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  1. I just picked up an Artply The Rutherford, Model 112, for $20, but I have never built a dollhouse. It's a project for evenings when it's too cold and dark outside to do much else. Any advice for this newbie is great advice! So far the only thing I have found with this older kit is the directions are a mess, but someone else mentioned a site where a gent had pictures, so I downloaded those. I also heard the shingles on this one were not the best, so when it comes to adding those, I'll definitely be asking. Thanks for all your helpful advice that I know will be coming in future!
  2. I bought this house, and realize I may never build it as it resembles the Laurel I have been working on. Please message me if you are interested. I plan to list it on eBay after the holidays, but would like a forum member to have the first chance. I don't mind shipping overseas, if you don't mind the cost of shipping.
  3. From the album: The Worthington

    First primer coat and the new roofs for the bay windows - the old ones did not fit at all. And my feet.... Uppsss.....
  4. Hi! I live in Tennessee & am starting my 1st dollhouse build at the ripe age of 24. I got the Allison by Artply kit since it was only $40 and thought it might be an easier first house. If anyone built that, any tips are helpful I am kind of nervous starting it...not sure where to start. The instructions are kind of lame & my work space for building sucks (think floor, upstairs computer desk, & downstairs kitchen table). Can't even find wallpaper paste where I live! Frustrating & nervous that I might mess up...but exciting Just ordered Caco type dolls as my dollhouse dolls.
  5. ... and I'm finally getting around to introducing myself and my (soon to come) version of the Worthington from Artply. Hello Everyone, I'm originally from Germany but somehow ended up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - and this Christmas I decided to work on a dollhouse kit I bought in 1986 when I was visiting a friend in St.Louis, Missouri. It is a bit sobering to admit that I am building a vintage dollhouse that I bought when it was anything but vintage.... Anyhow, I remember the sales-clerk telling the much more gullible and younger version of me at the time, that: "...there is only basic assembly required..." I wonder if I can sue him for lying and taking advantage of a young girl after all those years I also remember making a first attempt at building it about 15 or 18 years ago and then becoming so overwhelmed that I packed it away until now. So, now I have been working on the base plates and the front panel and I truly wish I could say I'm having a ball but... - the bay windows are a horrible fit so I had to make a new roof for all four - that was fun. - the windows themselves are not what I like so I am making new trims for the interior and I'm currently working on making windows that will open - because an old lady like her needs that. Other than that, I've been trying to repair the havoc my young enthusiasm has wrecked upon the Worthington. I believe I don't have to tell you all that it will be a great adventure from start to finish (whenever that might be) as I see many, many hours of work looming ahead of me. I love that house, however it is a bit too rough looking for my taste and what's a few hundred hours more or less anyways, right? I'll see if I can upload a picture of my measly progress (if I find one that does not have my feet in it), meanwhile you can find me at the crafts store buying things I never thought I needed and spending money I never had. Feel free to ask me anything (I have files with all the templates I created to customize details) and I know where to get the best wood filler here on the coast.... - soapz -
  6. From the album: The Worthington

    Close up of the windows with mullions.
  7. From the album: The Worthington

    These are the windows I made from balsa-wood strips - I want the windows to open which means I have to go hunting for hinges. I tried pin-hinges on a prototype but the wood is too soft. I'm going to use plastic sheet for panes and right now I'm experimenting with nail polish to give them a bit of authenticity - nail-polish also works great for stain-glass effects.
  8. From the album: The Worthington

    It's slowly taking shape. As soon as I'm done getting the shell together, it's wood-filler and sanding time.....
  9. From the album: The Worthington

    Attic floor has some serious warp....
  10. From the album: The Worthington

    ... and of course please ignore the mess in the house.... haven't had time to clean.
  11. From the album: The Worthington

    Dealing with a little warpage here... decided to add a column in each floor to keep it to a minimum. Not sure if I want square columns or round ones.
  12. From the album: The Worthington

    I cut the strips out of the windows because they looked too big and replaced them with a single dividing strip of 1/8 x 3/16. It looks more proportional now...
  13. From the album: The Worthington

    Insert for the bay window. Looks better than trying to use wood filler and sanding it.
  14. From the album: The Worthington

    Front panel without feet...
  15. From the album: The Worthington

    I want windows that open - so I'm trying out options: 1. version on the left: I built two frames with 1/16 x 3/32 and glued the pane in between. I was hoping I could use pin hinges with that - but it is not quite what I'm looking for. 2. version on the right: One frame made of 1/8 x 3/16, pane glued to the back and I will use flat hinges.
  16. From the album: The Worthington

    Close up of the bay window
  17. Soapz

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    From the album: The Worthington

    This was pretty much the starting point this time around. The bay windows were not attached previously - they were the first mini-project I started on over Christmas.
  18. Please message me if you would be willing to sell your Artply Barrington kit. I've been trying to hunt one down to no avail. If I can't find one, I just might end up building my RGT Queen Anne and I'll never have room in my apartment again. Haha. I just adore the Barrington and would love to find one. Thank you for reading.
  19. I have an extra Allison , complete in the box , that I don't need. This was the first house I built and somehow ended up with two more , thinking of doing a haunted house with one of them, but definitely don't need the second one . Would be willing to trade for ???? - it needs a new home.
  20. I'm looking for the instructions for an Allison no.77 by artply. The pieces are labeled 1-12. If is very similar to the one posted but the sheets are different. The house on the box is blue.
  21. About a year ago a lady GAVE me this house to rehab for charity or whatever I wanted to do with it. She said it was hers 30 years ago. The carpet was ripped out, it smelled AWFUL, and is in extreme disrepair. I had made a comment to Brae that I thought I could make it a dilapidated, condemned or haunted home. She was right: it would take a lot of work. I have looked at it for a while trying to make a decision. This weekend while I was in the garage working on other projects (like fixing the "oops" I made on my Little Shop of Horrors), I decided to try a couple of things. I pulled off all of the gingerbread trim and did a coat of spray primer (hoping I didn't lose too many brain cells or too many brain cells). If I do decide to rehab, the corner porch support will be replaced by a post. I also plan on floor coverings as the hot glue from the old carpet left some residue. It will probably be all paint and no paper and any trim or porch replacement pieces would come from my "craigslist finds" so there would be no additional investment. I need some opinions on whether or not it is worth the effort. My plan is that IF I do it, the house will be donated to a charity or given to someone.
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