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Building Detail
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 11:48 AM
I want to make awnings for a number of buildings in progress. What is the best method for creating these awnings? Also window shades are needed. Gerald
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 2:01 PM
I have found that file folders, the manilla color soaked and tea, then dried lend a good look for shades. The tea darkens them a bit and makes them a little more realistic. I cut them a little larger than the window opening and glue them in place. I stagger the length a bit, some wide open other pulled down part way.
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Posted by snowey on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 10:55 PM
wouldn't they be too thick?
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Posted by snowey on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 10:58 PM
for curtains, you could use ribbon. For shades, just use paper thats painted the appropriate color.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 25, 2001 7:56 PM
It could depend on what scale you're modeling in. I'm in N scale and have found that good quality typing paper, either painted or colored with markers is good for making awnings and window shades. I have also used masking tape, painted or not for shades. As was pointed out earlier, the key is to vary how far the shades are pulled.
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Posted by thirdrail1 on Friday, October 26, 2001 12:19 PM
Depending on how much handling or bumping your building will get, the sturdiest method for awnings is .005 shim brass soldered to .010 wire, next would be aluminum foil ACC'd to same. Paint prior to installation and use decal striping for multicolor awnings. Masking tape is the easiest to use and looks the best for shades.
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