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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 02:00 am
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I though it would be a good exercise to build a scale model of my own house. You can follow the progress here:

Scale = H0



First, I created a baseplate, with 2mm thick cardboard and I added the base for the walls, I did this, because the base is made out of bricks and sticks out a bit.



After that, I added all the outer walls, in the same cardboard, I placed it inward about half a mm so I can add texture to the outside which i plan to print on sticker sheets. You can see, I did make some mistakes here and there, but so far, it's going ok.



First and second floor have wood-texture and I added the brick texture to the outside. The parts that aren't textured will not be in brick, some will be in industrial looking panels, some in wood and some aluminium panels. I also have to add the windows, here you can already see the frames.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 03:24 am
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A nice project to do and building it in card aswell looks really interesting its great you are showing how you are building it aswell its usefull for all members to see i look forward to your next instalment

cheers Brian.W

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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 04:17 am
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Looking good mate, looking forward to the neat and nice explanation on how you do it.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 04:18 am
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a novel idea it will really personalise your layout, i will follow this with interest
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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 08:00 am
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This is a fun idea, and looking good too.

Mike

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 Posted: Sun Oct 5th, 2008 08:21 am
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All Right, a project in Card! And a house to boot. I will be watching how you do this as I have a house to build also. Mine will however be in Plasticard.

How did you make your window frames?

Where do you get the Card? Is it made for scratchbuilding or did you just use Card from odds and ends?

Wayne (Can you tell I don't know much about Card?) :cool wink



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Wayne,

My window frames are from 250 g/m² sheets, I just cut out squares where the glass would go, and i glue it on the inside, in the next step, i will glue some see-through plastic on to the frames, and use some white tape of sticker sheet to make the window frames on the outside of the window. This way, your 'glass' is stuck between the window frame, as it would be in real life.
I will show some more detailed pictures of this, as I have to do the windows for the second floor soon.

As to where I get the card:
I just went to my local paper store and looked for some 2mm thick cardboard. There were different price ranges, I just took the cheapest ;-). It's really heavy cardboard which can't be bend. So that works for me.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 6th, 2008 09:37 am
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Next update:

Progress so far



I added the panels on the right side wall and added the glass and the outside part of the window frames
Next I will quickly describe how I did the windows

1. Measure and cut



Measure twice and draw your window on a piece of white card (I use 250g/m², This is solid paper and easy to manipulate). Next cut out the inside of the window, where the glass would be.

2. Check for room and cut the frame out



Next, I check to see if there's enough room around the window, on the left and right there is no problem, Above and under the window there is less room, I transfer this information to the paper and I cut the entire window out. The extra flaps around the window frame are for glueing.

3. Glue the window to the house



As you can see above, I glued the flaps to the house, this looks awul on the inside but looks ok on the outside. It is on this frame that the glass window will be glued

4. Making the actual window.



I cut out a piece of clear plastic, the size of the entire window. Then I use some sticker-sheet and i cut a very small strip of it. This way, i don't have to use any glue to fix it to the plastic.

5. Finishing the window



Next, I cut the remainder of the strip in half and use it to make the little horizontal strips inside the window frame. Next, I glue it to the frame we already fixed into the house.

And BAM, you've got yourself a window



 

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 Now that's an interesting way to make windows, and an excellent 'how to' to go with it.

 Keep it up :doublethumb:doublethumb



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Thats a really good solid build.I think your model is better and stronger than some real houses are built these days!!!:lol:
    Very interesting thread....and what a nice house you live in,too!

Cheers,John.B.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 6th, 2008 03:29 pm
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Thanks Struisje, for the lesson on window making. They sure look the part when you are done.

I wonder how I could attach white card to Plasticard? Do you think two sided tape would hold good enough?

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I never worked with plasticard, but I think some good glue will hold just fine. Maybe if you have some scrap plasticard you could try some stuff out.

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:thumbs:thumbs That's a terrific how-to and an excellent look.

 Mike

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Wayne Williams wrote: Thanks Struisje, for the lesson on window making. They sure look the part when you are done.

I wonder how I could attach white card to Plasticard? Do you think two sided tape would hold good enough?

Wayne


Tube type polystyrene cement (not the liquid solvent type) will secure card to plastikard. Apply a thin coat both surfaces and join immediately. Practice on some scraps first. ;-)

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That's a great thread Struisje - well photographed and very well explained.  Your method of making windows is one I haven't seen before but makes excellent windows.

One thing - looking at your card, it seems very thick.  You say it's only 1mm but looks thicker - how do you cut it ?  Thick card is usually very hard to cut accurately and to get a clean cut.

Perry - thanks for the info re card to plasticard - information like that is ALWAYS useful to have. :thumbs



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Well, actually it is 2mm thick.

As for the cutting, I use a very sharp knife (duh) and I gently score the cardboard along the ruler, I do this 5 or 6 times, I make sure the line is straight and then I cut it through completely trying not to tilt the knife to the left or right too much.

If I'm not satisfied completely I use some sandpaper to sand it down a little bit.

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