Yes, it’s been over a month since the first entry in this series, but I’ve been struggling with both the time and intricacies of this particular build.
First, I really struggled with the complimentary color that would be reflected in the window frames, door trims, and other accents. Then it was the individual window glazing’s and instructions. Finally, about two weeks ago I thought my appendix had burst and so I was out of commission and in bed for almost a week. And it doesn’t help that my build bench is also my kitchen table, so every day the sight of clutter and its accompanying mess is a constant reminder of how slow this build is actually going.
So let me get to it…that is the progress…or lack thereof….
Although the instructions that came with this kit indicating that there was some additional bass wood for bracing the main walls, it was not easily identified. I looked at all the wood strips that came with the kit and made some preliminary measurements of what would be needed and where, and it really wasn’t clear that there would be any extra for required bracing. Even if there was, it would be very thin and I tend to like strength and some may say I even over do it. Thankfully, I purposely purchase extra thicker strips at my local hobby shop and apply with Elmer’s wood glue. I then set weights on them and let the bracing dry and cure thoroughly before I continue. Picture 1 shows where I place a plethora of thick bracing I attached to the four main structure walls.
Next, (Pic 2) I decided to go ahead and seal and prime the back with old fashioned gray spray automotive primer. This aides (as I have indicated numerous times in previous builds) in stopping light leakage (if I were to add any internal lighting via LEDs or other means) and further minimize any chances of wood warping. You’ll also note that I have attached trim to both sides of each of the steepled end and cut the sides with a razor to match the angles on the roof lines. The wood that makes up these trim pieces according to the instructions are also the same wood to utilize as the bracing. See the difference in size? I think my thicker pieces will hold up much than the puny trim would have.
Additionally, I have glued in the primed plastic window inserts and added some bracing to what will be a small shed outcropping on the structure (small pieces on right).
Next came the paint. I already had a ton of various paints in the light beige, cream, and tan spectrum but couldn’t decide what to choose. I had an idea of taking a large popsicle stick, roughly the same color as the structure walls themselves, and painting a small test swatch of the available colors I had in a scale from lightest to darkest. Then to simulate what the aging may look like, I swiped the upper half of the stick with my India ink wash as shown in Pic 3 (below):
Believe it or not, none of these really grabbed me, but I knew I wanted to reside somewhere in this scheme, so I went online and looked at various *simulated* colors available from different hobby sites. After some deliberation, I gambled (after looking at some WWII model sites of tanks) on Testors brand Afrika Mustard (aerosol). I ended up sending away for it as my local hobby stores don’t carry the full line of Testors, so tack on a few additional days for order fulfillment and shipping.
I went ahead and painted the main structure faces with it and was very happy with the result. Now that I had chosen my primary color, I had two complimentary colors to choose: one for the window panes, door frames, and corner framing, and 2) a contrasting color for the two smaller building outcroppings and accents. For the outcroppings I went ahead with Hunter Green. However, the complimentary accent color really had me stymied. I bounced back and forth and back again on what color I wanted to counter the Afrika Mustard. So yet again, I went back to the hobby store and bought Green Zinc Chromate (Testors – solvent) for approx. $1.45.
I didn’t like it.
Once dry, it looked nothing like the examples I had seen shared on various model forums. Disappointed, I trudged back to yet a different hobby store and purchased a single bottle of plain Zinc Chromate (Testors – solvent). I spent more time and gas than I’d like to ever admit to in choosing this accent, but once I get a color or idea in my head, I generally stick to my guns, even if that means more delays.
Finally, Pic 4 illustrates an in-progress shot of my color scheme along with some preliminary India ink aging.
Next up….tedious window glazing, door assembly, deck staining, interior detail work, and maybe some assembly.