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DVL at GB05: Cottage
Two-story red-sided minifig cottage built for DelVaLUG train layout.
About this creation
At the DelVaLUG layout at the 2005 Ft.Washington Greenberg Train show (see my pages on its other aspects), I provided a red minifig-scaled cottage. I had planned on doing several townhouse-style buildings, for a town center cluster, but time intervened; and as it turned out, a single house on a large plot better matched the rest of the collaborative scene.

I built the double-pitched roof (name? Gambrel (US) and mansard (UK) refer to the opposite design, with low slopes at the peak) to reduce the height of the second story. The roof uses slopes at the ends, and plates in the middle, as a design challenge -- and because I didn't have enough slopes. Moreover, it's striped red/grey because I didn't have enough red slopes. Matching the plates to the roof angle(pivoted with Technic beams) took a while. There are some tiles in there at the crotch, because plate-studs wouldn't fit under the higher slope.

I had built five 4-wide autos, and the rest of the display didn't need traffic, so they ended up parked on the cottage's lawn. (No driveway, and no road -- I've never had a need for roadplates before.)

The cars, and the hatchback of the black SUV, inspired the notion of a garden party -- coolers, grills, tables, etc. Jeff Stabile and I hit upon it at basically the same moment. I threw together the fixtures Saturday night, and installed them Sunday morning. I also spun the house half-round, so that visitors could get a better look at its other end.

You can't see them in these photos, but the house has a tree-lined cobbled path (2x2 round plates in various colors) leading across the lawn to the cliff above the water features. There's a parapet there (same yellow scheme as in the play-yard), with a man waving at the boaters.

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   "Hey, guys, glad you could make it! Here, have a brewski!"

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   "Ugh... ergh... Men, totally useless!" Unloading the drinks.

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   Two other coolers and a table stocked with drinks. The design for the bottles I saw used in a film at

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   "Why are the burgers already done? Dang, it's that pesky cell tower again. Microwaves!" Blank white minifig heads are exactly the right size and shape to depict propane tanks.

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   The side yard, with fence and trees, where the kids occupy themselves before lunch. Note the boy chasing the cat chasing the spider. (The blue hair is a custom paint job.) Other trees surround the base of the cell tower. (I wasn't sufficiently creative to devise a fence.)

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   Intent on his entomological studies, Timmy completely fails to notice the Brobdinagian titans looming across the bay. (To wit, Jim Foulds and Jeff Stabile.)


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  June 24, 2009
Nice cottage. I like the details like the barbecue. Does your cottage have interior? My cottage has one. Hupie Vuurzoon
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  August 7, 2005
This is great - nothing too fancy or groundbreaking, but it is all well done and fits together nicely, with some very cute touches. Nice work.
By Phillip Thorne
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