|Front of building with Sid for scale.|
The 'little' in question was mainly the roof, with hatch and affixing the doors that were still detached.
The roof I'd already painted too, so that should have been a bonus, but I really didn't like the positioning of the hatch. A quick rotation of the roof allowed me to have the hatch in the corner opposite to the door (a more logical place in my mind).
The 'hatch' however was a different story, the one supplied with the kit was merely a cut out square of MDF and an engraved square within it !
Using the hatch as provided as the base for a better overall looking one I cut a square of MDF from the scrap frames to sit atop the large base.
I rounded the corners of both the top piece and base, added a recess for a handle and fitted some pieces to represent hinges and an handle.
The result can be seen in the photographs below.
|hatch, before and after painting|
|Sid wondering if it's locked.|
|Sid, on the inside, looking out|
To me the height of the windows looks odd internally. As can be seen in the photograph, there is little clearance between the floor and the window-sill and not that much room between the top of Sid's head and the ceiling (where the blue stops above the window).
No holding guns up in the air upstairs !
The large double doors downstairs were glued in place, slightly ajar, as was the single door. And that, more or less was all that had to be completed. (still took me ages though)
|The back of the building|
|Front and stairs.|
|The ventilation side and front|
The extra bits needed for the corners would also have been a lot easier to cut and insert if the model hadn't already been assembled and would have made painting the interior a lot simpler. The internal window frames, that seemed a good idea at the time, were a pain when it came to the centre floor being removed, leading to a lot of filing. The roof, like the centre floor, is a very tight fit and really needs something to grasp to enable its easy removal.
I'll be putting a lot of what I've learnt into practise with my next MDF build, but I doubt I'll be giving another blow-by-blow account like this epic tale has been.
I am however not quite finished with this build, after all it's just an empty shell at the moment and a bit of internal detailing is already planned. and started., but that for another time.
That's all for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that there was something of interest herein.
I have thoroughly enjoyed following your progress with this Joe. The little touches and attention to detail, have transformed the build into something unique.ReplyDelete
Thank you Michael, for my part I'm just pleased it's finished (mostly)and I dod hope the "little touches" have added something.Delete
I like it Joe, great weathering on the buildings, something I haven't done myself and regret....ReplyDelete
Thanks dGG, I'm not a big fan of pristine looking buildings and I use every blemish, misplaced bit of glue and mistake to helpdirtying up the building.Delete
Very nice work Joe. Particularly like the rust very realistically done.ReplyDelete
Thanks Brummie, for once I actually enjoyed painting the rust on, probably as I was happy with the rust effect on the staircase I did for my row of shops.Delete
That's a brilliant bit of painting and modelling! It looks superb.ReplyDelete
Thanks Roy, I'm a bit overwhelmed by you using "brilliant" as I consider myself no more than an adequate painter, whether it be figures, buildings ormost anything to do with this hobby.Delete
The weathering and general distressed look to the model does look brilliant to my mind. I don't know if its a happy coincidence but the smudges on the windows make them look dirty through use, and it works well with the definitely-not pristine look of the building. You've managed to capture the feel of a small-industry factory unit, in my honest opinion.Delete
Don't worry, if I didn't think it looked brilliant I wouldn't have used the term :)
Once more thank Roy. I tend to leave all the "mistakes" I make when building any piece, though paint on the 'glass' I remove (with the back of a scalpel). It's fairly easy then to get the result of a weathered/diistressed model.Delete
There really are some factories near here that look remarkably like this one.ReplyDelete
Thanks Clint, that reassures me a lot with my colour choices, something I'm not usually good at.Delete
Very nice modeling, Zab.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jay, but a lot of it is inspired by the mdel itself.Delete
It's been great to follow your build process Joe. The final result is well worth the time invested. Some great weathering and unique touches have made this kit very special.ReplyDelete
Thanks Bob, I do wonder if anyone else has done anything similar or will try to emulate my own interpretation of it. Even given the limits of the model I doubt there will be a duplicate!Delete
Absolutely gobsmackingly good stuff Joe. Arguably my fave build of yours to date, and as Roy points out it looks superb. These are some cracking WIP postings you're currently putting up, and long may they continue if the finished product is as good as this one. very much worth the effort I'd suggest :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Blaxx, I don't think this is my favourite build but I am very pleased with how it eventually turned out.Delete
Like you I do like seeing people's "wips" and I like to think I too learn from them
Excellent build! The top hatch looks really great, I love the design and look you made with it. This has been a fun build to follow, thanks for sharing your progress and insight on the project!ReplyDelete
Thanks N667, I was very pleased with the hatch, especially as it was all done and dusted in less than an hour ! I did wonder if anyone would take anything from all these posts though.Delete
Excellent work and outcome. Kudos. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks PC, I'm very happy with how it's turned out too.Delete
Great work on the mdf buildingReplyDelete
Thanks HW, I must say that if I was more motivated it would havebeen a quicker build.Delete
Quick is not always better... :)Delete
You're right of course.Delete
Masterbuilder is at it again! Very nice addition Joe!ReplyDelete
Thanks LS, it took a while but I did learn a lot; very pleased you approve. (Master Builder ? - I doubt it)Delete
The roof came out great despite your earlier difficulties. The surface looks great. Where do you keep all of your masterpieces?ReplyDelete
Thanks Blaxx, yes the roof was less difficult than I thought it would be and I now very happy with it.Delete
I'm very lucky, in my wargames a room I stack a lot of models on shelf units and if necessary under the table too - but it is getting a little crowded !