The October KitBusters

Our first "working session" is the October 25th KitBusters session.
This will be held at:

The Emmanuel United Church
691 Smyth Road, Ottawa

The church is located in the north corner of Smyth and Dauphin Roads, just east of the CHEO Hospital.

Doors will open at 9:00 AM and we'll start our activities around 9:30 AM. We have the facilities until 4:00 PM so you are welcome to stay the whole day even if you finish early. On that note, you may want to bring along a second "project" to work on while you are waiting for paint to dry etc.
There will be an hour break about mid day to allow you to go for lunch at any local establishment or you can even bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.


We will be focusing on two things at the October Workshop:
- Distressing the wood parts, and
- Painting the pieces.

The day will start with a clinic on how to prepare the wood parts on the kit. This will be followed by a working session where you will get to practice what you have just learned. We'll then follow this with a clinic on painting and a working session on just that.

Preparation For The Workshop

We have a few things that you should work on before the workshop:
1. Read the Instructions. Do your best to understand what the build sequence is and familiarize yourself with the kit pieces. I know this is contrary to the male instinct, but it will pay off in the long run!
2. Assemble your tool kit. The worse thing that can happen is you show up without any tools to work with.
3. Assemble your paints. More on this topic below.
4. Optional - For those who wish to get started, you can assemble the floor pieces together. More on this topic below.

Floor Assembly

The Bakery floor is made up of two large boards that are sandwiched together. Both panels have a 45 degree corner taken off (this is for the front door entrance). The upper panel has a floor board pattern "etched" in by the laser. You need to glue these two panels together with the floor boards visible on the upper piece. Apply the top panel on this and clamp the two pieces together to glue over night. It is important to keep both pieces in alignment (the layer of glue does create a slippery surface). I clamped my piece between two pieces of plywood to ensure it stayed flat (see picture). Placing some weights on top, like a set of books, will also work well.

When the glued has dried, sand the edges flat.
You may also want to add some extra details to the floor surface by scribing (with your hobby knife) some board ends and even add some nail holes (with the sewing pins). We will talk more about this at the Workshop.

You may also choose to "stain' the floor boards at this time though this can be done later as well. Use a light coloured stain that would reflect the colour of a wood floor. I used an old jar of Floquil cherry stain that I had kicking around.
You may have to apply some weights to the panel while the stain dries just to ensure it doesn't warp. If it does, just stain the back side and add the weights, this should remove any warpage.

Here are the two floor panels. The top one (on the left) is glued on top of the right piece.

I clamped by floor panel over night between two flat pieces of plywood.


There as as many philosophies about how to paint models as there are clouds in the sky. Each are great in their own right and neither is any better than the other - it's all about personal preference.
For the purposes of this project, we will be exploring the use of water based craft paints that you can find at your local craft store. These are very inexpensive and are available in a wide range of colours.

So in preparation for the October Workshop, you will need to determine the desired paint scheme for your building and purchase the corresponding colours.

When you select your colours, try to visualize where the model will be placed on your layout, the adjoining structures and most importantly, the era of the scene. I model in the the 1930's so building colour schemes were rather subdued and the colour selection wasn't great. So I've chosen a light grey for the main field of the walls and a darker grey for the trim. As my building will be showing years of use/abuse, we will blend these two colours even more when we do our weathering.

Here are examples of the water based craft paints. You can find these at Micheals Craft store as well as other "crafty" places. They are typically about $1.25 a bottle and will last you a long time.

This Web page is maintained by Grant Knowles and was last updated on Oct 4, 2008.