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jdodyd

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About jdodyd

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  • Birthday 08/27/1946

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    Elk River, Minnesota
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    Miniatures, scrapbooking, reading, gardening, embroidery.

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience
    Five or more
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    Joy
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  1. I used the ruler/utility knife method to score 'planks" in one of my dollhouses. Then I used a pencil to darken the lines and also to put in "nails." It actually looks more realistic than you might think.
  2. You might already know this, but here's a tip. You can save your search on eBay for the Addison dollhouse kit and then you will automatically be notified of when one shows up for sale. This is how I got my Worthington dollhouse kit. It took me five months but I finally was able to get it. Good luck.
  3. I've made four of the Realife kits (but not the one you got) and I really liked them and liked the results. You'll be fine. P.S. Holly is right about the staining first if you want a wood look, then gluing. She is also right about the magnetic jig - although for many years I used lego blocks for right-angle corners.
  4. The tabs and slots help you line things up - but BE SURE to dry fit the house together using tape to help you understand how the walls and floors fit together. Take your time and mark pieces left or right or up or down as you need to. Sometimes the tabs and slot opening need to be slightly adjusted to get everything together. Glue goes on the whole edge of piece. Good luck - you'll have fun.
  5. Happy New Year to all from the frozen north of Minnesota.
  6. Right now I am building a RGT kit called "County Tudor" that has a front opening. I haven't done the hinges yet for the door and that looks like it might be tricky to do to get the front to hang evenly. One advantage is that furniture placement is pretty easy since you don't have to work around windows (the windows are only on the door side.) A disadvantage is that the rooms are quite dark because of having no windows. I agree with havanaholly that front-opening dollhouses are much more characteristic of English styles. As far as displaying back-opening dollhouses, I have one on a old kit
  7. I have a RGT "Simplicity" dollhouse - the floors are fitted into grooves similar to your house. The width of the walls and the slope of the roof look like typical RGT houses. The front door and 2nd floor window/shutters are identical to the ones on my house (and I have an old RGT catalog that shows them.) The dormer windows are identical to the ones on RGT houses. On the other hand, the first floor three-sided windows don't look like anything RGT makes and the placement of the stairs is odd (RGT houses typically have staircases directly in a line going up.) Having three, rather than the two
  8. I will get the vaccine as soon as my health provider offers it to me. Until then, I will social distance, wear a mask when out, and stay home and finish the Tudor dollhouse I'm working on and then drag out my big "Worthington" kit (now hidden under the couch) and start on it. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it.
  9. I just watched a six-minute preview of this show. I found it streaming on Amazon Prime and then had to download the HGTV app. It is called the "The Biggest Little Christmas Showdown", showing Friday night, Nov 27, 9/8c. It is Christmas-themed with the three teams of contestants with two people each had a month ahead of time to prepare for it with partial builds, then they have 12 hours in a Santa's Workshop-type of setting to finish their work. Oddly enough, the first challenge is for a Christmas-themed Hawaiian cottage. Not quite what we do here but it looked interesting enough to be wor
  10. The windows are a triumph of creativity and thought. Well done, you.
  11. jdodyd

    Exterior

    Absolutely gorgeous - I am so impressed.
  12. jdodyd

    Exterior

    Love the lead detail in the windows. Looks so authentic.
  13. Possibly could be a fiberboard dollhouse from Rich Toy Company or Keystone. Vintage from 1940's or so.
  14. I've done several houses very realistically and enjoyed doing it and the final product. But my heart belongs to my Christmas-themed house lived in by cat and bunny figures, furnished realistically but with an animal family enjoying the holidays with friends.
  15. From my experience with building 7 dollhouses, the Shenendoah was by far (by an order of magnitude) the most difficult. The RGT and Greenleaf kits are a breeze by com;parison. I got stuck for a year or so on the stairs and had to have a lot of help with the roof. Good luck.
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