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  1. From the album: Half Scale San Francisco Row House

    This is a picture of the original Queen Anne half scale row house.
  2. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    I always dry fit, over and over again. And it's a good thing! :lol: I discovered a section I forgot to paint. You can't see it until you turn the wagon over. It's the underside of the "ledge."
  3. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    From the front. The door will need a little work to make it an opening door, and I'd like it to open both top and bottom, so it's a bit of a puzzle. Again, dry fitting helped me see some of the issues with the door pieces that don't quite align.
  4. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    I've been staining, painting and varnishing like crazy. Almost all of that work needs to be done on this kit before assembly or you can't access the parts to finish them. But it's almost time to glue! I think I'll do another dry fit first Just to be safe!
  5. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    This is the image of a completed wagon from Michelle's Miniatures. You can find more details about the kit at http://michellesminiatures.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=82
  6. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    In this photo you can see the fireplace looking in through the front door. For position, I've used a half scale fireplace surround, and a little "fairy garden" stove I got a long time ago that was sold as half scale, but is really closer to quarter scale. From studying images of the stove inserts in these wagons, they looked like very small cast iron stoves (almost kid sized) and I thought a quarter scale stove might work here. I think this one might be perfect with a little clean up.
  7. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    The instructions that come with the kit are very detailed, and even include all the paint colors if you want to paint the kit to look just like the photo. They are also in color and include lots of photos! I did a couple of days of research on the wagons and will be doing the colors for mine quite a bit differently from the kit image.
  8. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    This kit is not a tab and slot kit. It has precision cut pieces and fits together very nicely.
  9. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    I've dry fit the interior wall details. These pieces are again intricately laser etched to appear carved. The owners of the wagons were, many times, highly skilled woodworkers and the carvings on their wagons were representative of their work.
  10. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    This is the inside. The back section is a bed, and typically underneath that section is another sleeping compartment behind cupboard doors. In this kit the opening to the upper bed is cut too low. Possibly the accessories would cover this opening, but I don't plan to use them at this point. I had been thinking to open this up, and now it looks like I will do just that.
  11. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    The shingle work I started night before last was a total fail and I had to chip and scrape it all off yesterday, but comforted myself by giving the house two more coats of paint. The trim needs more paint yet. Michael's had a sale on Americana acrylic paints which I love. The walls are now Snow Titanium White. I'm mixing whites in this project which gives it some very subtle coloring. Though sometimes working in all white is blinding. It's like black, you lose the ability to see differences when you stare at it too long LOL!
  12. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    The traditional interior layout of the wagon had a fireplace with stove insert on the left hand side (if you are facing the entrance to the wagon.) A chest of drawers was positioned on the right hand side down near the bunk. There was a lamp above the dresser and the dresser top could be used as a table. Benches were on the right across from the fireplace and on the left across from the dresser.
  13. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    If you were wondering about the small figure in the wagon, here she is! She is a half scale ball jointed doll (BJD), made with a 3D printer. She is resting here in a half scale Bespaq chair. More about her later!
  14. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    I decided to do a dry fit the kit to plan painting and staining. It would be too easy to get the steps out of order. This kit is modeled after a traditional Ledge Wagon which were painted dark reds and greens with lots of gold accents. Many had brightly painted details as well, typically depicting flowers, fruits, animals, and horses. The undercarriage was usually painted cream or yellow, again with accents and details painted to bring out whatever design was carved into the wood. The owners of these wagons were very proud of them. The more ornate the wagon, the wealthier the owner.
  15. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    This is an intricate, very detailed kit. Everything you need to complete the kit is included, including all trims. It was also neatly packaged with various parts already bagged and labelled. For now I plan to use everything but the interior accessories. I've got plans, BwaHaHa!
  16. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    The floor of the wagon comes pre-scored to look like plank flooring.
  17. Dalesq

    The Prancing Pony

    From the album: The Prancing Pony Gypsy Wagon

    I've chosen deep colors for the wagon. The exterior will be in Americana Cranberry Wine, undercarriage in Americana Light Buttermilk. I'll be staining the interior for rich wood tones, again adding gold accents.
  18. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    I used spackle for the grout on my stone foundation. This was tricky, but it seems to have turned out fine. The stone isn't exactly egg carton. The egg carton bricks I was cutting out were too thick looking (to me) for this half scale project. They will work on others, but looked too heavy on this house. So I used a very heavy textured art paper instead.
  19. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    Yesterday was spackle mess day. Besides using the stuff to grout the brick (see next image) I went over the house looking for all the cracks and crevices that needed to be filled. The buildups along the roof and brow line were a composite I created from mini lumber and molding. The molding is a Houseworks product which has a groove cut at the 90 degree corner to allow wires to be run behind it when used inside as crown molding. This created a gap that ran along the entire edge of both of these assemblies, so I needed to fill it, like I had already done on the one on the kitchen bay. Also, due
  20. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    Three coats of paint on the walls. (Have I mentioned how much I like Americana craft paints!) Installed horizontal trim along the top of the foundation stonework and vertical corner trim on the edges.
  21. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    Close up of foundation stone work.
  22. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    I installed the foundation "stones" last night. This took a surprisingly long time to do. The paper swelled due to the glue, but shrunk back down as it dried, so the spacing was preserved. I'm going to try piping the grout because I don't want too much of it on the stone's surface, so that's the next step for this part. I worked on starting the shingles too, but had to strip them off this morning as a total fail. The daylighting really shows how thin the first paint layer is. It needs additional coats.
  23. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    All siding is installed. The flat base section will have brick or stonework. The dentil molding is now also installed. The first coat(s) of white paint are on, but the camera shows more coats are needed.
  24. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    I wish I could work faster, but I'm making progress. All the siding is attached and the buildups at the brow and roof line and kitchen bay are glued. The dormer and front bay buildups aren't yet attached. I'm still working out how to do the facade for the bay, and I don't want to attach the dormer buildup until I've finished the mansard roof. I've gotten about 2/3 of her painted with the first coat of paint. The first coat is slow going because of the grooves in the siding. I don't want paint built up in the grooves. My pier block base has helped to keep the house square while dr
  25. Dalesq

    The White Rose

    From the album: The White Rose

    Starting to attach the build ups and molding after a LOT of cutting and dry fitting of the exterior siding and trim pieces. The exterior should go faster now
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