Welcome to this week’s blog.
I’m sure the majority of people reading this would have a hobby of some kind. Whether that be the stereotypical ones like collecting stamps or coins, training for marathons or in my case, building miniature but realistic models of famous historical Australian buildings, everyone has something they like to do. I do understand how obscure my hobby sounds, but trust me, anyone that has been granted the luxury of seeing the final product is incredibly impressed!
The planning and design process is intricate and usually takes me a couple of weeks to get right. I’m a perfectionist, so I very rarely build my very first draft design. Once I’m happy with the design, I visit the hardware store. Bentleigh is my preference, but I’m happy to visit other locations if it means I’m getting the exact materials that I need. For each miniature model, I recreate the inside and the outside of the building. The outside is painted and decorated to look exactly like the real thing, but for the inside I give myself a bit of an extra creative license.
I decorate the inside with beautiful lights and small furniture to create a sense of reality, but also a sense of magic. I had to teach myself how to wire up lights, but now I am pretty well equipped to work with electrical supplies. Cheltenham is usually the easiest place to find these for an electrical novice like me, so I frequently visit there to create magic.
I’m currently in between projects, having just finished Western Australia’s large music and sporting arena. This was one of the biggest projects I’ve undertaken, and I am ridiculously proud of my efforts. I’ll begin my next project in about a week, so if anyone has any suggestions on what I should build, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you all.