Guttering. On prototype buildings, the eaves, a wooden box-like structure (nowadays plastic) is fitted at the top of the walls under the overhang of the roof. The gutter is affixed to the eaves and catches the rainwater coming off the roof. The water travels along the gutter and disappears down the downpipes into the drains. All quite simple really... so why have I never thought of putting the eaves on any model building, relying on the gutter just being stuck to the edge of the roof? Ignorance is bliss! But a chance remark by a friend at the club got me thinking about how every part of a building has a purpose. The job of the eaves is to position the gutter under the edge of the roof and provide a firm base to which the gutter can be fixed.
To represent the eaves on the wooden buildings, a narrow strip of the aforementioned pizza card was painted and stuck in place under the roof edge. The gutter is represented by Evergreen half round strip No.242 which is 2mm wide. This was painted matt black and then a fillip of glue was run along one edge, this then being pressed against the card eves. I use Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue which is quite thick and grabs almost immediately. It also has the advantage that any excess is easily cleared away with a cocktail stick leaving no trace behind.
Downpipes are represented by Evergreen 3/64" rod No.221, painted matt black. The top end is bent to shape to meet the gutter and is glued in place. The brackets holding the downpipe to the wall are simply small slithers of printer paper coloured with a black felt-tipped pen.
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All gutters and downpipes were completed...
Chimney pots are from the Dart Castings range, painted with acrylic sienna brown and weathered with a lick of black acrylic paint. Dart Castings' chimneys come with a handy spigot on the base, useful for both holding whilst painting and for firmly fixing the chimney in place. Drill a hole, plop in the glue, push the chimney in, job done!
The nameboard was printed in a dialogue box in Microsoft Word. It was cut to size and glued to card (our old friend the pizza base). A felt tipped pen was run around the edges and the front was given a light spray of Testors Dullcote matt varnish to seal the ink. Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue was run along the bottom edge of the nameboard and it was placed in position over the main door.
That's the building finished. Here are the final photos...
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