What is Dollhouse Kit Bashing?

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In a recent post, I used the term “bashed” which is short for kit bashing.  Kit bashing is a practice in which a new design is created from a dollhouse kit by either removing, adding or combine features.  There is a great article on dollhouse kit bashing written by Deb Roberts in the April 2007 edition of the Greenleaf Gazette.  Deb is the editor in chief of the Gazette and owner of Deb’s Minis.

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When I first began reading posts I thought bashing meant speaking harshly about other companies or dollhouses. I went on in my ignorance until I put two and two together. DH and dh stumped me for awhile. Dearheart? dumb house? delicious hobby? diet'n hate 'n it? I finally got it: :unsure: Dear Hubby and doll house.

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Bashing can run the gamut from substituting the kit windows &/or doors with premade components to changing around and adding walls, extending floors & rooflines & sometimes totally changing the appearance of the finished product.

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I love to bash houses. Sometimes I'd LIKE to bash a house (with a hammer) but then I step away and take a break, then go back and see what I did wrong.

To me, bashing is what makes a house mine.

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Bashing is what turns a commercial dollhouse into a doll's "home". I have scratch-built houses, and I have bashed all but one kit I have ever bought (and I am reconsidering that one). This does not mean that you can not build the house just as it comes out of the box, but

bashing is a lot of fun and quite an exhilarating experience :p

Just my opinion.

:whistle:

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On my spring fling entry I cut off 1 - 2 inches off the height of the building. I wanted to use Lemax figurines and since they were so small I needed to downsize the building. It was fun but I can't even begin to think how small 1:144 is. :p

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One of the thing I think when I bash is how much time and consideration went into the origional design and that perhaps I should just give it a chance. I usually fish the directions out of the box as soon as one arrives and read the instructions and figure out the room dimentions so I can plan the house. I almost always start to make changes, sometimes I start to bash as I read the instructions for the first time!

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For an apt illustraton of kit bashing, check out the Team Coventry Cottage blog?; I don't believe any one of us built that kit without bashing it!

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Ah... bashing = monster garaging... got it. I already have plans to modify the widow's walk attic on the Beacon Hill kit.

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When I was a temp at the company they had a gingerbread house decorating contest- Our department kit-bashed the gingerbread house! The official "house" they gave to each department was a rectangle box with a roof- we made that the garage for our 2-story house with stained glass windows that we baked from scratch (yeah, I'll go to any extreme to make an original).

Kit bashing is also popular among plastic model kit builders.

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To me it's hard to imagine how you wouldn't bash a kit! Like Judith said, it's what makesit a home.

I must admit that I sometimes get into trouble because I change so much I get caught up in all of the changes I want to make and the ones that I actually would have time for. :D

-Dawn

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Thanks for the info and link, bashing is one of those terms we newbies aren't familiar with.

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I thought I'd resurrect this old thread for people who have questions or are curious about Kit Bashing. There are only a few posts, and if you check the very first post you'll find a link to Deb's article about kit bashing in all it's wonderful forms :)

Happy reading! :D

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Here's my kitbashed Buttercup as a Martha's Vineyard cottage. I want to redo the inside a little, this took me a whole year part time, but I used to look so forward to working on it when I got home from work.

http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/index.php?app=gallery&image=42809&size=medium

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Thank you Dale and I'll have to go back and look at your bash. If I remember right, I liked it very much!

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Dale it looks great so far and I love the green, my fav color. Did you finish it yet? Please show pix!

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When I first began reading posts I thought bashing meant speaking harshly about other companies or dollhouses. I went on in my ignorance until I put two and two together. DH and dh stumped me for awhile. Dearheart? dumb house? delicious hobby? diet'n hate 'n it? I finally got it: :rolleyes: Dear Hubby and doll house.

Yes, "DH" and "dh" had me going for awhile too, but thanks to Holly's numerous posts, I was able to figure it out; only I thought "Dear Hubby" was "Darling Husband. I like your "diet'n hate it" version best.

For some reason, I never questioned the word "bash," however four or five years ago, I wouldn't have considered it a good word, much less one that would get me excited.

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In my case DH is Dear Hubs.

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Nutshell News, when they were Nutshell News, used to do an annual issue on kitbashing, and call out for photos of bashed kits (that don't sound right, Ma!). That was my intro to it.

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Yes, "DH" and "dh" had me going for awhile too, but thanks to Holly's numerous posts, I was able to figure it out; only I thought "Dear Hubby" was "Darling Husband. I like your "diet'n hate it" version best.

For some reason, I never questioned the word "bash," however four or five years ago, I wouldn't have considered it a good word, much less one that would get me excited.

I thought it meant Dollhouse Husband.

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I am still wondering why we have to abbreviate every darn thing! I mean,I do it too,of course I do. It is just such an odd part of the Forum routine to me. Well,to be fair,I guess it is part of the internet tradition and the fact that everyone is always in such a darn hurry,even when they really do not have to be. I love words,especially whole words that describe our 'loved ones'! Just IMHO-hahahaha :p

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I tend to shy away from abbreviations because in my opinion they are an exclusionary tool -- jargon. Jargon is special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

I'm sensitive to including everyone in a conversation, especially in a forum like this one. Not to include everyone feels rude to me. I feel that if I'm taking the time to communicate by typing a message, everyone who reads it should be able to comprehend it, not just those in the know.

<stepping off soapbox now>

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I agree; but I slip into sloppy habits when typing. I have two parts to the rationale (and I am rationalizing here): I have a hard time typing as fast as my thoughts flow, and I have arthritis in my hands & fingers, so some abbreviations just hop off the fingertips as I trip around the keyboard. I shall try to make more effort to stop with the abbreviations.

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I agree; but I slip into sloppy habits when typing. I have two parts to the rationale (and I am rationalizing here): I have a hard time typing as fast as my thoughts flow, and I have arthritis in my hands & fingers, so some abbreviations just hop off the fingertips as I trip around the keyboard. I shall try to make more effort to stop with the abbreviations.

While I also agree with Kathie and usually refrain from abbreviations myself, I think it is only natural that people with like interests would resort to jargon or short cuts every now and then. I never felt excluded by anyone on this site, but I did a few times in a corporate setting. Fortunately, I have no problem asking people what they mean when I don't understand what they are saying - or typing.

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