Part II: Small Garage
- Small gray plastic electrical boxes
- Hobby knife, metal rule, cutting mat
- Spray primer, black recommended
- Spray paint (at least 2 colors. 1 for the building and 1 for the details. You can use as many as you like)
- CA glue
- Plastic cement (Plastruct Plastic Weld Cement)
- Model glue (all purpose, clear drying)
- Styrene sheets and strips. The scratch building materials that can be found in hobby stores, especially ones that sell model trains
- Plastruct square tile sheet styrene with 5/64" grid
- Evergreen metal siding sheet styrene with 1mm spacing
- (thickness depends on preference)
- Evergreen strip styrene .030 x .250"
- Base material (pressed board, mdf, …)
- Project uses 4 pieces cut to 4"x6"
- Various details
- Toy blocks (legos)
- Wash the electrical box
- Use warm water and a drop of dish detergent
- Remove dirt and any adhesive residue from stickers
- Cut personnel and garage doors
- Use hobby knife on cutting mat with metal straight edge. A Chopper makes the job easy.
- Cut 2 personnel doors per building from Evergreen strip styrene .030 x .250" cut the desired height.
- Cut 2 garage doors 5/8" x 3/4" from Evergreen sheet styrene called metal siding with 1mm spacing. NOTE: you may need to vary the size to fit your electrical box. See placement in finished picture.
- Use Plastruct square tile.
- This building has small 3x3 windows. I cut 2 for each building.
- Additional details
- I grabbed a lego vent and antenna The base of the antenna is a small square block which was cemented before priming.
- Prime building black
- I put the details on scraps of cardboard when priming and painting so I can rotate them without touching the wet paint or primer.
- Prime details (black or grey)
- Prime rollup doors, personnel doors, windows, and antennas.
- Base coat building and details with spray paint.
- I used Testors and Tamiya because of the color selection, fast drying time, and flat finish. If you own an airbrush, your buildings will look even better.
- I chose a blue for the building and gray for the details.
- Cut base for each building.
- I used ¼" board cut to 4"x6" for this building. Size to preference.
- Prime base
- I simply sprayed some gray around the sides on the black board to create value.
- Glue the building to the base.
- Use model glue or another all purpose gel type glue that dries clear. CA glue will not work.
- Clamp the building to the base or set a weight such as a heavy book on top while the glue dries.
- Glue details to the building with CA glue.
- I recommend the brush on that changes colors. The back of the styrene is white making it hard to see clear wet glue.
- Allow to dry according to the glue
- Seal your project with a matte spray