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Autore: Alessandro
From the original to the model • Creation of a house ruin based on the original designu

From the original to the model • Creation of a house ruin based on the original design

Every morning on my way to work I pass a dilapidated but once magnificent city villa! For a long time I have had the desire to create this house as a ruin in a 1:35 scale diorama. But how do you approach a project like this? For some time now I have discovered the laser cutting process for creating buildings from MDF. The first step was to take a lot of detailed photos of the original. The building survived the last war without any damage – so there were no specifications for the representation of the ruins. In order not to make the dimensions of the ruin too large, I limited myself to the left part and the interesting house entrance! In order to provide the laser cutter with a cutting template, the entire ruin was created in a vector drawing program on the MAC. It takes some experience to transform a one-dimensional drawing into a three-dimensional object. The different heights and ornaments are created by different material thicknesses. The finished original – painted, aged and battered! After all the components were cut with the laser cutter, the ruins began to be assembled. White glue has proven itself as an adhesive for MDF. The work was completed in just over three hours. It‘s the fine details that make the showpiece interesting! The laser really did an excellent job of engraving here. It‘s hard to believe that the small coat of arms was lasered. It‘s just 2 cm wide! The grille in the door arch is also cut from 1 mm MDF! The roof shingles are all individually cut and glued! The MDF can be easily processed with a file and a scalpel! A laser can cut or engrave. The sign is an engraving! Now just prime and then the painting fun can begin! The “rough” paint applications were applied with an airbrush. Likewise the first shadows and dirt. MDF is relatively resistant to moisture. You can also work with glazes and dry painting processes. Some passages simulate a stressed facade design. Of course, dust and rust are a must! After the ruins appeared neglected and battered, the distribution of rubble, bricks and leftover wood could begin. A few stones give the sidewalk a few eye-catchers! Devastation also in the roof area. The slates are placed individually. The broken glass in the windows is also laser cut from foil! Here you can see the beautiful details of the entrance area! Of course, the interior shouldn‘t be missing! The wallpapers were created using a printer and hung up with glue – just like the original! Complete! Now all that‘s missing is a base plate, vehicles and figures! The laser cutting technique enables many new facets in the design of Diroamen buildings! There seem to be hardly any limits here! New projects are already waiting!