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Offline Eddy Matthews

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Plans?
« on: May 05, 2019, 06:49:35 AM »
This is TOTALLY off topic, so please bear with me, but does anyone know of a source for Dolls House plans in 1:12 scale? I'd prefer a free source if possible, but would pay for something that really took my fancy!

I'd like to build one as a Christmas present for my grand daughter Jess....

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Eddy
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Offline derekwarner_decoy

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Re: Plans?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2019, 08:50:55 AM »
Eddy....I looked at this site when considering scale furniture for a potential marine application......... Derek

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/free-plans-for-dolls-houses-2365451
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Offline DamienG

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Re: Plans?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2019, 11:25:28 AM »
Thanks Derek I'll keep that link for my missus.  :beer :beer :beer

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Re: Plans?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 06:33:47 PM »
Thanks Derek, lots to look at there, and it certainly gives me a good starting point...

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Eddy
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Re: Plans?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 11:01:41 PM »
Have a look for a book "Making Dolls' Houses in 1/12 scale" by Brian Nickolls.
This contains  a number of good plans - used it myself to build 2 houses for my wife.
( The first was bought by a visitor just after I finished it, hence the second one.)
Regards,
Pete. 

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Re: Plans?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2019, 05:12:56 PM »
I have built a few dolls houses...initially from Dolls House Emporium kits which are expensive but really good.

I have built a couple of art-deco houses and a tudor half-timbered house from plans which are now spare and you'd be welcome to them Eddy (That assumes I can find them!) if you intend something specialist.

For furniture I went on to make my own plans by converting dimensions I find on full scale items on the web.

The Dolls House Emporium also supply a vast range of furniture and lighting etc and I can recommend these from personal experience. http://www.dollshouse.com/

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Re: Plans?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2019, 06:34:03 AM »
I have built a few dolls houses...initially from Dolls House Emporium kits which are expensive but really good.

I have built a couple of art-deco houses and a tudor half-timbered house from plans which are now spare and you'd be welcome to them Eddy (That assumes I can find them!) if you intend something specialist.

For furniture I went on to make my own plans by converting dimensions I find on full scale items on the web.

The Dolls House Emporium also supply a vast range of furniture and lighting etc and I can recommend these from personal experience. http://www.dollshouse.com/

I'd certainly be interested in the plans if you can dig them out!

I'll take a look at Dolls House Emporium at the weekend.

Many thanks
Eddy
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Re: Plans?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2019, 06:16:06 PM »
Hi Eddy

My last reply seems to have gone missing. I'll have to spend a couple of days looking for them as I havnt used them for a few years.

I built a 2nd deco house from plans I bought from a US ebay seller...https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/davesdrydock

He does all sorts, planes, boats and trains but also dolls house plans repro'd from 1930's magazines. I have a couple of them around somewhere including one that has a lift which I never got round to starting. (I got my Josie Olsen and Re d'Italia ship plans from him).

I'll come back to you   ... Cheers....Bernie

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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2019, 07:23:41 PM »
Eddie

Thanks to my wife she found the tudor house plans and I have tried to attach a few pictures (nothing I do is ever finished!).

The timbering is made from slotted planks with card infills so there is a lot of work in this project.

I'll let you see if you want them

I have attached other pics of the 2 deco houses I have built.

Cheers...Bernie

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Re: Plans?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2019, 02:50:11 AM »
Eddie

Thanks to my wife she found the tudor house plans and I have tried to attach a few pictures (nothing I do is ever finished!).

The timbering is made from slotted planks with card infills so there is a lot of work in this project.

I'll let you see if you want them

I have attached other pics of the 2 deco houses I have built.

Cheers...Bernie

I definitely like the tudor house Bernie - Looks like a complicated build though?

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Eddy
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2019, 05:10:04 PM »
Hi Eddy (Apologies for misspelling your name previously)

It's certainly a lot more complicated than a standard kit house which are generally made of pre-cut mdf panels that you glue together.

This house is literally built from the ground up having every component made up from individual pieces.

I had to cut numerous strips of pine out of an old bread-bin (on my bandsaw) and then had to slot each side of them (on my table saw by deep cutting) to take the white infill panels. I sanded each one and rounded the corners by planing (not necessary but adds to finished appearance).

Some of the geometry is a bit tricky, particularly in the roof structure and mine doesn't quite sit right (my usual problem!).

If you have the time, skills and patience then it will produce a very nice outcome.

I have also wired mine for lighting by cutting channels in the floor/beams and putting dolls house wire in. I made some tudor chandeliers and candle wall sconces. However I never got round to finishing or testing this including the rotating spit I did for the kitchen fireplace!! Story of my life. I made the house so the 3 layers, ground, upper and roof come apart.

I panelled the ground floor main rooms using dark stained balsa.

If this is your first project and you have a birthday time target you would be better to go for a kit imho.

Even with kit houses it can take quite a bit of patient work to install the decoration and lighting.

Not sure if all this helps.......if you want the plans you are most welcome along with a magazine article describing how one person did his version.

Best Regards....bernie




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Re: Plans?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2019, 11:29:27 PM »
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Re: Plans?
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2019, 02:58:08 AM »
Thanks Bernie,

I'll give it a miss on the tudor house plans, though the offer is appreciated! Sadly I don't have the workshop or equipment needed to do all that cutting :(

So your suggestion of a kit may be the way to go. Time to visit the Dolls House Emporium to see what they have available...

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Eddy
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2019, 03:55:42 AM »
Ok Eddy...that sounds like the best option as a starter.

They have a good range of kits, furniture, lighting etc.

I haven't found the deco plans yet but when they turn up I'll come back to you.

Good luck with the project...cheers...Bernie
« Last Edit: May 11, 2019, 04:33:31 AM by Spankbucket »

 

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