I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae
on Apr 26, 2014 -
I'd like to find a textbook about internal combustion engines. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by aeighty
on Feb 26, 2014 -
An actual help-me-with-my-story question: I've got a group of characters who need to ride around in an eye catching, iconic vintage automobile. It was orginally going to be a VW bus for the Mystery Machine echos but it turns out that's not actually street legal in the US. So, what's an old-fashioned auto that seats four or more, can be driven on US roads, and is antique/unusual enough to attract attention from car people but not enough that it sticks out like a surreal visitation ( like say, a Model T would.)
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 2, 2014 -
I had a group playdate yesterday--2 female 5yos (one being my daughter) and 2 male 5yos. All good friends.
My daughter's friend (the girl) was building a house with the legos, while the other three were assembling lego figures. After a while I realized that the two boys would ONLY assemble male figures. Any figure with a flower shirt, or with longer-than-boy-cut hair, they wouldn't even touch it. They were especially on the lookout for any figures that could hold weapons.
This made me thing about the well-known fact that most boys won't play with girls toys or have female heros (e.g. wonder woman / princess merida) while girls are happy to admire batman, superman, and play with guns or other toys that could be considered as being for boys.
The other day, I offered my 3yo son a choice of t-shirts, including a gray shirt with 3 disney princesses on it, which he previously loved to wear. This time, he told me that if he wore that shirt, kids would laugh at him. I have no idea where he got that from. I guess some kid laughed at him at the playground while I wasn't looking, or maybe at preschool.
What can I do? I hate the idea that my son and my daughter's male friends think that girls, and girl things, are not worth their respect or affinity. Any idea for how to change their attitude on this without being obnoxious or didactic?
posted by tk
on Oct 2, 2013 -
Are there any online stores that sell teaching aids for demonstrating principles of architectural engineering? I am wanting to buy model columns, arches, domes, trusses, cantilevers, and so forth, to use in architectural history classes that I am teaching. The goal is to demonstrate the physical forces that act on buildings, so I don't need models of finished buildings and bridges, but rather models that show how the structures work--preferably in an interactive way. Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams
on May 19, 2013 -
Is there a science of division? (i.e. Models of the phenomenon that communities often split into two blocs with some degree of mutual antagonism. And/or empirical data that such models could be compared against.) [more inside]
posted by philipy
on Nov 9, 2012 -
School teacher looking for 1 page nets to create 3D models of theme-park attractions. E.g. A roller coaster, log flume, Ferris wheel, runaway train.
I've been looking on the internet and draw a blank. Any help would be appreciated. Students will be able to design their own images, and the more able challenged to adapt the model.
Internet links preferable, but if you know of a book, then please let me know. Thank you.
posted by 92_elements
on Jul 10, 2012 -
A model friend of mine is due to work with a photographer about whom I've heard unsavoury (sexual harassment of models-related) rumours. She's an experienced pro model so would likely not take that kind of crap, but I wonder whether I should pass on my information to her (it is at best second hand), or whether I should just keep my mouth shut (for fear of spreading vicious rumours that might be unfounded).
FWIW (not much) I have met, and don't particularly like, the photographer in question.
posted by gmb
on Mar 24, 2012 -
I'm crafting my first real substantial diorama (read: not made out of construction paper and a shoe box) and I need some construction assistance. Bonus! It's the ice planet of Hoth! [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Oct 18, 2011 -
I'm looking for a piece of model or miniature painting advice. Please to step into my office.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Apr 27, 2011 -
Do you know an online resource where I can look at a 3D model of either a face or a body that I can rotate at all angles and maybe even zoom in so I can use it as reference for my art etc? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic
on Oct 29, 2010 -
I am considering a wooden ship model as a housewarming gift, the giftee just bought a grand old Connectcut home on the water and loves sailing ships--and has nothing like this at all.
I know nothing about these models, but see that there are many sellers online. I am willing to spend money for something that is great. It appears that models of classic America's Cup yachts are popular (and do appear impressive). Any suggestions? what ships are best? Ok to buy online? a good gift?
posted by Duck_Lips
on Apr 30, 2010 -
How come people that employ fashion models aren't subject to anti-discrimination laws? [more inside]
posted by esereth
on Jan 3, 2010 -
What is a good source for high-quality 3D people for use in digital architectural models? Polygon count and cost are of no concern, while natural-looking faces, textures, and poses are a must. [more inside]
posted by sharkitect
on Mar 10, 2009 -
I need a display case for my models. They range in size from four inches to a foot across. I am sick of cleaning dust and small particles off them from the exposed brick wall they're by.
Ideally the case can be bought online and would arrive disassembled so shipping wouldn't be exorbitant. Overall dimensions should be 2'x1'x1' and maybe have a shelf at half-height. I need it to fit on a recessed shelf in the wall.
And of course, pricing should be as cheap as possible. I couldn't find anything like that online.
Mefites, amaze me! ;)
posted by spacefire
on Aug 3, 2008 -
What is a bricks-and-mortar store at which I could buy a set of model elements / bonds - the molecule model things that students use as they are learning organic chemistry? [more inside]
posted by Chanther
on Jan 7, 2008 -
Statistics. Generalized Linear Models; What's being done in this R script I've been handed down, with the variable weights? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Mar 15, 2007 -
To keep my skills sharp I draw from models I find online. I do 3 or 4 pencil drawings daily, usually head shots or 3/4 length portraits, quickly, in front of my laptop. I'm looking for more of this type of photograph, in bulk. [more inside]
posted by oxala
on Feb 12, 2007 -
How extensively are professional modeling photos retouched (i.e., those in Vogue and similar publications)? I've heard that this is a common practice, but I'm curious as to how much the photos are altered from the original image. Was this possible before the advent of Photoshop?
posted by zembla3
on Nov 22, 2006 -
Scientists (and others) are using modified inkjet printers to print a wide range of really nifty things
, such as working electronic circuits, 3D architectural models, and living tissue like organs and skin. My question is, do you have to modify one yourself, or are they for sale? Where would I get an inkjet printer that was capable of printing out a layer of resin or wax or whatever? The only one I can find is the kind that prints out edible birthday cake photos
posted by RylandDotNet
on Mar 26, 2005 -
My sister-in-law is looking for a low-priced new or used car, probably a Toyota, but she's also looking at a Kia or a Hyundai. We're in the metro Atlanta area [MI]... [more inside]
posted by jpburns
on Nov 19, 2004 -
Kids, modeling and a confused father. I'm going to try this in a concise paragraph... on preview, forget it (more inside). [more inside]
posted by cedar
on Aug 25, 2004 -
Where could a young, devilishly handsome architect find free 3d models of office and residential buildings
to download, preferably in 3ds or DXF format? [more inside]
posted by signal
on Aug 9, 2004 -
Does anyone here work with GIS technology, specifically making three-dimensional animated models? My wife is a GIS analyst for the local planning agency and is interested in talking to someone about this subject.
posted by luriete
on Jul 29, 2004 -