Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 3

by brae  

After applying putty to even out the body panels and letting the Citroën DS19 sit for a few days, I came to the realization that I don't need this kind of stress.  pffft.  If there's one thing I do well, it's making junkers.

So, let's have some fun and aim for making this a rally car.  :D  I sanded out the mini bondo, and I'm still glad I put in the effort.  A better overall fit makes for better realism, but a rally car can get away with an ill-fitting hood.  It's likely a replacement anyway.  Thus, I move on.

First order of business, perhaps a dent or two.  This is done by heating the plastic with a candle and using the rounded end of a butter knife to push the plastic into shape.  You do have to take care not to cause problems with the fit later.  Only a tiny bit of heat and soft pressure with the knife are needed.

Fenders are a good place since there aren't usually parts inside.  I'm being modest with the damage, just a little road wear for our experienced trophy winner.  I can't recall what we hit that dented the hood.

You can melt a corner and let it sink in for a realistic back up collision.  Just wait for it to cool completely before touching or sanding since you can tear the plastic or leave your fingerprint in the finish.

Sometimes branches fall on the roof.

The candle heat can raise the plastic around the dent.

Just sand to get it smooth again so the dent takes center stage.

Next up, priming the various engine sprues for assembly, painting and aging.  I'll still follow the assembly instructions from the modeler who made the closed door new Citroën, but I will have different painting and aging techniques along the way.  I already feel more relaxed and ready to enjoy the build.  :]

Watson Mill - more on layouts

by brae  

I liked the dumbwaiter so much, I wanted it closer to the circle library so it could be more easily photographed.  I can't swap it with the ladder, since there would be no adjacent floor upstairs to step onto from the ladder.  This, my friends, is why my houses are in dry fit for months.  :D

There are two options left for the ladder.  On the far side of the circle library.  That eliminates the large sliding window due to lack of space.  In its place is a traditional working window purchased from Hobby Lobby.  The advantage of this is I could keep it fairly narrow since your eye would not see its width head-on.  (Foam core board is an excellent mock-up material since you can cut away and add right back in to try various layouts with minimal effort.)

Upstairs, this layout is limiting and awkward.

The remaining option is on the front wall.  Things fit well here, even with the micro mill back on the side wall.

Upstairs, the modest ladder railing would be hidden behind the bed and therefore in essence have minimal impact on the layout.  There would be more floor space toward the open back to better feature the furniture and accessories, but I would not have a bedside table.

On the outside, the window is still balanced.  I think we have a winner.  :D

What'd you call me?

by brae  

A dumbwaiter, that's what.  :D  As I mentioned previously, Gustav will have only a ladder leading to the upper room, so it would be cumbersome for him to bring up late night milk and cookies while maintaining safe practices on the ladder.  I rigged up a bucket on a rope for the purpose of mockups, but the final setup needed to be more elegant, like a functional dumbwaiter.

I've had dumbwaiters in my idea file for some time now.  There's a great example of the mechanism here at Old House Online.  The basic premise is relatively straightforward with just a lot of wood construction.  I was planning to put the ladder to the upper room near the open back, so I'll construct the dumbwaiter beside the ladder toward the open back so I can operate it without having to reach in through the house.  Parlor tricks are so much better when there's no fuss.  :]

The problem is, a fully enclosed dumbwaiter would block a significant part of the modest back opening, especially on the upper floor.  So, I shall make a compromise between the bucket on a rope and an enclosed dumbwaiter.  I'll have an open dumbwaiter car running on a track along the wall with a pulley system.  This way, the car will move smoothly up and down to carry milk (or Scotch) upstairs and yet take up less visual space overall.

I started with the car measurements.  To carry milk and cookies, the tray needed to be roughly 1 1/8" deep x 1 1/2" wide.

The car should rest at counter height when on the lower floor, so I bashed a 1 1/2" Houseworks base cabinet by cutting down the depth.  This also gives Gustav some storage in his small home.

I built a fancy car from tiny turnings and basswood.

I added a slider bar to the back of the car.

The track was formed from strip wood to make two channels facing one another.   When I install the tracks after decorating, I plan to leave space enough at the top so I can slide the car off the track for cleaning, repairs or replacement.

The plate doesn't quite fit anymore, so I'll just use a slightly smaller one.

I love the way it looks so far, though.  In fact, it's such a nice element, I will try one more time to move the ladder so the dumbwaiter can be more easily photographed away from the open back edge.

Pulley rigging and final stain finishes to come later, but it's already better than just a bucket on a rope.  :D

Weedwacker Mill

by brae  

Thank you for your suggestions and comments on the windows and interior layouts.  Again, good to sleep on it.  I've put in some shrubbery and the window layout I wanted originally.  I think we have a winner since the landscaping balances it all out and the circular window doesn't compete as expected.

This puts everything back to the circle library on the side wall where I wanted it originally as well.

Watson Mill - layouts, revisited

by brae  

Always good to sleep on things.  I wanted to try out the look of the window options on the front with the sails.  None of them appealed to me at all since they detract from the sails and the shape of the structure.  So, no windows on the frontside.

That means I need to change up the interior since I will still need some light on the main floor.  Here is the layout from yesterday for comparison.

I moved the circle library to the front wall, so I will eliminate the mirror at its center since it will always reflect me when photographing the interior.  That moves the window to the side wall with the ladder and bucket.  Additionally, even though I love the idea of a mill within a mill, I think Gustav's Mill is out for the Watson Mill layout.  It just takes up so much floor space and blocks other items.  Pushing it to the back doesn't help much since that squeezes the circle library.

I took the micro mill out and put in a small desk and painting.  The white shelf is just a stand-in for shelves above the tea trolley.  This layout is much more open.

Upstairs, I think a smaller stand is in order for washing.  It's the plant stand from Arjen Spinhoven, built but not yet stained.  I also tried out a thinner black railing, which is likely the type of railing I'll use.

Now, back to thinking on it. :]

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