Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Urban Project - Supermarket WiP 2

Hi all

Progress is being made on the supermarket, mostly on the structure. I wanted to represent the more typical retail structures which are usually glass fronted.  This meant going back to the technique used in my three houses i.e. coffee stirrers cut in half length ways and then painted, in this case bronze to make up the frames.  I then used blister pack plastic to recreate the glass.  


I then made up the walls for the shop.  I chose to make a Morrisons (a UK based supermarket chain) not for any real reason but the signage is pretty usable for the build. I wanted the walls to look modern so didn't scribe the brick pattern on any of the public facing walls and only left the bare brick work for the employee only areas to recreate the difference between the public and private areas in retail operations.


While the paint was drying on the walls I started carving the ground work on the base.  This meant the standard paving/tarmac mix that makes up British pavements, as well as the tiles on the shop floor.  I also sanded the "dropped curb" areas, one for a parking lot and the other for the delivery entrance.


Painting the base was simplicity....erm not! Tiles individually painted is so time consuming.  The tarmac areas will eventually get a textured paint covering and white lines etc but for now left a base black.



The roller door for the delivery entrance was simplicity itself.  Some corrugated cardboard with the thin paper covering removed carefully and then glued back to back before cutting to size.



Last thing this week is to show the shelving units I've started to build, made from coffee stirrers and some mdf scraps.  These will have either my Das fully stocked pieces on them or half filled versions when I get  around to making them.


That's it for this week. All that remains is for me to wish all of you good people a very merry Christmas and I'll catch you on the flip side.

hope you enjoy
dGG

18 comments:

  1. Very nice attention to detail, don't forget the disabled parking bay when doing your white lines. Merry Xmas mate

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    1. Already printed out the disabled parking sign mate 😉
      Merry Xmas to you

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  2. Looking good; I wish I'd painted the shell of my building before I'd completed it.

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  3. Superb work as usual, Andy. Keep it up.

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  4. "More reasons to shop at Morrisons" :-)
    This is looking great Andy - your scribing is especially impressive, and the roller door is genius!
    Merry Christmas to all at Da Grotto.

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  5. Just in case you have not seen Tim at Frontline makes Resin supermarket tills and shelves etc. Might be worth a quick look you never know.

    And as they say (groan) "every little helps!" (so sorry I could not resist)

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  6. You need to change the name of your blog to Da Gobbo's House Of a Million Marvels, Andy, as every post you seem to come up with more modelling marvels to gawp at. Great stuff once again :-)

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    1. many thanks Simon, glad to step up to the plate once again

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  7. You're the king. Looks great. I wish I had the time to pull off this detail. Great stuff. Thanks for showing us the way.

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  8. Merry Christmas Andy, and keep up that extraordinary skillful modelling.

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  9. I'm curious on how much surface area your boards will avtually cover, Andy. I think I'm right in saying that each board is two foot square, so I'm speculating that the whole playing atea will be at least 4 feet square, if not larger? Any chance of seeing the whole playing area at some point, even if it's still a WIP? That would be quite cool.

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    1. 3’ x 3’ square split using 1’ tiles. Once I’ve done the supermarket, I’ll post photos of the whole board to show you the progress of the project.

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