|Front of house #2, (rear of house #1)|
There are two quite distinct versions, this one with the chimneys and the other one without, the latter was the version I would use for the 'front' of the first house.
The first task was of course taking the thing apart, filing off the hinge and removing the awful decals that were everywhere on the blessed things and stuck down with the most powerful glue known to man. I actually ended up using a scraper to remove them (a bit of one can just be seen as 'paving' in the photo).
The whole model was of course filed down so that the ragged bits were less so .
The 'corners' of the upper floor were left to support a 'lift-out' upper floor that I'd make for each house. All the windows were easily pressed out as I didn't want them present when I was spray undercoating the model.
the two houses have very distinct features, the wall of one have a facade of brickwork whilst the other is timber planking.
To make the two houses I would be building out of four of the kits as different as I could, I would one as a stone=clad house and the second as a timber house.
|House#1 spray painted|
The extended base was card covered in filler , the card extending under the original model for extra strength, by snipping off bits of the models base.
When I'd got to this stage of the first house build I decided to start the second, which would be a completely planked version.
|Rear of house #2|
The chimneys for this house were removed and the holes filled in with filler, ( to later have tiles scribed onto them).
The side walls on both houses were also a pain as the didn't quite match up so inserts of card were the order of the day to match them up.
|Front of house #2|
|Front of House #1 alongside the originals|
|Side of house#1 compared to originals|
House #1compared to original) how different the two original models are and what I did to alleviate the problem (card and filler).
|House #1 'window side' compared the originals.|
Outside landscaping was of course flock. (quite possibly homemade, but the origins of it are lost to the annals of time - not that my memory is fading or anything)
|Rear of house #1|
I was pretty pleased with how both these houses turned out and next week I'll show all the outside views of house #2 and relate the trials and tribulations I had making the internal bits.
|Bonus rubbish picture|
So that's it for another week, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated and here's a bonus picture showing detail of the pile of rubbish at the side of the house that some of you may have noticed.