I started experimenting. I made a rubber mold of a brick wall, and got some sheets with a brick structure - but in Stretcher Bond, as I didn't know better at this point. Besides I realized that the plaster sheets were not practical for modelling the building with its corners and edges, especially the chimney.
So I decided to use "wall paper", sheets of paper produced on my computer printer, for covering the walls. Finally I found a picture that could serve my purpose. I printed several sheets of brick wall and slate roof.
Then I started drawing plans of my model. I had to do a bit of calculating again, converting feet and inches into meters and centimeters, and then sizing them down by dividing them by 56.
I reduced all measures a bit, to avoid making a building that would dwarf the miniatures too much. Still it became a stately building, measuring 19 to 12.5 centimeters, with a height of the chimney of 18 centimeters.
|Plan of the base of the roof (as an example)|
|The front wall of basement and ground-floor (window openings still to jigsaw out)|
|The rear wall glued to the ground floor with its stairs to the basement.|
|The 3 different doors, made of plywood and balsa wood (backdoor, front-door, and attic-door)|
|The stairs under construction|
|The sub-structure of the (detachable) roof|
|The finished basement and ground-floor (the weight inside is for gluing the thing to the base)|
|Inside view of the ground floor with the interior staircase and fireplace|
|Sash windows of one of the side walls|
|The slate roof with its dormers|
|The bottom of the roof section with the beams (which serve to keep it in place)|
|The store sign|
The 2 (unfinished) civilians document the size of the building