Archives for: "September 2018"

RX-7 in half scale - interior

by brae  

Continuing work on the RX-7 in half scale.  The interior is fairly straightforward, just tedious and time-consuming.  The C-West kit comes with both left- and right-hand driver dashboards, which is fun. However, the seats are lacking.  The Tamiya kit… more »

RX-7 in half scale - wheels and warping

by brae  

Continuing work on the RX-7 in half scale.  The Tamiya kit has wider wheels and tires, which look sportier, so I tested to see if I could put them on the C-West kit. Nope. They stick out past the fenders. The C-West kit comes with both gold and silver… more »

The HC - recessed lighting plan

by brae  

There isn't a lot of space for lighting now that I've cut down the structure, so I'm opting for recessed ceiling lights alone for the interior.  I've put NovaLyte can lights in past houses, but they require a 3/8" thick board to sit flush.  In this… more »

New pillows...with more to come

by brae  

I've finally gone through my stash of fabrics and added more pillow designs to my etsy shop.  I have more cut, but it might be a week or so before I find the time to get them made and listed.  :] more »

RX-7 in half scale - chassis work

by brae  

Continuing work on the RX-7 in half scale.  A smaller scale model has less detailing and fewer individual parts, but they are often sturdier because so much is molded as one piece.  Case in point, I could not get the delicate suspension of the 1:16… more »

The HC - timber!!!!!

by brae  

No, I'm not felling trees.  Timber as in Tudor timber!  :]  After gluing the main trims in place came the task of measuring and cutting the upright timbers.  I had a pattern in mind, but I wanted to see the uprights alone before making any final… more »

The HC - casting call

by brae  

I need a rabbit for the HC.  How's that for a hint?!!  :D  I have this lovely wood rabbit I bought back in 2012 from artbase, but I don't want to alter the original for my purpose. Using EasyMold Silicone Putty, I made a mold of the rabbit and let it be… more »

The HC - insert wall, part 3

by brae  

Here is how the insert wall looked when I left it last.  I'm planning to modify the trim one more time, which I'll get to later.... With the side and porch walls glued in place, I could continue on the insert wall.  First, I traced the outer portion… more »

The HC - above the brick

by brae  

With the brickwork mostly done, it was time to finish the upper portions of the exterior walls.  I have yet to tackle the hinged back wall other than to cut a new board, but that should likely be added at the end for the best fit.  Since I've been… more »

RX-7 in half scale - body work

by brae  

Continuing work on the RX-7 in half scale.  One of the imperfections of the C-West kit is the mold line on the hood.  It's not meant to be decorative from what I can tell from the kit box photo, and no part is meant to sit in the depression inside the… more »

Re-purposing House of Miniatures (and other) kits

by brae  

I've been having an offline discussion about House of Miniatures kits and what you can do with them.  I personally love them since you can add, alter and make them your own so easily.  Here is a list of pieces I've updated.  Not all of them have… more »

Which came first, the shrub or the egg?

by brae  

The egg, naturally.  :D  Styrofoam eggs to be precise. I'm a huge fan of Squeeze Me trees and shrubbery, but if you need a lot of them, it can get very pricey.  So, I'm making the pieces myself.  Here are the tree forms, purchased from Hobby Lobby. I… more »

Popular tutorials

by brae  

Here is a recap post of the more popular tutorials I've done.  I thought this might make it easier to find than searching each time, though this is definitely not a complete list of all the tips and tricks on my blog.  :]  Unfortunately, some suppliers… more »

Shrubbery in progress...and random minis

by brae  

Tutorial to follow soon.  :] My boyfriend and I took some wee ones to Dave and Busters over the weekend, and I came away with minis!  :D  These Patron swizzle stick bottles are 1 1/4 inches tall, so they would be more the exhibition size than true bar… more »