launching next month...

Our new '1940s/1950s' inspired
'Side Garage' has been specifically designed to sit along side and complement our quarter scale '2 & 4 Birchwood Avenue' basic house kit.

The new 1:48th 'Side Garage' kit can be constructed to fit either on the left or right hand side of the property, or both (as shown above).

The side garage kit, comes with front opening glazed garage doors, opening side courtesy door and side gate, plus glazed side window. Full colour, step by step instructions are also included.
Bea Broadwood

Thursday, 12 January 2012

1:48th Detached Garage Kit...

Good afternoon everyone!
To follow on from yesterday's preview of our forthcoming basic house kit: 'The Old Rectory', I am delighted to be able to share some pictures of our new quarter scale 'Detached Garage' kit which is due for release early next month...

'Detached Garage' kit is shown here fully constructed and decorated and finished with the same exterior 'flint stone and brick' effect as 'The Old Rectory'...

However, the garage kit can of course be decorated with any exterior finish, to match or compliment any of our previously released 1:48th Petite Properties
 Bea Broadwood

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Old Rectory (1:48th Kit) - Coming Soon!

Good evening everyone!
With the new year now in full swing, here in the PP office Mr Bea and I would like to share with you a sneak preview of our first  ‘new quarter scale offering’ of 2012!
The Old Rectory (pictured here constructed and fully decorated) is a brand new ‘1:48th Basic House Kit’ which will be released for sale at the end of this month. 

Inspired by the mellow architecture of the ‘east of England’ The Old Rectory is our largest property kit  to date and features 6 internal rooms. 
More information about ‘The Old Rectory’ as well as information regarding additional new forthcoming kits by Petite Properties, will be released here very soon; so as ever - keep watching this space!
Bea Broadwood

Thursday, 5 January 2012

New Year, Fresh Start, First Show...

Good morning everyone!
I hope that so far 2012 is being kind to you all and I also hope that all your new years’ resolutions are holding firm too!
Here in rural Lincolnshire January has certainly got off to a very windy start and I hope that anyone affected by the winds here in the UK is safe and without damage?
For Mr Bea and I the first few days of the new year have been really busy as we each try to catch up in the PP office after our extended Christmas break.  We have also now updated our (sparkly new) calendar with all the key events / dates for 2012 and it seems that both personally and professionally - it is going to be a very busy year!!!!
I must also confess that whilst updating our calendar curiosity got the better of me and I (stupidly) started counting... the result... I find that Spring Miniatura is only 11+ weeks away!!!!!!!! *super eek*
Happily though preparations for this show are (for once) already well under way and Mr Bea and I plan to have more new products in all three smaller scales on the PP stand than ever before!!! 
However, before I get carried away with thoughts of the bright lights of the NEC in March, more immediately our first 'work' event of the new year is the lovely Stafford show next Sunday - So if you are planning to go do say hello to Mr Bea who will be flying solo on the PP stand at the fair.
Happy New Year and safe travels!
Bea Broadwood