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    I am not sure how I found this kit, I think a MRR ad, but glad it I did. The company, Minifer, is from France but it was easy to order to the United States. It came within 10 days.


    The kit is easy to assemble and this is the skeleton of it. It is like a thin MDF material I think.


    I sponged white paint, then dabbed white pan-pastels, and then dabbed white stucco paint to add texture to these sheets that will go over the skeleton.


    Here is what a side wall looks like.


    The kit comes with nice window bars


    The roof is just what they give you and I let a wash stain it.


    And done. I added some City Classic window dressings and some wash to bring out the stone detail at the sides of the main door.


    Now what to do with it. Here is one option.


    It certainly does not fit as well with these kits which have a more Disney main street feel while this new one seems a little more realistic due to its blandness. Lance Mindheim, in his books, espouses having mostly bland buildings to call out attention to one central and bold building. I see his point, but also really like building with fun shapes and details. So for now I will keep building what I feel like!


    Bottom line - great kit from a nice French vendor. https://www.minifer.fr/en/
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    Nice build. You don't happen to have a link to their website?
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    I think the color difference is jarring. The “stucco” texture is not scaling well. Sanding it with a super fine rouge paper could take care of the oversized tooling marks.

    If you go towards a stone color. Even gluing some larger grained multicolor sand into the recessed areas under the windows to look like the river rocks used to “class up” the joint. Signage and painting the windows and doors a contrasting color could do a lot. Would do a lot to blend the Garage into the neighborhood.

    No matter what you do with the color, the Art Deco building will stand out from those 1890s Ironfronts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    What era are you modeling?
    Thanks. Right now every era it seems. It is fun to see which kits will end up working well together and which not. Takes more time but it keeps it fun!
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    Era can affect how you define your layout. Unless you have a boom town that was built in a single year, your structures should be a mixture of styles. Take the area where I grew up. When we moved in, the area was a mixture of some open lots, many post WWI (non Deco) and a bunch of Mid Century Modern. Now some 50 years later, the lots are gone, filled with small apartment buildings and many commercial structures from the 70s, 80s, 90s and even today’s retail. Quite a few of the older ones have been repurposed and remodeled. So, the more you mix architectural styles, the more modern your layout.

    Now that I think of it, the river stone inserts are very 70s. But that’s the impression I got seeing the squiggles drawn in that space.

    Because I did not know what Cazin means in English I tried to get it translated. No response, so I just Googled Cazin Garage and got this!
    https://www.google.com/local/place/f...S1ZzelI2TVE%3D
    There really is a Cazin’s Garage in Tilques, France
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    That's looking really great and so different from the normal row of dpm buildings that you see over and over. Great work. Cool little kit too. I really regret a month or so ago where I had the opportunity to purchase an N scale Victoria Falls building that you've built nicely.
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    C'est merveilleux!!


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