|Coffee stirrers make great planking in 28mm and larger!|
The latest work is fairly simple stuff but well worth outlining. I made some doors from "coffee stirrers". The stirrers were trimmed (off-cuts saved) to a width that looked "right" and then glued to cereal box card with slight gaps between the planks. These assemblies were pressed overnight to ensure a good bond. I am aware that these gaps are large if "scaled-up" but you cannot escape the fact that the doors just look better with them in situ!
A quick note on stirrers. You can buy a box of them as I did 5 years ago (catering suppliers have them at very low prices) or you can take a few (dozen) extra next time you buy coffee or a McBurger. I greatly prefer them to balsa as they are harder and rougher in texture. That said, if balsa is your thing - go for it!
|Cheap pre-mixed filler is used to obliterate the various gaps.|
At this juncture we are NOT looking to add the final texture, we are looking to ensure the "skeleton" is sound. Obviously, had I carved the building from one giant block of oasis the filling would be unnecessary but big blocks cost a bomb and I am a father of three expensive children! After fixing the dome in place with two-part epoxy, I applied more filler to the joint. This was smoothed to better resemble the lines of the real thing.
|A door trimmed and fitted.|
Now is the time to add any window bars - if your plan calls for them. I used the off-cuts from the door planks and gently "roughed" the edge to give them a "rustic" look.
|The strongest way to add window bars.|
When all the bars are fitted, put the structure aside for another evening. When this is dry its time to roll with the creation of the textured surface. The structure will then look much better and be ready for painting.