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Once again, Life Imitates Art.
For you youngsters: 'Way back in olden days, a 5 and 10 was a shop where everything cost a nickel or a dime. They were like Dollar Stores.'
My plan was to reimagine the business as one where everything was $5 or $10. A hilarious and cynical comment on the future setting....
Until I found a real Dollar Store that had already done the reimagining. My chagrin was boundless when I saw the sign: 'No Item Over $10'
My joke fell flat. Needless to say, my enthusiasm sort of disappeared.
Step one as always was to scrub the kit pieces, which being 30-50 years old were pretty grubby.
Shaving, filing, grinding whatever: Yet the words often still ghost through paint, and their removal puts other detail at risk.
I took a new tack here: With keen eye and cunning, I changed a P to an E, making this an 'Elasticville' outlet.
Mysteries, to be sure. All I cared was that it no longer said 'Plasticville.' (Although I suppose 'Elasticville' doesn't make any more sense)
I cut new windows from clear plastic, replacing the original paper inserts. The only other modification was plugging the wiring hole in the rear.
Since I added no interior details, and the front of the building was mostly windows, it was pretty obvious that the store was empty.
I added a few signs to the windows, and added a couple of 'Heroclix' figures to some LEGO pieces, to make window mannequins. Now it looks a bit less obvious.
Another, easier technique would be a simple 'OUT OF BUSINESS' sign on the front.
The base was cut from Sintra, and had floor & sidewalk detail scribed in place befort the kit was attached.
The base was decorated with a trash can, fire hydrant & a bit of greenery.
The base was primed, and the building parts spray painted before assembly.
This brings up an issue I've noticed: Plasticville kits are moulded in 'colour' and old ones are amazingly grubby.
I clean them up, and almost invariably paint them the colour they were moulded in. (They chose good colours)
Then I weather them, to bring out the details, and the pieces wind up looking like they did before I started....