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My HO travelers need a bed for the night: HELP ME OUT

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My HO travelers need a bed for the night: HELP ME OUT
Posted by Shopcat on Friday, January 17, 2020 4:55 PM

Current situation: HO scale Hotel. Rooms installed. LED lighting. Decor. No beds.

I am unable to find a source for beds to populate and furnish about 20 or HO hotel rooms. I have all the other furniture I need, chairs, lamps, lobby, etc. But no beds. 

Any sources? Help a brother out!

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, January 17, 2020 5:20 PM

I buy my HO (1:87) furniture and figures from ShapeWays then make molds and cast duplicates from resin.  Beds, dressers and sofas come out very nice.  Chairs and tables don’t duplicate very well. 
 
 
 
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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, January 17, 2020 5:30 PM

Beds are just rectangles, and are easy to make.

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I simply make a plastic box, and paint it to look like wrinkles along the edges with highlighting. Then I add two putty pillows and a sheet styrene headboard.

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Pennies, and they look great through windows.

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Unfortuantely I do not have any right now, so no pictures.

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Posted by Shopcat on Friday, January 17, 2020 5:36 PM

Score! Thanks.

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Posted by cowman on Friday, January 17, 2020 6:44 PM

Just a thought, cut some extruded foam into appropriatesize chunks, use tooth picks for legs.

Cheap anyhow.

Have fun,

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Posted by deckroid on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:30 PM

This fellow from Down Under does a fantastic job.  

 

 

I have been looking at a bunch of his videos getting ideas.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:46 PM

It's all about modeling, and modeling isn't always buying, and placing on the layout.

Model it.  A bed is simple.  And the visitors are going to be looking through a window, how far away?  Whistling

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, January 17, 2020 11:25 PM

A bed through a hotel window can be very convincing even just modelled as a styrene box.  That's what I've done.

Or,  you can get pewter castings from Fezziwig's Furniture, Scale Structures LTD.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, January 17, 2020 11:35 PM

Of course, you could just draw the shades and skip the furniture completely.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:42 AM

Printing an image of a room and sticking it to the windows should be okay too if you viewing from a larger distance!

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:28 AM

SPSOT fan
Printing an image of a room and sticking it to the windows should be okay too if you viewing from a larger distance!

If I can add to Isaac's suggestion, instead of simply sticking the image to the back of the window, it would be more convincing if the pictures were set back from the window in a box and light was added to the room.

To make the pictures even more realistic, elements from the photo like the bed, desk and chairs could be copied and glued on to spacers so that they actually sit proud of the wall photos. This technique was demonstrated by Jenny Freeland of MR fame in the State Line Farm Supply kitbash series episode #4 at about the 5:16 minute mark:

http://mrv.trains.com/how-to/modeling/2019/07/state-line-kitbash-challenge-update-4

Personally I would have made the spacer much thicker and added a bar surface and a space behind the bar between the chairs and the back wall, but the video will give you the idea. Adding a couple of patrons and a bartender would have worked well too.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:00 AM

City Classics makes sheets of window shades and Venetian blinds for HO scale windows.  These can go on most windows, and let you leave a few more open with greater interior details.

I have one room in a hotel with a bed and a couple embracing, still standing and dressed, but it looks like someone is about to "get lucky" at the Shamrock Hotel.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:51 PM

I totally forgot about this, but the OP needs to go over to the diner, and talk to ken!

Mattresses are his thing!  I'm sure he could hook him up with a truck load. Laugh

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Posted by Shopcat on Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:32 PM

mbinsewi

I totally forgot about this, but the OP needs to go over to the diner, and talk to ken!

Mattresses are his thing!  I'm sure he could hook him up with a truck load. Laugh

Mike.

 

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Posted by John-NYBW on Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:58 PM

MisterBeasley

City Classics makes sheets of window shades and Venetian blinds for HO scale windows.  These can go on most windows, and let you leave a few more open with greater interior details.

I have one room in a hotel with a bed and a couple embracing, still standing and dressed, but it looks like someone is about to "get lucky" at the Shamrock Hotel.

 

That's the approach I'm going to take. I have a fairly large craftsman kit hotel that I bought many years ago and I hope to finally start building it soon, as in sometime this year. I can't remember how long I've had it but I bought it at the NMRA Train Show when the convention was held in Columbus, OH. I think that was back in the 1990s. 

 

I'll have just a handful of rooms with the curtains open requiring a detailed interior. The rest will have the shades drawn. Some rooms will be lighted and others dark. In case anyone is wondering, all of the detailed rooms will be G-rated. 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:25 PM

The artwork on the walls of my hotel are the "Dogs Playing Poker" painting on one wall an a Velvet Elvis across from it.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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