Short yelps from under the mess

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Now what was I doing with this?

Getting a second look

Still sorting out the workspace as much as possible and probably moving furniture today. Oh, joy.

As I’m working around the large model I keep making dirty darts at the ‘work’ that needs doing.

So far I’ve established the following:  I can’t understand the choice and cut of the wood I’d put aside for the Long Gallery sliding door #2 and am brooding on it; have sussed out what I think is a workable solution to the slider for Bedroom #2 and started making amendments for it (but more of that when we really get there); taken one long look at the 2½ inch, so called figures for the facade end of the LG and had a go at making other ones that may or may not be better – goodness knows they can’t get that much worse(?).

What do you think?

Will let them dry then blob with paint.

Siftings and sortings and placings and plannings

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and general prevarications

03_Trays and boxes and trays and trays

Boxes and trays and trays and trugs and …

Today has been a non-mini day as I try to get my head around putting back all the bits and pieces I’ve got out whilst working on the last project. You see, every time I start a different aspect of the model, or some other project, I go through what I think I’m going to need and pop the items into suitably empty containers I’ve allocated for the job. I use small plastic trugs and any of the cleanable superfluous trays that supermarkets love to give us, you know the sort of thing, not all of them plastic types, some of them are avocado shaped! And then within the job I’ll create separate containers for things related and in progress, such as a tray for the people to ‘rest’ in along with any parts made for them, or a collection of things that are to go together in one area. So all this means that at the end of every step within a project and at the very end, there are lots of bits, some salvageable, some not, that have to be restored to their main homes, or new homes found for them, so that they can be re-found next time they’re needed.

I think I’m going to take this occasion as an opportunity to go through as much of the ‘semi-sorted but on the work surface in loose boxes’ system of operation and see if I can improve on it. The biggest of the problems is that I won’t throw away any piece of wood that is more than ½“ in length in the strange belief that it ‘will come in’. Many of them have, so I’ll probably keep up that bad habit. But it does mean that I end up with 4 or 5 boxes or smallish trays lying about with unsorted, different sized, different timber lumps. One big flat tray for all, like a sandpit, and a good rummage through? Daft as it sounds it might be easier.  I’ll think about it.

With the idea of making a clean sweep, today we bought a work surface to replace the so called temporary one of a sagging paste table. Now we have to order legs for it, but hopefully it will be up and running before too long. (Now it sounds as though it’s going to have running legs – sorry.)

theinfill doll's house blog - planning to sort the work surface

and yes, it’s white. Cheapest available and I should be able to find things on it.

The prevarication

I’ve been playing on the web looking around and about and came across http://davidneat.wordpress.com/ and am now deep into http://davidneat.wordpress.com/materials/surfacing/kapa-line-foamboard/ page. Absolutely wonderful! The model building that David Neat describes is something I know I’m not capable of, but his methods of instruction and detail of techniques, his materials information and updated suppliers’ details are phenomenal.

More prevarication

Having followed the first link to 4D Model Making Materials on the updated suppliers’ page, I’ve fallen in love with brass wireform mesh and am sitting here thinking of all the things you might be able to do with it. Oh so many things.

All together now

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Done and seated

I ruffled up some more of the wool for hair and added back the flying mess I’d previously chopped.  Is it just me or do the specs give him a bit of a look of Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller?

All together now

(or the backcloth in need of a good iron)

Done as a sequence of images as the connection is so slow this evening I can’t get slides to run for checking.  Hope you don’t mind.

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

The book

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

North – inner spilling over onto outer

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

From the west

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

From the south – will enlarge

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

From the east

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

Across from east – will enlarge

The idea and design

Dreamed up possibly as a shout re the passing of time and aging, possibly re the grinding of the ‘soul’ from the printed book by electronic media, or none of the previous. I do have, and read electronic literature and a good tale or line of reasoning can draw me in, but I rarely feel as though I ‘own’ it and thus feel less of a relationship to the word being offered.

I do know that the clod-hoppingly named “Time Techs” contains fleeting thoughts and references from many books that passed through my mind whilst working on it. Images of characters and incidents: cheese (wrong cheese) – Treasure Island etc, etc.

And I do like steampunk.

I hope you enjoy some aspects of it as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it.

Now I can get back to the model and finish the Long Gallery – three cheers!

Ah, I do feel so much better for that ;)