|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.