Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 4, 2008 17:37:45 GMT 1
Here are my finished balsa window frames...
There are 9 of them, I made an extra one because I wasn't quite happy with one of them. So I used the one I liked least of all as a prototype to try out the paint and window panes with. I made the windows out of old CD cases, sanded to make them look frosted, and also used a couple of bits of some cheap plastic CD wallets to try and simulate the hammered glass in the corners...
It's ended up looking pretty good, but I tried a couple of different things and made a bit of a mess in places so hopefully I can make the others better.
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 7, 2008 17:36:07 GMT 1
8 finished windows...
Bit of a panic in the morning as I had left the frames to dry over night from painting and the cats apparently had a battle during the night and broke two of them. Luckily they glued pretty much seamlessly so it was no real problem, apart from the scare.
Post by chriskingbees on Aug 7, 2008 22:35:13 GMT 1
Battling cats? My money's on Frankenstein! lol Super looking set of windows though (Despite feline interference) Balsa is a very soft medium, and easy to repair seamlessly most times, as you say. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this build Great stuff KB
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 11, 2008 17:09:25 GMT 1
It's quite a strange experience, never really having built anything before - some days it seems like it's dragging on forever, and other days it seems as though the end is almost in sight. But I suppose really it's only been a couple of months and I'm making pretty good progress...
This is just a blu-tack test again, but I'm sure this time I'm almost ALMOST ready to get some glue on it and finally have something freestanding
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 11, 2008 19:34:30 GMT 1
Yep that's what I'm going for. I suppose with the style of the base, and the dark colour it will be painted, it would be best described as a Season 8 box The Sketchup model I made (on the first page) is the lighter paintwork from a bit later on, but I will be going with the darker.
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 13, 2008 13:09:21 GMT 1
The bloody windows will go in after it's painted. Which won't be until the sign boxes are on too. Which won't be until I've built them. Which I won't do until I've fastened the doors on. Which won't get done until all the walls are glued on. Which won't happen until I've put some polyfiller in a few cracks and holes... the list is endless
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 14, 2008 16:49:03 GMT 1
Well here's a close-up of the textured and painted door. I think it went pretty well. I also decided, more or less at the last minute, to have a go at making a fake lock out of the end of a pencil, just because it happened to be exactly the right size, and I'm pretty happy with how that looks too.
I'm finding that the less I try and be neat, the more authentic it looks. I suppose that speaks volumes about how they cared for the original prop
How very true. The way I've been tackling mine is to essentially leave it in its raw form - I was going to sand and fill all the joins, but as the model progressed, I realised that it looked more authentic this way, so I'm going to leave it and just lightly texture over the entire thing.
I do like the scale of your model, had I not been making one already at 1:13 scale, I would have tackled a much larger version, but to see what you're achieving is quite inspiring in that respect. You've made a really nice job of the texturing too, that's a class act, as they say. Keep up the great work.
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 15, 2008 17:47:56 GMT 1
Well here's another "mock up" of the front doors. The windows aren't attached yet and the sign is just a printout stuck to a bit of card, I hope to be doing that better later. I really should stop doing these temporary blu-tack builds just for the sake of photos, I'm getting ahead of myself. I wanted to paint the doors before they are fixed on so they don't swing about too much or get painted shut, but now that they are done I don't think I'll be doing any more painting for a while.
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 21, 2008 19:47:07 GMT 1
Here's the medieval torture device I constructed today to clamp the walls and corner posts onto the base while they glue together. I suppose the normal method would be to fix the corner posts to the base first and then afix the walls between them, but I decided this was the best way for my model. (Ignore the phone panel, that's actually the rear wall)
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 23, 2008 19:25:16 GMT 1
The walls are glued on now (with only 1 or 2 alarming cracking sounds due to the medieval torture device). The doors are nearly ready to be fastened on properly now, but I've found a few spots that stick and need extra filing (and then repainting of course). But, all in all, shouldn't be long now before that's done.
Post by zbignievhamson on Aug 28, 2008 16:10:40 GMT 1
My first "completed" sign box. I even managed to get the inner step detail on, even though at this scale it's about 1mm. The whole thing kind of bends a bit when I put it on the box though. I'll have to fiddle with it a bit to get it all straight. But this one is going on the back so I can learn from this and do the others better.
Post by zbignievhamson on Sept 10, 2008 18:05:08 GMT 1
Well, at last, blue paint day is rapidly approaching. Today I textured the box with polyfiller...
And I've also used some pinheads to stand in for the bolts on the corner posts...
And it's basically ready to paint now, which I think I will do tomorrow (although I suspect my paint will run out before I finish). Then all that remains is to make the signs, door handles, the entire roof section etc....
Post by zbignievhamson on Sept 11, 2008 20:14:35 GMT 1
Well, I managed two walls today, but it took me ages, the third wall will have to wait. And even the walls I did do have a few spots that need touching up. Here's a pic anyway (low angle to disguise the lack of a roof). I actually altered the colour in Photoshop a bit because it doesn't even look blue in the proper photo.