One of my all time favorite indoor setups, this is my prized North Light mule "Gypsy Moon", hanging out in front of a single stall stable - which is actually a wooden front built onto a box. The doors have dollhouse slidebolts and hinges, and really do open and close. The lamp would have been fully functional as well had I known before I clipped the wires at the base that the simple way to light it up was attach the wires to a 9 volt battery on the other side of the barn wall. Phooey.
This is another front built onto a much smaller box. I snapped this pic simply as a demo shot for a friend who was asking for example photos of smaller models as she pondered a digital camera purchase. It wasn't until I uploaded the photo that I realized how much wear and tear over time has added to this stables originally intended weatherbeaten look. Some rainy afternoon I'll do some repairs and slap on a fresh coat of paint (and probably some new doors *ahem*). The pony is a Schleich Shetland, just under 2.5" tall at the ears. Does this little dude have a 'tude or what?
The only stable I have that I actually bought. I was able to part with the box it came in as the box was flat, the stable being one of those some-assembly-required deals. This is a Schleich stable, and true to Schleich standards it is detailed and very well built. I still had to do a bit of painting; the doors were originally yellow, which I felt clashed way too much with the nice factory red roof. It's too large of a scale to work with Breyer Stablemates or Stone Chips horses, but fortunately Schleich has a pretty decent line of horses as well. A lot of them make nice shelf pieces, and although they're geared as childrens toys, some of them are show-worthy, even by todays high hobby competition standards.
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