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Old 28-02-2015, 03:05 PM
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have fun steve,its a nice dollshouse
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Old 28-02-2015, 03:13 PM
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Hello again everybody. Thank you for all of the encouragement and hereís the latest update.

The roof paper has been removed and all of the interior has now been stripped out. I am relieved to say that the mould that I found in one of the rooms was just on the paper and hadnít infected the wall itself. Phew!

What Iím really pleased about is that the old copper tape wiring was looking as good as new after more than 20 years. It was protected from the wallpaper and paste by ordinary masking tape. It was a shame to pull it up, but it really isnít up to the job that I am planning.

The problem that I now have is how to remove the adhesive residues that remain. Some of the old carpets were of the self-adhesive variety and they have left some of the floors with an unpleasant stickiness. I donít know what the stair carpets were stuck down with, but the stairs are covered in yellow crystalline ďstuffĒ. Getting that off is going to be a challenge as I canít get my fat hands fully into the stair well. I shall try some isopropyl alcohol to get rid of the stickiness, and I think that the stairs are going to need a combination of scrapers and sand paper to get them ready for repainting.

I have a question for fellow Classical owners. The rear roof of mine has a slot cut out of it. The pictures will give you a better idea of what Iím talking about. I can see pencil marks on this roof panel which suggests to me that I marked it and cut it out. The problem is that I canít remember doing this at all. (Whatís more, the hole is so neat and well done that I very much doubt that I could have done it anyway!)

So my question is do other Classical houses have this hole in the roof? If they do, whatís it for?

Thatís it for now.

All the very best,

Steve


Hi Steve, I am so pleased that the mould is only on the paper and hasn't affected the house itself. As for removing sticky residue, I have always found that white spirit does the job perfectly, but as it has a very strong smell I try and use it sparingly. Also as an owner of a Classical House, I am afraid I cannot help you with the cut-out in the roof as mine didn't have one! Hope you get it sorted and I really look forward to seeing this house progress!
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:32 PM
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Hi Steve, I am so pleased that the mould is only on the paper and hasn't affected the house itself. As for removing sticky residue, I have always found that white spirit does the job perfectly, but as it has a very strong smell I try and use it sparingly. Also as an owner of a Classical House, I am afraid I cannot help you with the cut-out in the roof as mine didn't have one! Hope you get it sorted and I really look forward to seeing this house progress!
Thank you Karen. I shall give your idea of white spirit a go.

Not sure what I'll do about the hole in the roof.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:39 PM
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Hello everybody,

I spent most of the weekend scraping and cleaning different bits and bobs on the house, and so thereís nothing much to report apart from sore hands and a couple of cut knuckles!

However, I have managed to ďplayĒ a bit with the 3D printing. One of the things that I wanted to do was to replace the white roundel thatís on the top/middle/front of the house with something a little more delicate, that had some detail on it, and which would look like the sort of thing that youíd see on a real house.

So I designed a plaque that carries the year that the house was built in Roman numerals. Itís only a simple design, but itís my first and Iím dead pleased with the results. (Easily pleased me!) The photograph shows the initial print.

Cost wise, the software that I used, Autodesk 123D Design, is available free of charge from Autodesk. There are loads of tutorial videos out on the web.

Shapeways printed the plaque in the Netherlands. It cost 1.58 euros (£1.20ish) to print, but 8.40 euros (£6.45ish) to ship. (All prices exclude VAT at 20%.) The shipping was a bit steep for such a small item, but they did use UPS and it was shipped in a ridiculously large box Ė I think that they could have put a couple of hundred plaques in it and thereíd still be space in it for a Mars bar!

Anyway, I hope you find this interesting.

All the very best,

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Old 04-03-2015, 07:35 PM
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Great clean up job so far. I am jealous of your 3D printer though. The plaque looks great. Keep up the good work.
You will have the house looking good as new in no time I am sure.

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Old 04-03-2015, 10:14 PM
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Aw Steve, sore hands and cut knuckles ouch! Still that's miniatures for you lol. I love the plaque shame the shipping was so much. Still unique for your house. Keep calm and carry on. Looking forward to seeing progress.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:04 AM
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Some how I know the feeling but it is definitly worth it. Looking forward to see what you do.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:07 AM
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I'm truing to think of a reason you might have cut a slot in the roof like that and coming up with nothing except perhaps that you might have planned to have the front of the roof open and wanted a slot to rest it in when it was raised - but the slot isn't wide enough for that... so I'm drawing a blank.

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Old 06-03-2015, 03:42 PM
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..ooh lucky you with the printer..sign has come out good....
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:56 AM
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the pics. It looks like your are heading for some serious renovation work. The house put me in a nostalgic mood as I never managed to purchase this one though it is on my mind ever since. I am looking forward to your up-dates.
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