Miniature Kits – From Hongda And From Hoomeda

As I am moving on in time and looking at all the beautiful miniature kits on Facebook or Youtube, I realized that there are more brands than just the ones I have talked about in a previous article.

That is, of course, the commercial ones and not the ones on Etsy, because there are many more on a crafting site obviously 😉

I didn’t find any others back then, because I was always looking on Amazon, while of course there are other sellers out there!

So let’s go and review the rest and start with ‘Hongda’. (Unfortunately, I cannot craft all miniature kits myself, although I have done so and intend to do lots more in the future).

1. Guangzhou Hondga miniature kits.

 

Information was rather hard to find, but here we go :

Guangzhou Hondga craft co., Ltd was founded in 2009. They are focused on researching, developing, producing, and selling DIY manual products.

– Makes all kinds of dollhouse kits, in different levels, but all size scale 1:24.

– makes some small houses and furniture, but also (very) large houses, so I think that is the main difference between this company and Robotime (aka Rolife).

– has different styles: villa style, Chinese, Japanese, shop, boy, modern style, and finally DIY furniture series.

Place(s) to buy: Banggood ( a few kits ) or AliExpress  ( lots more choice ). Hardly any on Amazon!

Price: variable, depending on the sizes.

Beware! The prices can be very different on Banggood, compared to AliExpress, or the other way around. Look at the examples in these 2 pictures! Plus, it is possible to get first-time coupons, etc, so look out before you decide where to buy.

AliExpress:

miniature kit

Banggood:

Overall Rank: stars

Warranty: 30-day refund or replacement

Content:

– papercuts

– The instruction manual (in Chinese)

– wooden pieces

– scissors

– cardboard pieces

– fabrics

– different kinds of wires

– battery’s

– beads

– a led lamp

– a ruler

glue ( if not included, you can buy the same glue which is used for the kits from Rolife on AliExpress )

The Good & the Bad :

The Good:

– They look easier to make than the ones from Robotime (not so many plants and books or furniture made out of wires etc..)

– I love that some are stackable and that they have bigger dollhouses!

miniature kits

– If you compare the same sizes to the ones from Robotime, they look more affordable

– no missing pieces

– very adjustable to your own taste

– most of them are made rather quickly, not as long as the ones from Robotime (with over 50 hours some of them).

The Bad:

– The instruction manual is in Chinese, BUT people tend to find it easy to just use the pictures 🙂 Plus you could watch Youtube videos like this one. OR use the camera feature in the Google Translate app, then you get an instant translation!

– As these are all from China, transportation to the US, Europe, or Australia can take a long time. BUT don’t worry, they will arrive! I have seen people with positive comments on this issue 😉

shipping aliExpress

– Could have less quality in some parts

Hongda Support.

I have found an email address: Happyli@hongda-diy.com and a Facebook page. (not much action though on it)

Extras:

They also sell houses that include dust covers. (way cheaper than the ones from Robotime!).

Hongda dustcover

And cuuute little Christmas balls!

glass christmas balls
 

My Final Opinion of Hongda Miniature Kits.

I give these 4 stars only because the quality doesn’t seem to be as good as the ones from Robotime. But they sure ‘look’ easy to make and I love how you can buy the really big houses, those can keep you busy for hours and hours!

UPDATE

I asked for their catalogue on Facebook and got a PDF-file in my mailbox! If you like, I could send it to you as well, just contact me.

2. ‘Hoomeda DIY’ miniature kits.

I haven’t found any website at all of this brand for miniature kits, but I did find many reviews on Banggood off the products. So let’s dive into these.

– seems to also make kits for pieces of furniture, room boxes, and bigger dollhouse kits. Very expanded.

– scale 1:24

Place(s) to buy: Banggood and AliExpress (about the same amount of kits, but lots of variation). None on Amazon.

Price: variable, depending on the sizes.

As in number one:

Beware! The prices can be very different on Banggood, compared to AliExpress, or the other way around. Look at the examples in these 2 pictures! Plus, it is possible to get first-time coupons, etc, so look out before you decide where to buy.

AliExpress:


Banggood:

Overall Rank: hoomeda

Warranty: AliExpress has 90 days buyer protection, Banggood a 30-day refund or replacement

Content:

– papercuts

– The instruction manual (in Chinese)

– wooden pieces

– scissors

– cardboard pieces

– fabrics

– different kinds of wires

– battery’s

– beads

– a led lamp

– a ruler

glue ( again, you can buy the same glue that is included in the kits from Rolife if you run out of it on AliExpress )

The Good & the Bad :

The Good:

– lots and lots of good reviews of each product separately on Banggood specifically. From 4 stars to 5 stars, that is why I gave a 4 and a half stars in general.

– the quality is good enough

– takes less time to complete than miniature kits from Robotime for example

– directions easy to follow

– perfect for starters

The Bad:

– the manual is in Chinese, but again, you can easily follow the pictures or watch lots of Youtube-clips or use the camera from the Google translate app.

 

– I think that the design looks less cute than the kits from Robotime, but that is just a personal opinion I guess!

– shipping from China can take a long time.

Extras:

– some of the kits are also working as a music box! 🙂

– they also sell tiny ‘tin’ boxes, perfect as a gift for a kid!

hoomeda tin box

My Final Opinion of Hoomeda Miniature Kits.

I give these kits from Hoomeda 4 and a half stars, because the overall reviews, and there are lots of them, are generally very positive. The design is a matter of taste, so I will leave that up to you if you like it or not. After all, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, right?

My final conclusion.

As you could see, not every miniature kit is available or plentiful on Amazon. As most of these kits are made in China, it is sometimes worthwhile to have a look at AliExpress and/or Banggood and find some real treasures or bigger dollhouse kits!

Now, these are all pretty modern and the designs are very simple. If that is not up to your taste, you can always look at the kits from Robotime.

If you have any questions or comments on this article about miniature kits, then write away in the comment section below! Or you can now join my newest Facebook group, we are a bunch of enthusiastic miniature lovers ;-).

I wish you happy crafting!

Best regards,

Lizzy

 

2 thoughts on “Miniature Kits – From Hongda And From Hoomeda”

  1. These dollhouse kits look very charming, and they are an excellent idea for a hobby. I always wanted a dollhouse when I was a child. It looks like it’s not too late as an adult. It’s also good that they have different kits for different skill levels, as well as having both traditional and modern houses. 

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    • I totally agree with you and also love that there are different skill levels for these kits. Because for the ones from Robotime, you would need to have almost the same handiness for each one 😉  (some take more time than others)

      Happy crafting!

      Best regards,

      Lizzy

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