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UKGuy Posted - 12/08/2009 : 01:10:17 AM
I thought I had already started a thread for this structure, but apparently not, so....

This structure was conceived during the "Paper Challenge" in the 'Craftsmans Corner'.

I withdrew the structure from the challenge as I felt I could not do the structure (or it's namesake) justice with the limitations of only using paper or card as determined by the spirit of the challenge.

Since then the structure has sat on a shelf patiently waiting...... until now.

The structure is a freelance design depicting a fairly large townbuilding which houses "fine dining seafood restaurant, a small bakery and also a cocktail lounge" on the street level. The upper floors are still undecided at this point.

Construction is a foamboard subwall structure clad with individual clapboards, all doors windows, architectural details are/will be scratchbuilt.

The structure is named for Frederic Testard, a modeller who continues to inspire and amaze me with each new project he shares.

So, I'll post all the 're-cap' posts and pics and then move forward with getting this one moved over to the 'completed' shelf....
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UKGuy Posted - 01/01/2010 : 12:41:33 AM
Originally posted by Philip

This is another great looking structure Karl. What are you using as a backer on these structures? It appears to be black poster board. The last ocean side structure appeared with the same material?


for this type of structure I use 'foam core board' it is about 1/4" thick and comes in a sheet 18"x30" I think. It is available at Wal-Mart the cheapest but you can get it from michaels or hobby lobby also, it just costs two or three times as much.
I prefer to use the black but it is available in several colours.

Frederic Testard Posted - 12/13/2009 : 6:07:07 PM
You can Greg. We'll have excellent salmon from Troels Kirk's Cannery.
Ensign Posted - 12/13/2009 : 5:45:14 PM
Hi Karl, this structure is coming along very nice!
Yes and the windows were a great idea.
Can I book A table for 2, For opening night?

Greg Shinnie
Philip Posted - 12/13/2009 : 4:28:39 PM
This is another great looking structure Karl. What are you using as a backer on these structures? It appears to be black poster board. The last ocean side structure appeared with the same material?

Neil M Posted - 12/13/2009 : 1:24:02 PM
Cool window glass! I've got that in the memory banks now.
MikeC Posted - 12/13/2009 : 10:30:50 AM
Now, that's an interesting detail, Karl, and an interesting technique to achieve it.

Rick Posted - 12/13/2009 : 10:03:31 AM
Karl, maybe just clean the middle part of each pane and leave a little dirt around the edges?
BBLmber Posted - 12/13/2009 : 09:44:54 AM
Karl, your technech turned out nice, thanks for the tip on how you did it.

Dutchman Posted - 12/13/2009 : 07:31:23 AM
Karl, thanks for the ModgePodge info.
UKGuy Posted - 12/13/2009 : 12:19:37 AM
Thanks Frederic, Mike, Bruce and Rick,

Bruce, the 'swirls' were created by pressing the end of a tube into some 'ModgePodge' and then pressing the tube onto the window, thus leaving a 'ring' of modgepodge on the window where required. The 'bump' in the middle was created with a toothpick (cut and sanded flat) dipped in the modgepodge and used to transfer some modgepodge to the center of the raised circle.

Rick, the smudges, smears and general dirty windows were created by my careless making of the windows, and getting my fingers/glue all over the place as usual, that is what I was talking about cleaning off to make them look better. But hey, if you and Frederic like the look I'm more than happy to leave them alone, after all I dont like cleaning widows at the best of times, either 1:1 on my house or even 1:48 on a model...


Rick Posted - 12/12/2009 : 7:35:38 PM
Very interesting. Don't think I've seen that type of glass modeled before.

Did you create the smudged windows with dullcoat or something else?
Dutchman Posted - 12/12/2009 : 7:24:29 PM

Those windows came out great. Now,what did you make the swirls out of?
Tyson Rayles Posted - 12/12/2009 : 7:07:37 PM
Very nice touch Karl!
Frederic Testard Posted - 12/12/2009 : 6:31:19 PM
They turned out nice, in my opinion, Karl. And to be honest, knowing the kind of cooking that is done at Testard's lounge, I understand very well why they didn't want windows too translucent...
UKGuy Posted - 12/12/2009 : 6:25:53 PM
Thanks for all the replies and also the link, information and background details on the windows. It seems like the 'style' is more known over here than I had first thought.

I just got in from work and here is how they turned out, not perfect but I am happy with them, they do give that dimensional detail I was looking for, a little bit of extra 'interest' for the windows.

They are fairly subtle unless the light hits them right, I like that also.

I probably need to clean the window panes and get rid of the 'smudges' to make them look half decent, but I am happy up to this point.


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