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Old 05-02-2015, 02:47 PM
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Hello everybody,

Iíve been lurking around the forum for a little time and itís about time I came out and introduced myself. My name is Steve, Iím based in Bedfordshire and my day job is as a self-employed IT professional.

I have a confession. Iím not really into dolls houses myself, but Iím here because Iím on a mission. Back in the early 1990s, I built a dolls house from a kit for my then 6 year old daughterís Christmas present. A picture of it should be below if Iíve managed to work the technology correctly. It looks very much like a DHE Classical Dolls House to me.

The house was well loved and played with for many years, but time passes and other ďdistractionsĒ come along, so the house was packaged up to protect it and it was consigned to the loft.

Fast forward to today, and my little girl will graduate from medical school in a few months and qualify as a doctor. To celebrate this, I am going to restore/refurbish/detail the dolls house with the aim of making it more of a grown up model.

Some of the ideas that I already have floating around are to:
ē Replace the original copper tape wiring (which has held up remarkably well after so many years) with a digital lighting system so that individual lights can be turned off and on, and to have flickering fires and candles.
ē Replace the original roofing paper with something that looks more like roofing slates. While I'm there, I shall look at replacing chimney pots too.
ē Replace the flooring with something thatís more appropriate, i.e. floorboards, tiles, etc.
ē Add detailing such as skirting boards, dado and picture rails, coving and ceiling roses, etc.

Other ideas that I am toying around with is to use 3D printing to fabricate some of the items that I can't make myself or purchase.

The biggest impediment to all of this ambition is that I have the eyesight of a mole, five thumbs on each hand and all of the delicate touch of a JCB! It's going to be fun!

I can already see that there's a large number of talented folk on this board and so I am going to be coming here to look for inspiration, help and guidance, and I will shamelessly rip off any good ideas that I find here!

Thatís about it for now. Thanks for listening and Iíll see you around.

All the very best,

Steve
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:49 PM
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The picture hasn't appeared! I'll go read the manual again!
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:54 PM
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Hopefully that's sorted it.
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:18 PM
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Hello Steve. Welcome to the forum. Good luck with the restoration of tjis lovely dolls house. I am sure that your daughter will want it back once it is all done.
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:18 PM
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I can already see that there's a large number of talented folk on this board and so I am going to be coming here to look for inspiration, help and guidance, and I will shamelessly rip off any good ideas that I find here!
Welcome Steve, it sounds like a great plan, and the paragraph above shows you have the right idea about... ahem... making full use of the resources this forum has to offer.

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Old 05-02-2015, 04:37 PM
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Hi Steve, welcome to The forum. I can't wait to see what you do with the 3d imaging machine. I'm a teacher's assistant in a secondary school and we have one of those machines in our tech dept. The first things they made when they got it was small shapes etc and now they are on to putting images on mugs. As soon as I saw it I was like, WOW...I knew it could be great for minis...unfortunately I can't get near it
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:05 PM
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Hello & welcome Steve, sure you'll find plenty of assistance & ideas on the forum. It's a lovely house & your ideas sound perfect
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Hi Steve, Welcome to the forum, you have a nice large house with large plans to match it. Will watch with interest to see how you progress.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:37 AM
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Hi Steve and welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing your plans for this Classical House develop ~ especially the digital lighting, that sounds great!
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:35 PM
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome.

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I am sure that your daughter will want it back once it is all done.
Thanks Rebecca. That's the plan. It's going to be a graduation present for her.

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Welcome Steve, it sounds like a great plan, and the paragraph above shows you have the right idea about... ahem... making full use of the resources this forum has to offer.
Thanks Teddy. Thought I'd better come clean about it up front!

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I can't wait to see what you do with the 3d imaging machine.
Thanks Jeanette. It's going to be baby steps as first as this is a technology that I've not played with before. The plan is to make some simple two-dimensional profiles that could be used for skirting boards and coving, and then to stretch them out into long runs that can be applied to the walls.

I've started playing around with TinkerCad, http://www.tinkercad.com, which is a free online tool that allows you to build, save and download your models. Those models can then be sent to a third-party 3D printing shop like Shapeways, http://http://www.shapeways.com/, who do the actually printing.

(Shapeways is a useful looking site as it has a market place where designers post their designs which anyone get printed off for a fee. It has a lot of miniatures in various scales suitable for dolls houses that may be of interest to folks.)

At the moment, my two concerns are finish and cost. So I shall give it a try and see if it's a goer.

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Hi Steve, Welcome to the forum, you have a nice large house with large plans to match it. Will watch with interest to see how you progress.
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Thanks Shelagh. I only hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with this.

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I look forward to seeing your plans for this Classical House develop ~ especially the digital lighting, that sounds great!
Thanks Karen. It's going to be interesting. My big concern with this aspect of the project is how am I going to hide all of the wiring.


Thanks once again everyone. I better crack on as I am supposed to be working today!

All the best,

Steve
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