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The Olsign
by Gisby

As she neared the Oracles, Celeste looked up and saw a sign. Two girls. Three words: 'Play - War - Games.'

At the end of my street, between two buildings, is a tall billboard supported by two steel girders. I always wanted to climb it. I never have, but I thought it would look good on the table.

The supporting girders are each made from three strips of sheet plastic.

You could of course use Plastruct girders, or indeed just make the supports from wood instead of girders.

The cross girders/platform supports are L-section girders. They actually provide a great deal of strength to the piece, as well as supporting the platform.

The base was made large enough for the sign, plus 2" of sidewalk. I scribed the line between the sidewalk and the ground, and glued the I-beams and horizontal supports in place.

At this point the whole piece was primed. I chose grey primer, because (although the original beams are just painted with red primer) I felt that red primer would look like I had just painted the piece with red primer.

The walkway and its crossbeams are made from craft sticks (Half as wide and twice as thick as popsicle sticks, with a polished finish. They are much stronger than popsicle sticks.)

The platforms are built on their crossbeams and then slid into place on the support beams.

The fence is made from popsicle stick pieces, scribed to split each into two boards, with a few random-width boards thrown in.

It is glued into place in a trench cut into the base, using the scribed sidewalk edge as a guide.

The base was then painted a neutral green shade behind the fence, and concrete-colour in front. Sand was glued around the base of each beam, and at the front and back base of the fence.

I drilled holes and glued wire anchors for bushes made from a Michaels' artificial plant. These were glued into place with cyano adhesive.

I left a lot of bush-and-sand-free area on the base so that figures could stand there easily.

The signs (there are two, and they are different) were designed and printed on my computer using Photoshop. They were then glued to plastic sheet using liquid cement.

The signs were glued in place on the uprights: They are not centred. The front edge of the signs is aligned with the front of the platform, leaving space at the back for sign workers (or snipers) to move from one side to the other.

The model was designed to fit between 2 buildings, making a somewhat-hidden area.

Upon reflection, I suspect the piece would have been more useful without the fence, as a passageway between the buildings. .

But even as it is, it looks good, provides a commanding position for an observer or sniper, and really stands out on the table.


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