Community Showcase | Beech Tree Manor by Rob Crouch
Rob Crouch created his amazing Beech Tree Manor 1:48 miniature home by starting with the Petite Properties Havisham Hall kit, and then planning and creating each of the fourteen exquisitely decorated, lit rooms. I was incredibly inspired by Rob's build, so asked him to talk a little about how he did it, so that you could hear about it in his own words. Enjoy the photos and Rob's comments, and don't forget to scroll through the photo gallery below to see close-up photos of the interior!
"I made the fountain from an O scale kit (the size seemed fine in front of such a grand house), I replaced the centre though with a cherub statue from Replicast Miniatures and used UV Resin for the water and added 4 working lanterns around it.
The whole thing can be moved on its base and is powered by battery packs which are accessed via the front of the plinth. My favourite room is the Music Room (ground floor right), I loved making Cynthia Howe's music room set and hand painting it. My favourite furniture are the kits I got from Jean Day - lower floors fireplaces, dressing room set, console table in the Dining Room, Lilac Bedroom set, and the reading nook in the drawing room. I used gold paint to really emphasise the fine detailing.
I'm very pleased with the outcome of my build and have been overwhelmed by the response of people when they have seen it online."
"Having done a few 1:48 scale projects I wanted my next one to be a grand house. I purchased the Petite Properties Havisham Hall kit, then set about planning each room, decor, furniture, lighting and a colour scheme/theme.
I replaced the original windows in the kit with white metal Georgian style window casements, and also added some white metal columns around the porch to make it grander. All the furniture kits you see in the house were constructed, painted and trimmed by me.
I ordered from a few different places for the kits: Petite Properties, Jean Day, Cynthia Howe, Petworth Miniatures, Stewart Dollhouse Creations. My bespoke lighting kit was made by Jennifer Maddox of Small Scale Lights. I constructed all the furniture first and then set about wallpapering inside (I do this prior to construction in this small scale as its much easier).
I made my own wood paneling in the hallways with maple veneer, and then stained it dark. I use veneer as it's very thin and ideal for 1:48 scale. I construct from the ground floor upwards, which enables me to glue furniture in place, and also to feed my 3v nano LED lighting along a channel in the floor above, then though a hole in the ceiling below."