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Old 09-13-2017, 06:48 AM
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Not abandoned-just busy,busy,busy!

Hey Everyone!
Had to put my modeling fun on the back burner for a while to get my house (the REAL one) in shape. What started as a simple repair project, evolved into a major restoration of the front porch. Now, as a result of that, I need to try and get as much of the upper story done before winter hits. Ha, DYI home projects; ain't it great!
But; I did take the time to do a small commission job when the remnants of Harry rolled thru. This is a small building just two doors down from us on the ally and a side street. The woman who had a beauty shop in it for many years, has decided to retire and sold the building. She wanted me to do a model of it as it stands today and a depiction of what it looked like in 1917 when it was erected as the real estate office for the new suburban housing project that became our little subdivision we live in (This was the third attempt to build around here. Long story-recessions, floods and under financed builders. We'll touch on that some other time).

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Some of you may have seen this before; it was one of the early models I designed a few years back. To hurry things along, I updated the window graphics real quick and got them together in a day (didn't have much time)!
Also, when I get a bit more time, I'll add a shot of the front porch that has been the big time eater in our life this year!
Have Great day all!
George
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:54 AM
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Great little models. I like the way in which you are documenting your neighborhood through paper models.

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Old 09-13-2017, 07:08 AM
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Outstanding. How do you set yourself up for commissions? That sounds interesting
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:07 AM
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Thanks guys!
First, let me say that I know the hurricane that rolled thru Texas was Harvey; Harry was my 'pet name' for it (Yes, I have a very warped sense of humor). A week and a half ago, what was left of him came thru the Ohio Valley as 4 to 6 inches of rain (Nothing compared to what Texas received). Today, Irma (I cannot tell you my 'pet name' for her) is visiting us in the form of, you guessed it, rain and a little wind. That was my cue to try and catch up a bit today.
Don, finding out neat little tidbits of history about my area, city and neighborhood is one of the many aspects of this hobby for me. Going beyond the published history books and articles, and digging into old newspapers, memoirs that have been donated to our local libraries, and just talking to long time residents of the area, has been one of the rewards I find rewarding. And I'm glad you like my little models. As I've said before, they help keep a little piece of the history around, even if the physical building disappears.
VK, I have of yet, not really put the word out to anyone ,other that family and friends, that I am willing to sell my models. As with the Zimmerman building models I've sold, it was a family member or a neighbor who told them about me and my 'obsession'. We have gotten together, agreed on a subject and price and then I just have to cut and build! You recommended the local historical society and such to me a while back, but I have yet had time to get to one of their meetings. I hope that after the front of the house is done, to have some time to let people know what I do. Not so much form a money standpoint (though it helps to pay for ink and cardstock), but for the information that can be gained about my 'subject matter'! If I do figure out how to 'get myself' out there, it would make for a great article to share with all our fellow modelers, don't you think?
OK. Even though I'm not outside working on the house today, the doctors decided I needed to be poked and prodded some more (so they can tell me they still don't know why I had my chest pains a while back), so, it's off to the local hospital for a few more tests this afternoon.
PS: A pic of the rebuilt front porch. The project started out to just replace the railings, as they were falling out, off and apart. As I took them off, I discovered that the column bases were rotting and the porch had dropped nearly two inches. So, jack up the porch, remove the columns and bases. Add 4X4s to hold porch. Rebuild bases around the new posts, take old columns apart and reassemble around said posts, THEN do what was originally planned; new rails and stiles. But when the wife saw how nicely it all looked in it's original form, WE had to go back with all the original colors. More sanding, priming and painting that what I had planned on this year (I was wanting to wait till next spring for this phase of the project). This is as it appeared in 1916 when it was finally finished, even down to the restored door bell button. Please excuse the construction junk! I took this pic at 7:00AM this morning.
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Of course, NOW, we have to do the front upper story to match the porch (or as much as we can do before winter catches us)!
Thanks to everyone for their encouragement with this neat hobby we share! Have a Great Day Y'all!
George
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:23 PM
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George,

Great models (which is the original configuration)? With my eyes, I can't read the signs. The real life restoration work is beyond fantastic! That porch is very close to the design of the porch on the first house that I was old enough to remember (Pleasant Ridge, MI). It is nice to have a skill that fits in two worlds.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:11 PM
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John,
The one with the front overhang and back porch is the land office (I believe on the right in the photos). I've gotten another camera and did not realize the pics were a bit fuzzy. I'm going to clean the lenses, and if it doesn't get any better, go back to my old reliable (Not mentioning that the operator probably doesn't know what he's doing).
George
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:45 PM
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My experience is that with gadgets, find an 8-year-old. They seem to intuitively know how to do what all the reading in the world won't teach you
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:42 PM
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VK,

I'll second that! That was about the age that my Granddaughter became my IT specialist.

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