Work on the second building for this diorama is almost complete. Some additional weathering to be done along with some base work once the building is in situ but that’s for later. Overall an easier build than Building No: 1 – See link to previous post below – which I pretty much anticipated.
The theme going around in my head has the diorama set in the early hours of the morning which to my mind means a Brassiere would be closed. This allowed me to put blinds at the windows making the place look shut up, so seeing inside wasn’t a significant issue. However, I did decided to have one window which could be seen through as I’m now considering the idea of lighting. We’ll see how that idea goes!
I wont describe the build process in great detail, mainly because it was done along the same lines as the previous post. Instead I’ll simply highlight the bits which were different and show stage development photos of the build at the end.
A bed was made and wall paper added to the “room” that can be seen into just to be on the safe side. Just how visible any of it will be if it is lit up remains to be seen.
The “Brassiere” lettering was outlined on the MDF but needed carefully painting. It went well but was time consuming.
Azazel reminded me of a good tip for tiling the roof, specifically to do so using strips instead of individual tiles. I had been made aware of this technique a while ago but had forgotten about it so I was grateful for the reminder. However, having done the first build with individual tiles I decided to go the same way again, fearful that the outcome might look odd. It probably wouldn’t have done but once again I chose not to leave things to chance.
Probably the stand out feature for me, and certainly the most problematic, was the addition of the “Dubonnet” wall advert. Painted wall adverts are pretty common in France, well they were back in the 1940s, so I was very keen to add a simple one. I ruled out free hand without some guidelines because I didn’t feel confident of getting it right, so I thought I would trace the words on. Unfortunately the textured finish using a sample I made simply didn’t want to know. The idea of making a stencil crossed my mind but when I looked at doing one it was evident straight away that this wouldn’t work either. Far to intricate. I was stumped. I gave YouTube a go but my searches threw up nothing until by pure chance I discovered a craft tutorial.
In the tutorial the artist took a stone, covered it in PVA and then stuck a picture printed on ordinary paper to it face down. It was then left to completely dry. Once dried water was rubbed onto the back of the paper which removed the paper slowly and left the picture, albeit inverted, on the stone. Presumably the PVA absorbed all the ink and retained a very, very thin layer of the existing paper. Not a technique I had ever come across before. Anyway, I thought I would give it a go.
The first thing I had to do was print the word. I chose to go with “Dubonnet”, a drink which has been around since 1846 so would therefore have been relevant in the 1940s. I typed it out in Word Art on the PC and played about with sizing. I then flipped the wording so that it would read the correct way around when glued face down. Applied the PVA to the chinchilla render and left it to dry. The next day I rubbed water onto the paper and what you see is pretty much what I got. A bit of weathering and a few minor touch ups and I ended up with something I was quite pleased with. Doubtless someone will say “all you needed to do was …”.
So there you have it, an almost complete second building. Work will now start on the third building and probably the last one for this diorama. This build may prove to be the more time consuming as I think much more of the internal building will be visible but more on that in a future post.
Development pictures below.