Thursday 22 December 2022

Completed T004 Shops on a Slope............

Just a quick update on the T004 Shops on a Slope kit from Scalescenes. Like I said in a previous post, I've not got a place on a layout for this kit yet, but I've put it together with the R013a Arched Retaining Wall kit, along with a country back scene just so I can get a feel for what it will eventually look like. I can't wait until I can incorporate this within a layout, because it think they will make a brilliant focal point. 





Well that's me for 2022! I had a slow start, but ended with a flourish, thanks to this T004 Kit. 
The next kit I intend to do in the new year is the new R029 009 Structure Set. I don't have a 009 layout, but I love the look of these. 
Could I take this opportunity to wish everyone who has visited and supported this blog in 2022, a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year. See you on the other side.
Until Next Time..........

Thursday 15 December 2022

Shops on a Slope Facade A5……….

Right, this is it. I’ve finally managed to get to the end of this epic kit from Scalescenes, the new T004 Shops on a Slope. This kit was an eagerly awaited kit by many in the Scalescenes community, and despite the long wait, it hasn’t disappointed. It has a variety of new facades which adorn sturdy, common shop buildings. So here is the process of build into the final facade. It is Facade A5.


It starts, as with most of the other facades, by cutting out both the Base and Cover layers and carefully gluing the cover layer over the base layer. Then gut out and glue into position the Sills.



While the glue is drying on the facade, cut out the windows. As you can see, I’m using the Scaleglaze option again. Glue the windows squarely into the window openings. It’s at this point, you might want to add some curtain detail. 



Next, cut out your choice of Shop Overlay and glue it into place. 



Next, carefully cut out the Brick Band 1. I done this in two stages. I cut it out without cutting the saw tooth detail. Then with a fresh sharp blade, I cut out the fine detail. Once it’s cut out, colour the raw edges with a brown marker pen. Test fit and glue the Brick band into place on the top floor. It looks odd at the moment but, it will make perfect sense shortly.





The recessed doorway comes next. Start by cutting out all of the elements for the doorway. Glue the two entry walls back to back. Then on a level surface, glue these along with the shop entry ceiling to your choice of door. Once the glue is dry, glue into place in the shop. As you can see, I’ve filled this as a butchers shop. Then glue the tiled entry floor into place. 







Next, glue the lower facade under the brick band and the upper facade above the brick band. Sorry I forgot to take a picture, but as long as the lower and upper facades are tight against the brick band, it will be good.


Next, repeat the process of cutting out and colouring the Brick Band 2. Then glue it into place on the top of the upper ceiling. 





Now you need to carefully cut out the Brick Bands 3 and glue them into place above and below the Brick Band 1 and below Brick Band 2.



Glue the Gutter Edge over the Gutter Base layer next. Then glue it on the top of the structure. Making sure it aligns with the back of the structure.



Next, cut out and glue together Roof supports 2. While the glue dries, cut out Roof support 1. 





Lying the structure on a level surface, glue the Roof support 1 into place on the back edge of the gutter. Then glue the Roof support 2’s on each end.



The roof is next. Cut out the Roof and the strips of roof tiles. Starting at the bottom, use the numbers as a guide, and glue the corresponding strips onto the roof base. Once all of the strips are in place, trim off any excess from the edges. Then test fit and glue the complete roof into place. 





Cut out and glue into place the Ridge Capping next.



Next, cut out both the Buttress base layers and their corresponding cover layers then wrap and glue the cover layers around the base layers. Once wrapped, cut out and glue into place your choice of Buttress Tiles. Then glue the completed buttresses into place. 





Time to make the shop sign. Cut out Fascia A base layer and the Fascia A cover layer. Wrap the cover layer around the base layer. Choose which shop sign you want and glue into place on the Fascia. I’ve gone for one of the editable signs for this shop. In case you’re wondering, it’s a family butchers shop in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, which my family started to use back in the 1970’s and has since closed down in 2022. They made the best homemade pork pies I’ve ever tasted. Fit the complete sign in place. 



Choose you Plinth Cover layer next and glue it over the Plinth Base layer. Cut out and glue a Step A into place. Test fit and glue the complete plinth onto the shop front. 



Next, cut out and glue into a block of four the chimney base layers. While the glue dries on these, cut out the Chimney cover layer and the elements for the Chimney cap. Wrap the Chimney cover layer around the Chimney base. The wrap and glue the Chimney capping on the top of the Chimney. Add you Chimney Pot if you have one. Then glue the completed chimney stack in place on the roof.





And the final job on this kit is, cut out and glue into place the Side wall Overlays. 



And that's it, I’m calling this one done.





And that’s it. The last of the Facades in the kit done! I’ve really enjoyed building these shops. The thought of them being on a slope was a bit daunting at first, but I can honestly say “they couldn’t have been easier” If I can do them, I’m sure you could. They haven’t got a place on a layout just yet, but I’ll try and put them in situ with the retaining wall and take some pictures. 


Until Next Time………..