'Somewhere To Read/Seclusion' 1:48

These photos show some of the work that went into making this roombox.  The motivation behind this miniature was wanting to make the curved railings.  I had an idea and was curious if it would work out.  The railings were made first and once they were a success I just made it up as I went along.  It seemed natural to stay with the curved theme.  If you look at more pictures in the 1:48 page you will notice the overhead 'eye' appearance which seemed like a nice way to finish it as well as adding the bright metallic colours to add to the eccentric design.

'Dicken's Corner' 1:43

Dicken's Corner started life as a fantasy Monopoly board but soon turned into a fictitious diorama based on the works and characters of Charles Dickens as you might notice from the street and shop names.  Some buildings have interiors that light up.  It was having difficulty finding accessories in this scale that urged me to turn to doll houses and in particular quarterscale.  Dickens's Corner has a small O Gauge fictitious London Underground railway station with track and running train.  It was sold to a private collector and unfortunately these are the only photos that remain.

'Kensington Walled Garden' 1:48

This double roombox was inspired by the pretty tiny gardens that I would pass each morning on my way from my hotel to the Kensington Dollhouse Festival in 2006.  I had great fun in making this and would like to make something similar in 1:12 one day.  The secret door and potting shed are surrounded by thousands of individually placed sesame seeds to give the impression of creeping ivy!  The bricks were also individually cast in plaster before being carefully laid like real bricks.

'Elizabethan Four-poster Bed' 1:48

I thoroughly enjoyed making and dressing this tiny bed.  It looks rather bulky but accurately depicts the appearance of a large bed from the Elizabeth I period.  You can see from the last two photos the individually placed slats and maybe even how the legs were built up with layers of card.  I was surprised how well it turned out once it had been dressed and painted.

'The Oak Library' 1:48

This compact roombox was designed as a kit but like all of my Quarterscale kit prototypes they were too demanding of the mold making process and unfortunately never made it to production though I am not ruling out future ventures into this area.  Despite this setback I had great fun making this roombox which I will attempt in 1:12 one day.

'Fancy a Quick Pint?' 1:48

This budget roombox was designed as a cheap kit with a simple design to assist in demolding.  A small handful were sold.  A furniture/bar/fireplace set with detailed building instructions was optional.  What I liked most about this small roombox was its simplicity.


Making doors is great fun because there are countless architectural styles and so much detail can be included in such a small space. 


Very often a window is a focal point and if it's a nice window it can be the making of a very nice model or doll house.  Below is a montage of windows of all scales that can be seen elsewhere on my blog.  Putting them into such a montage was just a bit of fun and a reference point for helping plan future projects.


Just a few random photos.  From left:  Settle of the Long Room 1:48.  The Kings Arm Coaching Inn & Maxwell Antiques 1:48.  A penny showing scale and a coat of arms of the London Inn exterior prior to grouting and painting 1:48.  The Old Curiosity Shop 1:43 of Dicken's Corner.  Second row from left: Parget House 1:48 prototype, casting, painted casting.  Second photo shows complete kit.  Bottom row from left:  Bricks and tiles handmade and cast in plaster/clay for individual laying.  The last two photos show the early stages of a shop front build of another fictitious building.


  1. Totalling amazing illustrations of doors and windows. How long did it take you to put together that collection? As for the rest of this section as I suspected - I am completely
    in awe of your skills!
    Annette (the one from South Lincs. & Minis4all!)

  2. Thank you again Annette! Well, after a few mistakes, some bad words and a couple of late nights I finally got the hang of how to add photos in groups! The door and window montages took a couple of hours eventually. I did those for fun, I liked how they looked all grouped together with different styles and colours. I will make further additions as time goes by.


  3. Wonderfull.
    I would love to see how you make these molds.
    Barbara Del Duco

  4. Thank you Barbara. The molds are made from liquid silicon which is then poured over the prototype and left to set/harden. The empty mold can then later take resin or plaster to produce a copy of the original. My intention is to return to mold making eventually.


  5. Shane, I love your work - it simply fascinates me, but I am really interested in your process. I read your reply to Barbara that you cast in resin or plaster, but elsewhere you talk about using cardstock. Is your work combinations of both or some one method and others the other method? Do you ever work in wood? Thanks for sharing, Jackie Barth in Ocala, FL

  6. Hi Jackie, thank you for that kind praise. Previously (and maybe again in the future) I would make a prototype from card and clay and balsa wood. The mold made from this prototype could reproduce copes in resin and plaster. Very often a prototype would be destroyed during the mold making process. Everything I handmake now are usually one-offs from those prototype materials above. I only use balsa wood and occasionally some MDF as part of a large base. I prefer making from scratch, I find it allows me to be more creative which is the fun part for me.

  7. Mr Downes, where did you learn to make brickwork like that ?

    Retired wedge