LAYERING

This is where we turn the model from a flat print to a 3d model. The printed boards are great as all of the weathering is already done for you. I kick it up a notch by printing the walls out twice. One wall I cut out individual boards and glue them directly on top of the other printed wall. I colored some of the under-wall black to represent tar paper.

CLAPBOARD

This structure doesn’t use clapboard but I think it is worth showing how I do that. Cutting the clapboard two boards wide allows me to overlap by one board. This kicks the boards out in a realistic manner. In O scale cardstock is darn close to scale thickness.

Important! When you cut cardstock you will reveal the white cardstock at the cut. To fix this use a gray color .. don’t worry about matching the printed color .. we are creating shadow. Clever Models suggests not to use a water base color .. but alcohol based – but I used a cool gray that I picked up at Walmart – painters® brand from Elmer’s. It is an acrylic but I had no problems using it.

CLOSER LOOK AT LAYERING

Here the door is two layers with the window rectangle and lower panel opened up. The ‘glass’ is clear plastic cut from a bubble pack. The hardest part was cutting the glass out. The trim is all layered on top of a base print. I have since come to the conclusion that it is much easier to replace doors and windows with Tichy parts .. and I have also since used stripwood for all trim .. makes for a much needed model. Still .. you can use the cardstock parts if you wish.

COMPLETED EXAMPLE #1 – FRONT

Two examples complete with warts. The one on the left is what you get from the kit with trim layered. The one of the right has had individual boards layered .. you can see where I notched a bit of one board to form a knothole which shows the black’tar paper’ on the inner surface. You can also see the ‘warts’ I referred to … the trim around the roof I managed to mess up. I also used some brown stain to weather a bit.

COMPLETED EXAMPLE #2 – RIGHT SIDE

Again I used my X-Acto knife to splinter the top boards to reveal the tar paper underneath on the model to the right. Pinwash applied here and there add to the weathering. I also used weathering powder to kick up both examples.

COMPLETED EXAMPLE #3 – REAR

The rear – again the one on the right has layered boards which you can tell mostly from where the tar paper shows. These little details are not “in your face” .. but are really understated I think .. you just accept the 3D effect without much thought. Some dark wash and weathering powders again make the building more worn than Clever Models had in mind I think!

COMPLETED EXAMPLE #4 – LEFT SIDE

Finally we complete the walk around the building to the left side of the building. Everything I said before applies here.

3/4 VIEW FRONT & LEFT SIDE

I think either one would be fine but you can just see the overlaid boards on the left side of the structure on the right.

3/4 VIEW REAR & RIGHT SIDE

Much the same from this view

WITH HAND

Gotta have a hand shot to show the size. Not bad for a cardstock model .. IMO. Like I said earlier I have since moved to using Tichy windows and doors and stripwood trim but even the cardstock pieces work well .. just take more work.

STRIPWOOD DECK

I did use stripwood to make the deck and railing. This view also helps highlight the 3D effect of layering boards. The tarpaper is straight from the kit printed on paper and finished off with some weathering powder

IN PLACE

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Finally in place on the layout.

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