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  1. Hello Everyone! It was some time ago now that I joined the forum for Community and Advice but I got VERY ill with my juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and never did build my Fairfield. I opened it. Tried to gently sand the pieces without taking them out with the included sandpaper, but almost RUINED my kit! That put me off building for some time. Then my Actemra injections gave me a nasty case of pancreatitis with the unknown (At that time.) pain coming to a head in mid September of 2018. Ulcers in my gall bladder and stomach had to be healed by both medication and surgery. One surgeon cleaned sludge out of my stomach from a raging infection. So no more injections that lower my autoimmune system for me: EVER! I've just now recovered. And I want to get back in to 1:24 (half scale) dollhouse kit building. It saddens me to discover a great many full scale makers stopping production, especially those that made half scale items too. Or simply dropping their half scale lines. (Bespaq I'm looking at YOU!) Furniture I've been slowly collecting, but it has been difficult to find artisan pieces. What I have discovered is that you can Always ask. Ask for a custom built piece in half scale, ask an EBay seller to hold onto a Dollhouse kit, and the worst they can say is sorry, I can't. Most of the time the answer is: yes! I'm fact I've got a Real Good Toys out-of-production half scale Victorian Shell dollhouse kit arriving Tuesday or Wednesday from an extremely kind EBay seller who held in until February and even shipped it when her ad said Pick up. I'm hoping that my arthritis flair-ups take a back seat so that I may begin on my dollhouse soon. (It's storming here so I awoke stiff as heck!) It's a front opening dollhouse kit, which is a necessity with my (currently) three, soon to be two house cats. (With my poor health my girl kitty is going to live with my childhood Best Friend's mum.) Felines LOVE the box-like shape of a dollhouse and I must protect my little people inside from Large Paw Chaos. With getting this kit in half scale, and being a Research Type person I picked up 'The Dolls' House 1/24 Scale: A Complete Introduction' by Jean Nisbett off of Amazon to begin my education, but I'm still a Newbie. This will be my first completed dollhouse, and I'm both excited as well as nervous to begin. What I know: Work slowly. There isn't any need to rush. Take zoomed in photographs to see detail and complete the scene with realism. Plan everything before beginning. Plans may change once I get to that part. And that's okay! Test each connection when adding the electric lights. Avoid knives and sharp objects inside the dollhouse once the electrical is in, because it is easy to accidentally cut a connection. Ask for advice! There isn't anything wrong with getting stumped and asking those who know so much more where to go from there. Try to include Artisan furniture and accessories! It makes a little dollhouse look amazing to have such high quality work inside it. IF I try to make something myself as a placeholder until I find something created by an artist, it's good practice for becoming better myself with creating my own pieces. (I say this because I am not an artist. I can't draw stick people, but I would like to learn.) Use real house paint samples for painting. But DO NOT get anything with a shine to it, as in miniature it shows all sorts of flaws. For each dollhouse kit use new paint brushes. If I'm working on something very detailed, and it's not coming out right, there isn't any reason to sand off the paint and start over with brand new brushes. Sometimes smaller ones may help too. Use very fine sandpaper! I already learned this from my Fairfield mistake, sadly. Is there anything else that I couldn't think of? I'm SO grateful for any help, advice or suggestions! I don't know where I would be without this forum. Thank you. Drea W.
  2. So, I've found a source for a bunch of 1:24 scale furniture for a decent price, but the problem is, I don't love the finishes. Originally I was thinking I would just paint them all so it wouldn't matter, but because they are hand-carved wood, I'm now thinking it would be nicer to stain them all. Is there any way to do this without destroying them? I mean, half scale is so tiny, is it even possible to sand the current paint/stain off of them in the first place? I don't want to buy them unless I know I can refinish them, because it's an investment of over $400 (oof this is a pricey hobby!) Thanks all! <3
  3. Okay, so, I have had a problem trying to find exactly the right wallpaper to use since I am going for a very specific theme for my house, and I am VERY picky. I did find a few scrapbook papers that were the right design, but the scale is off for the Fairfield. Then it occurred to me that I am a former graphic designer, and I could just create my own wallpaper designs exactly how I wanted them (DUH). My question is with scaling. I am not good at math, and don't know anything about wallpaper...so I'm wondering, aside from printing out a ton of samples and wasting a bunch of paper and ink to see what looks right, is there some kind of mathematical formula or conversion chart that might tell me roughly how small I should scale my design down? I know that in 1:24 scale 1/2" equals 1 foot..but the problem is I don't know how big a wallpaper print should be in real life. Example, for a damask design, how many of the damask flowery pieces would occur in a foot in real life? Does any of this make sense? lol
  4. Okay guys. So, I've read hundreds of posts about this, but I'm still a bit confused as to when/how exactly to wallpaper this thing. Yes, I know it's personal preference, but most people seem to agree that because of the size and complexity of the Fairfield, that it's easier to wallpaper the walls before assembly. However, when you do this, doesn't it look strange in the corners where the walls meet since the paper won't be wrapped across the corner? And then won't the bay windows look strange as well because the edges won't be connected? Also, if you wallpaper before assembly, how do you glue it together without messing up the paper? Maybe I'm overthinking this, but I'm just so confused. *Side note: does anyone out there have an actual video of how they wallpapered the Fairfield? I've seen lots of videos on how to wallpaper other houses, but no one on YouTube seems to have documented the Fairfield process, just the finished product. Thank you all! <3
  5. From the album: Moonlight Retreat — 1:24 scale Lighthouse Reimagined

    I’m bashing a GL 1:24 scale lighthouse into a tree house. It will be home to some forest creatures and a special character (to be revealed later). I’m using the kit as the bones for a redwood, damaged at the top. I’m using Houseworks windows and door and it will be electified. Dry fit is started I’m waiting on another matching window and shutters for the second floor, due to arrive this week.

    © DAL Minis

  6. Hello, I'm at a stand still with my first build. It is a 1/2 scale Fairfield, I have started the main floor and the interior walls. However I can't find any answers about satin enamel paint. Would this paint be ok for my project. Also should I prime both sides at once to reduce warping? Stay on the look out for more questions I have two or more homes to build.
  7. From the album: Chanticleer

    In this first dry fit, I've built the structure in reverse (sometimes called "inside out") and will be closing up the wall on the right for a chimney. I plan to change the main front eave from a hip roof to a regular peak roof, and will extend the right hand side down to give the front an appearance more like the Glencroft. I'm planning a small balcony area above the bay window.

    © DAL Minis

  8. Dalesq

    3 Bears

    From the album: 3 Bears

    Interior shot.

    © DAL Minis

  9. Dalesq

    #2 Tennyson Place

    From the album: #2 Tennyson Place

    I've gotten back to work on the Tennyson bashes. This weekend I painted most of the white trim (isn't there always something you forget?) and started attaching the exterior trims. I also worked on the foundation. It still needs to be grouted.

    © DAL Minis

  10. Dalesq

    Tudor Cottage

    From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup Bash

    I've finished the roof for now. I'll be coming back to touch up colors on individual roof "tiles" and eventually will be adding moss to the rock and roof. But for now, the roof is finished!

    © DAL Minis

  11. Dalesq

    Tudor Cottage

    From the album: Tudor Cottage, 1:24 Buttercup Bash

    This little cottage is inspired by an image of a real cottage that I found on the Internet. I'm using a slightly bashed 1:24 Buttercup. It's shown here in dry fit with paper stonework for the mock up. I've removed the front roof overhang and cut off the fish scale scalloped roof edge. The front narrow arch windows will be covered by "stone." I've used pieces from the kit to fill the openings.

    © DAL Minis

  12. From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    It fits! I thought I'd gotten carried away and made it too tall :-D
  13. Suzy

    Back view

    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    I also replaced the other stone paper on the top room with the brick.
  14. Suzy

    Side view

    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    I replaced the stone paper I originally put on with this brick "mat" I found in a craft store. It is supposed to be used with the little Christmas villages they sell.
  15. From the album: #2 Tennyson Place

    Step one: I'm putting this bash together in the typical configuration, so the foundation goes together just like you would if you were building the kit from start to finish. Of course, you can reverse the layout, building the house "inside out" or you can remove the wrap around porch like I did in the 1:24 Tennyson Bash that looks like a row house. Nice and simple, no?

    © DAL Minis

  16. Suzy

    Back view

    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    Finally got the third floor on! I'm not sure it's going to fit where I want to display it anymore though...
  17. Suzy


    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    Doesn't everyone have a spooky mannequin standing next to their bed...
  18. Suzy

    Straight stairs

    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    I wasn't going to put stairs in but gave in to the nagging voice in my head...I made both sets from scratch.
  19. Suzy

    Front view

    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    Photographing "glass" is tricky!
  20. Suzy

    Spiral staircase

    From the album: Half Inch scale scratch built house

    That floor really needs cleaning...
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