|The completed Governor's House.|
|Governor's House as it was when I abandoned it.|
|Governor's House partially built.|
|Governor's House partially built.|
|New Plastruct roofs for the house and shed.|
|I kept the small roof made with straws for the smaller shed.|
|Aerial view of the building.|
I made the balcony using scrap pieces of balsa wood for the beams, and coffee stirrers for the planking.
|Side view of balcony.|
|Balcony temporarily put in place.|
|Balcony on side of house.|
|Painted tile roofs.|
|Tile roofs complete.|
|Plastruct Patio Stone courtyard.|
|Completed Governor's House.|
|Overhead view with roofs and second floor removed.|
The second house I finished need just a little work, as it was almost complete when I left off.
The nearly completed house. There is a large open space on the base between the two doors, and I am not 100% certain yet how I am going to finish it off. I made a small flowering bush to place there for now, and I may turn that area into a small garden with a path between both doors. Whatever I do, I need to be sure to make it something that will hold up in a terrain piece. Some of the more realistic flowers and bushes can be quite delicate.
The final house was the one most in need of work. I'd cut out and glued the main walls, but they'd not been attached to a base and had suffered for it. Also, as you can see in the pictures, since this was one of my earliest houses, I did not rabbet the corners of the foamcore to help hide the seams.
The first thing I did was glue the walls to a sturdy base to stabilize and protect them.
Like the other houses, I wanted to add some visual interest. For this house, that would consist of a trellis climbing to a window that would be beneath a small awning (my wife's idea) and a walled patio.
I built the frame for the awning from scrap balsa and styrene, then cut a small piece of tile sheet to fit.
The walls were foamcore, with balsa wood used for the ends, and a strip of cardboard to cover the top of the foamcore. Cheap, easy and effective.
Here's the wall and awning glued in place.
The trellis is made from balsa strips, and glued in place.
For the actual plant climbing the trellis, I looked at several options. I found some strands of a vine-like plant in a bin and tried that first.
I also tried a version with small red flowers glued to the ends of the "leaves."
The third option was made from plastic tree branches covered in green flock and red flowers. This was the one my wife liked the most, so that is what i used.
The completed green house:
Since I've had some questions about certain techniques, I thought I'd show them below. First, the roofs. They are very simple to make. I just cut foamcore wedges into the correct angles, and glue cardboard to them. Once the glue is completely dry, I cut Plastruct tile sheet to fit, and glue it on using DAP Strong Stik. This adhesive has a caulk-like consistency, so I run a bead of it on the roof and spread it thin, then press the tile sheet into it and let it dry completely before painting.
For the removable second floors, I have come up with an easy way to make very strong floors. I used to make the from balsa and glue a wall section to them to use as a "handle" for removing them for play. There were two drawbacks to this. First, when I painted the balsa it tended to expand, which made the floors fit too snugly unless I trimmed them back. Also, the walls sometimes just lifted off the floor sections and had to be re-glued.
I solved these problems by making my floors from thick styrene. I drill a hole in the middle and screw a section of wooden dowel to it. After a quick spray with a dark brown paint, they're done.
I hope you enjoyed the latest installment in the development of my Spanish colonial town. I now have a total of ten completed buildings, and one still in progress. I think that when the 11th building is done I will call the main part of the town finished. I'll undoubtedly be tempted to build "just one more" but I will probably move onto something different, for a change of pace.
Please do let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or critiques by commenting below. I love hearing what my readers think!
'Til next time.