Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sticking the walls together

A real expert would spend hours carefully honing the chamfers in the corners of this kit. I am not an expert, I just trim them so the outside corner is OK and then glue things together using Pound shop epoxy resin that fills up the gaps. Buying the cheap stuff means you can slosh it on and it's plenty good enough for this job. 

The outside corners aren't perfect of course, but a bit of Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty soon sorts that out. Once dry, because I want to do this properly as a tribute to Peter, I cut each brick course with a thin saw. Yet again, I'm glad this isn't a warehouse...

The roof is joined with superglue and then braced with more epoxy. I'm keeping it lose as I have an idea that some furniture would be nice inside and since I don't have any suitable kits, or a desire to scratchbuild, I'll fix it on properly later. 

One area to be careful with is fitting the chimney. This needs to be slightly inboard as the roof extends beyond the walls slightly, and the stack should be on top of the bricks, not fresh air.


Stephen said...

Hi Phil
This 7mm scale office interior kit is good fun. Just a suggestion but it might work for your building.

Huw Griffiths said...

I wonder if this build might be destined to become the subject of a magazine article - to show the skills involved in building a typical kit.

OK - I'd also be quite happy to see a reasonably frequent magazine feature about building / modifying / reviving all manner of miscellaneous kits etc. - if nothing else, to encourage modellers (especially inexperienced ones) to have a go themselves with any vaguely similar stuff they encounter (either secondhand or at the back of a cupboard). I don't know how many other people would agree with me.

I could also add that some of us might also have old loco and rolling stock models screaming out for similar treatment, however ... .

Anyway, I can't help wondering if using one of his former model kits to help improve other people's modelmaking skills might be one way of paying tribute to your late friend.

Of course, I'm not saying that this has to be the case - I'm just "thinking aloud" ... .

It goes without saying that, if you decide to delete what I've just said, I'd have no issue with this.