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The 4mm scale drawings in this book are basic outline plans of various buildings & are intended to assist the modeller with a desire for scratchbuilding, especially those who might find it difficult to come to terms with building dimensions in general. However, familiarity will breed experience & after reaching an understanding about dimensions that cannot usually be termed as 'standard' but more as 'proportionate' then the modeller will find it much easier in planning out his own buildings. A building basically is not much more than four walls and a roof and its character lies in the little 'bits and pieces' struck on afterwards, although in some cases one would strongly suspect as an afterthought! Dormers, porches, extensions, etc., the type of windows used, the actual wall finish - brick, stone, flint, and so on makes the building what it is and, if two buildings were made from any one plan in the book then finished off in two entirely different wall finishes - possibly a bay window added for distinction - then all that would remain identical would be the basic outline. The two buildings apart from this would be as different as chalk and cheese. Constructional methods may vary and, of course, every modeller will have his own preferences as to what materials to model with. The buildings shown in the photographs are all made from 1 millimetre card which the author believes is as good as any. Buildings modelled (scale diagrams): Village Forge (whitewashed flint or stone building), Detached Cottage (attractive brick & pebble dash building); Large Country Home (finished in brick & flint, this model provides a charming space filler); Small Village Shop (Single - a gabled building with three distinct wall finishes & slate roof); Village Shops (Double - an uneven tiled roof, whitewashed brick and pebble dash finish); Watermill; Tudor Style Public House (timber-framed); Farmhouse and Barn (stone built with barn attached); Farm Outbuilding (timber); Timber Yard; Notes
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