3.23 Barber Shop/Bar-Restaurant
Phil's Bayou Another Jazz Bar
This group of shops will be bashed from Branchline Laser Arts #843 Roscoe Store. This has two shops, down from three owing to the bashing. The larger space will be a pool-bar-restaurant; the smaller, either a law office or a travel agency.
In order to make the kit fit the space, the portions shaded red, above, were removed; consequently, two walls—the right side and back—had to be pieced together. The peak on the right side was removed, and the front half of the second floor was filled in with a piece of blank wall, with two new window openings; the vertical joint will be covered with a piece of trim. Meanwhile, the original false front over the shop was trimmed to match the roofline.
The back wall was pieced together to remove a slot for a lower roof; once again, the joint will be covered with a piece of trim. Also, two window openings were made on the peaked part, since this was originally an internal part.
Since the shop windows are quite large, I was of course going to detail the interiors.
The bar-restaurant got ceiling fans originally slated for Cody's Hardware Store, the idea being that moving shadows cast from spotlights behind the fan blades would give the space some liveliness. The dining tables—all five of them—are the kind with the cast metal base—you know, where you're always stuffing napkins under one corner to keep it from wobbling. These were made from bits of fine brass tubing soldered to strips of etched brass kit fret, and trimmed to size.
I used tubing so I could install warm white SMD LED "candles" on the tables.
Then I made the bar, which is just strip wood assembled in an L-shape and topped with some black styrene. The stools are just regular straight pins. I also added a tiny stage at the back corner for a jazz trio.
The jazz trio figures (below, upper right) are from wildly different sources: the sax player is from a Preiser marching band; the bass player is a Preiser party waiter; and on drums is a Kato Japanese commuter checking his cell phone. All were modified to varying degrees, repainted, and posed with their instruments. The bass is simply a silhouette whittled from a piece of black styrene. The drum set (researched from 1950s jazz drum sets) is made from various brass tubing, cut and soldered, with Scotch tape as the bass drum skin; cymbals are NGineering lamp shades squashed flat and glued to bits of fine phosphor-bronze wire. Thankfully I didn't need to make a sax and, with a little trimming, the sax player's original band hat neatly became a Porkpie.
A bar-restaurant needs a lot of glassware, and I devised a way to make tons of glasses very easily and quickly. First, I placed a number of bits of fiber optic on a piece of masking tape. Then I cut it into narrow strips with a Chopper. Finally, I picked off the finished "glasses" with a tweezers and glued them in place. It's good that the method produces large quantities of them, because about a third of them flew off the tweezers into space, never to be seen again. One thing that was a little disappointing is that, being clear, they're very hard to see on the finished model!
To complete the bar, I added a print of a photograph of a bar—I grabbed a dozen or so images off the Interwebs, sized them to the space behind the bar, printed them out on self-adhesive label stock, and chose the one that looked the best. It's small enough that the bottles don't appear oversize.
Lastly I built an enclosure for the little MP3 player that would be supplying jazz music for the trio.
Jim & Glenn's Barber Shop
As I began work on the barber shop, I increasingly disliked the model's giant panoramic window along the side. While it may have been present on the real-life version of the building, it surely didn't work on my model: for one thing, the bottom sill was about five feet off the floor! So, I removed that wall and replaced it with something more appropriate from the scrap box. I also reduced the size of the space, as there was originally enough room for four barbers. Now it's a two-man shop with its own bathroom/closet. Before, below left; after, below right.
I used the same trick as I had for the bar background, printed out color photos of barber shop interiors, and picked the best-looking one given that it's less than an inch wide.
Reference: Phil's Bayou Another
Originally Phil's was going to be a bar/pool hall combo (Phil's Balls & Shots), but when I measured the space, it had room for only one pool table with barely enough left for the bar. So, it became a bar/restaurant. Its namesake lives in Mississippi on the Gulf Coast, so "Bayou Another" made for an appropriate little joke. I imagined it as very cozy, with just enough room for a half-dozen tables and a jazz trio crammed in the corner...
Reference: Jim & Glenn's Barber Shop
The barber shop interior was inspired by this:
That's Glenn on the left and Jim on the right (the victim is unknown). And here's some artwork for posters—
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