Monday, January 19, 2015

Free printable model links !

source image: Papermau
Hi everyone, I have something fun to share that can be used within our hobby or on the side: paper models and links to free (!) patterns of lots of them. From (worn down) cabins, houses, churches, industrial buildings, modern buildings, skyscrapers, to mansions & castles, roman or other monuments, asian buildings, all kinds of verhicles and much more (even a link to patterns of an entire Smithsonian Institute!) in different scales and different skilllevels.

One such link is the blog of the very generous Mauther from Brazil. Who kindly shares all the downloadable patterns of models made by Mauther on the extensive blog Papermau for free, as well as pattern links of many others. There isn't much you can think of there isn't a paper model of found on this blog.
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source image: Papermau. Right image is from (a forum) by Major & Quasi, posted by Papermau
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source image: Papermau, the left model is originally from Model Buildings

Another great source for some wonderful free printable models is:
That is the creation of Ray, who's also the very generous and funny artist behind it and has some really great manors, haunted mansions and all kinds of other paper/card model pdf's to download for free! Very realistic looking and sometimes quite elaborate to build, like the amazing ghost house shown below on the left (22 pages of patterns and another 10 for instructions!). But others are a lot more doable or even fairly easy according to Ray himself. Like Starc Manor below on the right, that has a weird and creepy history of the reallife Starc Manor Ray provided as well. You can read about the history of the manors, ghostships and even a ghostcar he made patterns for as well. I much enjoyed reading them, eventhough the story's themselves are quite horrifying.
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source image left: Webmerchant Hubpages right image:
Someone who also makes some crazy detailed paper models is another very generous guy: Ray Keim from Haunted Dimensions.
He also freely shares his very timeconsuming designs, patterns and instructions with anyone interested. All he asks is for the credit and that it's kept free, well that's not much to ask at all is it? He also has a link for a special little project that you need to go through a short story to get to two patterns, which is a great and fun way! It's called The Knoll, a trespasser at Reeves Hall and as I understand it, it will be extended with the possibillity of Reeves Hall itself (not sure that last one would be free as well, but the two patterns you'll find there now are).
source image: Haunted Dimensions, The New Orleans Square (the ironwork is printed on transparancies)
More (but simple, especially compared to the ones above) minipapermodels that have been used for a christmasvillage by Pretzschendorf school in Pretzschendorf, Germany, can be found on the school's website. There are 48 historical buildingmodels free to be downloaded in N-scale (1:160) and Z-scale (1:220). These do not have a photofinish, but might be nice to use as basics and add materials onto it and/or paints to make them more realistic if you'd like.
And I'd like to close this 'paper-model-promotion'-article with the tiny castle Eliza from Wasting Gold Paper made. The original papermodel by Pierre Gauriat (link has pattern and instructions) is bigger, but because of the pixalation and not being afraid of a challenge Eliza decided to shrink it quite a bit and even succeeded. I think it's amazing that she pulled it off!
source image: Wasting Gold Paper

Please don't blame me if papermodelling will be another small obsession for any of you :D, because it isn't hard to imagine it could become just that. It looks like a lot of fun, as just looking at the build paper/card models online already is: enjoy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heppie Holidees !

Hi everyone! On the threshold of Christmas I'd like to show you a little holidayambiance, but hey, what's that? You've got mail!

And because I've been able to print it with superhigh resolution it is actually readable (with magnifying glasses that is, but that means it's photographable to be read), but I can't seem to get it on camera right, so here's the card how I made it on my laptop so you can read it well:

And the Christmaslantern has had a supersimple but a bit of a transformational makeover. When last week I decided to use the lantern for the miniature christmascard, I was annoyed the colourscheme just didn't work. Especially because the angel on the mantle didn't stick out, it just blended into the wallpaper as did other things. Meaning: that wall needed some paint. A quick paintjob of grey did the trick. And although I still like the wallpaper, I think this is much better!

The floor looks less nice on the right, but is still the same as on the left photo, in my new home I can't get daylight to be as it was on the leftphoto, I guess that's why
how about those clothespins? They're from the (mini)worldfamous Dieter Dorsch, and as with all he makes the real deal, the cards are all attached to the ribbon just by the clothespin and are removable. They are the smallest of the two sizes he makes

I will paint it a more beautiful grey someday, a warm grey I have on a cupboard that I think will be even better, see the photo below of the mantle agains that cupboard, but the grey in the lantern is what I had on hand (in reallife quite a blueish grey) and I'm very happy with for now :D.
the warm grey that I will paint it sometime later
The accessories I already had for the lantern, but the new look does them more justice. And some things I've borrowed from my stash for this 'photoshoot' to bring it all together. The star I did make this week because I really wanted to make something christmassy and the star was very doable. I made it of layers veneer, because I can't saw and this is my solution to that because veneer cuts supereasy. What made it a little less easy is that the veneer is so fragile and the stars small, it chipped layers quite a bit while cutting the new layer glued to the next. But some extra glue fixed that. And luckily it's a rustic star so the remaining imperfections are no big deal. I have it in 1:1 and it's a nice addition to this scene I think.
I changed veneers, because the light one topleft turned out to be extra fragile. The cherrytype veneer however (or pear, I have no clue what this is, I once ordered it as part of a cheap batch with different types of leftover veneers) is fine-grained and therefore sturdier, but still nice and soft, making it easy to work with (minus the chipping as this is inevitable with veneer, but hey: you can't have it all :D )
Well, that's it for this year, I really hope next year will be the year of some real projects and finishing a certain something, that of which we don't speak anymore :D. Meaning we'll have to leave Murphy and his crazy law in 2014 so he can't mess with it again ;) And a lot more looking around and commenting on your wonderful blogs, I always enjoy that!

Merry Christmas & the best New Year to you all, that it may be what you hope it to be and more!
Happy New Year 2015 Wood Wallpaper

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Flowery Laziness ;)

Helleu my dear mini-friends!
It's not much and Mother Nature gets most of the credit, but I think it's something many of you can use as an idea and I just like to show.

Stubborn as I can be I had to try something else to get easy, realistic flora in miniature (unfortunately one of my earlier efforts with miniplants from weeds here didn't last). So when a while ago I got a lovely bouquet of flowers and saw that the smallest part of one of the flowers could be used I decided to dry it by stucking it upside down to the side of a kitchen cupboard with some tape. Because I figured that might last (a lot) longer than what I tried before and is easier too. A while later - on my birthday - I received another (gorgeous) bouquet of flowers that had 2 kinds of tiny things that would be nice for a miniature vase.
I used a portion of them in the Antique Art with a Twist, but now I've finished the bouquet. I'm not sure I've ever seen a bouquet like this in real life, but on the other hand there are countless types of flowers and plants, who's to say it couldn't exist like this right? And I think it's beautiful and although it takes some drying time: it couldn't be easier!

I have no idea if this will last, but at least it will last longer than a regular bouquet of flowers, that's for sure! And I think it's a great way of accompanying a mini scene.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mock-up Oldtique Store

Because the Oldtiquestore is still nothing more than the entrance and stuff to put in it, I really felt like seeing what it will look like. So I recently put together a supersimple cardboard mock-up.. meaning a folded piece of cardboard and some folded pieces of card with prints of the wallpaper and a (out of scale) brick wall taped to it.

But it gives a very good idea and I like it! Imagine this made from mdf, with a floor, decent walls and the real paper and wooden wainscoting, a proper ceiling, lights and filled with lot's of stuff, not just this selection of all the great stuff I already have and will have/make for this store to be. Oh right, and a facade of course ;)

this is what some thought was the Oldtiquestore, but were just setups, the playing around with 'antiques' and the presentation of my mannequins: an mdf-corner I once ordered and used for some of the other scenes as well. This time with a piece of scrappaper just folded over a windowopening that's behind there and hanging over the edge (often tilting over the mantels when I added or moved something ;) as had just happened right before I took the photo on the left)
My boyfriend will start building the real thing the beginning of next year, but I just had to get an idea sooner. Not because I'm impatient I must add: he's had the mdf cut in 2010 already and he wanted to build it for me then too - or as soon as possible. But due to circumstances really was no option before and unfortunately I couldn't or can't do it myself either. But he finally can and I'm thrilled about that!

and this is why I wanted the entrance to be able to seperate from the steps: so you can have a good view inside the store, while maintaining a complete base.
Although it seems that way in these pictures, it will not be a pitched (or halfpitched) roof/ceiling. But I must say would look great seeing the way the cardboard on the left (unintentionally) is. It is meant to be just flat/straight and will have small planking across and 'beams' in length. But maybe something is possible with that ceiling, because I must say the extra height is fitting for the space and the pitched sides make it a bit more interesting... mmm.
the desk, like in this set-up, will go in a space behind the shop itself, which will be lower (streetlevel). There will also be room for a bit of storage, a kitchenette (including the desk-area all one space) and a toilet
I really like this view through the glass into the store.

Unfortunately the door has been loose for quite a while. My boyfriend dropped something on the entrance last year or so and it got disconnected as was the diagonal bar to push the door open.

Luckily that was all, the structure itself was still very solid, thanks to the double epoxy glue I guess! The letterbox I removed at some point because I wanted to have an opening one and was supposed to be delivered about a year ago with some other items, but despite emailing, a call, a promise it would come and some more emailing, still hasn't arrived ;)