After a lot of deliberation (fancy term for stalling because I had no idea on how I wanted to proceed), I finally got back to this build and added some new details that are not a part of the original instruction set.
First off, as you’ll recall from my last two posts in this build series, I hit a mental wall when it came to window treatments. I didn’t like the fact that the windows and doors of an abandoned gas station just looked at blank interiors. So with a little creativity I cut up various pieces of construction paper and glued them to the interior windows at various lengths to simulate window shades or curtains. While this may have worked fine for the sides and back of this build, I didn’t like it for the front. In the front of the structure you have a double door that would lead to the inside of the building, but instead upon close inspection the viewer would only see painted clapboard of a false wall. Then where the open window is (far right of structure) a figure would be standing to hand out fireworks as money exchanged hands. The problem I saw here was again, there was no real interior detail…just more blank walls.
So I had an idea. What if I went to the Internet and Googled “Firework shelves” or “Firework stand interior”? Well, that’s what I did and came across different pictures. Problem with this, however, is that many of the pictures were taken at angles, or out or proportion, so that I was limited with ‘straight-on’ shots of fireworks on shelves.
After sifting through a few pages, I finally settled on a few images that I was able to combine, resize, and print out on my color printer (see picture below).
Once printed out, I attached the trimmed images to thicker card stock paper, leaving tabs on either end which I could fold and then glue to the walls. For the front door, I duplicated one of the images again, and trimmed it enough to fit in the space behind the door and attached directly to the painted clapboard with transfer tape.
You will also notice that I have painted about a quarter-inch of trim all away around the underside of the cardboard base roof. Once the cardboard roof is glued into place, the blue trim will serve as the exposed eves to match the building trim itself.
This second photo doesn’t do a lot of justice for the overall build and progress. It just shows that I have glued the cardboard roof into place, after scoring it with my Xacto knife at the apex so that it would bend at the correct spot. The ‘tic’ marks shown on the roof are indicators to place the optional 2×6 rafters that are *ahem*, supposedly supplied by FOS (maker of this kit). The problem is, is once again, the wood supplied for some of these extra details were not a part of the package, clearly a mistake. This happened to me with another of his kits….the wrong wood, or mislabeled wood is never correct.
FOS has an ingenious way of ‘identifying’ the wood. The wood tips are color coded to match a card supplied with the kit. 2×4′s are tipped blue, 3×64′s tipped black, 2×6′s tipped grey, etc. Problem is, 1/2 the wood is never tipped, so I have to take time out to figure out which is which anyway, but in this case, none of the wood is tipped ‘grey’ to indicate 2×6, and after breaking out my HO scale ruler, and comparing all other pieces, it dawns on me that there are no 2×6′s, but I have extra 2×4′s. So, Dave Fos, if you ever read this, please double-check your bundled wood before you ship your kits. I’m 0 for 2 now on correct wood…sigh. Well, since I have extra 2×4′s, this will have to do, and these will be my new rafters (next entry).
The angle is a little weird in this third picture (sans figures), but here you will see the interior panels that I created earlier are now in place, lending some additional detail and believability . The 4 small windows on the top panel of the garage door still need to be dealth with, but I hope to get the rafters and rolled roof paper in place for the next installment.