Post by Hayfield Stables on Jul 19, 2017 11:17:55 GMT
I'd love to know who you got to for your miniature stable yard needs! (Hinges, latches, etc) I'm planning a little indoor barn set up for now, but do you find that 1/12th scale suits most Julip sizes, in particular, the New Forest Pony?
Post by astudyinscarlet on Jul 19, 2017 14:25:12 GMT
For anything Julip sized I need to buy I look on ebay under the dolls and bears --> dolls house miniatures category or sometimes you'll find similar items in other categories like the craft category or jewellery category cos things like tiny metal hinges are sold for making things like jewellery boxes too. Although some useable things like very small latch hooks and picture rings (for tie up rings) can often be found in DIY stores. Also plastic hinges are sold for remote control aircraft (usually under the toy category on ebay). I did buy some dolls house bolts though once and I don't like them at all, they're too expensive, too fiddly and far too delicate (one snapped before I even got to do anything with it). I make my own bolts now from pieces of thick wire and screw-in eyelets. 1/12th scale stuff is usually fine for Julips but some of the scales are still all over the place, some of the items sold as being 1/12th turn out to be massive while some are about half the size they should be for actual 1/12th scale. So it can be very hit and miss sometimes what's suitable. But with things like hinges that's not so much of an issue, that's more with accessories.
1/12th scale is pretty much perfect for Julip's, so anything for doll's houses is usually pretty closely scaled.
I'd highly recommend NOT buying from the model pony tack shop - they've been messing people around for well over fifteen years and to be perfectly honest, most of their products are either super cheap (flockies) or ridiculously easy to make yourself.(yogurt pot buckets etc)
Post by astudyinscarlet on Jul 20, 2017 9:50:12 GMT
Definitely well over 15 years. Back when they were called CSM they were messing me around in the mid 1990s. Their stables aren't even that well made anyway. They just cover them in stone/tile paper which you can buy yourself and the 'hinges' are just made of duct tape and the bolts of bits of balsa wood. Also they seem to stick them together over the paper rather than sticking the MDF pieces together first so they're not even very solidly constructed. (I've acquired a few of their stables secondhand over the years and the doors have never opened properly because of the tape hinges not allowing them to open wide enough and the glue on the tape isn't strong enough to hold longterm either so the 'hinges' slide out of position and that causes the doors to sag)
Until now I've always made all the little items I have myself, but I decided to go and order a few items I've no idea how to make from a online dolls house supplier. I assume I can't quite help you with a good webshop as I live in the Netherlands, but there's one brand that keeps popping up: 'Streets Ahead'. They seem to have lots of very lovely little items that would be of great use in a miniature barn!
Edit to follow up on my post above: I just received the 'Streets Ahead'-items (the buckets and little crate, the other items were handmade) and can tell you that they're really awesome! They feel really sturdy and are perfect to scale. I like to believe that other items such as latches and hitches wouldn't differ in quality!
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2017 13:46:24 GMT by Wollepluis
I use various sights like minimum world, magpie (not the horse magpie but the dolls house suppliers lol) Maple Street in Royston (used to visit the shop when lived that way but mail order is a bit slow) and of course Dolls House Emporium.
Sometimes you can get deals on ebay too but always shop around and compare prices on each site and ebay before committing to buy