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