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Are you among the lucky few who have heard of book nooks, or are you still missing out? Either way, let me fill you in! Book nooks are all that the hype is about right now, and no matter whether you like books, miniature crafts, or just vintage decorations, you are sure to love them. One of the unique pieces of book nooks you will come across is the 1940s Train Cabin book nook by Anavrin.

While book nooks seem magical, Anavrin's 1940s Train Cabin Book Nook takes them to another level with intricate details and first-ever motion scenes to take you to another world! When you get this product, the DIY craft kit will have everything you need to install it. The installation process is easy and quick, so beginners and experts can do it without a problem.

Whether you are looking for gifts for a loved one or even yourself, the 1940s Train Cabin book nook can be the most remarkable product you will come across. Even if you get it, the installation process may initially seem complicated with so many pieces. But believe me; the installation is super easy! With our step-by-step guide, I will take you through the entire process in this article.


Everything You Need to Install the 1940s Train Cabin Book Nook

The 1940 Train Cabin Book Nook results from the professional design team at Anavrin working on it for more than 500 hours. The entire process included brainstorming, designing, testing, and optimizing. The primary inspiration behind all this hard work and meticulous detail is to let the ones crafting this book nook recreate a memorable and immersive train journey for themselves.

So the team behind this book nook thought of the one who would be crafting it and added everything necessary in the kit. Everything you should keep on hand before installing the 1940s train cabin book nook includes:

DIY Craft Kit

When you get the DIY kit for Anavrin's 1940s train cabin book nook, it will include all the necessary parts and tools you need for installation. This DIY craft kit includes an instruction manual, scissors, craft materials, sturdy plywood sheets, and lights. There should be 782 pre-cut plywood pieces you need to put together.

All the parts included in this DIY craft kit are –

  1. Wooden part sheets (10 part sheets)
  2. Leather part sheets (6 part sheets)
  3. Metal part sheets (4 parts sheets)
  4. Window glass (11 transparent plastic parts)
  5. Magnets
  6. Rubber bands to create elasticity
  7. Rubber band to increase friction for the rotating shaft
  8. Wire connecting kit to connect lighting wires
  9. LED light coil
  10. Battery holder
  11. Paper roll and picture
  12. A pre-wired 5-9V DC Motor

Instruction Manual

If you are new to DIY crafting projects, this instruction manual might be the most important thing you should keep at your hand! You should follow the directions in the manual closely as you make your item.

From building the train cabin walls to arranging the furniture and installing the lighting, you will need the help of detailed instructions. This instruction manual makes tiny diorama construction a more approachable hobby for everybody.


When you are doing any crafting project, glue is a must. Unfortunately, the DIY craft kit for the 1940s train cabin book nook has no glue as it's a no-fly item.

But glue is essential for keeping the walls fastened to the container, anchoring the miniature furnishings, and keeping the whole thing steady. A silicone-based glue would be the ideal choice for this crafting project. You can easily pick one up from an art supply shop or the local bookstore.


The motion scene in the book Nook and the LED lights will need a power supply to run. These components create the entire cozy and inviting atmosphere in the book nook.

However, the batteries are another essential item not included in the kit as it's a no-fly item. Getting some 5V-DC 3 AA batteries in series would be best as a power supply for the book nook.

Cutting Tools

Thankfully, the DIY craft kit for the 1940s Train Cabin Book Nook includes pieces that don't require you to prepare any cutting tools. So you can craft this entire piece without having any cutting scissors or knives at hand.

Even so, to make the installation process easier and faster, some handy tools like scissors or paper cutters always help. They can help you trim excess materials or adjust the size of particular components. As the parts for the book nook are handcrafted, sometimes ensuring a perfect fit may need some adjustments.


Some good news for all the creative people– you can paint the pieces for this book nook! So if you would love to customize the train cabin to suit your preferences, keep some paint and paintbrush at hand. Unleash your creative spirit and add your special touch to this magical book nook.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing the 1940s Train Cabin Book Nook

The easy step-by-step guide to installing your own 1940s train cabin is as follows:

Step 1: Prepare a Well-Lit Workspace

Prepare a roomy, well-lit, and comfortable work area with plenty of room for laying out the materials. Although there are extra pieces in the DIY crafting kit, we all want to avoid losing or breaking any parts.

Work on a table or sturdy surface to avoid any mishaps. You can also protect the work area by laying down a cutting mat if you plan to use any cutting tools.

Step 2: Read the Instruction Manual Thoroughly

As you should already know, the DIY craft kit for the 1940s Train Cabin Book Nook comes with an Instruction manual. It specifies all the instructions for installing the book nook and has pictures to help you understand the process quickly.

Read the manual with great care. Please learn the parts, their names, and how they fit into the whole. If you read this first, you'll fully grasp the procedure before you begin.

Step 3: Setting Up the Main Gear and the Motor

If you look at all the parts, they have a letter and a number that indicate where they will go. Follow the instructions carefully to set up the main gear spindles and motor location. Carefully attach the main gear to the motor.

Step 4: Setting Up the Cabin

There are many parts to the cabin you need to assemble. These include leather seats, luggage racks, suitcases, pet cages, cabin walls, lights, and windows.

Following the instruction manual carefully, assemble the parts with the same letter and corresponding number. Finish by combining all the cabin walls and ceilings to create a beautiful train cabin.

Step 5: Assemble the Paper Roller

Find the paper roller inside the toolbox. To build the paper roller mechanism, just follow the guidelines in the handbook.

This piece is necessary for the book nook's scenes to work. Make sure to avoid using any glue in this step.

Step 6: Add Magnet and Connect All the Wires

Place the magnet where it is instructed to on the paper roller mechanism. The magnet is required to activate the scene changes.

Follow the instructions and illustrations in the manual to ensure that all necessary cables are correctly connected. The motor and paper roller won't work unless the connections are secure.

Step 7: Finish Assembling and Enjoy!

Check the wiring and attachments to make sure everything is in order. To ensure proper installation, activate the motor very slowly.

Check the flow of the scenes to make sure there are no interruptions. Once you've verified its functionality, you can put the book nook wherever you choose.



No doubt, among all the book nooks available in the market, the 1940s Train Cabin Book Nook is truly a magical piece! Any train lover, vintage décor enthusiast, or miniature craft fan would love this piece as a gift. Some of you might think the crafting process is complicated.

However, in this article, I show you how easy the entire installation process is with an easy step-by-step guide. I hope now you can get this piece and enjoy your time crafting it. Thanks for reading.


  • Westyman
    • Westyman
    • February 22, 2024 at 8:57 pm

    Kit was a Christmas present here in UK and I’ve now finished it. Build was OK, but the metal parts were a pain. On completion, switched on and admired my handiwork for 5 seconds before the lights went out and smoke erupted from the top plate! Two LEDs burnt out for the cabin lights but rest still works OK.

  • Greg
    • Greg
    • January 24, 2024 at 4:56 am


  • David Powers
    • David Powers
    • January 20, 2024 at 5:46 am

    I’ve given up on these guys and initiated the procedure for contesting the $200 I was charged on my Visa card with the card company. ByAnavrin sold me a defective product and has failed to make it right. I discovered the missing part on 12/2/23, contacted them on 12/3/23 and got nothing but false promises for a replacement part or just silence from them. Avoid buying anything from this company.

  • David Powers
    • David Powers
    • January 17, 2024 at 1:51 am

    It’s day 43 since I contacted ByAnavrin about the critical part missing from my kit. The part missing is the base that the car and motor assembly all sit on. They missed putting one of the biggest, most obvious parts in the kit! Shows really poor quality control on their part. I’ve received no help from ByAnavrin, just some false promises or, more often, no response at all. I’ve been asking for tracking information from them for a month. I finally I got this on 1/12/24: via It shows they created a shipping label on 1/3/24. That’s it. It has not moved since then. This has been a frustrating, disappointing experience and I would encourage others to avoid buying anything from this company. What I ended up with is a $200 box of useless junk that is most likely going to end up in the trash compactor. Right now it’s gathering dust and taking up space in my living room. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK!!!

  • David Powers
    • David Powers
    • January 16, 2024 at 6:40 am

    This has been an amazingly bad, disappointing $200 experience. My kit is missing one of the biggest parts in the box, the main base piece that the car and scenery motor sit on. We reported this to you on 12/3/23. It has not been 42 days now and we have not received a replacement part. Despicable. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK!! NO MORE FALSE PROMISES OF PARTS ON THE WAY!!

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