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Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 04:25 PM UTC
Hi Tim
Everything seems to fit together harmoniously, I await the progress of work, with interest
D
Dioramartin
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Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 03:15 AM UTC
OK let’s get this out the way - Just for you Gareth…



The roof was made from strips of balsa pre-scored vertically to simulate the tiles, each strip offset from the next and lifted slightly along its bottom edge. Painting it was scary with powder paint, like with watercolours there’s no room for error/correction. With a wide soft brush one strong orange coat followed by one thin black wash with the house upside down so the wash would settle under each row of tiles, it kinda worked - no sun today & a gale blowing so under Aldi-light conditions…



…and under equally bad natural light…









a couple self-explanatory sundries…





The perspective’s not right yet, the house needs to be a tad lower & closer to that edge of the dio base…and I really do need a better camera. But even though it’s not in focus or in sunshine I’m reasonably OK with the house’s low contrast and tones, the roof’s as “strong” as I dared but still compares well enough to modern colour images of Prague’s traditional roof-scapes.

So that’s all for a few weeks while your driver packs it all away to move home. As we pull into the station don’t forget to collect up all your empties & hope to see you back on board soon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn4d0gKlaiE
Dioramartin
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 05:02 PM UTC
Thanks guys - dang G that backfired big-time eh, now I’ll have to show mine. I’m about to up-end my extensive wardrobe so let’s see what shakes out. Not checked out yet Dave, looks like I can finish the house by this coming weekend before packing it into its custom travelling box. Ugh the horror, I’m gonna need most of those brews BEFORE we move
Golikell
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 01:36 AM UTC
Love the way the house turned out. A really worthy addition to the dio!
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 11:15 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

The building looks amazing, but I do have one criticism...



...there's no picture of your man-bag on display, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 04:28 AM UTC
Dynamic execution on the windows, and all the other work. Good luck on the move, see you on the flip side. Keep Covid safe, and enjoy the brews after the move..
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 02:32 AM UTC
Precise work on the windows. Really have that modern euro look to them,
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:44 AM UTC
Thanks JG & great to see you’re back in the saddle, I’m about to dismount for a while but first…

Window & door frames: a pet hate as they’ve had a tendency to fall apart due to the very small bondable surface areas relative to their structure & size. So balsa’s out, Evergreen’s in & for added strength I did this…





The backing sheet helps standardise the measuring/cutting and (when the frame’s glued onto it) gives the option of facing outwards so no joints are visible…oops not as shown in the above photo. Cutting out the “panes” isn’t too much of a pain. As mentioned before this house will never be seen close up so I’m omitting details like window latches etc., this is strictly an impression of that house.



One painted sheet of paper (above) was enough to cut rectangles out of to back all windows & doors with a vaguely darkish curtain/no curtain undefinably ambiguously mysteriously OK that’s enough adjectives, in other words NEVER neat black. Tamiya extra-thin bonded the “glass” to the frame (just) leaving no trace on the glass unlike white glue, although liberal worms of the latter proved the best way to bond each unit to the balsa & foam walls…



Scale colour: every colour including black fades towards grey the further away it is. At 1/35 if the viewpoint is say 30cms/12ins from an object or model, its colour ought to resemble what the real thing would look like approx. 11m/35ft away. In the case of this house, it was in reality approx. 40m/130ft from the apex of the bend so its colours have to be muted accordingly…







I decided that the balconies just wouldn’t look right in cement grey & they couldn’t have been white according to the 1936 image - they appear to be the same colour/shade as the horizontal bands so that’s what I’ve done. I’m not altogether satisfied although I don’t think these colours would look out of place in Prague. Their tones live together OK & maybe in full sun (which has gone AWOL) it’ll look good enough. As Phil suggested the white base slab has gone, and with it the inverted two-tone effect.

Other issues - some proportions are slightly off & I skipped the bars on the central ground floor windows. The barred doors might actually have been just windows too, but just like in original photos it’ll be impossible to be sure. And it ain’t finished as per my deadline originally set for today – so what’s left? Glue the balconies on, put the year of construction above the arched attic door (1920-something from what I can see), fix up the snafu on the gable angles, tile the roof, add chimneys, paint, & lastly administer light overall weathering
JGphins
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Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 01:59 PM UTC
Hello Tim, this is incredible work and thank you for sharing! Tremendous amount of detail work & the level of accuracy, planning... excellent job! Love this website, amazing work by many! Keep it up!
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 04:23 PM UTC
Thanks Nacho glad you like it - maybe you’re happy with your own special building potions but it’s worth considering this exterior wood-filler option (NB not the weaker version for interior use), it’s quite a discovery for me, to the extent I’ll never use plaster again. It's easy to apply with a palette knife or spreader, grips anything it’s smeared on, stays malleable for at least an hour, doesn’t shrink when dry, easy to sand, never cracks. I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work well in a mo*ld either, or accept being diluted with plain water. I’ve only used powder paint on it (which it absorbs without complaint) so I’m not sure if acrylic or oils would go on as well, probably they would.

Thanks Dave cheers to you too & I’m on my 2nd glass right now. Yes JR, Nick, MikeyBuggs95 (on the AFV forum at nearly 400K currently on page 9) are way ahead. If any of our esteemed Moderators are looking in I’d be interested to see who is in the top 10 - I’m sure that would put us back in our places i.e. by not appearing in it! and here's the 2nd glass
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 05:53 AM UTC
Once again, yur build is awesome. I love the way you used the plaster on the walls, it's like real!!

Keep on, Tim!!
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 05:29 AM UTC

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Hah I’m only a couple of years behind you Glenn i.e. 30 something, look what model-making’s done to us. Pure luck Erwin, I may have the blood pressure of a 21 year-old but the reflexes of a centenarian. Thanks G but truly his exquisite Conservatory makes my house look like a mud hut. Phil you’re dead right, I’ll lose the white base before taking any more photos – a darker base should indeed reverse the effect.

Well Dave, I’ve given you a run for your money in the race to get to 300K views but I think you’ll get there by a short head, congrats & well deserved



Don’t give up just yet Tim, you could still blow past me easily enough. A couple more posts of the quality and quantity of your last one and you’ll catch me in the backstretch no problem. Our friend Jerry has beaten us both to that mark already, once for sure and maybe more. And I think Claude and Stick have made that milestone too...

Either way, I raise a glass, or two, to your efforts to bring history to life with your latest build. A truly remarkable feat of modelling engineering. Cheers

Dioramartin
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 04:04 AM UTC
Hah I’m only a couple of years behind you Glenn i.e. 30 something, look what model-making’s done to us. Pure luck Erwin, I may have the blood pressure of a 21 year-old but the reflexes of a centenarian. Thanks G but truly his exquisite Conservatory makes my house look like a mud hut. Phil you’re dead right, I’ll lose the white base before taking any more photos – a darker base should indeed reverse the effect.

Well Dave, I’ve given you a run for your money in the race to get to 300K views but I think you’ll get there by a short head, congrats & well deserved
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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 12:35 AM UTC
“ But I’m not sure why the top storey looks a couple of shades darker than the ground floor, the opposite of what I’d prefer – maybe when it’s in position for final photography it’ll reverse. The clock’s ticking ever louder...”

It’s the sunlight reflecting back up from the base in front of the building. Try another picture with a darker something or other in front ...
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Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2020 - 08:50 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

Loving the way your building is coming together, like Cheyenne your attention to detail is truly awe inspiring, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Golikell
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Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2020 - 01:16 AM UTC
Either you have a great sense of timing, or very good reflexes.
And we are lucky that everything is still intact..
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Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2020 - 12:08 AM UTC
Cool man , yer oldish , ..... like me !!
Dioramartin
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 11:26 PM UTC
Thanks friends, yep watching your creation suddenly taking wing is a good test of coronary health & I even passed the clench test too. I was lucky Erwin, the house flew into my right hand as the base fell into my left, no damage at all. Dim - copy that…er The Lion Sleeps At Midnight.

Talking of obscurity, kudos to Glenn for shaking off his invisibility cloak (France 44), I’ve been thinking for some time it would be nice to know what we all looked like so c’mon guys show yourselves (no Maarten the crusader outfit just won't cut it)…



Yeeeaaaah baby check it out…….OK some mistake that’s not my head…and certainly not my



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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 09:04 PM UTC
Beautiful work Tim , looks great !!
Aside from the potential Judy Garland disaster , the worst part musta been you having to change yer pants ......
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 08:07 PM UTC
Autsch, I hope the airborne tests did not do any damage?
smallcastle
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 07:42 PM UTC
The hat on my head is semi-tall and has two colors, fortunately it is not made of stone
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 05:21 PM UTC
priceless Mike, priceless & thank you
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 04:59 PM UTC
Whoosh!🌪🏡 ... “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” 🌻🌻🌻

Perspective mastery at every twist and turn. Your amazing diorama just never gets old!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 04:28 PM UTC
After some hesitation I ditched the idea of using ordinary plaster to face the walls, because I recalled trying it on foam some years back and it started cracking up/off even with only minimal handling. However, tests with the exterior wood-filler I used for the road surface showed that it gripped the foam as tightly as balsa, so…



…and even during vigorous sanding it held fast…



The finish is rougher than I’d normally settle for, but there won’t be any close-ups & the texture should provide plenty of tooth for some light weathering. But first an undercoat of powder paint…





As you can see the two-tone scheme’s been ditched – the ground floor seems a shade darker in the 1936 photo but I’m not convinced enough. And after a second coat…







Ah the perils of outdoor photography – the last shot’s askew because just before I clicked the whole house & foam base (which it isn’t attached to) momentarily lifted an inch off the table as a swirling gust of wind grabbed it, and another sent the whole lot up in the air as I hurriedly put the camera down. If it had flown off the balcony imagine the surreal conversation with the ground floor resident 3 floor below: “Please sir can I have my house back…before your dog gets to it?” For the record it weighs just 150g or 6 oz., I guess the windows & roof will add another 33% but it’ll still be a hazard to air traffic until nailed down.

Also for the record the images are raw, no manipulation. In sunshine I think it’s good enough – what Alfred suggested as somewhere between cream & panzer yellow. But I’m not sure why the top storey looks a couple of shades darker than the ground floor, the opposite of what I’d prefer – maybe when it’s in position for final photography it’ll reverse. The clock’s ticking ever louder, this time next week the house should be (or rather needs to be) finished