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Mission-Revival Cafe Kitbash

August 18, 2008


I’m back with a very heavy kitbash of what used to be a cheap HO brick store from Dutch manufacturer REALIX. I wasn’t too happy with the faux architectural detail that came with it (that cheap looking 1920’s craftsman-esque peaked false front cornice.) However, the kit fits together nicely, and who wouldn’t like a set of those windows for kitbashing? It also came with that really neat spanish tile awning, PERFECT! So…I attached the kit walls together and then using patching plaster, gently (but somewhat heavily) coated the entire building. When that was dry, I took a file and sanded the door openings square again. I also took a flat-file and smoothed out the walls too, but still purposely retaining some character, as most stucco walls aren’t baby’s bottom smooth anyway. After everything was sanded, I drew out a new mission-revival facade out of 0.60 styrene and cut it out with an exacto knife, nippers and drilled and filed the “bell arch” I also cleaned up the top arch and then shot the entire building, roof off inside and out with Textured Concrete Spraypaint. (*because it adds some extra scale texture and fills seams and gaps quite nicely.

A quick coat of Turqouise paint on the windows and awning, some bragdon enterprises light rust color mixed with $1 acryllic terra cotta colored paint for the awning. Before putting the windows and awning on, I painted the entire outside of the building with plain white acryllic paint, somewhat cream colored. Next, the windows and awning. The roof is as-built, just plopped in place in case I want to add interior detail, and I obviously intend to add window glass, shades and at least an “OPEN” sign, some painted on sign between the windows on the exterior of the structure and of course a name for the CAFE is needed, any ideas?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2008 10:21 pm

    Very nicely done. I like the vintage Katy truck parked outside too.

  2. August 21, 2008 12:48 pm

    I just came across the site – great work! Nice little kitbash – the exterior stucco turned out quite nice.

    All the best.

  3. August 27, 2008 5:09 am

    Very creative work. How ’bout calling it “Kit’s Cafe”


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