When I started this blog, it was a place to talk about 1/144 scale projects (1/144 scale being the “doll house doll house). Then I started drifting into other projects — mostly wee stuff, but not quite as wee as 1/144.
Recently, I’ve had two 1/144 scale projects in my head, but it’s been so long since I did anything to a strict scale, I figured I should practice up a bit — so I pulled out a simple 1/144 doll house from NorthEastern Scale Models.
Crikey. I had forgotten how much fun working to scale is… suddenly I was faced with “scale creep” (when something you’re working on slowly grows (or shrinks) out of scale… this can happen because of too many layers of paint or one too many passes with a piece of sandpaper) and bits that flew out of my hands never to be seen again (it’s hard to salvage anything when your masterpiece is smaller than the sawdust laden dust bunny it dove into).
Furnishing the home was a mixture of delight and boredom… wait… what? Boredom? This never used to be boring. Oh my goodness… I discovered that simply constructing a kit was of absolutely no interest to me — even if I was making furniture and accessories from scratch.
But boring or not, it was good practice… a good reminder of the things I need to pay attention to — like which glues work best where, which paint is the best…
Oh! Speaking of paint, I was absolutely devastated to learn that Testors has discontinued their Floquil and Polly Scale. These have been my favorite paints for many years… I heart them with all my heart and the loss of this paint line made me turn the air blue with lots of NSFW words.
After my initial descent into a deep indigo depression, I did what any sane person would do — I rushed to ebay and bought up a bunch of my most cherished colors. Before it’s all done, I’ll probably buy more.
Anyway, in the next few posts, expect to see more of my “getting back to scale” experiments — some ho-hum, some less so… but all In Scale (which is always harder than it looks).