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Ok, I know this is about as far off the topic of space toys as one can get, but I thought maybe a few of you might appreciate this. As some of you may know I collect pharmaceutical antiques, but I also work with miniatures. I am building a miniature turn of the century New England drug store in 1:12 scale (1 inch equals 1 foot). It is based on one that is displayed in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. The initial building as it stands took over 3 years to build.

 

I began this this project over 30 years ago, and had this in storage throughout my Air Force career. When I retired and pulled this from storage, it was badly damaged, and required extensive restoration. I am now finishing the front sidewalk, landscaping and back office. 

 

I hope you you enjoy the tour.

 

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Wow ! True labor of love going on there !

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John, thanks, coming from you that is quite a statement.

 

Here's the back office floor plan being laid out...complete with indoor plumbing! The windows are lying off to the sides.

 

 

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Very cool, Brady. I've always have been tempted by the hobby.

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Brady, you're one helluv an artist.  Amazing, wonderful...I'm speechless. 

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Wow! I'm truly impressed.

The finish and eye for detail is spectacular.

Love it.

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Thanks all.

 

It gets a bit tougher as I age; my clumsy hands tend to knock stuff over, but I can't wait to see this project finally finished.

 

You'd be a shoe-in, Andy, you are so good with those detailed robots!

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What beautiful work Brady. The result looks splendid.

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I have a druggist and assistant in that scale...

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That would definitely increase the conversation factor!

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Fantastic work Brady, my daughter would love it!

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What a great looking New England drug store and those details are fantastic!!

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Thanks guys.

 

I did a lot of research, and what pieces I couldn't find, I made. Many of the tiny glass bottles have hand-painted labels...I couldn't do that kind of detail now, my hands aren't that steady. Granted, it's a bit over the top; but most of the miniature bottles were filled with tiny amounts of the actual barks and herbs that I pulled from the full-sized counterparts in my collection.

 

 

 

 

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I would find it hard not to add motion to the display if I were to do one. You know a working clock or a dog wagging its tail, simple things. but like you old age is making doing things in that scale very hard, steady hands and good eye sight of the young are long gone for me. Keep us posted on the progress !

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Yes, I agree, it would help the suspension of reality. I even considered adding figures myself, but the ones I have found so far, look less like tiny humans, and more like little dolls. Additionally, real cloth clothing on the figures loses its authenticity in that scale, as the material is too thick, and does not hang correctly.

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