Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Recently I was looking on ebay for some additional figures (people) for the Musashi-Koyama modules when I came across a large apartment building kit that I had never seen before from a company that I had not heard of before, Aoshima. I searched for this name and found out that this kit had been released in late 2009. The full name of the company is Aoshima Bunka Kyozi which my wife tells me translates as Green or Blue Island Cultural Manufacturing.
Two sets of stair towers are included. I wish someone would offer pre-molded stair sets just by themselves for us kit bashers and scratch builders.
There are other nice touches to this kit like interior floors and walls, a hole between floors for lighting, This is going to be great fun to build.
Friday, April 8, 2011
This photo on the left shows the prototype building. Close examination of this and other photos shows that the stairs are the open frame type with a mesh type screen over the railing.
This photo shows my model of the building as it is now, without the stairway. The highlighted area is where the stairway will be added. I need to match the existing building tile.
Plastruct makes a line of products in N and HO scales to model industrial stairway. I've used these before and would use them for the basis of this project.
Here is what I have so far. I started with a .020 sheet of styrene. Then I laminated the tiled styrene over that with gaps where the doors would be. Except for the bottom and top flights, all the stairs are in. The Plastruct railings are used for the inside and .020 x .250 styrene strip for the outside as seen between floors 2 and 3.
I'll make another post on this in the future showing how it came out when it's done and attached to the building.