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  AN ONGOING NEWSLETTERJuly 2006


The Nuclear Arms
by Gisby

Plasticville buildings have never been my favourites. But I'm beginning to see the light.

At 1/48 scale, they scale out as rather large for 28mm miniatures, or would if the buildings were well scaled. They aren't, and you can find doors that are too small and doors that are too large on the same building. I used to fix this, but I don't worry about it so much any more.

They are inexpensive, and can repay minimal work with decent results.

I had the 'Apartment Building' kicking around for 2 years, and I never did anyhting with it. At the time it seemed to need too much work to make it useable. Doors needed resizing, multi-level floors to fit the windows, etc.

Now I'm older, so there was no need for much of that! The building has 5 identical doors, all of which open.

I had lost 2 of these, so I replaced the front doors with plastic & wire peices. They open more smoothly than do the kit doors.

The front garden was planted with bushes from a plastic plant purchased at a 'Michaels' Craft Store. They pop off their stems and easily glue to new wire stems. There are several useful styles available.

The balconies (originally flush with the walls) needed deepening to accept miniature bases. I use the infinitely superior 20mm bases, so my figures easily fit in reasonable spaces.

The building was NOT designed for gamers. Close, but not quite. The storeys are separate, perfect for inserting figures. (Actually designed so as to reuse the same pieces on 3 walls, and to facilitate adding extra storeys.)

However, the shelves to support upper floors are on the top of the storey below, not on the storey above, so each storey isn't a 'tray.' The walls and floors are separate from one another. A minor inconvenience.

Once the alterations were made, I added plastic letters from a Dollar Store to give it a 50's-style 'Futuristic' name to go with it's styling.

I then primed it and painted it in Florida Decor. I dirtied it up with 'Magic Wash.'

White Trash Skip The White Trash Skip

The body is made from medium-weight plastic card.

Measurements are variable, as skips vary in size in real life.

I used thin plastic sheet (from a dollar-store 'for sale' sign) for the edging, and for the forklift supports on the side.

I attached the upright panel and the horizontal flange, then added small squares of plastic as strengtheners. Once these were dry, I used a pair of straight-cut nail clippers to trim the squares into the triangles seen here.


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