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Half Scale Furniture Kits - who makes your favorites?
By Call Me Crazy
So, half-scale furniture. What's out there for purchase is getting limited as manufacturers close down or discontinue production. What I see for sale is overly ornate, not the style I want, or too niche. I could be wrong, but I think most of us are building houses, not shops or dentist offices.
Some of you have the skill to make your own furniture. I built a passable corner cabinet, but my crafting skills aren't that great and I have very limited tools.
That brings me to kits. I've made a few by Cassidy Creations that have come out great, but too often those kits have missing pieces, pieces the wrong size, and confusing/wrong instructions.
There are some great sellers on Etsy making laser-cut kits. Those I've made successfully were from RedCottageMiniatures, SDKMiniatures, MelissasMiniWereld, and HalfScaleMiniatures.
I'm curious to know whose kits have others had success with. Do you have a favorite designer/seller? What do you like best about the kits?
By Call Me Crazy
When I was a teen I asked for a dollhouse for Christmas. My parents got me a 1:12 farmhouse and I had the best time building it all by myself. Sadly, it came to a tragic end when one of my brother's friends accidentally sat on it.
I gave all the furniture to a friend and didn't think about building another until January 2019 (over 30 years later).
I'm not even sure now what sparked the idea of getting back into the hobby. Something reminded me of my old dollhouse and I started searching Google for pictures of what others have created. There are so many talented miniaturists out there!! I'm both inspired and a little intimidated by their talents.
Once I decided to build a new dollhouse, I looked at all the various kits available and just fell in love with the Fairfield. The way it's set up like a real complete house really spoke to me.
The scarcity of furniture, accessories, etc. is a major frustration, but I'm up for the challenge. I've found a few nice pieces and built some kits. Necessity has forced me to decorate first before the house is actually built because I see how fast 1:24 items are disappearing.
Eventually I'll create a gallery. If I can figure out how.
Kit-bashing a Tab-and-Slot house?
FurMama's post here reminded me that I have two Greenleaf kits (somewhere! I haven't seen them in months!) that I had once intended to bash. Yeah, I know, another project I'll probably never get to. I didn't want to hijack her thread with my own project and questions so I'll start anew. The kits are this one:
That brought up the question of just how hard is it to kit-bash a tab-and-slot house? Can you reverse them by flipping over the pieces? I know it's more involved than that but I think you get what I'm asking.
I've never built a tab-and-slot house before. I owned one but I didn't build it. Way back in the day when Michael's stopped carrying Greenleaf products, I got a smokin' deal on their already-built Beacon Hill display model. What a mistake that was! I eventually gave up on that mess and set it out on the curb with a "Free to Good Home" sign. Mind you, that is in NO WAY slamming Greenleaf. Trying to fix up that shoddily constructed hot-glue-gunned-POS was a nightmare I never should have attempted. ANYWHO . . .
I finally managed to find my silly mock-up of what I'd intended to do with my two kits. You're all the experts on this, can it be done?