I'm still handing out a 0 out of 5 for a complete lack on instructions. I do realize that these kits are pretty dead simple but a guide for the novice would be helpful. Especially if you are trying to put in the second floor since its an optional piece.
Quality of the components gets a solid 5 out of 5. Everything fits and the detail is good. Again this building has mine own issues with the side doors being right at ground level, while the front door is raised up for the front sidewalk. The other issue being that the floors could have been detailed out with some wood planks.
Its a good solid building, looks good with the rest of my buildings and overall I'm quite happy with it. I'll definitely be adding some more Gamecraft buildings to Calamity, they have a nice variety of different false fronts that I like. Allen also makes some nice add on packs, like interior and exterior stairs, outhouses, signs, fences and, maybe best of all, a spare parts pack!
Since I need to up my word count this morning I'll add some photos. Photos are worth a 1000 words they say!
|Another bag of parts|
|The bag from the other side|
|The pieces all laid out. I'm committed to the build at this point.|
|Adding windows to the back.|
|Adding windows and doors to the front|
|Adding the back piece to the front.|
|Adding doors and windows to the side|
This next picture is the key to getting the second floor in. Initially I wanted to use the handy little second floor template that Battle Flag included with the Photographer's Studio building. When I compare the two though I could see that it wasn't going to work, it would have set the floor right at the bottom of the windows. The Battle Flag kit definitely has taller ceilings! Using a Black Scorpion miniature mounted on its normal base I measured the line you see below. They way the walls are laid out I was able to dry assemble the walls to lay side by side so I was able to draw my line with across all the walls at once. I then took some scrape from the sprues and glued it just under that line. So the second floor is level and there is still room for miniatures on both floors. I also cut a spot for a staircase opening on the second floor. This also serves as a convenient handhold to take out the second floor. I must admit at this point that I like the way the Knuckleduster buildings let you just take off the upper floor and leave the miniatures in place.
|Forethought! Marking the second floor line before gluing!|
|Building the porch roof|
|Gluing up the roof|
|Roof from the other side.|
|Gluing up the walls|
|Still gluing up the walls|
|1st floor is in place. Supports for 2nd floor are in.|
|Finished from the front, no porch|
|Finished from the back|
|Scale. Battle Flag (left) & Black Scorpion (right)|
|Scale with the porch added|
|Side by side with Knuckleduster|
|And against the other Gamecraft building|
|Gamecraft and Battle Flag|
|Gamecraft and Battle Flag Part 2|
|Gamecraft and Aetherworks|