Monday, February 2, 2015

Extreme KitBash: The Beginning...

My kit and the crossbuck 1:6 door arrived in the mail today from HBS. I didn't even receive a tracking notice! That was quick!


The kit is shipped in its own box, the door is shipped in a priority mail box padded with bubble wrap with a free catalog. All of the components needed for this 1:12 kit came with it and it was shipped priority mail. 15% off, not a bad deal. 

So, here it goes. EXTREME KITBASH- FROM 1:12 scale to 1:6 scale!

As I thought, I would have to alter my design a bit just like I feared. The footprint is not an overall 20 inches interior but 15 inches interior, and maybe 19 1/2 inches exterior. 

These are some of the components- the two what looks like windows are actually the custom sliding doors to the left are side walls and below them is the base and underneath of that, the flimsy roof. Those sliding doors will make great windows. I wasn't sure until I got them in my hands and measured them. 
As usual, the directions direct you to dry fit everything and then take it apart and sand, prime, and wallpaper, paint it and then reglue it together. sigh. Obviously, 1:12 scale miniaturists never met us 1:6 scale customizers, lol.
(I laugh at these directions now but remember several years ago I used to read them as though they were messages from the miniature gods. Now I just read over them to study how the 1;12 scale construction is supposed to work for clues on how I can incorporate it into what I want my design to be. ) 

Below are the directions which do not come with graphics or diagrams just written instructions in case you're curious.

As you can see, in the back & on the sides, the side walls slope downwards. That will be a problem when enlarging the footprint and the sidewalls themselves. I think I can do it as well as make it interesting. Since it is only 15 inches deep, I need that extra 5 or 6 inches to make it believable. I have thought of keeping the footprint but then it would only have to be a garden shed or something. My plans are a little elaborate but I hope it will work. If not, I may have to go with a garden shed, lol. 

I now have to begin to get my extra materials to build up the walls. The walls will have to be prepared and I will also need the veneer for the floors as well. I want it to look as pristine and real as possible, and veneer laid floors are stunning. It may be a while before I begin to get the next entry up, as I will be getting space and materials together for this. 
All for now- Lisa

4 comments:

Farrah Lily said...

I love the door already! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this project. :)

Phyllis said...

Can't wait to see how you convert this to 1:6 scale. It is exciting!

billa's dolls and fashions said...

Hi Lisa, this is thrilling!
It is very interesting to see how you're plannning the whole thing.
Kisses Billa

Lisa Neault said...

thank you all!
I have to admit, when I received the kit, going over the plans and sketches, I have almost changed what I wanted to do with it then decided to go with it, but just tweak how I was going to put it togther using the kit pieces. But another thing that occurred to me is the cottage could serve a dual purpose as a backdrop for the Lady in the White woods and the other dolls in that series I am collecting- the Faraway forest series, so it could serve as a backdrop/diorama piece too.