I wasn't quite sure which forum to put this in so chose Model Railway as a new 1/35th scale layout is the purpose for assembling these buildings. The first is the workshop which is one of the Minitart complete building kits (as opposed to their battle damaged buildings). Because of the size the walls consist of numerous modules which I've been assembling for two evenings. A second kit is on its way from Ukraine which will be added to the side of this kit to give a 'W' roof' line. The finished building will become hangars for Rolls-Royce armoured cars.
There is quite a lot of work in those Miniart vacuum formed buildings. I found that gluing lengths of Plastruct or Evergreen angle up against the edge of one half before gluing the second half to it makes it a lot easier and stronger and eliminates any gaps. I have this one in my stash with plans to do a little workshop diorama with it one day so will be watching this one.
I agree but they are easier than building from scratch especially detail pieces like windows etc. I do something similar. I cut around the piece that will be the outside face leaving the depth to the wall. For the inside piece I cut it right back to a single sheet. i then use the off cut scraps to roughly build extra width to the edge of the wall before gluing on the back sheet.
Structure now assembled. I did have an oh shit moment when i tried the assembled windows frames into the wall. The height of the opening was over 1mm too short so I had to enlarge the aperture by filing a section out. The resulting gap across the top of the frame was filled by slipping a section of balsa filed to the correct depth between the two wall edges.
I too like the Miniart buildings. I munted the first one I made, I didn't sand enough before trying to glue the pieces together. I've started a more simple one a week or so ago, and have made more effort this time round to get the edges more square/flush this time. I also reinforce the joins by using scraps left over from cutting the building pieces out.
The only issue I have is they seem to be more scaled at 1/32 than 1/35, the doorways and doors are huge when you have a 1/35 scale figure standing in/near them
I brought a pile of them in Melbourne years ago from Hearns Hobbies but in recent years I get them off Trade Me. A guy in Napier who trades under the name havingfun3 sells them very cheap. I think he is just slowly clearing them. Last one I brought was the North African House #35540 usually about $60 as it is quite a big kit. I brought it for $25. He still lists quite a few every week. Worth keeping in mind.
The North African house is another of their non destroyed houses and looks great. I purchased it to be part of backdrop for pair of RNZNVR commanded Vosper MTBs in a dockside scene in North Africa or Italy port. One day i'll finish the diorama. Oh first I need to assemble the two Vospers.
I think havingfun3 is the Trademe name for the model shop that is/was in Napier. Is it still there?
Windows sitting on place and half roof on. The other section will have to wait until I have both parts of the building completed so I can determine how to modify the roof sections and drainage between them.
This is the sort of scene I'm thinking of with various Rolls-Royce armoured cars in and outside the building.
OK after traveling with work I've had few days to progress this build. What will become the inner wall has been opened up. The large floor to ceiling windows reduced in size and first coat of brick colour applied. I will need to disguise edge of the bricks closing up the bottom of the window opening as I did not cut the piece correctly so the bricks don't match sufficiently. I'm still awaiting arrival of the second factory kit.
Looks like this is progressing nicely.
I like to build from scratch but have to admit these are pretty neat kits as far as getting detail goes and I do have my eye on a couple of kits myself for new builds coming up.
Look forward to seeing some updates here
Three new kits arrived from the Ukraine today and a 1 to 1 scale garden shed kit. I know which ones I what to spend time on while watching Bathurst 1000 this weekend but I think know which one I'll actually be prioritised by domestic authorities.
The Workshop will be added to the one I have already assembled to become the Rolls-Royce armoured car stables while the European Barn will be turned into a small estate railway station.
The buildings are primarily vacformed but need a bit of technique/practice to get right. Their other kits are standard moulded plastic and generally go together pretty well while not being Tamiya quality.