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I'm in the process of planning the Orchid. It's going to be another couple of weeks before I can open the box and begin the actual build. In the meantime, I'm reading over the instructions, have read the community Orchid blog at least three times, looked at numerous pictures and posts, etc. Building an Orchid seems to be a 'rite of passage' for miniature builders as almost everyone has built one or more. What is the appeal of this house? One thing I've looked at is the unusual space in the Gable where the porch floor raises the second floor, prohibiting easy furniture placement and good use of space. I think the bed nooks, reading, and so on are cute, but would still like the floor to be even. I'm not seeing any bashing where this is done. What are your thoughts? Also, once I start the building, is it appropriate to make progress remarks on this thread, or is that better on the Blog section?
Thursday 5/21/15 I've completed the main gable over the front of the Orchid. I had a bit of an issue figuring out the alignment of the gable because I tend to invert things and of course I don't follow direction very well but I did get it to work out. I'm thinking of papering one attic room with newspapers, I found a free printie site with 1:12 scale newspapers and now I just need to find paper that will work as newsprint and print them out. I'm thinking of aging the paper with a weak tea solution. I'm not progressing fast, but I'm not in a huge hurry either. Just letting the house speak to me and tell me it's tale.