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#21 vaughn

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:33 AM

Really mind boggling work at 1/87th scale. Is most of your work in that scale or do you jump around ? I assume the arcade is 1/25th ? Really enjoy your work.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 04:35 AM

Ken, I get the feeling you will finish it in time for the NNL East and it's going to be a real treat to see this one in person, like all of your work.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:50 AM

Ahh.... Another Ken Hamilton Diorama! I love the Ghost Wall effect! I look forward to seeing this one finished! BTW, I love the Hula girl too, thanks for the pics!

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:01 PM

Check out the new progress which includes this scratch-built fence. The million dollar question is: what kind of material do you think this is?

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 02:35 PM

Ooo....OOOO....I know, Cranky..! It's regular, old, hardware store, aluminum window screen!

Here are a couple other progress pictures. The meters and conduit on the apartment house
wall overlooking the alley are now in place, just to give that wall some visual interest.

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The wall will only be seen from one angle - from the street looking down the alley.
The viewer will have to peek over 7' wooden gate at the end of the alley to see the meters

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:42 PM

Ken..what scale is the brick wall or these buildings ? Is the brick scratch built or a sheet ? Looks awesome !!

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:25 AM

Terry:
This is 1/25th-scale. The two apartment building brick walls were hand-scribed on sheets of Hydrocal I poured. The size of the bricks isn't correct (they're too short) but it's too late to change now.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:34 AM

Beautiful work, Ken. Of course, the 1:1 research always pays off, doesn't it. You are moving this one further along. I can see it done for the NNL East! Eat more scrapple, take your vitamins, you are almost there.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:03 PM

I love your stuff ken , can you write a book just for me? LOL! I would get my left.....um no I wont :huh: , Well Id pay alot of......um I dont have that stuff,... well looks like were back to the book Ken So how bout it? Great Job and I do want to be a good dio builder where do you suggest I get started? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:28 AM

As always, Ken .... unfreekin'believeable!!!!


Life's always good when there's a new Ken Hamilton project unfolding before your very eyes!

B)

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:22 AM

Rommel, the book exists, but well . . . the prices are astronomical!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:38 PM

One of the things I like about building dioramas is that somewhere in the process
they develop a life of their own and details get added on the spur of the moment.

The hole in the bricked-up second floor window was going to be simply a hole,
but I thought maybe it could serve as a basis for an inconspicuous detail...

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....so I made this quickie box with some general details for inside the "hole":

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An LED behind the plastic curtain over the door creates this effect:

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Here's the box placed inside the Arcade building behind the hole in the brick wall.
The LED at the top center of the door is on, but you can't really tell in this picture

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Here's what all this is trying to achieve. When the viewer notices the light and peeks in
the "hole", a small and somewhat difficult to see interior room will present itself.
Not something you might notice the first time around, but something to keep you
interested during the second or third look......

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:57 PM

You......are........AMAZING!!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:54 PM

Every inconspicuous detail is a masterpiece in itself. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing creations with us Ken.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:47 AM

Hamilton, this build is rising to be one of your very best. And the clock is ticking to the NNL East, but Ken Hamilton never breaks into a sweat. :D

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:40 AM

Ken..... you're driving me nuts!!!! Everytime I think one of my dios is finished, you come up with these little extra details... and suddenly mine are totally unfinished! Now I've got to start thinking about what to put behind my windows. As if I didn't already have enough unfinished projects!!!!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:23 PM

If you scroll up to the Arcade facade photo, you'll notice the other window opening on the right.
I decided to fill that space with the back side of a plaster lath wall that was installed during a previous renovation.

Those of us who have done work on old houses have seen plaster lath walls - thin
strips of wood nailed across the studs and covered with plaster. Viewed from the
back, the plaster that oozed through the space between the strips had lots of
visual interest. Building a plaster lath wall in scale is done the same way as the
old craftsmen used to do it. First, I framed a wall with scale 2'x 4" lumber. I squared
up this wall over graph paper:

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The lath was done with thin, pre-stained strip stock:

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From the back, the wall will look like this with the lath strips in place:

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Next, I applied spackle to the front of the wall with a styrene trowel, squeezing a little
bit through the spaces between the lath strips:

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From the front, the finished wall looks like this. Since this side of the wall won't be
seen, I'll leave it like this. If it were going to show, I'd sand this side and apply a finish
coat of spackle:

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The INTERESTING side of the wall is the back:

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In some spots, too much spackle oozed through, but that's easily chipped off
with a toothpick after everything dries:

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Here's the back side of the wall in place in front of the former window opening.
I still need to dirty it up a little bit. Again, not a detail that will jump out, but it
adds a little more interest to the scene:

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Thanks for looking........

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:54 PM

Insanity! One of these days Ken, I need to pick your brain to get a good idea of what I need to get my gas station and abandoned shed dioramas going. Frickin' AMAZING WORK!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:54 AM

Most old apartment buildings had stairway access to the roof. Here's the basic
Gatorboard form for the one in this diorama.:

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The door is etched aluminum over model airplane plywood, surrounded by a wood frame
wood frame. The siding & roof material is painted sandpaper.

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In place on the roof, with clotheslines running to a pole on the other side of the roof.

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In the real world, the sloped stairway roof would extend all the way to the building's flat roof.
Since this is a "cut-away model", the back of the stairway is cut flush with where the back of
the building is cut. In retrospect, I should have made the stairway enclosure longer, with
more of the slope showing. As it is, the stairway just looks like a shed on the roof. I may
change it later, but for now there's too much other stuff to get done.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:44 AM

Mind boggling, truely mind boggling Ken. I like the marks on the roof from the swing door.