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Friday, January 11

The Half Scale Diana Dollhouse Day 1

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The Half Scale Diana By Greenleaf


Remember, these half scale versions are assembled in the same way the one inch scale models are.

Today I checked my kit to make sure I had all of the sheets. Everything was complete so I labeled and punched out all of my pieces.

As you can see some of these pieces have very delicate, filigreed, laser word work, so you have to be careful you don't damage them when you punch them out. Just punch out gently and evenly on all sides. Use the eraser tip of a pencil to help you out with the smaller and thinner pieces.

You can also see that with this being a laser cut dollhouse, the edges are quite dark and some of the back sides are blotchy. This is why I recommend using a darker stain or paint for your interior trim work. You can try and sand all of these dark edges off of your pieces but I wouldn't recommend it. It will take a lot of sanding to get this completely off and this will alter the shape of your pieces and compromise their fit during assembly. These pieces are small and detailed, you don't want to sand all of that into oblivion. It will also be extremely difficult if not impossible for you to sand between the filigreed pieces without breaking them.

So, don't insist on going light, just use dark stain or paint your trim.



2 comments:

Margaret said...

This is a beautifully detailed kit I must get one sometime in the future. I bought a cheap Chinese Fantasy Dollhouse kit at the end of last year, it is described as a puzzle rather than a serious dolls house. Not laser-cut so is not well detailed or exact fit but was a good experience to put together, I must show it on my blog even though it sits unfinished LOL.

Gina said...

The Fantasy Villa is a beautiful little puzzle type dollhouse but you really have to work tremendously on it so it looks nice. I assembled it before and it was extremely difficult to finish in order to make it look like a real, wooden dollhouse. It is adorable though.

 

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