2018 Guild School

June 9-15, 2018     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

48 Hour Classes

INSTRUCTOR: Nell Corkin, Fellow
COURSE: Structure
PROJECT: 1:87 Scale “The Breeze”

A wonderful example of American vernacular architecture, The Breeze has stood on the town dock at Castine for many years, offering visitors ice cream, crab rolls, and other treats. Although it has been drastically remodeled after being severely damaged in a recent winter storm, the original Breeze is fondly remembered by Guild School students.

This class will offer students the opportunity to learn an unusually wide variety of professional level materials and techniques for working in “micro” scales. Special emphasis will be placed on how to create a highly realistic look when duplicating an actual building in small scale.

Students will construct the building from 1/32" and 1/64" plywood, and build the doors and windows from strip materials. They will finish the exterior, using paper shingles, paint, and colored pencils; and create “tar paper” and “metal” roofs using textured paper, styrene and colored pencils. Weathering effects will be added using paints and watercolor pencils.

The interior will be fitted with restaurant fixtures and accessories. Techniques for both will include finishing and/or modifying some pre-cast pieces and scratch building others from a variety of materials, including wood, paper, metal castings, styrene and etched brass.

Students completing the Breeze class will have gained knowledge of materials and methods for working on their own micro scale projects, and many of the same techniques can be used for working in other small scales.

time: 48 hours. Completion during class is not likely. However, students will have the materials and information they need to complete the project at home.They will also be given resources for finding additional pre-made detail parts which are available in 1:87 scale (equivalent to HO model railroad scale) should they wish to do so.


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. No special skills are necessary for this project, but ability to use a miter box, patience and some experience with highly accurate measuring and cutting is required.This would not be a good project for beginners.

MATERIALS FEE: $95 to be collected at school