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Monday, 30 November 2015

Are We Nearly There Yet ? (Street 5)

The Blue Sun General store and not a front for anything else, officer.
This week has seen some signage added and the roofs given some colour (by way of print-outs)
The first building will be fairly familiar to anyone that uses any of Tommy-Gun's free printed models and is the Blue Sun  general store.
The sign sits slightly proud of the main building and doubles as a positioning aid when placing the upper floor onto the lower.
The world famous "Soapy Waters", Laudromat (sp?)
The second building is the famous "Soapy Waters", Laundromat. This sign I picked up whist randomly surfing the interweb thing for just such things. I thought it just "cartoony" enough to be amusing and not so much that it wouldn't be unfeasible as a real-life laundromat.
(Note though, I think it was stretched a bit in photoshop to fit the width oif the building.)
The third building, but "What is it ?" I hear you ask.


The more discernible will also note the change in brickwork around the front entrance after the recent famous 'lost door' incident (pass me the aspirin).
The third building has had n awning adding that extends around its other side and now maybe you can see the reason for the slight indent in the street's frontage. The awning gives an additional anchorage point too, butting on to "Soapy Waters". The original awning should have been twice the height, but faced with yet another fitting problem I cut it down as a quick fix.
The signage for the third building requires the upper floor to be attached and reveals it to be a burger joint. Once more I'm sure a lot of you out there will recognise this particular fictitious burger chain.
 The sign comes from a photograph of  a screen-shot taken from my TV screen, then manipulated in photoshop way back in 2012, when I was no more than a novice with photoshopping things. I'm pretty sure I could make a slightly better job of it now, if I could be bothered, but  I reckon it's acceptable enough for a wargame standard table-top game.
Photograph of the entire street







View showing temporary roof furniture
The street is about 23" long (about  57.5cm), including the 'indent', it's about 10" deep (25cm) and to the top of the roof parapet is  about 6" (15cm), so it has quite a large footprint, but still fits onto one of my terrain boards (as above).  The roofs were given their rather boringly bland concrete grey textures and I've temporarily added some of the HVAC units for the photograph as I haven't decided yet which I'll use.
Side view of the burger Joint
Rear view of the street.
The rear of the building still needs a lot of work to finish it off.
Blue sun has a roller door to be added (one more thing lost over the years) and there is a set of stairs yet to be made (and therein lies another tale of woe)
The photograph does show one of the few 'working' doors on this model in the rear of the burger joint.
 This close-up view of the centre building shows the three doors that give access to the upper floors - the left and right ones 'work' though I'm not happy with either.
The centre, upper, door is yet another bodged job as the two 'sides'  of the door were not the same door and a reserve door had to be fitted. The architect for this whole bodged project would surely have been sacked ? (Allowance have to made though as he was heavily drugged at the time).
There is still a staircase that needs adding; the landing will be on the left the stairs will run left to right across the back wall of "Soapy Waters" down to the ground, near the ground floor window.

Rear view of the "Blue Sun"
Side view - "Food-o-Rama" !

The only interesting thing about the final side is how few windows it has.












And that, as they say is that. Other than the external staircase to add, this model is in a playable state, even if the interiors (or lack thereof) leave a lot to be desired and as I have already cut-out the interior for one of these three I'll be fitting that together over the next week and posting about my progress next time

That's it then for this week, I hope you've found something of interest.

My other blog has also been updated and the post can be found HERE

24 comments:

  1. Very cool. They really do look like a row of shops on a street.

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    1. Thanks Roy, I got the effect that I was aiming for, even if it's not shw-case standard.

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  2. Nice one Joe, look forward to seeing the interior stuff

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    1. Thanks GG, I'll certainly have someof the interior soon.

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  3. Hiya! Just found your blog, there's great stuff here!

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    1. Thanks Supervike and welcome to my blog too btw.

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  4. They do look rather good. I really must get back to making buildings of my own, some day soon...

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    1. Thanks C6 you should get more card stuff done too, so I can nick your ideas!

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  5. The street look tremendous. I can imagine how pleased you are with it. And so you should be!

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    1. Thanks Clint, much appreciated; I'm happy to get it looking the way it is atm and I'll be even more pleased if I ever get it finished.

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  6. Oh wow! The signage really lifts the already great street even further.

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    1. Thanks Michael, signs, posters and general detritus really do make a model come alive.

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  7. A fine row of commercial properties to play over. Plenty to scavenge and loot too, I'll wager. Looking forward to the finishing touches and interiors. Always like your interiors.

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    1. Thansk Bob, it's been quite a while since I've done a large amount interior filling - this could take some time.

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  8. Excellent work! This is a cool city block setup, I think it is a grand idea and well executed!

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    1. Thanks N667, it does give me a few extra places for survivors to search through.

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  9. Soapy Waters awesome name. Buildings turned out great Joe :)

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    1. Thanks Brummie, you can imagine howpleased I was when I found the Soapy Waters signs.

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  10. Those are good names on damn good buildings!

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    1. Thanks AL, much appreciated - you've got to just love the interweb.

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  11. Love your buildings, always a great pleasure to look at!

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    1. Thanks Phil, what a great compliment, much appreciated.

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  12. I am liking your town, Zab!

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    1. Thanks Jay, especially coming from country-boy (I'm guessing, by your 'world').

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