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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 03:07 am
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Another build of an original 60s-70s Superquick kit. This kit was replaced by a completely different Elizabethan Cottages kit in the 1980s, but is still, so far as I can tell, fairly easy to come by.

There were a few issues with this build. The main one being that the card was slightly warped from long-term storage. Another issue was that the printing on the windows was not very good – but a little late to complain to the manufacturers about that!




The Original 1960s Superquick Elizabethan Cottages – The kit




The whole kit unpacked




Fixing in the windows. I use sticky-tape to get the windows in the correct positions, then add blobs of PVA to provide a permanent hold. On this kit the walls are folded in half to create a double thickness of card. I found it much easier to fix the windows in place before the wall was folded. Also, on this kit, I removed the tape once the glue had dried and added more glue where the tape had been.




All the walls with the windows and doors in place. There are still two walls to fold and glue, When all the walls were glued, I left them overnight under some heavy books.




Yes, bits of wall and card are being used to hold the triangular supports in place whilst the glue sets. In the middle-front the central wall is ready to have the two sections of card added which will support the roof and wall.




After holding each part by hand whilst the glue took hold, I left the walls supported like this overnight as the glue set.




The white card strip in the foreground should be fixed under the overhanging fronts. Unfortunately, I used one half for my glue-pallet. I decided it would be better to cut some board to create a whole floor as this would make the model much stronger. The floors were slipped into place and then blobs of PVA were run around the top edges and underneath behind the front wall.




More supports were added underneath,




and in the top to stop the walls from bowing inwards.


The roof sections were fixed into place by blobbing PVA on the inside of the walls, the roof then being held in position and the whole building tipped up-side-down to allow the PVA to run onto the roof.




The parts and instructions for the chimney.




The two parts of the chimney assembled and glued. The wrap for the upper chimney was a little short leaving a bit of white on the exposed face.




After assembling the two halves, and cutting the base to about the right angle, some fine abrasive paper put a better edge on the bottom. This was then fixed to the roof by blobbing PVA on the inside and letting it run down onto the roof. I did some Ebaying while holding the chimney as the glue set...




The finished building. Ridge tiles added and all edges and exposed card painted in with black watercolour. I think by painting, it really transforms the look of the model.




Painting around the window and door frames, and under the roof in the middle, would have been MUCH easier before assembling the model!




The final view of the finished model.


Another enjoyable build, and not too many problems...


Thanks very much for looking.


Gordon :-)

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very good Gordon



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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 11:55 am
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Good looking building Gordon. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Thanks for sharing your project with us Gordon. You've made a fine job of it, keep up the good work. 



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Lovely job. :thumbs



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Hi folks,

Thanks for the nice comments – much appreciated.

Gordon :-)

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Probably a rare instance of a warped card not mattering. A lot of half-timbered house seem to have 'bent' walls. A lovely model. I have a box full of Superquicks unbuilt at the moment.

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Gordon . Remember building one of these back in the 1980's . When we moved it got broken . Nice work



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Hi Albert and Crompton,

Thanks for the nice comments.

Glad to hear that I am not the only one with unmade kits knocking around!

There are a few old Superquicks on a well known auction site at the moment – and there's a couple I've got my eye on. I think that they compliment the old Triangs that I've been accumulating lately.

Gordon :-)

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