Assembling the Crossing Tower

This is what we are about to build. Please excuse the cluttered bench!

Assembly Instructions

The following is a suggested sequence of assembly with some helpful tips to ease the process.

Step 1

Cut out the walls of the structure. Note you want to cut out the four walls and ceiling / floor sections as one continuous piece.

Also cut out the window and door openings while the wall panels ae flat.

Step 2

Next, cut out the Board & Batten panels
A word of caution here. Cutting the thin strips will be difficult to do with any accuracy - see photo.
The loose ends will have a tendency to bend and curl.
To make life easier for you, leave a piece of paper joining across the ends of the Battens as this will keep them in alignment as well as minimizing any damage during handling. See photo.
Note a few of the battens have been accidentaly sliced. These can represent broken battens on an "aged" building.

Step 3

It is easier to fold the smaller pieces while they are part of the larger backing sheet.

Step 4

Leave a support for small parts. Here a strip of the backing paper remains attached to the handle railing posts.

Step 5

The kit comes with gluing tabs already marked out on the plans. Make sure you include these when cutting out the panels as they wll be required later when assembling the pieces.

Step 6

In some cases, particulary around the corners, you will find the tabs will overlap each other. To avoid this, as it adds unecessary paper thickness, cut a 45 degree angle on the tabs that will over lap. The manufacturer does indicate this in the plans, but if not, use this approach.
Here you can see how the tabs on the roof trim have been cut back at angle.

Step 7

You will notice that the white edge of the paper will show where ever we hav made our cuts. This white edge will become a distraction on the final model so we need to address it now
Take a coloured pencil or marker that closely matches the surroundig area and carefully run it along the paper edges.

Step 8

Score the edges on the wall panels so that a four sided structure appears.
Scoring from the front will expose the underlaying paper colour to carefully score from the back side. Repeat this process of all sections that will need to be folded including the gluing tabs.

Step 9

Now cut out the doors and windows pieces. Be careful with your cutting as these small pieces are easy to tear.
In some cases you will have over lying pieces to glue on, e.g. window mullins. Attach these at this time.

Step 10

Inspect your pieces for any cut paper edges that might show. Colur them at this time.

Step 11

Glue the windows and door into place. Careful not to put so much glue on that it shows.

Step 12

Add the wall frame pieces that we cut out earlier.

Step 13

The project is now taking on a 3 dimensional appearance!

Step 14

This is our first attempt at the roof. We over looked colouring the paper edges and neglected to trim the glue tabs so they aver lapped. This made it difficult to assemble.

Step 15

Second time around we left paper on the smaller pieces until time for assembly, scored the parts and trimmed the glue tabs.

Step 16

Now for the challenging part - assembling the platform and stairs.

The sequence of assembling:
  • Fold Stairs and glue
  • Cut out platform, but leave tabs to help assembly
  • Colour platform from below and edges
  • Colour edges of stairs
  • Glue stairs to wall support beam
  • Once dry, glue wall support beam to paltform. Pay attention, the folded end goes to the inside of the platform
  • Fold railing, cut out and colour edges and back
  • Glue second layer to railing
  • Glue railing to platform
  • Glue platform assembly to tower

    Here we have applied colouring to the back side of the railing.

    Step 17

    Attach the stair treads to the stair stringer (right).
    Fold the framing for the platform deck and glue together (left).

    Step 18

    Attach the stair assembly to the platform deck.
    Fold the handle railing.

    Step 19

    Attach the handle railing to the platform and stairs.
    Glue one post at a time.

    Step 20

    Here is picture of the O scale version.

    Step 21

    Here is picture of the assembled structure.

    We have also assembled the instructions in a down loadable document. Just click on the document on the right to download a PDF version.

    This Web page is maintained by Grant Knowles and was last updated on Dec 05, 2011.