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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Derelict No More

My little 48th scale house looks much more welcoming now it has it's windows and door installed and the exterior finished off.  The walls are covered in a brick pattern and the roof a tile pattern, both from internet printables.  The quoin stones and windows are those that came with the kit.  Instead of adding the quoin stones to the sides of the house as intended I cut those lengths and instead used them around the front porch which I think is a better finish.

Inside, most of the furniture has been made.  Aside from the pieces from Petite Properties kits you've seen previously all the furniture is balsa wood with accents of "tiny turnings".  The rail along the central gallery is pieces of fan blade strung on a brown ribbon 'handrail'.

This house now just needs the soft furnishings and accessories to finish it off.  It's the accessories (and people) that are proving the hardest part of 48th scale to me.  Lots of people sell house and furniture kits in this scale but no one seems to produce accessories like dishes and pans, animals, flowers, cutlery and so forth.  Some of these things are easy enough to DIY, but how do you create a 48th scale pet cat?  Especially when you have no sculpting ability to begin with.  This lack of ready made 'junk' to fill up the house and give it some life is the one thing about 48th scale that I don't like.

Mind you that hasn't stopped me from planning more 48th scale projects for the future. . . . .

You know I like castles but had to give them up in 12th scale as they are so very large . . . . I just can't help thinking how much less space a 48th scale castle would take up . . . . And I have this small fishtank that I bought cheaply thinking it would make a 12th scale roombox that I now think could hold a 48th scale Japanese tea house and garden . . . . And have you seen Petite Properties new cottage kit?  They call it Pumpkin Cottage.  This a a photo I pinched from their facebook page:
Have you seen a more perfect witch or wizard cottage in 48th scale?  I may just have to buy this when it is released.

I also recently saw this house in 24th scale:

It's a nice plain kit that could be adapted to suit a few different ideas with a decent internal layout.  I first found it on Minimum World's website, but they won't ship it to Australia (but they do ship other 24th scale houses?).  DHE have it, but you know my current opinion of them.  I did put it into my cart on their site to see how much postage would be.  I was expecting maybe $70-$100 but it turned out to be more than double my lowest guess at $156.  So this house is waiting until I find someone else who ships to Oz or until I forget how annoyed I am with DHE and decide to try buying something from them (which no doubt will make me annoyed all over again!).  And in either case not until I've saved a lot of money.  In short I will probably never own this house.

And then of course there are still lots of rooms for the Tower of Magic still to come . . . .


  1. Your little house is just lovely....as always your finishes are amazing. I can't wait for Pumpkin Cottage to go on sale, it's perfect for Hallowe'en :) Mind you, I seem to be accumulating houses and their contents quicker than I am building them....I think that seems to happen to a lot of us. Anyway I love your house and hope you track down little items for the inside that you really love.
    All the best

  2. Me gusta mucho como te ha quedado!!! Los muebles son geniales.
    A mi particularmente me gustan mucho los kits de Petitesproperties,ahora mismo voy a hacer el de la casa yule tide ,para esta navidad en escala 1/48,espero que me quede tan bien como a ti ésta!!

  3. I love your little house =) Hugs Eeva