Riverwood Cabin - the plan

by brae  

I've named the N Scale A-frame - Riverwood Cabin.  I bought a 12-inch square board to serve as the landscaping base.  Since the house footprint is roughly two inches square, that will leave a lot of room for some new landscaping techniques, namely the kind used in model railroads.  I want to try making a riverfront property, so I'll be using styrofoam, sculpting materials and resin water.  I've been watching videos on landscaping and picking up materials to test.

I also picked up some accessories to get me on the way.  I was actually searching for a Jeep or equivalent, but fell for this beast.  It was unnamed in the listing, but I am fairly sure this is a 1967 Ford Galaxie Custom 500 by Classic Metal Works.  I don't know why I would need a Batmobile for the A-frame, but I couldn't resist.  Yep, those wheels actually turn.

I also picked up a Mercedes SUV and Mini Cooper.  I was thinking it might be fun to take some vintage photos with the big Ford and then modern photos with the newer cars.

These cats and dogs are crazy small.

Honestly, the cats don't look like anything beyond fuzz.  haaaaaaaa  So, we'll likely use one of the dogs, but I especially love the hydrant (which would likely not be present in the woods) and the trash can.


Comment from: Carrie [Visitor]
Wow, so teeny. My eyes would bug out of my head if I attempted this scale, not to mention I would probably drop the critters.....they would be lost in the black hole where the matching socks go to live. You work is always amazing, and I can't wait to see the project progress.
01/02/19 @ 20:58
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Wow! Love the tiny dogs! <3
01/02/19 @ 23:01
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Crazy small. Husband and I went to our local model railroad club’s Festival of Trains over Twixtmas, the smaller scale sets and backgrounds were especially fascinating. It’s a good thing we don’t have a spare room &#59;&#41; This is going to be fun to watch.
01/03/19 @ 03:31
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Oooohhh you had me at water. I'm going to be watching you closely since I didn't get to do my water feature in 2018. This should be fun!
01/03/19 @ 06:45
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
Love it! I bought a package of the wee people for the Toy Store, a farmer and milk cows. I went to the Denver Merchandise Mart to the Train and Toy show and was amazed at the landscaping. I posted a while back the landscape of the train I knew as kid, The California Zepher as it chugged across the Colorado landscape and through the Rocky Mountains--not over, mind you. I love your Ford Galaxy. I wanted some mini cars for the toy store but they were 25 dollars at the train show. Love the mini cooper, too, just because of the name. The Riverside Cabin will be awesome and watching you build the landscape will a whole new adventure. Happy New Year!
01/03/19 @ 08:12
Comment from: Deborah [Visitor]
Are you going to use some of those moving water effects? Those fascinate me. Can't wait to see how you do it. Love those teeny, tiny cars and animals!
01/03/19 @ 12:44
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Now this is going to be soooo fun to watch! Be sure to get your hands into some of the photos just to blow our minds with how tiny things really are!!!
01/03/19 @ 13:54
Comment from: June Vaughan [Visitor]  
I have been following you all the long with the building of Half Clocked- I love it! At first in the early stages, I thought you were building a ballet studio! I am curious to see how you handle your new landscaping moving water projects. I have been experimenting for awhile. My first bubbly sink did not turn out so good because I colored the water! My bubbly bath came out perfect though and I was really happy! I will be watching you!!
01/05/19 @ 11:00
Comment from: brae [Member]
I think what I like about this scale is I don't try for realism...just the illusion of tiny things as a complete setting. I feel I can let go a little more, though it might seem counterintuitive.

For the water, I want some depth and some minor movement. No rapids, but a little soft breeze with ripples. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58;
01/10/19 @ 14:25
Comment from: June Vaughan [Visitor]  
I see what you mean, more is less! But then again you have to be extremely precise, almost zen-like! Capturing the quintessential nature in just one pant brush stroke! But then again, you have the human brain on your side. It will pull things together to make a whole that is logical- like the upside down paragraph or the scrambled word sentence- the brain will fill in the gaps automatically! I think maybe the challenge lies in getting the colors exactly right?! Course that maybe redundant in these projects!
01/13/19 @ 11:31
Comment from: brae [Member]
&#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58; Fooling the eye is definitely what's needed in such small scale.
01/24/19 @ 16:55

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