| Front and side (obviously )|
So this is the second of my two shotgun houses from 4Ground, bought earlier this year.
In preparation for this build and building on my experiences with the first kit, I files all the tabs, slots and fitting a small amount so that the fitting together was made much easier. In addition, not having slightly warped wall certainly helped the assembly process.
|Rear of building|
Despite all this I did have a couple of problems, some slight breakages (but nothing too serious) and on the whole it all went together very smoothly. Once more I added some perspex window-glass to the building, inserted between the inner and outer walls and although not completely satisfactory (the window frame is only on one side), I've found that without 'glass' a lot of buildings look ghost-like and it's such a simple fix that it hardly worth NOT doing it.
The 'glass' can just about be made out in the photograph to the left)
|Boring other side|
As always, the roof looks unfinished and despite my careful assembly doesn't seem to fit as well as I'd want. The photographs of the front porch below show the gap between the roof and the porch lintel.
If I thought it worth the effort I'd have a go at making the roof fit better, but as these are really only for my own use (they won't be at any show), I think it not worth the time fixing it.
|After touch up on the left), before on the right.|
As per the last build, I also went over the unpainted bits from this 'painted' model, a quick fix but getting a matching colour is a bit of a pain.
The photograph on the left shows the before and after touch 'ups'.
There's really not much difference but it was a quick fix.
|View from above with roof removed|
The major internal difference with this model and the previous one is that this is more of a 'Shotgun House', with three rooms, rather than a 'Shotgun Shack', but other than the extra room they're both very similar.
|Obligatory boring picture of a door|
In a fit of short lived enthusiasm, I even touched up the bits of the doors that would be seen when open.
So the verdict on these kits ?
I think the jury is still out, they fitted together well (probably too well); the painted surfaces are adequate (but need touching up); the roofs are awful (those tabs and the roof ridge -aargghh!); they are a good size and well in scale for "28mm" figures and as a basis for modelling a decent house they do the job.
I didn't bother to put any furniture in this one to take advantage of another photo-opportunity to pad this post out - saving you, the reader from falling asleep from boredom.
From my point of view, the sad thing is that once more, these will be stored away, probably never
to see the light of day on my games table (currently unusable) as my enthusiasm for this hobby is rapidly waining.
As always many thanks for taking the time to visit and your comments are welcomed and appreciated.