Edited by vaughn, 04 February 2012 - 01:19 AM.
The Playland Penny Arcade
Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:33 AM
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 02:35 PM
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.
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
Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:42 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:25 AM
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.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:34 AM
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:28 AM
Life's always good when there's a new Ken Hamilton project unfolding before your very eyes!
Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:22 AM
Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:38 PM
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...
....so I made this quickie box with some general details for inside the "hole":
An LED behind the plastic curtain over the door creates this effect:
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
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......
Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:54 PM
Edited by gasser59, 29 February 2012 - 11:55 PM.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:47 AM
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:23 PM
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:
The lath was done with thin, pre-stained strip stock:
From the back, the wall will look like this with the lath strips in place:
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:
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:
The INTERESTING side of the wall is the back:
In some spots, too much spackle oozed through, but that's easily chipped off
with a toothpick after everything dries:
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:
Thanks for looking........
Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:54 PM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:54 AM
Gatorboard form for the one in this diorama.:
The door is etched aluminum over model airplane plywood, surrounded by a wood frame
wood frame. The siding & roof material is painted sandpaper.
In place on the roof, with clotheslines running to a pole on the other side of the roof.
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.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:44 AM