otterine

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About otterine

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    cheeeeeeeeeese!

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Illinois

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Five or more
  • Dollhouse Preference I like them both
  • Online Community Building Projects No
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  • Real Name brae
  • Country United States

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  1. Old desk from Chrysnbon kitchen hutch kit, in progress

    Thank you!   
  2. Building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    This looks fabulous!    So honored to have added a piece to your project.
  3. Rear axle assembly

    From the album Creatin' Contest 2019

    Continuing to work on the Mail Wagon, being created by adapting the Doctor's Buggy by Model Trailways. The laser etched brass pieces add fantastic detail, but they are tiny and challenging to work with. They fit well once you wrangle them into submission. I do worry about the longevity, even with using super glue. I think that's because of how delicate the parts seem. Here is the rear axle assembly. It's not very level or straight, but that is a limitation of the cast metal spring. It's somewhat pliable, so it doesn't want to hold the proper shape. I think it will be barely noticeable once the parts are painted a uniform color and the wagon cabin is added.

    © brae oktober

  4. Front axle assembly

    From the album Creatin' Contest 2019

    Continuing to work on the Mail Wagon, being created by adapting the Doctor's Buggy by Model Trailways. The laser etched brass pieces add fantastic detail, but they are tiny and challenging to work with. They fit well once you wrangle them into submission. I do worry about the longevity, even with using super glue. I think that's because of how delicate the parts seem. The front axle assembly is done.

    © brae oktober

  5. Brass hardware in place

    From the album Creatin' Contest 2019

    Continuing to work on the Mail Wagon, being created by adapting the Doctor's Buggy by Model Trailways. The laser etched brass pieces add fantastic detail, but they are tiny and challenging to work with. They fit well once you wrangle them into submission. I do worry about the longevity, even with using super glue. I think that's because of how delicate the parts seem.

    © brae oktober

  6. Tiny brass hardware

    From the album Creatin' Contest 2019

    Continuing to work on the Mail Wagon, being created by adapting the Doctor's Buggy by Model Trailways. The laser etched brass pieces add fantastic detail, but they are tiny and challenging to work with. They fit well once you wrangle them into submission. I do worry about the longevity, even with using super glue. I think that's because of how delicate the parts seem.

    © brae oktober

  7. IMG_7858.jpg

    I love how at first glance, you think the opening is a mirror!   
  8. IMG-7857.jpg

    Man, this is awesome!   
  9. Old desk from Chrysnbon kitchen hutch kit, in progress

    Thank you!    I have both of those books.  I'll need to take another look at them now that I've tried one bash.
  10. From the album Creatin' Contest 2019

    In a large group of magazines gifted to me recently, there are numerous articles on how to make more from a kit than what is presented in the instructions.  I've modified kits before, but some of these are truly remarkable and have opened my eyes to even greater possibilities. I bought a Chrysnbon kitchen hutch kit since I had just discovered a modification perfect for an old post office.  In the November 2000 issue of Dollhouse Miniatures magazine, there are instructions for converting this hutch into a desk.  I think the vintage style is perfect. I went my own direction using the magazine instructions as a general guide.  Since I didn't care about making anything in particular from the leftovers, I used the spare parts as needed.  It simplified things for me and worked out just as well.  Next up, finishing and hardware.  

    © brae oktober

  11. Oops forgot to post my last bit of loot!  http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/3-blind-mice-show-and
  12. Second day of shows - Bishop and some time at The Miniature Show. http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/bishop-show-and-the-miniature
  13. The mini loot begins!  http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/3-blind-mice-show-2019
  14. I'll be at 3 Blind Mice Thursday night, the Bishop preview on Friday, the Miniature Show Saturday, maybe Bishop again Sat.
  15. Doctor's Buggy kit

    From the album Creatin' Contest 2019

    The Rondell kit is completely lacking these suspension details, and after seeing the real life examples, I'm thinking the wheels from that kit would be too bulky as well.  The farm wagons and other utility vehicles had substantial wheels, but the mail wagon wheels were rather slight and dainty.  During my research this week, I happened upon a 1:12 scale Doctor's Buggy by Model Trailways.  This can be pricey depending on the retailer, but I found a great deal on amazon for $50 plus free shipping. It has the exact suspension I need and daintier wheels than the Rondell kit.  Considering the time and effort I would expend to recreate these parts, the kit is worth it for those parts alone.  The springs and axles are actually metal in this kit.  The wheels will spin and turn, which is just fabulous!  I think it should be fairly straightforward for me to extend the suspension front to back to accommodate a mail cabin that will likely be longer than the kit's buggy compartment.

    © brae oktober