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Making the facade of Miami’s Colony Hotel in 1:43 scale – #1 Structure

May 4, 2013

by Seb Perez

This time I’m starting a whole new project in a whole new scale. I needed a change.

I’m building a facade of the world famous Colony Hotel (Miami Florida) in 1:43 scale to display a few die cast cars that I have. Many years ago, we went to Miami for holidays with the whole family. I was fascinated by the art deco district and spent entire days 7and nights) taking pictures of dozens of buildings.

The Colony Hotel is one of the most famous and  symbolic buildings on the Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. It’s very minimalistic facade make it a very easy model to build. Still, there are many challenges in this project.

Here you have the first step on how to build the main structure of the building. I decided to use grey cardboard for this project. Grey cardboard offers me a clean straight surface but still a little rougher than styrene what is ideal for a plaster texture of the facade.

In future steps I’ll show you how to make the windows and other facade details.

Enjoy the video!













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russell w poland May 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hey Seb,
Sounds like You and your brother had a great time!
Those cars are really different then here in the states!
Thank You for sharing the info with Us all and I really like the videos and reading about your current modeling projects!!
Thank You and I am really looking forward to more!

Seb May 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hi Russell,
Yes european cars are quite different than american.
Thanks for the feedback!
Take care,

gilles gagnon May 5, 2013 at 1:11 am

Hi guys
The Dodge truck on the first picture,is a 1954 2ton Dodge truck I beleive.

When I was a young buck living in the Laurentians I was working for a milkman

who had one on which I learned to drive and get trained on using a double clutch

shifting transmition that was fun,I was 15

Gilles Gagnon

Eric May 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

Another fantastic job on this hotel!!! But I’ll prefer 1/25 scale!!!

Jeff May 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I sure hope your going to offer 1/24-1/25 scale plans of the Colony Hotel!

Mauricio May 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

fantastic your job, what material do you use for the walls?

Seb May 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

is use grey cardboard 1 and 2 mm thick for the walls, styrene profiles for the windows.

Alex May 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Interesting subject. I want to keep track of the WIP. Hope you have a local police car in front, or was the Highway Patrol the law enforcers then? And thank you for sharing your skills.

Seb May 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I put a highway patrol car in fornt of the building because that’s what I just had lying around. Don’t worry, a proper car will be place in front of the building when finished. 😉

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