The Structure Takes Shape
I have assembled the structure using the mock-up from my last post as a guide. Assembling this model required cutting and lengthening walls for the central building and the smaller attached building. This was accomplished using a razor saw, #11, and #17 hobby blades. Seams in the extended wall sections were filled with Squadron Green Putty. I also had to cut out extra window openings in several of the wall pieces. I used one of the wall section’s window opening to mark the location of the ones I needed to cut out. I used the #11 and #17 blades to cut out the openings in the plastic. I sanded the openings and used one of the 8-pane window frames to test the fit.
I used the “hairspray technique” published on Monster Model Works’ web site. I primed each of the wall sections with gray automotive primer spray paint and let them dry thoroughly. Next, I painted the wall sections a darker grayish color (a little blacker than the gray automotive primer). I allowed this to dry, then I rubbed in some black pastel powder with a stiff bristle brush to all of the clapboard wall sections. I then sprayed each of the wall sections with cheap, unscented hair spray and let the pieces dry before painting. I then painted the wall sections with 2 coats of acrylic craft paint (Antique White). I painted the first coat, let it dry, then applied the second coat. When the second coat had dried, I used a #11 hobby knife and scraped along the clapboard boards to represent peeling paint. I also used a wire brush (fine brass) to distress the paint and to add some wood grain to all of the wall sections.
After the “hairspray technique” was completed, I inserted all of the pre-painted windows and doors. The window glass was created using Plaid brand Gallery Glass Window Color. I used their Crystal Clear color (16001). I glued these in place and then assembled and glued the wall sections using a machinist’s square to make sure the walls were square and plumb.
I purchased some stone foundation sections from Monster Model Works. I need to assemble and paint the foundation sections and attach the building to it. I also purchased some of their cracked concrete sheets and these will be used for the truck loading dock driveway.
Up next: Build foundations, loading/unloading decking, and add roofs.