Long Road To The Harbor City, Part VIII: Let´s Build a BIG Window!

Well well. If you have some money, it´s quite reasonable that you show it to the other people. What´s the point to have big piles of cash if nobody knows it? “So how could I prove my wealth to other kinsman?” thoughts the merchant. “Should I spend enormous amounts of coins to buy a ridiculously big window to my house? Yes, that would do the trick”

I wanted that the window frames would be as thin as possible so that there would be as much of window as possible. If you take very thin plasticard it´s not sturdy enough so I decided to use metal. Quick search trough the interweb and I found marvellous way to get some metal.

  1. Take a metal tube of something, in my case, mustard. You could use mayonnaise or something similar also.
  2. Empty the tube. I emptied the tube on top of some sausage.
  3.  Eat the sausage.
  4. Slice the empty tube open and wash it.
  5. Holy cow, now you have some marvellous metal that you can cut with scissors!! And your stomach is full so you can continue the project

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I cut long metal  strips and glued them on the edges of the window. I also glued a plasticard piece behind the window so that it would support the soon-to-come window frame bits.

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Then I just started to to glue vertical strips to the frame but….

DON`T DO IT LIKE THIS!!!!! Why you might ask? Because if you use super-glue like I did and wont be extra freaking careful the strips will also be glued to the plasticard. And if this happens, it ends up looking like this when you try to remove the supporting plasticard:

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Starting again. Cut some strips from the metal and place them where you want them to be. With one hand keep the strip on the right spot and with the other hand use the super-glue. Wait for it to dry and repeat. I also turned the house up side down when I added smaller strips to the frame. Here is some progress shots:

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Because I would use some Woodland Scenics realistic water to make the actual window I painted the frame with GW´s dwarf bronze.

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Here is a better shot of the entire house

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Then it was time to play with the water stuff. Always remember that the number one thing to check when messing around with this kind of stuff is that there is now leaking points. I placed a plasticard piece behind the window frame and used masking tape to seal the joints.Then I flipped the house on it´s side.

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Then I mixed the resin and poured it one slot at a time until I had a complete window. I used a needle to pop all the bigger air bubbles.

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It takes at least a day or more to completely dry so be patient. Here is the end result.

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There´s still some air bubbles but someone said that in real life there are bubbles in older windows also. I think that the result is quite nice and worth the effort.

There is number of easier ways to make a window but hey, where´s the fun in that?

Comments and critics are welcome!

JCoo

 

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