Monday, July 13, 2015

Elijah's House

Elijah Davidson's house started out as a Company House Kit 798 by LASERkit Xpress. I cut the front wall, where the wing started. The end wall of the wing was also cut about in half. The cut off piece was used to make a new wall to fill in the space between the front of the main house back to the narrower wing extension. I needed to add a strip of clapboard to the top of the new wall to reach the roof. The roof over the wing had to be cut down to fit the narrower wing, along with the roofing. The 1 piece front roof fascia had to be cut to fit the new roof lines. The extra corner boards were cut from the Small Parts carrier sheet. The house was painted and stained and then all the trim, doors and windows were installed, all of which had been pre-painted. After installing the windows I put on a layer of Gallery Glass to hold them in place and make them look old. A tree stump casting, a seated man and Blackie the dog complete the scene. An easy kit to assemble with good instructions, the hardest part are the peel and stick windows.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Slade's Office

completed building

I needed a small stone building for the new scene in Cave Junction and B.T.S.'s Slade's Office fit the bill, well almost. The door was on the wrong wall so rather than cutting the castings I made a mold of the and cast them in hydrocal. I then cut these castings to rearrange it so the front door was on the low wall (the original metal castings will be used to build an Ice House for my harbour scene later on.).  As it turned out my castings were not perfect but this building is in the background so they will be OK. After cutting off the peeked ends and gluing them to the other walls, the building was assembled and braced. This would not have worked if the building walls were not about the same length. I first painted individual stones various earth tones, then it was covered with a thinned brown wash which pulled all the colours together. The walls were then washed with a black wash to highlight the joints between the stones. Window frames were painted white and a black tarpaper roof was added. A little stable with a white horse completes the scene.

metal walls, mold, cast wall, other metal parts and box