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Rainbow Motel

Diorama project using some new building techniques

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The inspiration: The "Rainbow Motel."  Location unknown.
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The inspiration: The "Rainbow Motel.…
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Identical strips of mat board are cut with a duplicating cutter.
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Identical strips of mat board are cu…
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The bottom of the arch is outlined with nail "stops" attached to a set of full-size plans
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The bottom of the arch is outlined w…
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The first mat board strip is formed around the nails; the remaining strips are laminated outward from the inside of the arch....
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The first mat board strip is formed …
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...resulting in a strong, sturdy, inflexible arch
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...resulting in a strong, sturdy, in…
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The first mock-ups
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The first mock-ups
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MockUp1
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MockUp1
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The floor was cut out of mat board, then reinforced with basswood strip stock.
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The floor was cut out of mat board, …
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The walls were also reinforced with basswood.
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The walls were also reinforced with …
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The floor was flipped over; these "foundation" strips will be glued to the diorama base.  Note the lip at the bottom of the wall...
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The floor was flipped over; these "f…
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...which hangs over the "foundation" when the wall is in place.  All the walls will be done this way.
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...which hangs over the "foundation"…
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The mat board is tattered at the top & bottom because I glued the sill plates on the wrong side and had to pry to them off.
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The mat board is tattered at the top…
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Braced walls.
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Braced walls.
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The front door will be added later.
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The front door will be added later.
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In this mock-up, the back wall is separate; the side and front walls are permanently glued together....
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In this mock-up, the back wall is se…
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....like this.  The pieces are still workable and most of the siding can be completed prior to final assembly.
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....like this. The pieces are still…
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Change of plans:  That big inside space was too good to pass up, so I've decided to detail the interior.  The floor is embossed vinyl doll house stock.  The walls are 1/32" plywood.
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Change of plans: That big inside sp…
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Wallpaper was printed from an internet site.  The bottom sills needed to be trimmed back to meet the wall.  Sill width wouldn't have mattered if the building had no interior, but it does now.
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Wallpaper was printed from an intern…
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Some rips and tears will add character.  Some more staining still has to be done.
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Some rips and tears will add charact…
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A thin, black wash was applied to the vinyl floor to hightlight the grout lines.  Windows and molding still need to be installed.
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A thin, black wash was applied to th…
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Playing with composition.  This isn't where these items will end up, but this is the look I'm after:  floor-to-ceiling junk.
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Playing with composition. This isn'…
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Details are a combination of commercial and scratchbuilt stuff.  Once all the details are in place and permanently attached, an overspray of "Dust" will be applied.......
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Details are a combination of commerc…
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....to age the interior and give a more abandoned look to the contents.  The mountain goat head is a Preiser item.
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....to age the interior and give a m…
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The wire baskets and ivy are homemade photo-etched pieces.  The desk lamp at the top left is made from a fan  belt pulley, an Appleton spot and a piece of wire.
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The wire baskets and ivy are homemad…
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The toy cars are 1/500th scale architectural detail peices.  The rest is just parts-box and doll house stuff.
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The toy cars are 1/500th scale archi…
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A portion of the rear interior wall is going to have some damaged plaster.  That section was done with 1/32" plaster lath.....
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A portion of the rear interior wall …
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...and thick Gesso was applied to the edges to simulate plaster.  Gesso was dry-brushed aross the lath.
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...and thick Gesso was applied to th…
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Wall2
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Wall2
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Wall3 (1)
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Wall3 (1)
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Wall3 (2)
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Wall3 (2)
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Wall3
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Wall3
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"Test Window" built in new window jig.
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"Test Window" built in new window ji…
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All windows will be working, double-hung units.
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All windows will be working, double-…
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The exterior side of the window.
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The exterior side of the window.
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back door - exterior side of door
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back door - exterior side of door
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Interior side of back door.
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Interior side of back door.
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Door01 (1)
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Door01 (1)
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Door01 (2)
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Door01 (2)
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WindowE (1)
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WindowE (1)
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WindowE (2)
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WindowE (2)
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WindowE (3)
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WindowE (3)
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WindowE
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WindowE
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Walls2 (3)
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Walls2 (3)
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Walls2 (4)
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Walls2 (5)
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Walls2 (5)
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Wall2 (1)
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Wall2 (1)
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Wall2 (3)
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Wall2 (3)
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Wall2 (4)
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Wall2 (4)
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