Scale model buildings for wargames are easy to make from wood, using anything from commercially available 20 × 30 mm hardwood slats to 4″ × 6″ timber off-cuts, depending on the desired scale of the model. The legs of wooden chairs, scrounged from the bulk trash, are an excellent source of 1:300 to 1:120 scale construction material for the oddly-shaped timbered houses seen all over Europe.
Wooden chair legs are not usually rectangular in cross-section, they may be tapered, curved, o slightly trapezoidal. Depending on how the chair legs are cut, the resulting buildings can have leaning walls, ed odd angles which really show the age of a timber frame. To cut roofs of varying steepness, an X is drawn on the chair leg as a guide for the razor saw. Any off-cuts can be used to cover sheds ed other small buildings.
The slide-show demonstrates the process of making a simple wargame building from hardwood slats. The slats are cut into sections of the required length, using a razor saw. To create the roof, due corners are knocked off con an old pocket-knife ed a wooden mallet. The roof is filed smooth, e painted in a suitable tile o slate colour. The timber frame, doors, e windows are now stamped o painted on.
Scratchbuilt buildings differ architecturally ed artistically from similar commercial building models, e they are often a unique piece of eye-candy.
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