I’m kinda excited to get back my hands back into N-scale. For this build I have selected “Wicked Wanda’s” by Bar Mills. As the website points out, this ‘vertical’ structure is based on a prototypical restaurant, with a small footprint and it’s unique design and look brings a lot of visual interest to a foreground focal point.
The last two structures I’ve done were HO scale, and the idea behind those was to get some additional practice on various techniques before I attempted a smaller scale again. Wanda’s has a lot of delicate parts to it, namely the wrap around staircase and it’s requisite stilts and fragile railings as well. It’s a pretty building and I’ve seen a lot of interesting takes, both in color schemes and it kit-bashed modifications. I’m actually going to try a few kit-bashed additions myself, (at least I plan to) so I’ll make sure I point them out as I make them.
The first thing I did, as usual, was to open the box and lay out all the parts contained within the kit for display, give a summary glance to the included instructions, and get myself a little familiar with the various pieces. As you can see from the following three pictures, there’s a lot of different medium contained within for a N-scale structure: plastic, white metal, scribed cardboard, laser cut plywood & basswood, acetate, laser cut self stick sheets, and two huge sheets of stick on shingles (the two large white sheets on the right)
One of the hardest parts I have of any new structure is trying to picture the color scheme in my head. Sometimes I spend days looking at magazine pictures, TV shows, real life structures, etc. to get ideas. As I’ve mentioned in another post, I tend to always gravitate towards my own favorite color combinations, but of course this doesn’t lend to real life and the town of Willoughby Junction would all start to look the same after a while.
I really try to force myself to think outside the box while also looking at the paints I already have so that I don’t find myself buying yet more (which in this case I did…more on that later).
I also toy with different themes. When I first saw Wicked Wanda’s, the last thing I thought of was a roadside eatery. Like most, you might have thought this two story dwelling would be found in the back woods or on the side of a mountain. Maybe it is the home of a reclusive fortune teller, or the resident creepy witch. Perhaps even a dilapidated haunted house (below). I saw a few kit-bashes online which that really took abandoned house theme to the extreme, breaking down the structure with knocked out windows, missing doors, large holes in the roof, tattered clapboard, and very extreme weathering! It would look great on a Halloween diorama in fact.
Anyway, I’m in the preliminary creative stages right now. The best I can do until I settle on my color is to prime the plastic window and do some interior bracing.
To be continued….