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Hurstwood Cottage Kitbash

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Hi,

I've introduced myself in the newcomers forum.

I received my Hurstwood Cottage kit from Bromley yesterday and I've already started on it.

Here's an album of me unpacking it: https//imgur.com/a/1ITiW6m

 

This is an intro post basically. This is my first dollhouse build so I thought I'd go for a small one and my plan for this also includes doing three different types of exterior finish; brick, panelling and render.

 

I'm going to turn this into a nice modern home.

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Now getting into it a little bit. I've already started to prime and paint the walls.

Here's a dry fit of the cottage: http://imgur.com/a/AdRl5m0

It fit together great, although there were some random extras included in the box that I'm not sure what to do with? Basically little triangles, I don't have a pic right now but I'll upload one later.

Here's some pics of me priming the cottage:

http://imgur.com/a/CMFfqzL

I used a wood primer/undercoat to prime the MDF pieces and I put it on with a roller. 

 

Before using the white primer I used a grey auto spray primer which gave really good smooth coverage, I had it left over from some uni work. But since it's summer and my uni paint shop isn't open I couldn't find the same primer easily so I had to switch to another type ( the white).

 

Today I've done a few more coats:

http://imgur.com/a/lUczTtj

G2g but I'll explain these pics later.

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Those triangular pieces look like maybe roof supports.

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That's a cute little house! I found this interior picture on Bromley's website: https://www.craft-products.com/prodimages/large/BDH0512-4.jpg

The little triangles look like they're meant to attach the second floor ceiling to the peaked roof.

Oh, I just read in your introduction thread that this is 1:24 scale. My favorite scale. :)

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That is an adorable cottage. Thanks for sharing pictures.:cheezy:

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That looks like a well-made kit.  You've got a nice start on it.  Looking forward to seeing more (and I love your little helper).

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Sabrina, hang onto those little triangles; they might come in handy for decorative touches (roof beams to hang things from, for one).

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Maybe those triangles are like for propping your piece on top of to paint - like a saw horse???? :dunno:

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On 8/18/2019, 4:41:20, fov said:

That's a cute little house! I found this interior picture on Bromley's website: https://www.craft-products.com/prodimages/large/BDH0512-4.jpg

The little triangles look like they're meant to attach the second floor ceiling to the peaked roof.

Oh, I just read in your introduction thread that this is 1:24 scale. My favorite scale. :)

Thank you! I had no idea there was a second floor :,-). Also, so glad to know another person loves 1:24!!

And thanks everyone, for the nice comments.

I've done a bit more work now, first I had to sand off the primer from the edges for everything to fit again >.<. ( Next time I'll definitely just put masking tape on all edges). It took so much effort and time.

http://imgur.com/a/Bwi1uUz

 

And then I started on the exterior finishing, so I've started doing the panelling. I cut it all out of a sheet of .8 mm Balsasood (I also had Basswood but it felt a bit too soft). It also means the lines aren't super straight since I hand cut them.

http://imgur.com/a/6BC2AzN

Not sure if I should seal it, I'm thinking maybe PVA glue? Any ideas?

 

After I've done panelling I'm going to try and do the brickwork, either with the egg carton idea or with cork board - I'm just not sure if the corkboard texture will look to large for 1:24 scale.

 

Thanks for reading! I hope to reply more often.

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17 minutes ago, worldofcrazies said:

...I had to sand off the primer from the edges for everything to fit again >.<. ( Next time I'll definitely just put masking tape on all edges)...

When I dry fit a house kit I go through with my pencil and trace along all the corners and mask those edges of the walls where I will glue the adjacent wall, thus gluing bare wood to bare wood.

20 minutes ago, worldofcrazies said:

...I've started doing the panelling. I cut it all out of a sheet of .8 mm Balsasood (I also had Basswood but it felt a bit too soft)...

Balsa is 'way softer than basswood.

21 minutes ago, worldofcrazies said:

...Not sure if I should seal it, I'm thinking maybe PVA glue? Any ideas?...

Stain will seal it, and you can always finish with a matte sealer.

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23 hours ago, havanaholly said:

Balsa is 'way softer than basswood

Ah, maybe it was mislabelled then! Well whichever one was harder is working pretty well!

23 hours ago, havanaholly said:

 

 

23 hours ago, havanaholly said:

Stain will seal it, and you can always finish with a matte sealer.

I don't want to stain the wood - I think it looks fine as it is. So I'm not sure what product to use to seal it so it's Matt and doesn't change colour..

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Check your local hardware store for clear matte sanding sealer.

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