1/32 scale modern street scene

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I'm on a roll....!!!!

Now the pub and the Wells Fargo office are just about finished.... time to get started on another, again in 1/32 scale.

This is the start of a 1940's to 1970's street scene, and the first project will be a large brick building with two retail stores and apartments above.

Here's the preliminary layout:

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I've created a central concrete "tower" focal point to seperate the two stores and give access to the apartments.

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I've got a feeling this one will take a while......

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Tony loving the look of this one. I will be watching. Also the Ford is sweet.

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Thanks Junior. The car is also one of my favourite diecasts of that era.

Tony

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Tony, you amaze me sir ................... Ed Shaver

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You,re like a factory !! Where do you find the time ? Will be watchin this one too.

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Ed..... I hope that's good news..... LOL!

Terry..... I'm retired.... I usually work at the models about 5 or 6 afternoons a week....... about 20 to 25 hours. There are some advantages to being an old fart, even if the ladies don't take me seriously anymore!

Tony

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Tony, in all seriousness, You, Cranky , an Custom Creator who dosen't post here anymore have all shared a wealth of knowlege to me . Then Too, I need to menton Ken Hamilton who seems to never be out of ideas as well. Ed Shaver

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Ed..... I hope that's good news..... LOL!

Terry..... I'm retired.... I usually work at the models about 5 or 6 afternoons a week....... about 20 to 25 hours. There are some advantages to being an old fart, even if the ladies don't take me seriously anymore!

Tony

Tony...... O yea...I forgot !! Now I dont feel so bad !! I want to add more to the barn I did but just can not find the time. An old f.... but just not retired !!!!!

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Wow Ed... that is praise indeed...... But Ken and the Doc are way out of my league. I've not seen any of Custom Creator's work and only a little of yours... but what I have seen has inspired me with my projects.

Terry..... yes.... we need you to get some progress made on the barn..... and some more photos posted!

Tony

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Wow Ed... that is praise indeed...... But Ken and the Doc are way out of my league. I've not seen any of Custom Creator's work and only a little of yours... but what I have seen has inspired me with my projects.

Terry..... yes.... we need you to get some progress made on the barn..... and some more photos posted!

Tony

Tony.... Its been finished a long time...you can look it up "old barn with 30 packard" I just keep thinkin to add something else. owell !!

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I've started on the storefronts and the signboards above each store using different thicknesses of styrene sheet. I have installed a back wall to each of the display areas.... which means I have to make the "glass" windows removeable to get at the displays themselves.... which I shall design later.

First I framed up the floor of each display and then added some glass "stops" for the windows:

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Then I cut a piece of front "glass" for each display window:

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Starting with the right side store, I installed a ceiling, more "glass" stops... and the angled side "glass". A piece of 1/8" x 1/8" basswood strip holds the "glass" in place:

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Looking good Tony !!!

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Another afternoon and a little more progress. I've completed the display windows and started to add some detail to the storefront walls.

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Looks great!

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Decided to bring this one back out of hibernation and get a bit more accomplished. (Strange.... hibernation usually starts about now.....?)

Anyway, first order of business is the upper wall area. I toyed with brick but couldn't find any in 1/32 at my local hobby shop...... but they did have some "cut stone" in 1/48 scale. I figure cut stone could be any size, so it should work for me at 1/32 scale as well.

The challenge here was creating the returns at the sides of the windows. After the main area was covered and the window openings cut, I had to cut each return individually and glue it in place, using the window to determine the setback. After they are all done, I'll sand the extensions flush and use some filler at the corners and (hopefully) sand that to shape.

Here's the start of the cut stone project:

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Painting will be fun to get the look and texture of the stone.

This picture gives an idea of where I'm heading with it. I changed the base that was seen in a previous picture. I also cut out the rear walls to each storefornt, so that I can glue the "glass" in place and detail the windows from the rear. (The Mustang is a cheap 1/32 scale diecast just to give an idea of size.)

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This will be an ongoing project between other builds..... just for the occasional break! No rush........

Tony

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Great start, Tony.

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Those bricks look good, Tony. I'd say they're about the right size for 1/32. The cut stone pieces add interest, too.

Charlie Larkin

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Thanks for the interest Charlie and Vaughn.

The "bricks" I think you referred to Charlie, are actually supposed to be the "cut stone". You can see how they vary in size, compared to bricks. I could have made a brick wall as per the foamcore board method used on a number of projects on the board (including dannyi's great garage dio) but couldn't face the idea of doing it in 1/32 scale! Unfortunately, brick pattern sheets in styrene are difficult to find in this scale. I did get some paper printouts, but they just don't look real enough.

So now I have to search the web for some reference pics of what cut stone of this type might look like in real life...... if such thing even exists!

I plan to make the facing around the storefronts look like granite or marble as may have been done in the day, so that also will need some materials research.

I think this buiding may take longer to construct than the real thing!

Tony

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lookin good Tony :D

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I've always wanted to do a store front dio, between this and Ken's now i'm inspired. Need to get back to the bench, been away several months working on the house.

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I've always wanted to do a store front dio, between this and Ken's now i'm inspired. Need to get back to the bench, been away several months working on the house.

Go for it Paul....... storefronts give all kinds of design potential. Now if I could just figure out what my venders are selling.......

Tony

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Hi Tony, how is the progress on this scene, your work is very impressive and well thought out, something I will have to remember doing my dio as its a bit off the cuff at present

Wayne

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Thanks for the comment Wayne.

This one has been sitting on the back burner for so long......... I kinda lost interest trying to come up with vendor ideas and other projects took over priority. Maybe one day I'll get back to it, but for now it's stashed away in a closet somewhere while I try to finish some of my other 1/32 scale projects.

Why do I always start new ones before finishing the old? Usually it's because I get "snagged" on some minor detail, put the model aside until I can figure out the direction I want to go....... and then get inspired by a new one!!!!

Tony

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Hi Tony, I look forward to its resurection at some stage - Perhaps a specialist food store /bakery and a camping store? Food items are available in 1/35 as are things that can pass for camping goods, rucksacks, bed rolls etc in 1/35 from military sets

Cheers Wayne

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whouw whouw whow whow , now thats just stunning

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