Category: "Ivy Hollow, RFD Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019"

Making a 1/12 scale horse - part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the 1/12 scale model horse. After the initial primer coat, I fine-tuned the body and then did a final primer coat.

I started the final paint with some shadowing. I thought he looked like Batman right here.

The hair was accomplished with multiple layers of paint using small and large brushes. I made a lot of it up as I went.

Some areas on the body turned out better than others, and I can always rework later...but I was pleased enough to move on. I do really like the face.

I had planned to complete the mane and tail today, but the mohair I bought photographs as muted purple. It looks charcoal grey in person. Even with the mismatched color, I can see just how having the mane will transform the look overall.

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on theĀ tree. Sprouting foliage! :D

Good thing I chose autumn, so my tree can be sparse. haaaaa

Ivy Hollow - random progress

by brae  

I did a lot of work over the long holiday weekend, and here are a few sneak peeks. I will be writing in more detail on these later.

I'm going to paint the final finish on Jebediah in the coming days, so I've masked the eyes again and applied the final primer coat.

I finished the wagon wheels with Krylon Cherry Red gloss spray paint over white primer over grey primer.

The pump was an unfinished metal mini from the local shows, and I had the bucket in my stash. I built the platform to hold both pieces.

I need to be able to access the wiring, but there was no room in my tiny post office. I'm building a shed in the back that will allow me to hide the wiring while looking like a planned part of the build.

I'll add hinges after finishing.

Ivy Hollow - landscaping, part 1

by brae  

I'm not sure what I can accomplish in the next two weeks until I have to stop, take pictures and submit my entry, but I am giving it a shot at least. :D Landscaping takes overnight drying in stages, so I figured I had better get started. I fit the building, tree, mail wagon cabin and Jebediah on the board to figure out the best layout. I traced the foundation and tree base, then added a small electrical shed outline behind the building. I used tracing paper to make patterns of those markings since the next steps would cover the original outline. Can you tell I've been using the base board as a second cutting board? :D

I used an awl to transfer the markings onto 1/2" thick builders foam.

This thicker foam encloses the structure and makes the tall foundation more in proportion to the building. I tapered the outer edge of the foam.

I used Weldbond glue to attach the foam to the primed base board.

I cut pieces of 1/16" thick foam sheets by Woodland Scenics to fill in the lower area and add some dimension.

It's like a topography map. :]

I used pre-mixed stucco patch (bought at Home Depot) to smooth the transitions between the layers of foam. The stucco layer doesn't have to be perfect, just enough to eliminate hard angles and give the ground a natural feel.

Ivy Hollow - windows

by brae  

I'm using fiveĀ attic windows for my tiny post office since they are in better proportion to the building overall. I love working with pre-made components for their time-saving appeal, but they do require some work to get in top shape. One of my favorite aspects is the way the windows come apart completely for finishing. I label the parts per window (including direction, too) since I already know they fit well right out of the package. Labeling them keeps the parts straight during the painting process.

I added 1/16" thick strip wood under the edge of the outer casing since my walls were thinner than the required depth. (This post shows how I added the remaining depth.)

I painted the frames Woodland Green satin paint by Americana. Here you can see the added thickness of the outer frame isn't even noticeable or out of proportion.

I painted the sashes Vintage White by Folk Art. Here I'm using my Painter's Pyramids to hold the sashes while they dry (this previous post shows how to use them when painting walls to counteract warping).

This is the first time I've painted a window two different colors! I doubt I will ever do this on a deadline again. haaaaa

But, my original inspiration had two-tone windows. I might add the vertical detailing if there is time.


image from West2K, used with permission

I'm skipping the awnings (shown in the other postcard below) not necessarily for time constraints as I would love to make awnings, but you will be able to see into my post office only through the windows and front door unless you lift off the roof. Adding awnings would restrict viewing.

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