Sunday, 9 November 2014

Even more shed progress

I'm determined that the shed will be complete and ready to display in it's permanent home by the end of the year. I have an itch to start a new project and said itch is becoming almost unbearable. I think flitting between projects helps to keep me interested and my imagination fresh.

The reason the shed is taking so long is purely one of finding available miniatures that fit the bill. It's very satisfying to make everything with your own hands. However life doesn't often afford me much hobby time. Annina helped by pointing me in the direction of some mini garage equipment from Ebay and I also found this site
This site sells a large selection of 12th scale vehicles and parts. They even sell 12th scale bike chains, nuts and bolts. I almost cried =0P 

I bought a few things, to check how good the items were and also how reliable the seller was. The parcel came within four days from Belgium, which is excellent. The parts also exceeded my expectations.




An etched steel tool chest with an opening bottom drawer and teeny keys =0D It's easy enough to make with diagram instructions. I was tempted to paint it but then thought no, I may use it again as an industrial kitchen unit *shrugs*


This came from a 'motor racing team tool set' that I bought from the same site. There were a lot of goodies in the set that I can use.


The last item I bought was some etched steel hose clamps and cable ties. Again, the items are easy to make up and look very realistic. 

One of the things I learned, because I don't do a great deal of painting, is how to spray paint small areas with different colours. I sprayed a  bottle white but wanted the lid red.



I put a pin prick in a balloon and stretched the hole over the lid I wanted to paint. The balloon shrinks back around the lid so you can paint it cleanly. It saved me so much time not having to use masking tape.
Last thing before I go and start lunch, this is the bottle I shaped into a gardeners trug. It's been sprayed with primer and then two coats of Tamiya light green. The kneeling pad is laser cut funky foam.

 
Hope you're having a fabulous weekend

Toodle-pip
Pepper =0)

43 comments:

  1. Love the tool box!! Is the tool chest full of tools? Very cool and authentic.

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  2. WOW!!! Those are just WONDERFUL! Amazingly realistic. I love the tool chest with the keys. haha I actually have that green kneeling pad in RL scale.

    What a brilliant idea using that balloon. I will try and store that tip in my (fast disappearing) gray cells.

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    1. I hear you Sister. My memory is a thing of the past ha-ha ;0P

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  3. This was an awesome post! Thanks for sharing all of the information. The balloon trick is awesome. I keep staring at the tool chest trying to figure if it was R/L or not. I actually got kind of confused there. LOL Everything is awesome!

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    1. Aw thank you. The tool chest has got to be one of my best mini buys for a long time =0)

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  4. You always surprises me with your purchases/results from the internet and finding new and wonderful miniatures, Pepper, thank for sharing these links :D! All are so amazingly realistic, I love the tool chest.
    The balloon trick is completely new for me, thanks :D! Beautiful pictures and gorgeous additions to your shed project, enjoy of it all! (like I do ;O)
    Hugs, Ilona

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  5. Los elementos que has adquirido para el taller son estupendos.El carro de las herramientas es precioso.

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    1. Gracias Isabel . Me alegro de que te gustan =0)

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    1. Ha-ha, I bet you're not often rendered speechless Neomig X0)

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  7. OMG! The gardeners trug and kneeling pad are both amazing!!!!!!! Great idea on using the balloon--thanks for the tip! Great purchases too--everything you've shown looks gorgeous! xo Jennifer

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    1. Aww thank you jeniifer. Glad you like my mini's as much as the bought items =0) X

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  8. Everything is amazing and thanks for the links. Love the trug :)

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  9. Thank-you for the painting tip using a balloon! I'm sure you have saved many of us from future headaches and out bursts of swearing. :)

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    1. Ha-ha, I like to do the swearing to save other people having to do it =0D

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  10. !!! *covers mouth* MmMMFffhHFHhfHFHFhfhffffggghhhhh!!!!!!!

    So So SOOOO GOOD!!!!

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    1. Hee-hee, you make me laugh so much Cindy X

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  11. I am so excited for you about your new garage purchases!!!! The steel chest is so real looking that I thought it was full sized and that tiny key in the lock is simply amazing! What a beauty that unit is and so is the red tool box! I have a real life red enamel tool box in my storage closet that is always at the ready. It is heavy and jam-packed with stuff so I am looking forward to seeing what items you will soon have inside yours.
    And I can't say enough about your wonderful balloon trick!!! So Clever!!!!
    Everything that you have done and are doing is Fascinating to me, but I know what you mean about the unbearable itch; but please keep going on this shed because I am itching to see More! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. I promise to finish no matter what. Don't you think the keys give it that extra bit of realism. I was thrilled when I got the parcel...especially when it went together so well (which doesn't always happen)
      =0) x

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  12. pepper, love it :-) guess I want to build a garage shed next to my log cabin... hehe

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    1. Ha-ha, you really need to build a garage then hopefully I can buy even more of your fantastic 3D models. Top of the list, I think you really, really need a power drill *wink-wink* =0) X

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  13. OMG...so very COOL! Love everything!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  14. Stunnlingly beautiful shots and work again madam! This piece is goign to be so amazingly well done, I do hope after you have had the time to enjoy the finished state that you consider having it displayed somewhere so that others might enjoy and be inspired by your beautiful work!

    Hugs~J

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    1. Aww thank you Jane, that's really kind of you to say. I'll have to search our area for a museum of mini stuff, see if they want it =0P

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  15. Very cool additions to the shed! I'm really liking the steel against the wood walls - it adds a lot of wow ;) And that tiny key is so perfect! Just the thought of bike chains and cable ties in miniature is just crazy, what a great find that site was. I think I might try out your balloon trick on some door handles as it seems to be just thing to avoid making a mess :)
    Hope you're having a great week xo

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    1. Hi Kristine, yeah having a great week. I thought I'd seen it all until I stumbled on that site. Miniature bike chains Man!! How crazy and cool is that? =0D

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  16. The tool cart is amazing! I had to keep looking at it because it look so real. Can't wait to see the finished garage, everything is so detailed. And the balloon trick is just smart.

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    1. Thank you, I do like that tool chest. I've noticed it's from a company called Hiroboy and they do some fabulous stuff in 12th scale *where's my purse* =0D

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  17. Hi Pepper! Wonderful purchases, I love the steel drawers and toolbox, they are better than the things I own in real life!! I like the kneeling pad, I think that's the first one I've ever seen in miniature!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Me too Brian. My shed is much less equiped, more a cemetary for tools and garden furniture =0)

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  18. everything looks so realistic! Thanks for the inspiration and great photos.

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  19. This shed reminds me of my dad's garage - except that it's much more organized, much cleaner, and doesn't have boxes full of old tax returns in it :)

    I hear you on the itch to start a new project! I really need to buy a base for the bungalow so I can finally finish it and start the project I've been planning for months (already have a lot of the supplies I need). And...I'm already contemplating ANOTHER project (albeit a much smaller one) to follow the next build. I just can't seem to put the brakes on my creative impulses.

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    1. Ah, well you need somewhere to store the tax returns ;0)
      I know exactly what you mean. Everytime I see something my mind wanders and I'm planning something new. It's hard to curb your enthusiasm when inspiration kicks you in the shin =0D

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  20. Amazing stuff, I love that steel unit, the keys just hanging there is the best! Great idea with the balloon, it's stored in my brain now :D I have to get back to you about the "list" for KDF, be with you in a few days, its a short one you'll be pleased to hear, my bank account was:D

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    1. No worries Sarah, make the list as long as you want. I love miniature shopping - even if it is for someone else =0D

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  21. Some wonderful new additions to your shed. I have to say I really love the little garden kneeling pad. It is just like mine, minus the dog chew marks!

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    1. Ha-ha, dogs do like to chew don't they? =0P

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  22. wow, that looks amazing! The steel tool chest is just perfect and the keys: just fantastic! As is the other stuff, good catch. And that's a great tip with the balloon, never would have thought of that, but I'm sure to be able to use that tip, I'm all for easy and I don't like masking tape that much :D

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