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||Posted - 05/20/2012 : 1:29:42 PM
The museum is small indeed, nothing more than a pink shingled shed, but it's packed with over 3,000 small, clown-themed objects.
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||Posted - 05/21/2012 : 08:24:25 AM
Great idea to model somthing fun and unique to model.
||Posted - 05/20/2012 : 9:01:22 PM
That is such a cool idea Kris. I love it. Some nice modeling to.
||Posted - 05/20/2012 : 7:38:15 PM
I bet grandpa Jerry would be pleased!
Have you showed it to him Kris?
The T shingles are something that you don't see everyday, nice work on those.
||Posted - 05/20/2012 : 3:00:37 PM
Nice job, Kris, bringing this quaint structure to life! [:-apple][:-apple]
||Posted - 05/20/2012 : 1:43:30 PM
I became involved in the creation of a diorama to promote tourism in Lincoln County, Colorado thru one of the clubs I’m in. When the diorama is not at a promotional event, it will be on display in the County Court house, outside of the court rooms.
The idea was to not totally recreate the structures in a contest or museum quality display, but to capture the “flavor” of the structures. The structures included:
1) The 5 stall brick roundhouse built to service the early engines on the Kansas-Pacific Railroad and was one of several serving the Hugo Division Point for the Kansas-Pacific.
2) The Wonder Tower in Genoa, Colorado, from which one can view 6 states at once.
3) From Limon, Colorado the Heritage Museum and the Rock Island Depot.
4) And in Arriba, Colorado, two small museums, one of which is the Clown Museum.
This is not a model which is highly detailed, but is in fact trying to ‘grab’ the viewer’s attention. The HO scale model will always be at least 3 feet from the viewer, so the fine details have been omitted. It is a small structure with a footprint of 14 feet 6 inches end walls with 20 feet 6 inches long walls and is only 11 feet 6 inches at the roof peak. So in real terms, we are talking about a model which is roughly 2 inches wide by 2 and ¾ inches long by 1 and ½ inches tall.
Modeling Tricks Used:
To accomplish the task of trying to capture the viewer’s attention, I used a couple of modeling tricks.
The siding on the actual structure is composed of “T-shingles”. As these are not a commercial product which I could locate, I had the shingles laser cut into a sheet of heavy paper. The face of the paper was colored with a cool grey (30 %) Prismacolor felt pen using the broad tip, pin #PM-110. To achieve the red hues of the shingles, the paper was colored from the back side using Prismacolor pens Clay Rose #PM-137 and Sienna Brown #PM-65. By holding the pens for variable time lengths against the paper and multiple overlaps of the pen strokes I was able to ‘bleed’ the color through to the front side of the paper with some modest control.
In one looks closely at the prototype structure, you will note that the colors of the trim is different on various walls. Note that the front wall edge trim is pink with pink eve trim but the edge trim on the long wall is white with blue eve trim. On a model this much color would make the structure appear ‘bad’ to the viewer’s eye as there is just too much color seen at one time. In the real world one does not see all of the colors at once. To resolve the issue, I chose to only color all of the trim in the pink hue, as red hues are a color which the human eye is drawn to.
The windows are a modified Grandt Line window. I did lightly chip some paint on the window frames to add some small amount of weathering. The windows were painted with a craft paint, Delta Creamcoat Raw Linen.
The windows were copied from pictures of the prototype and were scaled down to size in a viewer program. The printout of the windows was then cut and glued to the inside of the windows.
The clown nose was created using a large photocopy of the structure and a single-hole punch for 2 or 3 ring binders. This provided the correct red coloring and the nose circle is just over-sized by a couple of scale inches.
A scale photocopy of the mouth was made, and I used Americana Titanium White to touch up the cutout and make it “brighter”. I cut the paper at an angle on the bottom of the mouth to break up the horizontal lines on the side of the structure.
I used the same technique of using photocopies of items on the front end wall of the structure to capture the ‘flavor’ of the wall. I did frame one picture with scale 1x2, but that was the only 3-D accent added to the front wall.
Finally, I varied from the actual prototype with the ‘rust run’ from the roof stack, adding a rust color run down the side of the structure. This added a bit more visual interest to the structure side.
Overall, the structure is a bit ‘bright’ in the pink hues in the siding to help bring the viewer’s eye to the structure. Please remember that the pictures below are taken in full sun, and the model will be viewed in poor lighting, thus the red tones will change to a darker red.
Hope the above construction notes will assist others in the construction of some of the ‘background’ models built for those home layouts.