Guess what... quarter scale, again, doesn't work like 1/12ths. Why does this keep surprising me.
With the twelfths I have always done three or four dry builds before glue ever meets the carcass - one in its naked state to see if I want to change anything and what needs painting and when and how, then build two after the first round of paint to check all is OK and adjust accordingly, lots of tweaking then gets done and build three confirms I am good to go and I mark up for wiring grooves etc. As I said I have been known to do a fourth if needs be.
Already in quarter scale, I did do two dry builds on the Gatehouse for similar reasons.
This little kit really isn't going to lend itself to that much messing about with and certainly it needs as much done to it as possible in the way of paint and prepping before messing about shoving it together every which way. Also, looking at it now, it is going to need a very different approach. I don't see that it will just be fully built and then finished off. I need to be able to get to each room at each level before another level goes in as they are very tiny.
So here is where I am up to:
I checked all the items against the list on the instruction sheet to be sure I have everything. I have no idea how anyone manages to pack these things there are so many fiddly little pieces and everyone of them was there. Indeed I think I have an extra something. If you look carefully at the picture you will see one teeny tiny rectangle floating around (centre front) all on its own - no idea what that is, but I have kept it just in case.
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I am definitely back to Plan A again though - the chimney will be on the side walls. I can not see how I furnish and false door it otherwise so that it works in real life - my absolute criteria in this game.