Doll House Scale
Heritage Laserworks manufactures building supplies in 3 scales, 1:12, 1:24, and 1:48. Choosing a scale to work in can be confusing. In our catalog, we only specify scale when necessary. For example, our trim pieces have no scale listed. The physical dimensions of the piece are given, but we leave the scale up to you. That way, you can choose which products you would like to use. We offer our miniature decorative building supplies in several sizes just like the full size items. Here is a good reference to help you sort out the different scales used in doll house miniatures.
1:12 Scale = 1 Inch Scale = 1 inch equals 1 foot. This is the most popular doll house scale. The majority of doll house miniature products are made in this scale. Therefore, it will be easy to find suitable products for your doll house in this scale.
1:24 Scale = 1/2 Inch Scale = "half scale" = 1/2 inch equals 1 foot. This scale is approximately in the range of "G" gauge in model railroading. "G" gauge is commonly used in garden railroading. This scale is not as widely available as 1:12, but there is still a large variety of products to choose from.
1:48 Scale = 1/4 Inch Scale = "quarterscale" = 1/4 inch equals 1 foot. This scale is approximately in the range of "O" gauge in model railroading. "O" gauge is the standard used with Lionel trainsets.
1:6 Scale = 1/6 Inch Scale = "Barbie Scale" = "Playscale" = 1 inch equals 6 inches.
1:144 Scale = 1/144 Scale = 1 inch equals 144 inches. This scale is approximately in the range of "N" gauge in model railroading. Doll houses in this scale are perfect for a doll's dollhouse. "N" gauge in model railroading ranges from 1:148 to 1:160.
Doll House Material
Several materials are used in doll house and accessory construction. Solid softwoods, solid hardwoods, plywoods, and MDF(medium density fiberboard) are common materials used. Softwoods are easy to cut because they are less dense. Hardwoods are a bit more difficult to cut because they are more dense. Plywood is made from multiple layers of thinly cut wood, with the grain direction alternating, glued together. Plywood provides more strength in thinner thicknesses. MDF is wood pulp glued together. MDF is strong, smooth, and easy to paint. Each product in our catalog specifies the material used and the thickness.
Our Manufacturing Process
Heritage Laserworks uses a state of the art laser engraving machine to create highly detailed miniatures. The laser engraving process gives us the ability to efficiently reproduce fine details and provide these products to our customers at reasonable prices.
Working with Lasercut Products
Laser cut products will have dark, charred edges. It is not necessary to sand the charred surfaces unless you would like to. Light sanding will remove the dark color.
One side of the product may be darker than the other. This is due to the smoke produced during the cutting process.
Roof Pitch Information
Roof pitch is the slope of the roof, or how much the roof rises over a horizontal distance.
12/12 pitch = 45 degrees = 12 inches rise for the horizontal distance of 12 inches.
14/12 pitch = 50 degrees = 14 inches rise for the horizontal distance of 12 inches.
At this time, we have only 12/12 and 14/12 pitch available. More information will be added once more gable decorations are added.
If you will not be painting the product, it is recommended to check and see that every piece in an assembly is facing in the same direction before gluing. Assembled pieces, such as the balustrades, look much more pleasing to the eye when set this way.
I have had good luck using cyanoacrylate (super glue) to strengthen some of the more delicate pieces of trim. The glue absorbs into the wood fibers and does not typically warp the wood.
Another method for increasing the strength of delicate wooden pieces is to glue 2 thinner pieces together. 2 pieces of 1/32 inch trim glued together will be slightly stronger than 1 piece of 1/16 inch trim. This acts similar to plywood, but the wood grain will be in the same direction. When gluing, remember to weigh the piece down while drying to prevent warping.
Painting Small Pieces
When preparing to spray paint small pieces, put them side by side on painter's tape or other low tack tape. This will help keep the pieces still during painting.