What I have been doing? You won't believe this!!

LrdSatyr8

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Hey all... been out of it for awhile... been a tough year lately and it doesn't help when your main PC's 3 hard drives all want to crash at the same time! Well... just to let everyone know, I've been keeping myself busy and building I guess you could say a model of sorts. I kinda stepped out of my comfort zone here and decided to build... wait for it... a dollhouse!

Yes that's right... a DOLLHOUSE!

Why? Well... when I was a kid, my mother signed me up for this Dollhouse Furniture of the month club (this was back when ____ of the month clubs were in full swing) and I really enjoyed it. Each month I would receive a new piece of furniture in the mail that was just a little box that had all the pieces to make one or two pieces of furniture. And it was all wood! Yeah I know right... anyway, the name of the company that made these little kits was none other then X-Acto and they were produced as the House of Miniatures collection.

Well... I discovered that they stopped making these fun little kits and like a mad man, I hit eBay and started buying as many kits as I could get my hands on. Needless to say, my OCD took over and before you know it, I had to buy a dollhouse kit to put all these pieces of furniture in. So basically, for the past year now, that's what I've been building. A DOLLHOUSE.

Don't ask me why... mainly I guess I wanted to see if I could actually do it... and I'm not skimping on the cost this time either... I am gonna take my time and make sure I get all the pieces done right. I'm gonna light the whole house, wall paper it, and deck it out as much as possible.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering... what does building a dollhouse have to do with scale modelling? Well... just about everything. Matter of fact I think that is basically how our entire hobby began but I could be wrong. A dollhouse is actually just a model itself, only made of wood at 1 inch to 1 foot scale (I think that makes it what 1:12 scale?)

Anyway, I've already completed about 30 of the furniture pieces and I gotta tell ya, it's been a real eye opener when it comes to figuring things out with wood instead of plastic. And believe it or not, I'm actually having a blast building it. I'll post some pics of the pieces I've finished so you all can see what I mean. In the mean time, let me know what you think!


My Chippendale Sofa and Wingback chair... the coffee table I scratch built out of matchsticks.













That's just a few of the pieces I've made so far... If any one is interested I'll post more!
 

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Quaralane said:
Some excellent work there
Thanks Q... still working on some more pieces. I got a stove and a dry sink yet I need to finish.
 

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Well I finished more pieces... lemme know what you think!











 

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Quaralane said:
Fascinating mini work
Thanks Q... it's alot different from plastic model building because you have to be a bit more precise with things. I made a Chippendales sytle mirror with ornate borders that I messed up because I got a bit over zealous with the dremal head. Took me about 15 different tries to get it to look semi-decent.
 

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Those are some nice looking pieces.
When I was in Kansas City a few years ago for the IPMS Nationals, there was, nearby, a "Miniatures Museum". It was filled with all sorts of tiny pieces of furniture, sewing machines, scissors, dishes etc... It was terrific. You would love it.
 

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Thanks Kev... yeah I've seen a few miniture museums in my day. I think the most impressive one I saw was a 1:12 miniture of the White House complete with every interior and light. All the furniture and even all the paintings on the wall were done by hand. Was incredibly awesome work which must have taken years to do! I was just dumb founded by the shear talent and persverence of the artist. Always had it in the back of my mind to try it for myself someday to just see if I could do that kind of stuff. And that's where I am right now with this house. It's coming along nicely thou. Now that the holidays are over, I plan to jump back into it and try to get it finished soon! Will post more pics as I progress!
 

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