It's been a lovely sunny day today, made sunnier by the fact that I have two weeks off work. Yay! I won't bore you with details of my plans, save to say that I will be spending my housekeeping money at the York Miniature Fair next weekend. =0)
A little progress on the shed. I must come up with a better name than just 'The Shed'. Maybe Jimmy's work shed (that was my Dads name), or something pretty like 'Green fields'. I think a building should have a name. Anyway, it now has a tower bolt to keep the door shut, the beginnings of a workbench and I made something simple to go inside.
Since getting a drill press/milling machine, cutting holes in metal is so much easier. The tower bolt is just brass rod. I drilled a hole, lathed another piece of brass to make the teeny handle and soldered them together. The work bench is spare pieces from the roof frame. I'm thinking the owner of this shed is thrifty. As a rule of thumb, workbench surfaces are around 33" - 35" from the ground. This equates to 69mm - 74mm in 12th scale. I've made mine at 70mm. I cut all of the legs at 68mm height, then added 2mm Boxwood for the top. The surface of the workbench overhangs the legs on one side. This is so it can house a joiners vice...when I finish it.
The idea for the thing I made, came after I had a delivery of white spirit. I liked the look of the 5lt tins it comes in. I took some 6mm MDF and cut it into a 15mm strip. Then I cut the strip at 25mm intervals. The MDF is a base to wrap aluminium around. I guess you could use anything for this but a hard material allows the aluminium to bend cleanly. I was struggling to find aluminium thin enough to do this in scale until inspiration hit.
Yeah, a Bacofoil cooking tray. The aluminium is thin enough to work on by hand but still keeps it's shape. You glue a piece on the top...
When the glue sets, you wrap aluminium around the sides. One of the edges of aluminium is bent over to give that machine pressed appearance.
The handle is another strip of aluminium and the lid is a slice of 3mm aluminium rod. You could paint it, put a label on there, weather it with some rust...
Next on my list will be some paint tins and old jars. Should be fun =0)
I've just realised, my third year blog anniversary has passed. About time for a give-away I think. Oh, talking of anniversaries, I hope there are lots of entries in Rosa's Minis Modernas Anniversary Contest.
Give it a go. There's a chance to win 100 euros worth of goodies from Rosa's shop.
Better go...there's a cool glass of rum and cola calling =0P
Have a wonderful weekend