AN ONGOING NEWSLETTER October 2012


Hamilton Hardware
by Gisby

A few months ago, Doug sent me some samples from a new company for review.

The company is 'Products for Wargamers' and among their products are laser-cut MDF Old West buildings.

Doug built his straight from the bag, and it is a nice-looking kit: Well-detailed, with good fit. A pleasure to build, it will even look good unpainted.

The walls interlock and there is a front walkway with two hitching posts.

External framing is provided, although doors and windows are solid. There is no internal floor.

The roof is well braced. Because of the angle of the join, the peak will need sanding or filling to get a seamless fit.

A very nice laser-etched sign is provided. Even better, they will custom-cut signs to order, so you can have personalised buildings very easily.

To make it fit in with my older buildings, I made a few subtle changes.

I opened the doors and windows using the etched locating lines on the walls as guides. The MDF is easy enough to cut, using a sharp x-acto blade. The frames cover any slight irregularities caused by my lack of skill.

The front awning and walkway are made from coffee stirrers. The sign on the awning is made from a section of the supplied walkway.

I made the roof removeable as well. The front roof support is clipped from some scrap MDF, the internal braces keep it from sliding off.

The interior floor is made from craft sticks, although MDF or cardboard would have served as well.

Other kits from 'Products for Wargamers' are reviewed at 'The Dressmaker's Shop,''The Golden Shower,' and 'The Dry Goods Shop.'


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