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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winter Tale

This is a fantasy piece I finished last month. It's called Winter Tale, and it's built in a framed box in 1/12 scale. It is a simple but mysterious piece. 



The travelers had been walking for hours, deep in the forest, and were lost. Just after darkness descended, they made out a faint light in a small clearing.



They were stunned when they rounded the bend and saw a lamppost, and a chair bundled in ornate silk, and upon the chair, a tiny fawn...



They could not take their eyes off the strange scene in front of them, so beautiful and magical, with no sound except the slight tinge of falling snow...




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Milan

Here is a new piece called Milan:



It is a room box in 1:12 scale and features wooden floors, built-in lit cabinets, beautiful stained-glass windows, and various lighting modes. 





Milan is a true collaboration, with whippets made by Designer Dog Miniatures, stained glass windows by Barbara Sabia, curtains and furniture accents by Wilson Santiago, chandelier by J. Getzan, and various handcrafted pottery and other items made by Red Dragon, Jason Feltrope, and Hairy Potter.






The room portrays what was originally a nobleman’s study, and later redeveloped into the front office of an upscale clothier. It features multiple modes of lighting.

A handheld remote control allows you to switch between the lighting of the (1) overheads, (2) built-in cabinets, (3) chandelier, (4) "outside" lighting, and three auxilary switches for your own lighting.

The frame is contemporary and understated and features museum glass--you can hardly tell it is there.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Aspen

This is "Aspen" in its mostly-finished state. It's a two-story townhouse featuring a sweeping roofline that accentuates the view out the large windows. It is facing Colorado mountains, so you'd need a lot of glass to take them all in. 

The structure is built in 1:12 scale.






Ambient lighting on the upper floor and recessed lighting on the lower level highlight the floating fireplace, LED chandilier, and simple lines of this modern house. 







All lighting is user-controlled by remote control, with multiple channels for various lighting modes.







A pool outside the lower level window and a small garden plot to the side.






Rusted panels of the rear exterior walls.









Aspen was featured in Miniature Collector's "Chicago International" coverage, August 2014 edition. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

TARDIS (phase 1)

Any Doctor Who fans out there? I have been an on-again off-again kind of Doctor Who watcher for a long time. I cannot identify every species, planet, timeframe, or character in the series (and I might not be able to list every doctor, come to think of it), but I love the depth of thought that goes into the stories. And who cannot like a time machine like the TARDIS?

I recently attended a Doctor Who convention. Needless to say, as with any convention of this type, there were hardcore fans of every persuasion to be found. It was a lot of fun meeting and talking with them. And they defintely COULD name every species, planet, timeframe, or character in the series.

I was there to present my phase 1 of my TARDIS model. I wanted to see if there was any interest among Doctor Who fans in creating a kit to create a TARDIS. Here are some shots of the TARDIS I created and some highlights of the convention: