Widget Supply

StructureAreaI needed to start filling in the area to the left of the bridge. The plan is for the buildings to ‘crawl’ up the slope. Since I only have about 12 in. to play with this includes compression and an attempt(s) to fool the eye. This area circled in red was where I wanted to try next – the small structure sitting on the rock would move to one side and be replaced.
wood3I started with trying to fit a small structure into the area. A chunk of rock just out a bit where an abutment is anchored. This means that it made sense (to me) to taper the back side of the building to fit around this rock. Behind and slightly left was room for a small rectangle.
woodPulling the camera back to look at the structure from the front. That bit of rock it sits on was placed there simply to add interest. It’s my belief that a structure going vertical adds quite a bit to the visual ‘goodness’ of the thing. The right side is just wide enough for a door. There would be stairs inside . Not sure what the tower is for .. I had a vague idea of using that to reach the upper level.

There are no windows or doors shown. They will be added later as needed or makes sense. I will use Tichy parts.

Foam Board, Notches and Tabs
working2I next pulled the drawing apart (this is in Sketchup) and then pulled the walls into the same thickness as the Foam Board (.2″). I created notches and tabs so everything would lock together. This took a while but was actually quite fun.
workingOriginally I had intended to build this out of brick – that’s why the flat/recessed roof. That worked to strengthen the structure even after I later decided to roof over the sucker.
gluedHere’s where using Sketchup comes in handy. I spun all the bits and pieces around so they face out and printed them out full size. I then glued them to a piece of black Foam Board. I used a low-tack spray glue so I could remove the paper later.

Widget Supply - II

Test Fit The concept actually worked out pretty well. The only downside is the time it takes to do all the notching. I was wondering .. huh? Wonder if a laser cutter could do all this – if it could … Continue reading

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