DPM Learning Kit

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by MasonJar, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I assembled this powerhouse(???) from the DPM modular system learning kit. Still need to add windows.

    Does anyone have a suggestion...
    1) What this building is / does?
    2) How to effectively fill in windows so you can't see inside, but it still looks like glass?



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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The roof was done with bird gravel, which was cemented in place with a mix of white glue, dirty paintbrush water, and india ink/alcohol wash. The bird gravel is actually off-white to start with, but takes the colour very well.


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  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I boarded up two windows with galvanized roofing, dry-brushed some rust, and installed a vent. I don't know if you can see it, but I especially happy with the way the rust running off the window sill turned out.


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  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    If you spray on a dark wash of a small amount of black latex paint, water and a little dish soap, it will make the windows quite dirty and hard to see through. If you wat them to be even harder to see into you could try some wax paper behind that, especially if you are lighting it.

    Maybe a boiler room to heat you other buildings? Or to power your small interurban RR :D:D:D
  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great looking model, Andrew!:thumb:
    That would fit the bill for many small industrial-type structures...boiler house, machine shop, auto repair shop, etc...
    Another way to get that "dirty" look to your windows is to spray the back side of your window glazing with Dullcote.

    p.s. I love the boarded up windows & the exaust fan!
    :cool: :thumb: :thumb: :cool:
  6. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Nice work! The gravel roof is a neat effect. You can get a similar effect using painted sandpaper. The different grit ratings are handy for different scales and applications.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks for the suggestions about the windows, and also what this is...!

  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Excellent work Andrew
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Ok, so I have been thinking about your suggestions as to what this is...

    I think I like the small power station idea. This is probably why I built that huge chimney for it - it is made out the the four left over wide pilasters from the kit.

    Anyway, my question is now - is this an appropriate structure for a 1920s - 1930s semi-backwoods/small town layout? I don't have any large industry that would require a seperate heating or power plant, and I am not sure that many parts of the town would even be electrified in the 20s - 30s.

    So what am I to do with this? Any more thoughts or suggestions would be most welcome!

  10. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    How about a "metal casting" shop? Y'know, where they would "forge" small customized items for the local printing shop. Or maybe they make specialized tools for the railroad.

    BTW Nice job on that building:thumb: :thumb:
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I don't have any suggestions for a use for the building other than what's been said so far, but just for fun here's a shot of what I did with that same kit. It might be an interesting idea for a thread - how many folks out there have built this kit and what did you do with it?


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  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Nice Val!

    I like the painted portion of the brick wall. Good suggestion about the thread. Over at "another forum" they did a build of the same kit over the course of a month. Everyone then posted their interpretation of the kit when time was up.

    Very successful, and interesting idea.

  13. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    Place black construction paper inside from corner to corner as per arrows will solve your problem easily. And you have the name.
    Jim :wave:

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  14. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know about Canada, but here in California during the goldrush, it was common after the second or third time a fire swept through a town and destroyed it, they frequently rebuilt with brick. Of course, then they would have an earthquake knock it down.
  15. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Jim - looks like you have too much time on your hands! ;) Thanks for the reminder about the "internal" view block... Doh!

    Russ - We had the same cycle of build-wood-structures-watch-them-burn-build-with -brick as you had. We still have our original pumping station in Ottawa, dating from the 1870s. It was initially built not to supply drinking water, but for fire protection. We don't get too many earthquakes, although it is not unheard of. They usually don't knock anything down though.

  16. As a followup to Drew's suggestion, spray both sides of the acetate glazing with Dullcote. After it's dried, lightly dust the back side of each piece with light brown or gray chalk powder. That will make the glass look even dustier and dirtier.

    Also, an alternative to window shades/blinds/curtains is to print signs to size and cover the inside of the windows. Here are a couple of storefront windows I did a two or three years ago.

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  17. And another set of windows with inkjet signs...

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