Saturday, March 1, 2014

From MilesR: 1:1 Scale Hobby Stool (-1 point)

Okay, someone needs a hobby...

From Miles: 
I’d like to submit the following hobby project for the painting challenge - it’s a 1829mm scale model of a real hobby stool. This unit is also referred to as a drafting chair in some of the earlier Osprey books. I found this project to be a nice change of pace but it did take some time to adjust to working in a larger scale. 
As you can see the model comes in 28 parts and requires some skill to assemble. I wish kit manufactures would do a better job of including instructions with these models. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to configure the chair for the 1942 US Pacific theater look I was hoping to simulate.
Here’s a picture of the completed and paired model. I’m not that happy with the camo pattern on the seat and will likely modify it with random colors over the next few years of use. I wish I had the color version of the US Pacific Theater Fast Attack Office Furniture, 1942-43 to get the camo down right. It would be great if one of the Challenge participants could lend me a copy.
Lastly, here’s a picture of the fully based model. I elected to go with a hobby themed vignette to give the viewer the impression of the chair in action. The most difficult aspect of this whole project was simulating the hobby clutter on top of the workbench. It’s harder than one might think.
A more detailed report on the project can be found on my blog. :)

Hmm, the term 'stool' seems to have more than a fleeting association with this entry...  :oP

Okay, now I want to see the 1:1 scale replica of a hobbyist working on a project. Perhaps he could be animatronic, vaguely representing motion, vigour and life. I know, I know, too much to ask...

-1 point for you Mr Reidy. Now, you're at a nicely digestible 25 points for your run-in to your target. Cheeky bugger (speaking of which, I think I see some Miles-shaped indentations in the seat above...).   ;)  

Postscript: Happy Birthday Miles! 

18 comments:

  1. .. Nice try ... But no cigar.

    I think you will find the 42 Pacific version had 1/4 inch smaller wheels than the wholly inaccurate version you have wasted you time completing..as any decent gamer will know...

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    1. Oh-oh. The rivet counters have already reared their heads...

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    2. It might only be a rivet to you , but it's OCD for me...

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  2. This is the earliest I've seen a Challenger crack under the mental strain. Time for your medication Mr Reid

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  3. Where is your Osprey when you need it?

    Ian

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  4. Been sniffing the paint-thinner again?

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  5. Too much titanium white and cadmium yellow in the diet. Olive drab is much easier on the tummy, but it doesn't taste very olivey for some weird reason. ;)

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    1. But how can one turn down an extra helping of cadmium yellow? It's the Oreo cookie of the acrylic paint palate

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  6. The vignette could have used a little more detail in the interests of artistic verisimilitude. It's nice enough work, but where are the drink cans and spent Doritos packets? The coffee mug with a brush sitting in the coffee (and we've all been there once or twice) would also have been a nice touch, evoking the frazzled mental state of the painter.

    The chair itself is a winner, though, and gets full marks from me. You've clearly found your ideal scale. Maybe your next project should be a 1:1 suburban bungalow in a quiet street, handy to the shops and close to transport?
    ; )

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  7. Very very funny.
    Great entry.
    Cheers

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  8. Brilliant mate. I reckon Curt should have given you a few points for making us chuckle.

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  9. Curt
    I think you could've have given Miles 10 times as many points for this effort!
    Cheer to the cheeky bastard - and I'll repeat my happy birthday that I've already posted on his blog.
    PD

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  10. Brilliant idea and a well deserved points reared for it! :-P

    Happy B-Day, Miles!

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  11. Thanks for the nice comments and B-Day wishes. As for Curt's treatment of my "art" in terms of a negative point, that's something an Areteest such as myself needs to expect when pushing the boundaries of a genre. It a burden I must bear for my art.

    In the future, when gaming the titanic office furniture battles of WW2 takes its rightful place at the top of the miniature gaming world (move over Napoleonic!), I hope all of you will remember where you were first exposed to this exciting new branch of the hobby.
    :)

    Sorry for the silly post, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

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    1. It is true, you are a trailblazer Miles. I look at your new chair with undisguised envy as I totter on my non-rollered, minimally upholstered, ex-kitchen chair (an aged destroyer next to your modern battleship). :)

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  12. Very funny miles raised a smile on a very weary man today

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