OLSEN COFFEE - PART 1

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    CLEVER MODEL Mercantile brick building 1/48
    I love the photo realist textures of these kits and being able to print as many copies we need, gives room to a lot of creativity.
    As a system I glue the main parts to 2mm cardboard. This gives strength to the model.
    In this one was a little tricky as I wanted to avoid to cut the facades by the corners, so I tried to calculate the thickness of the card and work with two sub assemblies for the outer walls. A little unpractical to have the walls dangling, but after joining the four walls it compensates the mess.
    As usual, I mess with the window frames, always cutting too thick or too thin. That is my weak point that ruins my models in a very obvious way.
    I heightened the building so I could install later on a platform at the level of the cars. I intend to use this model in a micro layout.
    I remade the entire terrace using extra printings and thin card.
    To disguise two joints I installed an electric wire connection encased in lead (hope this was in practice in the USA in early XXth century).
    After gluing in place the window above the main door, clumsy manipulation ruined it. So I designed a OLSEN COFFEE sign that I placed near the window blocking the view to the bad part of the window.

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    I misspelled coffee when I was designing the glass pane sign, it became OLSEN COFFE (cough?!). It adds some humour, I hope.

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    The new terrace was texturized with white glue after I added some strips to imitate the insulation joints.

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    The parapets on the terrace were puttied with Tamiya and then lightly sanded. The tar insulation was painted with Tamiya flat black. A hatch to access to the roof was added. it still looks too bare, but I'm going to detail it when I insert the model in the planned micro layout.
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    More photos...
    I'm not superstitious, but I feel kind of "jinxed" if I post only some photos when I'm beginning a project. I prefer to publish after the work has taken shape and I feel I can make it. Otherwise it turns too much pressure on me.

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    Looks great so far.
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    I've walked by many buildings like that when I was young. I never knew they were so small. I guess I just got larger!! Superb job Carlos!! :)
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    Thank you Zathros. I is hard for me to build these American models without ever experienced the feeling. The realism is on the little details and those I'm unaware of.
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    You somehow got it just right! Nothing is lacking. Maybe a drain pipe on the corner of one of the buildings, but that's it. :)
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    Thank you Zathros. I thought of the drain pipe, but was not sure how they look in this kind of buildings.
    So you mean a hole in the terrace draining the waters through a pipe to the fa├žade where there'll be a collector (sorry cannot remember the name) and a downpipe, ending in a curve.
    That is a very good detail, I'll do it.
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    Yes. Some samples. :)

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    Thank you Zathros! These were the references I needed to go on.
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    You're Welcome! :)
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