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    Default SUPER CHEAP KIT, but now looks great!

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    Great work - good find.

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    I like what he did with painting the walls and eliminating the base, but not the roof. His choice of color turned a nice terra cotta tile roof into a dull asphalt shingle cover. A flat terra cotta color would have been better.
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    As flat tiles, they could pass for many kinds of roofing materials, from terracotta, slate to shingle. In scale, the only challenge I see is the size of them. If it is a house in the US, terracotta is not that common in many areas of the country. The model does not reflect Spanish Colonial style tiles.

    Point is, many folks assemble a kit as is, with molded kit colors and don't take the time to paint the structure. A little bit of effort can break up the toy like appearance. (not sure it looks like a $30 kit but def improves it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I like what he did with painting the walls and eliminating the base, but not the roof. His choice of color turned a nice terra cotta tile roof into a dull asphalt shingle cover. A flat terra cotta color would have been better.
    Its grey primer, so I can still paint over it. Can you suggest a good color? Thanks.
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    Obviously, when it comes to trains, I am rather Eurocentric. So, when I offer examples, it is no surprise that my photo is in Germany. Here is the Medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as seen from one of the tower gates in the town wall. As you can see, there is quite a variation in roof color from one house to the next, and even quite a bit of variation in tile colors with a roof.



    So, here I am, living in the desert southwest, and not a single photo in my files from Pueblo, Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, or other locations where red tile roofs are common. oh, plenty of photos - wildlife, desert scenes, grandchildren - but none showing houses or buildings. My bad. And my apologies for even mentioning it. (but with a red tile, or gray slate roof, I would be proud to put that house anywhere on my layout!)
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    I agree that a lot of the "cheap" kits out there actually can be assembled into something rather good looking, with some care during the assembly and a good paint job. Most kits come with walls and parts cast in various colors so that they don't have to be painted, but I think it is a mistake to skip painting. It makes assembly a bit more tedious, though, as you have to paint some things like window and door inserts separately prior to assembly... but then painting fouls the gluing surface so you have to sand it to reveal raw plastic... and of course the paint needs touch up after assembly. Are there any paints that are formulated to be glue-soluble so that you can just paint everything ahead of time? So the glue could be applied over the paint and still manage to weld through to the plastic beneath? I haven't figured out a way to simplify the back-and-forth between painting and assembly.

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    See all the dark lines and areas in the real picture? After painting put a gray wash on the whole building - it's the last step in making it look realistic!


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