This time I drew out the pieces directly on 2mm foamed PVC sheet. This one took a bit more than two sheets. Along with being a more traditional 2 story false front building I'm including a few internal walls just like the original kit. The only thing missing at this point is the exterior staircase that leads to the second story. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to approach that particular feature yet. The roof offers some complexities as it essentially has three dormers; two with windows and one with a door.
A couple of things that I still need to work out are if I want the second floor to lift off as a unit and how I will keep it in place and making the roof removable. I'll work these things out as I go along. The other thing I'm going to do with this one is to make custom windows and doors rather than use commercial parts. I'm thinking that the 1mm thick PVC sheet can be used to build up the doors and windows. We will see!
Once I had most of the pieces drawn on the PVC I went ahead and cut everything out and did a little dry fitting to make sure that what I drew will actually fit together. The floors and the interior walls I didn't draw until I was sure everything was lining up.
So this is where I'm at before I start adding planking and wood grain detail.
|Using my metal blocks to hold things in place and make sure my angles are right I lay out the floor. I need a second one for to go on the second story.|
|The front with the windows and doors drawn out and the roof peak penciled in so I have a guide for the back. I'll transfer this to the back side of the false front to help support the roof and lay in the planking for the back side of the false front.|
|The left side of the building with four windows.|
|The right side is actually drawn on the inside, I wasn't thinking when I layed it out for cutting. The door for the second floor is on this side and there are no windows since they would be covered by the exterior staircase.|
|Messing around with the floor for the 2nd story and the interior wall.|
|The interior walls for the first story in place|
|Fitting the second story into place|
|Second story in place and with all the walls in place. Just look at this I think I'm going to need the 2nd story to lift off from the 1st story otherwise it will be hard to maneuver miniatures around on the 1st story.|
|The back extension. This will definitely look like something added to the store after it was originally completed.|