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Art Deco Factory


Art Deco FactoryIn this article we present Neal Crankshaw's Art Deco Factory BEFORE he decided to turn it into a ruin!

As is usual for Neal, he began with some careful planning before transferring the design onto [glossary=foamcore|foamcore]. The three images below show the front of the building at three stages of construction. In the first image we have a single piece of foamcore which has been marked out and cut. In the second image, further pieces of foamcore have been added on top of the first. In the third image, pieces of cereal packet cardboard have also been added to create details. Pillars, made from wooden dowel, have also been added to the doorway. Note that some areas of the card and the foamcore have been drawn on with a ballpoint pen to 'emboss' lines into them.

He then set about making the remaining sides of the building in the same manner as the facade.

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Art Deco FactoryNeal then began work on the interior as shown in the image to the right. Note that at this stage, the walls of the building have not yet been glued together in order to give maximum access to the interior.

Two things worth noting in the image to the right are:

1. The thin ledge along the top of the longer walls upon which with removable roof will sit (more about that later).

2. Neal chose to install what he describes as a 'walkway' as opposed to an upper floor. In reality a building like this would probably have a complete upper floor however this would have been troublesome from a gaming point of view. By contrast, Neal's 'walkway' allows snipers to take up positions at the upper windows while allowing other troops located on the ground floor to be easily accessed. The walkway was made by attaching balsa planks to a sheet of styrene.

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The removable roof was made from a sheet of single sided corrugated cardboard with braces made from foamcore.

Neal also constructed a number of items of furniture and workshop machinery to go inside his factory. The images below show it before an after painting. For the most part it was made from pieces of styrene, balsa and cereal packet card.

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The image below shows the factory having received a coat of grey primer, ready for painting. The diamond pattern around the 'tower' is made from cereal packed card, marked with a pen, cut out, and stuck on. The decorations at the top of the columns are 'beads' that Neal found at a craft/sewing shop.

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To see images of the painted piece and find out what Neal did to it next, please click this link.


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