This Cabin is less modified than Mill Cottage with the doors and windows all in their intended positions. Just like Mill Cottage, I altered the roof and left the front panel loose to make viewing the inside of the Cabin easier. This closeness to the basic kit wasn't what I first intended to make of it. The original plan was to turn the kit upside down and turn it into a steampunk airship. I had to give up on this ambitious plan for several reasons, mostly issues with practicallity. For example, how would I ever have stopped cats from trying to climb ontop of the balloon that would have been over the 'deck'? I also decided it was an idea better suited to 1/24th scale to make it a better size to mount on a wall (despite the fact the Cabin is designed to be wall mountable, I think it is still too deep for this to look right). I'll come back to the airship idea sometime in the future but for now let me explain what is happening in the Workshop.
The Story . . .
The still, cool silence of morning is broken by a rhythmic whomping infiltrating the forest from far above the tree tops. While rabbits scurry back into the safety of their burrows, a local woodsman carries on with his work unperturbed; he recognises that the noise is caused by one of those new fangled flying chairs. The flying chair, modelled on earlier sedan chairs, spares a lady wearing skirts the indignity of being seen in the air from below and is considered the peak of personal transportation.
|Mrs. Braford-Smythe makes a landing|
|The Flying Chair's Mechanical Workings|
|Humphrey resplendant in his best hat|
|Mrs. Simpkin finds her husband has made a mess|
|Mr. Eddington helps Mrs. Bradford-Smythe out of the Flying Chair|
I altered the basic kit so that only the front section of roof lifts off. This was done by cutting the rear roof panel about an inch down from the peak of the roof. The wider lower section of roof was glued directly onto the building while narrow strip was glued to the front roof at the ridge. This allows the front of the roof to hook over the apex of the side walls and easily lift off. The front wall panel was not glued into place so it can be removed allowing the interior of the Cabin to be viewed from the front instead of from above. A hole saw was used to cut an opening in the rear roof to create access to the 'landing pad' added on top of the roof.
The exterior walls are cladded with 'weatherboards' made by cutting balsa wood into centimetre wide strips and gluing them onto the MDF walls so that each strip slightly overlaps the one beneath it. The roof is covered in tiles made by cutting a (full size) vinyl floor tile into smaller pieces and gluing onto the roof.
|The Landing Platform|
|The Stove and Pipes|
|The Collection Cabinet|
|The Tool Trolley, Steam Powered Of Course|
|Oscar works on his contraption|
|The Faux Leadlight Window, Complete with Gears|
As I worked on the Workshop before Mill Cottage, I managed to get photos of it bathed in wonderful autumn sunlight (whereas the best I could manage for Mill Cottage was some dreary overcast winter light).
As usual, there are further photos in my Flickr photostream. You can find them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dollshouses/sets/72157632987939575/
Next week, more details about Mill Cottage.