Things I did learn and will try to remember to do the next time.
1) Always trim the paper so that it will fold over the edges. This is for both the top and bottom as well as window and door openings. You just get a much nicer edge this way and a more complete look. You will have to file doors and windows to fit but this is worth the extra effort.
2) Hiding seams is hard! My main objective was to hide the puzzle cuts at the corners. In this I was successful, but what also needs to look better is the paper seams. On the outer corners I could hide this with different types of edging. I still see seams at the corners on the chimneys though. Granted for the most part I will be the only one that notices these issues.
3) Think through your modifications. Every time I added something to the exterior I forgot that it might affect how another part would fit. In this case it was primarily related to roof over hangs. I was fortunate that I was able to make the adjustments without breaking anything.
I really enjoyed putting together this Charlie Foxtrot Model kit and I look forward to putting together the other ones that are in the backlog now. The only real issue I have is that all the parts came in a back "unpunched" from the sprues. In there were some important pieces that look like scrap because they could have fallen out of a window or door opening. At one point I just through all the scraps away along with these pieces that are used to "fix" the first floor to the second floor. I'm not fond of the PVC piping that was provided for the chimneys either, it doesn't like acrylic paint very well, but that's a pretty minor quibble.
A few pictures of the final in process shots.
And some beauty shots to go along with those.
|I think really did manage to cut down on the amount of painting that I might have normally done.|