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Mad Padre
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: Factory Project: Industrial Buildings for WW2 Urban Ops Reply with quote

I've wanted to do a terrain piece with an industrial theme, suitable for WW2 urban ops, that would use up some plastic kits I've found over the years in model railroad stores. I'd like to be able to use it for Eastern or Western front. The look would be semi-ruined, and the builldings need to have removable roofs to place figs. Here's the kit I started with, a coal-fired power plant from the Walthers line.




I could probably buy some resin models that have the final effect I want, or scratchbuild them out of foamcore, but I have the bloody thing, so I decided to get started. First thing I wanted to do was test my dremel tool on an excess piece of the nice hard ploystyrene to see how I might manage shell and bullet holes. Seemed to work alright.



I wanted to have one side of the building blown open by a bomb hit, so I figured out where I would chop it up.



It didn't feel right to take the cutting tool of the dremel to this innocent nice little model kit, but here goes.



Next: glue in the window frame inserts, mess them up, and assemble the wall sections. mess them up, and paint them. Meanwhile, gotta plan the terrain board where it will go along with some scratchbuilt ruins, some rail line, and a crane from another model kit. More next time.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pardon my ignorance, but what size figures does the building go with? 15, 20 or 25/28mm? Can't wait to see it painted.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rubberronnie,

Those are 1:87 buildings, but most Walthers stuff are big HO, so near 1:80.

Nice concept Mad Padre, keep the good work - I'm looking at these as I also have some Walthers buildings just crying out to be made that way...

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice ones.
Personnaly, I never dared damaging Walthers stuff, but might have a go.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, nice, looks the part kit wise for a good sized building. Are you going to spice it up with lots of rubble?

If not, feel free to PM me your adress, so I can send you some Linka to change your mind. Some of the arches in that kit of yours look like a dead match for my Linka small brickwork moulds.

And I like to pimp Linka.

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Mad Padre
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Johann:

Thanks for the Linka tip - I've looked at the Linka website and it may be just the ticket. Look for my PM. Yes, I want to seriously rubble it up, and then scratch build a second wing that is severely obliterated. I'm collecting bits and pieces and hope to get another push down soon, though there is the group build project to tempt me ....

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks promising. I look forward for that project. I still have dozens of 1/87 building kits in my father in law´s basement. They were destined to make up a big railway works yard. The only one ever finished is a 3ft-diameter roundhouse for 21 steam locomotives. But it is almost scrapped yet by storing and moving it around by the landlord...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:34 pm    Post subject: Factory Project: Industrial Buildings for WW2 Urban Ops Reply with quote

After some delays and problems that life has thrown at me, I've returned to this project and am eager to finish it.
Got the windows assembled, with appropriate battle damage. The walls are painted, though the brickwork needs weathering and shell/bullet holdes. Next to install some equipment and debris on the factory floor, add rubble, and finish the walls.






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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coming along very nicely i see!
great stuff!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, guessing Canada Mail again failed to do their job and bother to drop a parcel off at your place with Linka?

Looks nice sofar, don't rush things if life is bad. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice job on the windows, very natural looking Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really great project, thanks for sharing the steps. I have some buildings by Pola that will work well for larger Normandy era buildings and seeing someone else take a Dremel to them has caused me to get over my own fear of "ruining" them. It seemed to me that next to some of my Scenic Effects ruined buildings, the Pola buildings would look to clean -- now I can pock mark them up to blend in better - the Dremel is a great tool, I did not know that there is a cutter -- what's the part number on the cutting bit, if you know ?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

never mind, I think I found suitable cutter bits online !
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
the Dremel is a great tool, I did not know that there is a cutter -- what's the part number on the cutting bit, if you know ?


DOES IT REALLY EXIST?
NEVER HEARD OF IT

COULD BE FUN
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olivier-
Go to Dremel.com and check them out, they are great.
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