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Furniture for the Rainbow Motel

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Furniture for the Rainbow Motel
Posted by kvwildhare on Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:04 PM
The story line for the Rainbow Motel is basically an old roadside motel office turned into an antique/junk shop. I picked up some 1/24th scale doll house furniture last week:





Not a bad starting point but the varnish was think and the overall appearance was kinda clunky. With a little work this weekend I came up with this:





Still a long way to go, but I think they've lost some of the toy-like look.

KH
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Posted by soonerolds on Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:11 PM
yes, much better, Ken. I visit the dol house section of the local craft store quite often, but hadn't seen anything in 1/24th scale. Been trying to find something that would approximate 1/8th. haven't really found any of that, either, so i guess it's a lot of scratchbuilding for me. Can't wait to see the rainbow motel. Living in Okla and travelling thru Missouri a lot, i see tons of the old route 66 type motels. Can't wait to see the finisehd "Rainbow"
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:01 PM
I love it. I think by stripping it you get a great foundation for weathering. I also knew you were busy this Sunday. You usually are. Also, see how Route 66 keeps coming up. This is a sign. I'll check your Fotki account.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:01 PM
Oh, I love the broken spindles. Some heavy set guy move have sat on them. LOL.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:12 PM
This looks very cool, Ken. And it has potential.



I am assuming the mattress is made out of foam, and so are the pillows? I think a box spring can be made with a few springs and guts showing too. I can't wait to see what you'll do with all these goodies.
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Posted by nkhandekar on Monday, September 26, 2005 11:49 AM
Ken, you've made the furniture look much better.

One thought I had is regarding the style of the furniture. Do you think that there is a place for a mixture of periods from art deco style furniture to mid century modern 50s style to cheesy 70s vinyl? A mix of left overs with cheap updates could work. Just a suggestion.
N
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 26, 2005 12:18 PM
Great looking furniture. Re the above remarks. Most motels probably did have a mix of period furniture, from cheap to almost junk, with no great theme. This isn't the Holiday Inn we're talking about, with oodles of money to spend on furnishings.
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Posted by kvwildhare on Monday, September 26, 2005 12:35 PM
Narayen & Dan:
Absolutely. What I'm building is a former motel office that has gone through several hands until becoming a delapidated antique and junk shop, with assorted floor-to-ceiling items packed inside and some other stuff outside under tarps and/or exposed to the weather. Anything goes (or WILL go) regarding style and period.
KH
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 26, 2005 1:31 PM
Cool. Can't wait for more pictures.
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Posted by nkhandekar on Monday, September 26, 2005 1:37 PM
Ken, That sounds great. I can't wait to see you collection of miniature bric a brac
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 26, 2005 2:19 PM
What do you have in store for that mattress, Ken?
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 26, 2005 3:08 PM
Those are some nice pillows for a pillow fight!
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Posted by kvwildhare on Monday, September 26, 2005 3:09 PM
Nothin'. The kit mattress is nothing more than a crappy little piece of foam wrapped in fabric.
I'm going to make a better one out of clay or epoxy and possibly drape it over the top of a car abandoned beside the building.
KH
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 26, 2005 3:12 PM
That sounds great. It sounds like the scene is getting larger, the disaray is spreading out more. I am very very intrigued. I hope the mattress will also represent all the times children didn't make it to the bathroom in time. Clown
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Posted by FreightTrain on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:48 AM
Thats very interesting furniture Ken! I was thinking the same as you, make the mattress out of clay and make indents in the mattress showing years of people sleeping on it and of course like virgil said, places where the kids didn't make it. lol Dont forget a few springs poking out too!
Jeff
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 9:39 AM
Hey Ken were can I find 1/24 doll house furniture ? All I can find is 1/12 or larger ..... Thanks in advance for the help ......
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 9:53 AM
ken they look awesum man you are a truc craftsman
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 10:12 AM
the proportions on the pool table look wrong. it should scale out to 4 1/2' x 9' inside the rails
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Posted by kvwildhare on Monday, October 03, 2005 10:45 AM
Yeah...that pool table is way out of wack and the balls look like bowling balls. If I use it at all it will be as a table with a new top. I guess that why it's called "Doll House Furniture" instead of "Scale Model Furniture"! That bed may need some work, too. All in all, there are some good features in that stuff. Gotta do some work on it, though.
KH
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Posted by notlezah on Monday, October 03, 2005 11:22 AM
In a house you'd be more likely to find smaller pool tables...most bars have tables that are more like 4'X6'...in a home you could find even smaller...maybe you could find beads that scale out better for the balls and fill the hole and paint the #s and stripes on them...or do as you said and throw a piece of plywood on top to make it a quick table...Smile,Wink, & Grin
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 11:34 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by notlezah

In a house you'd be more likely to find smaller pool tables...most bars have tables that are more like 4'X6'...in a home you could find even smaller...maybe you could find beads that scale out better for the balls and fill the hole and paint the #s and stripes on them...or do as you said and throw a piece of plywood on top to make it a quick table...Smile,Wink, & Grin


I worked in the coin op industry for years and even the small bar tables will have a 4 1/2 x 9 slate, they are smaller in that the slate extends under the rails. the proportions are always 2x1 regardless or the actual size. maybe you could rework it into a bumper pool table?


they are much smaller but still have the 2x1 proportions
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Posted by kvwildhare on Monday, October 03, 2005 12:03 PM
Hey! I LIKE that bumper pool table idea. Never thought of that.
Thanks,
KH
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 12:32 PM
n/p glad to help
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 1:08 PM
Question is do they have green felt in that scale?
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 03, 2005 1:12 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by vsuarez666

Question is do they have green felt in that scale?

surely someone makes a dark green flocking?
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Posted by nkhandekar on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:08 PM
As part of your general Rainbow Motel clutter, you are going to have to include dust-bunnies (I just spotted some under a sculpture at the Tate, in London so they really do get around).

Do you think that flocking and hairspray could work?
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:21 PM
Heck, I have thousands of spiders in the garage. I can gather up some for ya. Little tangles of web, dust, sawdust, doghairs, etc . . .

Are those like snowflakes--everone totally different than other dustbunnies?Clown
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Posted by kvwildhare on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:25 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by vsuarez666

Question is do they have green felt in that scale?


In scale, probably just about any green fabric would work. Flocking might be too thick.
KH
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:59 PM
Yeah, I didn't think of other green fabric, but you are right.

Oh, and by the way, I think the billiard balls can be painted grapeshot out of a 12 gauge shotgun shell, or I have this Harley Davidson gear that came held by these stainless steel chains made up of linked balls. Any of those painted would work.

Or, you can go with those ball-headed pushpins I used for the lights on the marquee, but you'd have to cut the metal pins off pretty close.

There's always clay . . . just some thoughts
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Posted by kvwildhare on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 1:04 PM
You gotta be one scary looking dude in your Harley gear.....except for those of us who know you're just a big, jolly teddy bear!!
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