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  1. Hello All!    This will be my attempt to share my attempt at building the Greenleaf Travel Trailer. As some of you may know from my introduction, I am preparing to start building my sister's Glencroft I gave her back in the 80's. To prepare for this I have been building various kits to help me prepare for this task. I started by building a few Robotime kits including the greenhouse kit I gave my mother for Mother's Day last year. Wanting to "get my feet wet" with the style of construction I would face with the Glencroft, I came across the Travel Trailer kit. I thought this would be a perfect "primer" and since my father has always wanted a camper, I could finally give him one, albeit on a smaller scale!    So after clearing off my workbench and purchasing the kit I began in earnest. DISCLAIMER- just to be clear, I really have no idea what I'm doing! My background is in building plastic model kits some 25+ years ago so I'm a bit out of my element. My posts and pictures may elicit feelings of shock, disbelief and cries of "what the heck are you doing"    I welcome all suggestions and criticism as I feel that's the only way to learn and improve one's skill. There are parts of my build process that took way more time than it should have so I welcome any ideas and thoughts on how I did things.    Another side effect of not knowing what you're doing is you have no idea what you can or can not do! You end up with crazy and sometimes outlandish ideas on what you want to include in the build. I was not immune to those ideas! Some were relatively normal like interior/exterior lighting. Others a bit more "out there". Since this will be given to my father, I wanted to put some "Easter Eggs" in the build/diorama such as favorite things or personal touches he would recognize.     One of those things is his Weber BBQ grille. He has had a Weber as far back as I can remember. When I came across one at the hobby shop I grabbed it! looking at it later, the first thing that popped into my mind was "I wonder if I could make it smoke" Alas, after a bit of research I concluded that "yes I can"! That led me to Ebay and after all was said and done I will have a ton of electronics in the base of the diorama that if all goes well, smoke should waft out of the grille with a push of a button. I will have a lot more info on this later. So to wrap up this intro, I thank you all for the opportunity to learn and grow from this community. I have learned a lot by reading your posts and staring at all the wonderful photos of both under construction and finished projects.I am truly in awe of the skills demonstrated by you fine Folks! Bill
  2. Trailer Frame

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I did not like how the trailer tongue looked so I decided to make my own. So why stop there! A full frame was made from styrene.
  3. Finished Wheels

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    These are how they look finished. I decided to eliminate the wheel wells in the trailer so that's why the two are cut flat on top. The complete one will be mounted on the rear tire carrier. The axles are painted with a special chrome paint that looks the best I have ever seen. You can actually see yourself a bit in the finish. I wanted to simulate chrome baby moon hub caps
  4. Wooden Axles

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    These are the matching axles.
  5. Wooden Wheels

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    The wheels that come with the kit are a joke in my opinion. Basically three wooden disks with a rectangular hole per side. You are supposed to glue two stacks of three disks together and the "axle" is a rectangular flat piece that the disks fit on to. When researching alternatives these wheels were mentioned by HavannaHolly and some others as perfect replacements. They look 1000 times better!
  6. Interior Paneling

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    When researching  vintage TT's I came across pictures of Shasta interiors with their maple paneling. Since I didn't know any better I got more of the 1/64" veneer, made templates and cut out each piece and custom fitted it to the trailer. I then stained them maple with satin polyurethane. A ton of work but I think it will pay off in the end.
  7. Interior Rear

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is looking toward the rear. All of these support beams I made as the kit's wood sheets were in poor shape. I also added a few extra to help with the curve.
  8. Front Interior Shot

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is looking forward with the roof beams visible.
  9. Rear of Trailer

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is the rear where you can see the holes for the taillights and license plate light
  10. Trailer Front

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Looking at front of trailer. The wood veneer included with the kit was broken so I went to a local hobby shop and got some 1/64" wood veneer used on RC aircraft. I didn't like how the instructions had you install the veneer so I ended up making and using extra studs to support the veneer and then modified them so the end result was the veneer was flush with the tops of the sides. I thought it gave it a much cleaner appearance.
  11. Showing interior studs for walls

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    I decided to put an interior in it so I studded the back wall. Not the prettiest but it will do.
  12. Trailer-TopDownView

    From the album Greenleaf Travel Trailer

    Here is a top down view
  13. Half Scale Greenleaf Tennyson

    From the album Half Scale Tennyson by Greenleaf

    Last year I difficult as I dealt with breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I had lost myself for many years to illness but I am different now. I want to try to get back into what I liked to do. I am going to start with this little Tenny. I have to try to coax my muse out from under the floor boards so we can start to get some ideas. First step, clean off the table. 

    © Heidi Cleveland

  14. Hello everyone! I’m new here. My Greenleaf Beacon Hill kit finally came in today! I’m a bit nervous as this is my first dollhouse build. Can anyone share some tips on what helped you? I heard the instructions are kind of difficult and hard to understand. I’ve been watching the YouTube videos and I can’t find one that is like a step by step. I already know some of the changes I’m going to make or other builders suggestions that I’m going to use. I’ve got most of the starter supplies: the glues, the clamps, painters tape, the ultimate cutter from hobby lobby, stains and some mini screwdrivers and a mini jewelry mallet/hammer. Any help throughout this would be so much appreciated! As A paramedic I work odd shifts so I plan to work on this on days off. I’d also like to possibly make my own kitchen counters. I’m in love with the farmhouse sink and I would like to incorporate that. I also do plan to run electricity.  Thank you all! 
  15. Greenleaf Dollhouses have a sale on their site now! Go to shop.greenleafdollhouses.com and enter coupon code HOP2IT to save 15%
  16. I’m not sure if you all noticed, but Greenleaf released 50 Country Dollhouse Kits and they have under 10 left. Just thought I’d post it here just in case some forum members were waiting to buy one. Here’s the link: https://shop.greenleafdollhouses.com/the-country-dollhouse-kit/ 
  17. The Buttercup 2017

    From the album Buttercup 2017

    This is the clay work and stained glass windows of the Buttercup  

    © MinisOnTheEdge.com

  18. Buttercup 2017 Thatch roof

    From the album Buttercup 2017

    This is the clay work and stained glass windows of the Buttercup. So tomorrow, I have to finish the last little bit of the roof and the base/yard. Then, I can paint!  I wasn’t able to work on this today because I had a lot of other things on my plate. I can’t wait to get back at it! Yes, I decided to do the thatch roof on this one. I’ve only done it to 2 other houses before. Some parts already has the 1st (and 2nd) coat of paint on it. Other parts have nothing which is why it looks white still.  

    © Tracy Topps, MinisOnTheEdge

  19. Greenleaf Laurel

    From the album Laurel/Chelsea Bash

    This is how I bashed the inside of the Laurel.
  20. Those of you who know me, knows just how much I love houses! Dollhouses and real houses. On Facebook, I'm always posting pictures of real life versions of dollhouses that resemble a Greenleaf kit. It made me start to wonder and daydream. If you could Pick a Greenleaf dollhouse Kit to make in real life for yourself to live in, which would it be? I'm sure I'm a Glencroft type and found the perfect real life version (well, kinda similar)      
  21. The Glencroft: Day 4-5

    TGIF! Im am so happy with the progress of my Glencroft!  I started yesterday by gluing some of the remaining facade pieces. The upstairs gables were glued in and I was able to finally make my sub-walls out of foam board for the upstairs! (See pictures below).  Once I finally had the front walls all tacked, I was able to start planning the Stone Portico/Porch that I will be adding to the front.  I plan on making this out of 3/4 plywood to give the walls a heavy stone thickness but at first I wanted to make it out of foam board so I can get an idea how the finished product will look.  Since the new porch addition covers most of the swooping roof line in the front, I was able to remove a small section on roof that comes through the living-room above the front door.  Now, the room is nice and square. You can see in one of the pictures below.   Last night I picked up a few finishing supplies (Stain, varnish and paint) so I can finally start doing some detailing.  I want the wood throughout the house to be a really dark rick color so I plan on mixing a cherry, walnut and a hint of ebony stain to hopefully achieve this.
  22. Hi I'm a Dolls House newbie- just recvd the Greenleaf Pierce (in kit form) from Wisconsin (I'm in Portsmouth England, UK)- so looking forward to building/decorating/furnishing etc etc etc- so any hints/tips/images welcome... I'm sort of thinking of American Colonial style? Trying to clear out my spare room of all my old crafting/jewellery making stuff, so that I can turn my desk around & clear some floor space to actually start building the Pierce! (at the moment, the box (huge!) is lying on the floor of our lounge...). There are so many talented miniaturists in the world, I would love to be able to recreate some of the unbelievably brilliant & realistic miniature stuff out there! Many thanks H
  23. DIY Tree Landscaping

    From the album Sugarplum Dollhouse

    This miniature landscaping is so much more involved than the interior. I'm so perplexed as to what I should do.  But I will admit I do like the tree
  24. I'm already looking for my next house. I know it will be at least two months before I am completely done with my Sugarplum dollhouse. My head is spinning. I like the Westville, and several other small size kits. But I'm also thinking about bashing two Orchids. For those who build many houses, what would you recommend for my wish list. i like an open concept plan with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, stairs, etc.....I also would like mostly one floor. I know this makes it a large footprint but that's why I was thinking of bashing two Orchids, or bashing another Sugarplum with and Orchid.    
  25. Exterior fireplace

    From the album Sugarplum Dollhouse

    After researching a ton on the Internet, I decided to experiment with foam bored to create a brick facade. It relatively easy and inexpensive