Tenenbaum Tuesday: Second Floor and Second Thoughts

In our last episode I was waiting on a few Bricklink orders to replace proxy pieces. Those orders arrived and I did some swapping. Here are the first two floors now:

Comparison.

Here’s a closeup.

I don’t know if you can make it out, but while I got plenty of windows in my order I sort of forgot to get panes.

I’ve also started work on the second floor. As you can see, I’m immediately back to proxies.

I’m not crazy about the results. There’s a scale problem and I can’t work out a solution I like. Going back to the reference, there should be a row of brown above those windows. but if I add that, everything gets thrown off. I could try shrinking the two full rows of brown (above and below the gray stripe) to two plates high and adding a two-plate row of brown above the window, but this will futz with the relationship to the turret windows. Anything I do is going to be a compromise, so I just have to work with it until I find a solution that looks least bad.

The next thing that’s causing me grief is the scale of this thing. I simply don’t think I can do a back wall for it. I had envisioned this as a full building — four sides and a roof — but I didn’t realize just how big it was going to be. There’s another level on top of this one and a roof yet to do.

This, coupled with my continued ignorance about the shape of that one side, makes me think I’m just building a three-quarter view.

I’m going to be honest, I find this a little disappointing, and it’s kind of put me off the whole exercise. I fully admit I probably bit off more than I could chew here, and scaling it all back is reasonable, but it still bums me out.

Even more, even if I commit to a reduced project, I already need another Bricklink order, and just how much money do I want to spend on this? Granted, most of the stuff I’m getting is pieces I will be able to use in other things, but there’s got to be a limit.

We’ll see if there’s an update next Tuesday.

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One Response to Tenenbaum Tuesday: Second Floor and Second Thoughts

  1. TJJohn12 says:

    I think what’s throwing me is the bley tower. I know you were trying to stick with direct substitution, but that’s starting to go out the window as you run into a few of these design choices.

    Might you try sub-ing the bley from the first and second floor of the tower with reddish brown? As it’s the chief architectural element in the structure, it should still stick out in spite of being the same color. It might help to mellow the harshness of that very grey corner, and also help it better resemble the real house.

    I’d also suggest, when the time comes, slapping some 1 x 4 tiles in black on the door handles of the doors you’re using as windows. The mullions will help with definition, and make them look more window-y.

    Speaking of windows, I looked back at another reference shot (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_HmGRqxTOX8Y/SZg5sPzeXSI/AAAAAAAABiQ/bf0CgwbiCcc/s400/IMG_4851.JPG) and noted that the second floor’s windows are the same height as the first floor’s windows plus the small transom above. That would give you that extra brick of height you’re looking for with the side’s wall, although it creates a devil of a problem with the window design. If the first floor uses old style 1 x 4 x 5 frames, with the second and third floor using 1 x 4 x 6 frames, that would slickly solve the disparity in height, but creates a new problem of rendering the mullions.

    I hope you don’t abandon the project. I’m very excited to see this done, be it 3/4 or 4 sided.