The Dressmaker's Shop
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.

This kit is their 'Undertaker' building. Since I already have an undertaker, I decided to build it as another type of business.

The kits are well-designed, good-looking, and a pleasure to build. Walls interlock and there is a front walkway, two hitching posts, and a substantial cornice.

Window and door frames are provided, although doors and windows are solid.

The roof has impressive internal bracing, and can easily be made removeable. The peak of the roof is not a right angle, so the roof will need angled sanding or filling at the gap. Due to my skill with tools, it needed both!

A laser-etched sign was supplied. They will custom-cut signs to order, so you can have ultra-personalised buildings very easily.

I made a few changes, so it would fit in better with my existing buildings.

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.

The interior floor was made from craft sticks, and adds rigidity to the building.

The supplied walkway is 1" deep, so I made a deeper walkway from coffee stirrers, adding a pair of hitching posts.

I found 1870's fashion art online, and printed it out as examples for the front of the store.

There are no locating lugs for the roof (yay!) so one of the braces is positioned so as to keep the roof from sliding off. The front roof support is clipped from some scrap MDF.

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