Minds of tomorrow, technology of today

Our team stepped up in its level of creativity, quality, and productivity especially with the large share of signature structures we recently created including Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Dundurn Castle, Skyway Bridge, Downtown Oakville to name a few.

We also added two highly skilled modellers who are working from home on a project by project basis. We have also strengthened the team with additional painting, weathering, and interior capabilities.


Open House: May 7 (RSVP - PLS) 

Our Home and Miniature Land is having its next Open House on Saturday, May 7 and will unveil the Hamilton exhibit.

Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair ( www.basef.ca )

Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair (www.basef.ca)

Student Success: How I made miniature truck shells for OHML with 3D printing 

“I participated in the Bay Area Science Fair 2015 (BASEF) with my project, “Optimization and Construction of a 3D Printer” in which I documented the construction of my FDM* 3D printers.  I started with a low-quality wooden 3D printer and, over a few years, transformed it into an all-metal 3D printer capable of producing parts of extreme accuracy and quality.  At BASEF, my project won a silver medal as well as three awards: the Electrical Construction Association of Hamilton Award, the Oakville Chapter Engineering Award, and the Hamilton-East Wentworth Rotary Award”.

“During the fair, I met Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer, Founder of Our Home & Miniature Land.  Jean-Louis explained to me that he was constructing a scale model of cities in Ontario, and that he could use my help in 3D printing some miniatures.  He invited me to view his work, then hired me to help his company with hard-to-find miniatures”.

“During summer vacation and on weekends, I prototyped small replicas that will later be painted and put on display. It’s one thing to 3D print for amusement or for a science fair project, but there is a deeper level of gratification involved in knowing your work is going to be appreciated by others. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity, because 3D printing is something that I truly I love to do”.

“Jean-Louis assigned me the task of 3D printing miniature Purolator trucks, as miniatures of these trucks were not available for purchase.  He provided me with a 1:24 scale model of a Purolator truck, and I digitized the design using 3D CAD software.  I then printed the trucks using my 3D printer I constructed in my BASEF project.  I calibrated my design, and sent samples to Jean-Louis to confirm the quality.  Through trial and error and calibration, I 3D printed ten miniature Purolator trucks for exhibit”.


Employee Profile: Stanley Ziberna

Stanley Ziberna is an Exhibit Neurologist with Our Home and Miniature Land. That means he’s responsible for designing and integrating electronic controls, wiring and computer systems for the automatic operation of layout animations and lighting. For something of this size and complexity, it is no simple task. Stan was asked by Dave MacLean to “assist on a grand adventure” and it’s certainly been that.

He got into carpentry at a young age with his father’s business which was building stores for the likes of Bata Shoes and Birks Jewellers. As a teenager he became interested in automechanics and built Hot Rods before earning a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Toronto. But he’s been into electronics and computers since the age of 10. His hobbies include 3D modeling and printing, model radio-controlled aircraft, and puzzle/adventure video games which focus on logical and conceptual challenges.

No surprise, but Stan’s favourite book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, while his favourite movie is Star Wars.


[This is a map showing the Battle of York from The Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 by Benson Lossing]

[This is a map showing the Battle of York from The Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 by Benson Lossing]

The Battle of York: The Birth of Toronto 

The Battle of York (now Toronto) was fought on April 27, 1813 as part of the War of 1812. York was the capital of Upper Canada. An estimated 200 lives were lost by the Americans, British, Canadians, and Mississauga and Ojibway Indians. Over the next three days the invading American force plundered the town, burning Government House and the Parliament building. The following year British troops went to Washington, D.C. and burned down the White House. Of course, the White House was rebuilt and today is recognizable the world over. As for the first Parliament in what would be Canada, it was also rebuilt only to be destroyed by another fire in 1824. 

In 2000 an archaeological excavation of the foundation of that original Parliament building revealed artefacts and charred remains of the floorboards from the fire set by U.S. troops in 1813. But the site was occupied by a car wash.

Camille Wodka