Building Facade

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by JFAK075

I'm going to go over the steps I use for making a simple building- mainly used for backdrops and or Dio shots.

Contents

Supplies

Here's a look at some of the main supplies used. Supplies include but are not limited to-

  • Foam board
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • Spray glue
  • Figure bubble package (for the front door)
  • Paper pattern (brick in this case)
  • Knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Textured paints.
  • Additional supplies included plastic sheet styrene and styrene bits.
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Measuring and Cutting

I begin by measuring out the walls of the building. This particular one is 12"H X 20" X 10"D

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Then cutting them with the metal edge.

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Wall samples

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Doors

For this building I wanted a commercial size garage door, so I used the nearest vehicle to make sure of the proper size

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Then cut the opening. I used a nearby figure to get the basic doorway size

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Then cut

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Putting together walls and floor

Here is a look at all the walls and floor

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I used hot glue to hold the walls and floor together


Roof

I used a spare section of foam board for the roof. I found adding the floor and roof really make the Dio more stable. Without them I've had the front wall warp.

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Exterior walls

Now I spray the surface with glue and add the print pattern (this is not printer paper, this pattern was purchased from a craft store. It is slightly thicker paper and the glue does not bleed through). You have a few seconds to move the paper around before it is stuck in place.

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I then take the knife and cut out the doors

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Door Trim

I used some spare styrene for the door trim.


Garage Door Trim

And the same for the garage.

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Building the garage door

The garage door itself is made from styrene (foam board could be used as well).

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Test fit

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Painting the door

I used textured paint for the door to make it look like hammered metal

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Signage

I printed out signs for the building and covered them with packing tape- this will keep them from fading over time

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The images are cut and glued in place. The garage door is also hot glued in place


Front door

I used the plastic bubble from a figure package for the front door- painted black in the inside. Print out signs were added

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Sidewalk

I used concrete textured paint for the sidewalk (cut out of foam board).

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Open for business

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That's all! Now you can add other bits to bring it to life more, but for my needs this works.

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