Saturday, 2 May 2015

Anyone Up For A Spot Of Miniature Camping?

This camping scene will be featured in the Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine over the next few issues.
If you are wanting to embark on a spot of miniature camping this summer, why not take a look at the latest joint "how to make project" with my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshop colleague Robin Britton? Part One can be found in the current  issue of  Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine (May 2015 - No. 252).

A side view of the tent and campsite.
This project has been inspired by books from our childhood such as 'Swallows & Amazons' and 'The Famous Five'! A series of instructions will be shown over consecutive issues.
Here we were in the process of tightening the ropes, just like on a real tent. You can just see the hedge on the left.
 Part One shows how to make the hedge at the back of the scene and tackles the construction of the old fashioned tent based on an illustration found in a c1939 Army & Navy Stores Handbook. Our tent was made from the leg of a pair of old M&S trousers and stiffened with glue and paint. The tent is a little tricky to make and if you find the instructions a tad confusing, you are welcome to contact either of us if you need help. But do please stick with it as we are sure you will be pleased with the results.
The landscaped base has been made in such a way that you can push your tent pegs into the ground!
 Part Two of this project will tackle the guy ropes, tent poles, making of the groundsheet and the grassy field.
The sleeping bags are based on the old fashioned style ones that we can remember as children!
You can just see a hint of the campfire with accessories.
 And in the final part,  you will be shown how to complete the landscaping, make a campfire and various accessories ranging from a can of baked beans to old fashioned sleeping bags!

This scene is quite versatile and could be used in a variety of ways, maybe it could be turned into a Girl Guide or Scout camping scene for instance?  Even if you didn't want to make the entire scene, perhaps one or two of the elements such as the tent or some of the landscaping may interest you instead?

It was great fun to make and we hope that these images will inspire you to have a go too!


Britt said...

That´s a very lovely scene.
I remember it too when I was a child.
We have also a white tent.


PILAR6373 said...

Una escena muy real,me encanta!!!!

DollMum said...

Just like my memories of Guide camp in SA - we had the old style tents (they took 6 of us) and inspection every morning to make sure all was tidy and properly pitched. I loved every minute of Guide camp. I'll look out for the magazine.

KT Miniatures said...

Thanks Britt & PILAR for your comments, am glad you like it.

DollMum..I too was in the guides and our patrol tent was also very similar but bigger version than this....we could sleep 6 in..must have been the same as yours. Was great fun...aah for those days when we were young...I seem to remember I was in the SWALLOWS patrol! Celia

Nono said...

Scouts camping... Memories... Very well done!!!

KT Miniatures said...

Glad you like it Nono....many thanks for taking the time to comment. Celia

the9thwaveguesthouse said...

Beautiful work! I love your camping scene!