factory building - photo review

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CarlL
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factory building - photo review

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Some months ago, I bought an mdf flat pack "Red Vector" 20mm scale factory, from Minibits, sister company of Pendraken (who specialise in 10mm scale figures); it cost me £10 (inc VAT) plus P&P (which is very reasonable). See on website at https://www.minibits.net/red-vectors/20mm/wwii/
It comes as ready to pop out parts in pre-cut mdf sheets (I have forgotten how many sheets!). Before assembly I laid out the TWO buildings that come in the pack, to check out construction. I only needed to add glue, I used slow setting PVA (But if you let it part dry before assembly this leaves it less wobbly on construction while still allowing some leeway for getting assembly together); and some rubber bands to hold in place while setting. there is:
1. A factory, dimensions 250x150x70mm - roughly 10inches long, by 6 inches wide, by nearly 3 inches tall at highest points.
This consists of a base into which lock four exterior walls, with one fixed position interior wall (see photos) and overhead you have five girder pieces. There are also five exterior exits: which can be left open, part open, or closed: there are two large double gates (with damaged gates provided) and three single door exits (with two damaged doors provided - I made additional doors from the mdf scraps from the flatpack boards for exterior and interior doorways, just needed a craft knife to cut out, you could use card instead. Both card and mdf can be scratched with craft knife to add look of wood planks in doors). I left the large interior archway open. The interior is blank. I chose to fill it with debris from the scrap mdf after removing pieces from the flat pack boards. You could add workbenches or machinery. (There are resin and mdf suppliers of these but perhaps not in 20mm scale.)
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2. A separate "office" (could be a smaller workshop) dimensions given on website as 80x70x50cm - roughly 3inches square by 2inches tall.
Similar construction to above: base, four exterior walls, and two girders in roof space. (There is no roof for either building, you could buy plastic corrugated "iron" sheets for roof, if you want these.) I don't recall if it came with any doors but I made doors and window shutters from the mdf scraps. I again chose to add debris inside this building from mdf scraps.

Photos below of my finished model. I mainly used mix of acrylic model paints and household emulsion / acrylic paints (from tester pots). I chose to give interior a light finish. (I thought my usual dirty, burned out look might be too dingy!) The buildings come with some etched brickwork, and holed walls that are standard to set: I painted brick with light wash to let etching show; and used a smooth cement acrylic paint (from tester pot) elsewhere to add some texture to exterior walls.
For some the walls may appear to thin for 20mm scale. You could use foam or foamboard to line interior or exterior walls.
Enjoy my photos below: simple click and crop so apologies no staged lighting or background. I added some 20mm Russians on a 40mm square base to my photos to help you gain perspective on model size.
EXCELLENT model is my verdict and excellent pricing.
CarlL

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granty101
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Re: factory building - photo review

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CarlL wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 19:54 it cost me £10

I have forgotten how many sheets!
Firstly, where did you get ten quid from? and secondly, I see the memory loss is still an issue!! :lol:

Seriously Carl, good job on the building and painting, but I suspect your lass had a hand in it somewhere!! :D

Grant
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