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KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 12:05 p.m. PST

Did these for about $3 USD to $5 USD each. Can build 2 or 3 a day.

Still working on streets and sidewalks

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Kim

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 12:08 p.m. PST

Very nice teaser! So how did you do them??

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 1:37 p.m. PST

Yeah, Kim, let's have a tutorial, please.

Jim

VonTed21 May 2015 2:57 p.m. PST


YES!

War Monkey21 May 2015 3:28 p.m. PST

Very nice indeed, now would you mind telling us how you did them frown

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 4:28 p.m. PST

Print your own?
Some type of fold flat design?
Nice roof details--made from what?

Very nice, but sooo many questions.

tberry740321 May 2015 4:33 p.m. PST

Superfigs!

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 6:20 p.m. PST

Most of the tall buildings came from Heroscapers:

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The others I made myself with a program called Evans Model Builder:

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I have had the Model Builder program for a number of years and after seeing the buildings from Heroscapers I finally got inspired to start making my own buildings. The program has many stock buildings that can be designed and printed in virtually any scale. You can check out more on their website and You Tube has several tutorials.

Also, you can import images and textures online and can create virtually any building.

Using a combination of importing online images and tools from the Model Builder program I made this McDonalds:

Create and print the building sides, use a business gloss 32 lb, laser or inkjet works

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Trim and use adhesive spray to mount

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Mount on 3/16 foam core board (I prefer black)

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Spray coat with a matte finish to protect

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Now cut out the 4 sides (you will need to use a rabbet cutter to make flush edges) and glue together
And you get this

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Roofs are matte board and painted

The building top fittings are wooden pieces from Hobby Lobby mounted on washers and spray painted aluminum. Gives Superheroes objects to pick up and throw!

I have made over 20 buildings and have at least 10 more printed but not built yet.

I have several skyscrapers over 40" still to build too.
I'll try to post more soon.

Kim

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 7:09 p.m. PST

Very nice tutorial, thanks much. I have the Evans Brick Works and use it often for buildings and walls in 15mm to 75mm. The Model Builder only works with non-Mac computers or I would have that too :(

Whemever1 Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2015 7:16 p.m. PST

And what are you going to do with all these buildings?
I am very interested in trying the Model Builder, though in the past I've used The Virtual Armchair General's Mean Streets for my buildings. But that doesn't let you customize.
One thing though--I think self-adhesive foam-core is well worth it, rather than spray-on glue.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2015 5:16 a.m. PST

Very nice--thanks for sharing.

I think I will order that software.

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KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2015 6:18 a.m. PST

Bob,

Model Builder is an older program, you might look at picking up an old lap top from a second hand store just to run it. I have started playing around designing buildings for Wild West with it and so far they look great (have not built any though).

All these buildings (and more to add) are to make a 12 foot by 5 foot game board for a large Superhero convention game (though I can set it up at home too).

I was going to try to have it for Origins this year, but got behind schedule. I still have to build sidewalks, streets and add scenery.

I looked at Mean Streets too, but they are too amateurish I thought. I also bought a bunch of Stoelzel's Structures pdf's online, but started up the Model Builder buildings and like them a lot more. Never used the Stoelzel ones.

Here are a few more street level scenes:

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Hope you like them
Kim

Jeff of SaxeBearstein23 May 2015 2:38 a.m. PST

Your buildings are very nice, sir . . . but one thing always bothers me about everybody's street layout I see . . .

There are never enough parked vehicles and almost never really ANY traffic.


-- Jeff

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2015 8:40 a.m. PST

Jeff,

I haven't got the streets done, still have to finish them. I do have over 50 cars and trucks to fill the streets though! I just put a few out for scale for these. When I get done I'll post. Its this summers project now that I have the buildings.

Kim

Alfred Adler does the Hobby24 May 2015 4:30 a.m. PST

Cool!

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