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The Basic Town Structures Are Assembled. . .

The nine assembled structures now await balsa chimneys, a few external stairways, and some other outer details.

Righty-oh!  The nine new town buildings are mostly assembled save for the addition of a few external features.  And all made from thick card and balsa.  Several of these feature some internal framework made from the latter  given the rather complicated roof schemes.  Funny how the plan was originally for seven new buildings, but I've ended up with nine.  Kind of like rabbits I guess.

I learned a new word while looking around online for a few minutes last night before turning in.  Apparently, there is a large group of hobbyists out there -- real eccentrics -- who make miniature buildings to scale from paper and thin cardstock in what is referred to as "papertecture," and they are not all necessarily wargamers or model train enthusiasts.  Who knew?

Anyway, once the external features are added to the buildings above over the next few days, then the fun stuff can start, i.e. the painting, the timbering (fachwerk) in  a few instances, and the windowing.  I'm looking forward to these steps.

-- Stokes

And the final building in the batch.  Getting this particular dormer right given the roof line was a lengthy, frustrating experience, but I finally managed it after just about 90 minutes and numerous "almosts" that didn't quite work because I got one or another angle not quite right in the trimming.


Simon Millar said…
Stokes, I've just caught up with your town plan. They are cracking buildings and will look fabulous when painted. I've always liked your buildings, they have just that little something that makes them stand out from the crowd...authenticity, no less. Best wishes, Simon
Bloggerator said…
I swear, I turn my back on you for a minute and see what you get up to..!
I can imagine gambrel roofs are tricky! Nice buildings, those, even unfinished - sturdy looking and practical. I have made a few of my own buildings using light card or embossed card that you can get from model railway hobby shops, but not from the more robust materials you have chosen.
Will you go with your Charge!/minimalist/naive (?) style same as the last one's you made, or more detail?
Thank everyone for your comments and kind words! As far as style goes, I'll stick with the naive style of previous buildings with most external details suggested via simple painting although I do have a few surprises up my sleeve. I'm off to the arts and craft store, among other places, now in fact.

Best Regards,


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