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Do you love dioramas & vignettes? We sure do.
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Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 10:52 PM UTC
Thanks gents, the foam was the el cheapo option (regulars will recall I embarrassed my wife loading slabs of it into the car from a street clean-up) although not the easiest medium to work with unless you plug yourself into the mains. The static-charged blizzard that erupts every time it’s cut or scraped is a pain although using brand-new blades with a dampened paper towel on hand can suppress most of it…or Earthing of course. The real test will be whether it (and the balsa) will accept a kind of plaster coating I’ve only concocted in my mind so far, with no actual testing.

If it doesn’t work Dim, I’ll have plenty of material to convert to buttons…but it looks like you’ve stopped knitting already & gone back to making awesome dioramas? What a great loss to the Fashion world, and yes this really is getting surreal
smallcastle
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 09:35 AM UTC
Hi Tim
I don't know what we're going to see,but I'm sure it's going to be something grand. detonate the bomb in the paint box, and it's okay that I lose a button maker
BootsDMS
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 06:42 AM UTC
This just gets better and better; as I think I've said before simply "magisterial".

Brian
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 05:32 AM UTC
Superb house Tim!!

Love the way you use the foam!
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 05:22 AM UTC
I love what you’ve done with the place! 🏠🍺
—mike
Golikell
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 04:29 AM UTC
Your progress is really striking... Love the way the house turns out!
jrutman
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 02:20 AM UTC
Nicely done! Great progress!
J
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 01:13 AM UTC
Those are some striking balconies you have there fella! Styrofoam!! !
I remember that stuff, little bits of white sticking to everything and everyone!
Can’t knock the results though, you’re building is shaping up nicely Tim.
Dioramartin
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2020 - 12:36 AM UTC
Thanks G & brace for image-heavy…Who thinks they know what the soundtrack is for this episode of HOUSE? Well, you have to promise if you guess wrong you’ll donate the equivalent of US$10 (or more) to UNICEF. Promise? OK your word is your bond, hit it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe2K5iT8lwE

C’mon I gave you a clue…kinda…besides did I mention if you guessed right you’ll have to donate US100?

So, having abandoned the first expletive attempt at balconies, here’s Take 2:



Hoarding some old Camembert boxes would have saved TIME but instead I wrapped some 1mm thick balsa strips around a jar with rubber bands & steeped it in boiling water for a few minutes. Moving on…







Yeah I really did cut out all the slots between the pillars, the guys in the white coats are on their way. During glue-curing I started prepping the windows for recessed frames, carefully scraping back the foam…



…until I came to my senses…







Half way home…











…and behind the scenes…





Footnotes – apart from the roof elements none of the balsa elements are glued on yet, the gaps are temporary. And a reminder I’m only making the two sides of the house that will be visible. My new Prague correspondent - aka Agent Alfred - has been assisting with local construction details, for example I made the balconies from balsa wood but he’s certain they would have been masonry so I’ll give them the same plaster-type texture as the walls. And he’s also suggested that this was a/the likely colour scheme:



I used MS Paint, crude but effective for this purpose. In mono comparing it to the original…





Maybe it doesn’t prove much - the 1936 image contrast has faded and it’s an overcast day, whereas in my image the house is as it should look in sunshine. But even so I don’t think it’s far off, interesting exercise so unless someone can produce an authentic colour image of that long-demolished house, I’ll settle for this.
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Posted: Friday, May 01, 2020 - 04:06 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

The building is coming on a treat, inspired workmanship, .

Cheers, ,

G
Dioramartin
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 03:07 AM UTC

Thank you kindly gents, as for other buildings Dave there’s really only one that might need to become 3D – what I loosely call the “Bauhaus” style one on the south side - but it will only photobomb a few final photos & it’s distant enough that a backdrop should suffice. Same goes for the view up the hill past the house, and the Geological Institute (including its chimney) is well hidden behind the trees in its gardens, mercifully.

However, the brakes are going on any further dio-base work for a while because after nearly a year of searching we’ve FINALLY just secured our new residence, 9 floors up with a terrace & big sky aspect for unrestricted daylight diorama photography – had to get the priorities right, I think there’s a kitchen somewhere?

So the clock’s ticking with a couple of weeks remaining to finish the house before packing everything up & TIME will no longer be my own until we’ve settled in, probably by early July. I’m mulling over how to protect/transport the base – police outriders & sirens maybe for an extra wide load?
ahandykindaguy
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 09:32 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Few people would go into such detail for a background building. And then there's Time.
Nice job though!
J



Quote:
Thanks Jerry, that’s either a typo or referencing the 4th dimension – deep man Anyhow I’ve destroyed those balconies & deploying a 2nd brain cell for a 2nd attempt

WOW!!!!!

Time, this is unbelievable man!

I think I've skimmed over this post a couple times since you began, but never realized the immenseness or magnitude of what your are doing until today. Absolutely fantastic work sir. I can only agree with everyone who said this should end up in a museum in Prague someday. My wee little chapel doesn't look very big compared to the size of this venture. You know, I bet this is how Claude started out... I'll just build a corner of the street.. maybe a section of the castle.. part of the river.. you get the picture

anyway, I love what you're doing with the background building. You've probably already noticed though that there appear to be several buildings that are photobombing... any plans for them too?

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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 02:56 AM UTC
Apparently not everyone got the memmo. In reference to the longevity of this build your new name has been awarded. Time from now on,
J
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 01:56 AM UTC
Everything is falling into place wonderfully. And as progress moves ahead, you continue to display more talents. ... Time well spent here.🍿

Chillawhoowhoo!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 12:46 AM UTC
Mock up looks very promising , you'll nail the balconies , Time .

https://youtu.be/AQSjV4DZ-Gg
Dioramartin
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 11:49 PM UTC
Thanks Jerry, that’s either a typo or referencing the 4th dimension – deep man Anyhow I’ve destroyed those balconies & deploying a 2nd brain cell for a 2nd attempt
jrutman
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 01:52 AM UTC
Few people would go into such detail for a background building. And then there's Time.
Nice job though!
J
Dioramartin
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 01:44 AM UTC
No worries I was trying to explain that I was about to go boldly into the 3rd dimension…





So here’s a replacement for that perfectly good toolbox Jerry wasted for his Normandy summer retreat ...





The three balustrades are a pain - no doubt some manufacturer makes ‘em but you know me well enough by now…







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSetKLDeVOA

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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 01:31 AM UTC
Must heve been the lingo you used. that I missed it
I see you've stabbed the styrofoam to death with old no.11's
Ok, I hold my piece now till I have something usefull to say...
Dioramartin
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 01:13 AM UTC
Wow what happened? I thought I must have sent y’all to sleep & with good reason, thanks so much guys I really appreciate your feedback - especially when it’s so positive. I’m sure you’ve all felt that sinking feeling too from time to time (usually a signal for an urgent vacation) when doubts set in & nothing looks the way it should, so it’s always encouraging when others disagree about that! Maybe it’s a side-effect of what most of us are trying to do, make things look real instead of miniature reproductions - too easy to become delusional when attempting to create illusions.

But enough of Dioramic philosophy. Glenn, Mike, Gareth, Dim – I guess the foregoing’s some kinda response to your comments?! Erwin – yes I think you missed the text in my last post but that’s OK, wait for the next set of photos & I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised Jerry – thanks I value your eye (both of them actually), I keep oscillating between thinking the house looks OK & then the opposite, so let’s review it after the next update. Brian – that’s exactly what I’d like to happen too if it was deemed worthy.

Alfred – a special thanks to you, I’m very pleased to hear from a “native” and that you think the scene looks authentic. So far so good then, I hope I can get even closer to the genius loci when I’ve completed the big house & backdrops, the trees, etc. Meanwhile please check your message box.

So until this weekend’s episode here’s a teaser…



At last a purpose for old blades, while the glue dries
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 08:46 PM UTC
I'd like to write so much, but I'd need a few thousand words,I've said it before, I'm jealous of your methodical manner,patience and perseverance in detail
from a "sloppy" Dim
BootsDMS
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 06:22 AM UTC
You know Tim, not to muddy the waters or anything - or even to add to your problems - but this diorama deserves to be displayed in a museum in Prague itself, or somewhere equally appropriate.

Just a thought (one of my many idle ones!)

Brian
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 06:11 AM UTC
WOW ! Prague ! THIS IS PRAGUE ! Typical prague cobblestone (nicknamed Cat Heads) with typical granit colour...

GREAT GREAT GREAT ! And the trams ! Like actual line 91 (historic tram) ! Mercedes too nice.

But atmosphere - or genius loci.... YUP ! PRAGUE ! DEFINITELY !

(Prague hospital "NA BULOVCE", where Heydrich died is now main center of fighting with COVID 19 disease in CZ.)

When you coming to Prague, contact me and i show you all important places in Anthropoid story !

Really nice ! GREAT !
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 03:06 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

This is one of those builds that just keeps giving...truly awesome, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 02:27 AM UTC
Looking more and more like the real thing with every post! Keep up the fantastic work, Tim!

Cheers!🍺
—mike