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Post Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:27 pm

Town House WD131

I built these cottages some years ago, also from an article in an old White Dwarf:

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Since then I wanted to add some town houses from the article in White Dwarf 131 - finally I started to do some more nostalgic stuff :-)

I recently got a [Proxxon Thermo Cut 230/e](http://www.proxxon.com/de/micromot/27080.php "Proxxon") for my birthday present, this is my first project with the machine. I wasted some styrodur to get the hang of it, and quickly got respectable results. There is still a lot of improvement in handling the Thermo Cut, but for now I was happy.

I cut the shapes of the plan

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from a sheet of styrodur, then sliced off 5mm thick slices - this way I had to cut the actual shape of each part only once, then multiplied the part. Only the chimneys were done in 1cm thick slices.

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I then glued the walls by using Lego blocks for right angles.

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I glued a ground floor and a first floor into the buildings for added stability. The first floor also gives more space to place miniatures inside with this design.

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The first of the houses will be the shop of a merchant. The ground floor is build from stone (business is good) with a big arched window (which will be sectioned into smaller panels) to represent his wares. Of course this idea only struck after gluing the walls, it would habe been easier to make the cuts before... I carved the stones with a round tipped biro, depressed some of the stones for a more three dimensional effect, then added structure with a ball of tin foil

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For the ridge on the roof I followed an idea from the article. I drilled holes into a piece of wood, then cut in half, thus creating two ridges at once.

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Post Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:44 am

Re: Town House WD131

It's looking great so far. Some very useful tips here too! Thanks :)

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Post Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:11 am

Re: Town House WD131

Cool Work.
Congratulations. :mrgreen:
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Post Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:01 pm

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Absolute genius using the Legos to hold the pieces in the correct angle!

The rest is looking great too!
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Post Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:13 pm

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Really great work - and clever use of Lego. I am looking forward to seeing the finished results.

It seems like it's town house season on the forum at the moment :D
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Post Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:06 pm

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Mr Papafakis wrote:It's looking great so far. Some very useful tips here too! Thanks :)


You are welcome, I am glad if someone finds my ramblings helpful :-)



Viruz wrote:Cool Work.
Congratulations. :mrgreen:


Thank you 8-)



ardyer wrote:Absolute genius using the Legos to hold the pieces in the correct angle!


Thank you, but I can't take the praise for that :oops: ... It is something that I saw others using and just borrowed the idea :-)



LilBroGrendel wrote:It seems like it's town house season on the forum at the moment :D


Yes, I noticed the other threat after submitting my post :o
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Post Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:06 pm

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Today I added the timbering on the merchant's house. I use 8mm square balsa rods, and cut by hand 2mm-3mm beams, thus creating hopefully the look of hand made beams that are not really uniform.

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Post Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:03 pm

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KingOfTheLeadPile wrote:The first of the houses will be the shop of a merchant. The ground floor is build from stone (business is good) with a big arched window (which will be sectioned into smaller panels) to represent his wares. Of course this idea only struck after gluing the walls, it would have been easier to make the cuts before...


I have seen people make small handheld wire cutters using cheap household goods. They seem useful for the kind of freehand jobs in tight spots that your merchant store window entails.

The basic idea is to fix a wire (paperclip) to either a battery or a lighter to give you a sort of pen sized device with a hot wire. There are lots of designs on Youtube. Some go towards the more advanced using a battery and a bit of wiring and a switch. The simplest I've seen was just a paperclip wrapped around a lighter and sticking out over the lighter nozzle to be heated and provide a couple of inches of hot wire to operate in a stylus fashion.

Obviously, caution advised regarding handling a flame anywhere near your foam buildings, or your hobby space in general. But even the simplest lighter+paperclip version seems reasonably safe because you can heat it on the fly, then turn off the flame and the wire will retain enough heat to carve out a few inches or so I saw in a video.

Not tried the idea myself but it seemed straightforward enough from the videos I saw that I thought it worth recommending.
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Post Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:05 pm

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Oh and your buildings are looking really good! I especially thought the idea of using 2/3 mil beams for slight variation was ingenious, I never would have thought of that.
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Post Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:00 pm

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Use of lego bricks for squaring corners is genius! :)
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