Taking a look at my selection of buildings, I found a rather large gap in the collection, I don't have a Starbucks or any coffee shop. Being rather cheap, and wanting to try and get something built quickly, I decided to go for a card building. Also being cheap, I used a free model from the internets!
I used the Microtactix Horseman's Deli as the basis for the building. I have built this a couple of times before, it makes a nice basic building. As presented, it does not have an interior, and I wanted to change that. I also decided to replace the 'glass' with some clear plastic for a window effect.
I should have done a better job with my photography skills, as I fumbled the in process pictures. I do have a few from various part way through. Imagine glue, bits of paper and various swearing all forming a cloud...that is pretty much how this went to start!
For the front and back, I cut the windows and doors out through both the outside and the inside walls. I printed off the doors on a separate page. I should have just printed another full page, but I tried to be clever and did just a screen grab of the doors, with one mirrored. They didn't scale correctly, and as a result my front door is slightly over sized. It's not too bad, but I won't make that mistake again.
I did manage to print the roof at a larger size, so it would overhang the walls, as opposed to being recessed on the standard model. I have plenty of clear plastic packaging set aside for the windows, so it was pretty easy to just cut a piece to fit the door and window. I did choose to NOT do the window over the front door, it doesn't look too bad.
A piece of advice, if you are installing clear plastic for the windows in this card building, I recommend using the absolute minimum amount of glue. Be prepared to clean up glue overrun if you put very much glue on. There is not much space for the hinge for the front door, I used just a small piece of paper glued to the door (between the front and back) and the interior and exterior walls.
|Are they still open?|
|Front, with windows|
|Cropped and printed it looks okay.|
|Front above showing some of the interior|
|Should be able to find that sign from blocks away|
|The standard building is on the right|
Well, some good, some bad. I'm thinking of trying some other variations on the shop. I will go with much smaller signs, and just on the front. I can place them together for a strip mall effect.
The front is a bit of a pain to do the glass trick with, but overall this was a good model to try it out on. It would be nice to have a bit more space next to the door. I'll need to get better at making the doors the right size as well. For a first go, I feel it turned out okay.
Please any suggestions, comments or ideas are welcome!