The actual process of converting the second was identical to the first, more or less to the first though I had learned some lessons with what to cut and what not to.
|Front of house #2|
|Rear of house #2 (front of house#1), with added fences|
The fence that came with the model was a tad twee so I added my own, stuck straight to the base and then it had a "base" of a filler added for strength and aesthetic reasons. (the fence would otherwise have looked far too huge)
|Side with "garden"|
The side "path" was unusable to place figures on once the picket fencing was in place, even for my slim 20mm bases, so I put a few bits of vegetation in to deter players from attempting to place figures there.
Notice the absence of any chimneys on this one.
|Boring close up shot.|
The picket fencing is of course coffee stirrers which I had already made some time ago, though it should be obvious that I didn't take too much care with the heights of the individual pieces.
Moving on to the internals then, here's the top floor of house#1 .
There isn't a lot of space to really do anything here other than the basics so it's very minimalist.
The floor is "lift out", but the few bits that are there are all glued in place.
I did take care not to block the window areas (even those in the bathroom that were integral to the roof) so as to allow figures to 'use' them.
The internal doors of both models don't open and are in fact the centre of a triple layer of thin card with frames attached.
Door handles are slivers off coffee stirrers.
|View of downstairs|
The staircase has by necessity had to be places in the centre of the building, the eaves of the roof and window placing allowing little place else to go.
The carpet is paper and the only other additions are a book and a newspaper, both scratch-built additions.
You will have no doubt noticed the many flecks of white all over these models, caused by paint constantly flaking off the walls.
It doesn't bother me that much and I reckon it's just something I can put up.
|Half the kitchen|
|Other half, with oven|
Two pieces of foamboard and thin card, topped with slivers of wood for the handles.
I could have gone for a lot more detail but didn't think it worth the effort.
The floor tiles are a paper sheet coloured with a wash of paint (like the bathroom.
|Top floor of house#2|
I have added a washbasin to the bathroom and the bath is a scratchbuilt one I made from foamboard.
All details for the bathroom follow the exact lines of the first build.
The telephone by the front door came from one of the original models, as did the long side table, whilst the single armchair and kitchen area were all scrathbuilt as above.
The carpet is of course paper.
|Living room area|
|Telephone detail and opening door !|
The footprint of the dolls houses, excluding the surrounding base is about 6" x 4.5" (150mm x 115mm), about the same as the farmstead; the height to the roof ridge is about 4'5"
That's it then for another week and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.