I made a vow to myself that I would not start working on my 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show entry in the Miniature Settings until I cleaned my workspace. After all, it is how many months since the March 2013 show? I was still unpacking (or just looking forlornly) at the bags of stuff I brought home from that show, so it was time to move on. Now, this may not look totally cleaned and ready to you, but you should have seen the pit that it was! So the surfaces are (almost) cleaned off, the drawers organized with tools and paints, the mini accessories put in protective boxes, furniture in drawers, wood and paper supplies standing in recycled poster tubes.
Here we go!
The big advantage to cleaning was finding things I needed, thought I had, but couldn’t figure out where the things were. Here was the dilemma.
I have to build a school playground from the movie:
I went to several miniature shows and every online site I could find, looking for playground equipment. No luck, at least not anything that looked like my playground from The Birds. I know I can build it from wood dowels but couldn’t find anything that could be used for those joints, especially the ones of the swing set. But then I found this kit in my workspace rubble that confirmed I had once (years ago) seen something that would work. It was a kit for putting straws together:
My only fear is the scale is a bit off so now I will try to find other kits like this. But it is a start and at least I know something good can come out of the cleaning.
That playground equipment looks like it’s made out of galvanized pipe. You can buy model pipe and fittings from various sources. The one I know is http://www.pmresearchinc.com/store/home.php . There are probably others as well.
Thanks for the link. I just discovered them tonight while searching model railroad supplies and mini steam engine supplies. Both are good sources of pipes and fittings and I think some combination of pipe fittings and wood dowels, all painted to look like old iron pipes, could work. I ordered some samples and will try them out and report the results here.