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Post by k1w1 on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 11:11 pm

I recently brought in some kits from Japan including this little Low Rider diorama kit. Could be a fun build. Who would have thought ..... 3 different ways you can build it - just like some of the car kits.
Made a start tonight which did not go so well. Different parts are used depending which build option you choose. The instruction sheets appear to be quite clear for those who can read Japanese.
It is only a toilet - What could possibly go wrong ?




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Post by zenrat on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 7:21 pm

I really wonder about the Japs sometimes...

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Post by Deaf as on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 7:39 pm

I'm having trouble getting my head around how someone actually managed to make this sales pitch work!? The man is obviously worth his money, probably sells ice to Eskimos. An item for dolls houses?
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Post by allan on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 8:26 pm

scratch my question Why scratch
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Post by k1w1 on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 9:25 pm

Deaf as wrote: An item for dolls houses?


This is 1/12 scale which is the most common scale for dolls houses but this is a Diorama with base and 2 walls so that was not its intended use. I don't expect this would be a big seller. Aoshima - a large Japanese kit maker has some involvement in this kit.
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Post by k1w1 on Sun 05 Oct 2014, 9:46 pm

allan wrote:scratch my question Why scratch

One of my main modelling interests now is weathering techniques. I have seen pictures of several woman miniaturists amazing weathered bathrooms / toilets that they have scratchbuilt. I saw this kit and thought I might have a go at weathering it. As it is a small  kitset it should not be a lot of work to assemble. Once assembled I can let loose with some weathering products  I have recently brought and see what sort of results can be  achieved. So I am experimenting a little. As this forum is Automotive based this probably should not be here. The moderators are welcome to remove it if they wish. If the post is still here when I complete the project I will put up a picture of it finished.
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Post by zenrat on Mon 06 Oct 2014, 4:30 pm

No.  Keep it here.  It's fascinating.
My thought was that there was a market for these because there were enough people who would model them with 1/12 school girls squatting over them.

So, weathering.  Stained, soiled, vandalised and graffittied?  Cracked tiles?  Scratchbuilt franger machine?  Pineapple chunks and soggy dog ends?

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Post by allan on Mon 06 Oct 2014, 7:44 pm

Ok that answers my question, Would not have thought about that for a idea on weathering.
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Post by k1w1 on Mon 06 Oct 2014, 9:36 pm

zenrat wrote:No.  Keep it here.  It's fascinating.

So, weathering.  Stained, soiled, vandalised and graffittied?  Cracked tiles?  

Zenrat - you pretty much have it figured except you have not mentioned the broken mirror mounted on the wall.  This is going to be reasonably  derelect.
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Post by k1w1 on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 9:30 pm

After the undercoat and a flat white base colour,  I have added another 9 layers / coats and now am close to getting the look I was after. Things are starting to look reasonably unpleasant here. Next is to assemble and paint the pan and tank.

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Post by DeeCee on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 9:55 pm

That is just superb, hate to see what you put in the bottom of the toilet though.
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Post by allan on Mon 20 Oct 2014, 8:47 am

That looks so real, almost can see the flys.
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Post by zenrat on Tue 21 Oct 2014, 9:33 pm

i feel right at home looking at that.

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Post by k1w1 on Tue 21 Oct 2014, 11:51 pm

Thanks DeeCee, Allan and Zenrat. Things should deteriorate further once I get the plumbing installed. Must confess I am enjoying weathering this one.
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Post by blatdriver on Wed 22 Oct 2014, 4:51 pm

Awesome weathering wowwee
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Post by Carps on Thu 23 Oct 2014, 1:18 am

You will not see a dirty toilet anywhere in Japan, so that one must be somewhere in Oz. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Post by k1w1 on Sat 15 Nov 2014, 12:03 am

Have completed most of the weathering now. This is just a mock up but I am close to gluing the main components in place. Still have quite a few little details to work on. Will have this finished soon and can get back to working on something with wheels.



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Post by allan on Sat 15 Nov 2014, 3:29 pm

jezz almost can smell it, just needs some flys and cockroachs too. Laughing
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Post by Deaf as on Sat 15 Nov 2014, 5:42 pm

Smell it? on a hot day you'd nearly taste it! Unfortunately I think we've all experienced something like it. This is really good work!
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Post by k1w1 on Sat 15 Nov 2014, 11:45 pm

Thanks guys. I spared you from having to view a shot of the bottom of the pan as its not good in there - things are living down there !
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Post by k1w1 on Thu 20 Nov 2014, 12:05 am

Just a few more small details to finish this now.


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Post by blatdriver on Fri 21 Nov 2014, 9:25 am

Very Well done, bigthumbsup
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Post by DeeCee on Fri 21 Nov 2014, 9:33 am

wow    SUPERB DETAILING / WEATHERING MATE.
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Post by zenrat on Fri 21 Nov 2014, 12:40 pm

The toilet rolls - how & what?  They look just like the real thing.

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Post by k1w1 on Fri 21 Nov 2014, 1:42 pm

zenrat wrote:The toilet rolls - how & what?  They look just like the real thing.



They ARE the real thing.  I spent a couple of hours cutting and sanding lengths of styrene tube that I planned to paint up. Mrs k1w1 walks in and said why don't you tear a toilet roll apart and make them from that - Never crossed my mind........possibly I should lay off her with the Blonde jokes in future. Toilet rolls are made in layers so I peeled off a layer and cut it into strips then wound it around a tube and glued it. Great as doing it this way there is no need to paint them.

Thanks DeeCee and Blat -  I think I may have overdone the green a bit. Should have been more of the  darker colours, though the greens were fun to work with. AK Slimey Green Dark and Slimey Green Light
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