Carolina Craftsman Kits Round BarnCarolina Craftsman Kits Round Barn
Carolina Craftsman Kits Round Barn
I received 2 kits I was really looking forward to doing at the same time, Janbouli's Golftees Inc. one of them , and this Carolina Craftsman Kits Round Barn the other. I think with a little time management (building one while waiting for paint to dry on the other), doing both at the same time will work out just fine.
The contents of the package , lasercut wood , Tichy windows, and isn't that a Jewel.
Tichy windows and the ornaments for the cupola.
I stained the wall parts with A&I , these are drying underneath the weights. While drying I'll build the substructure, this will make it easier to put the walls together and place the roof.
The thingy to hold up the roof and to build the cupola.
The stained walls ready for bracing, next time I will brace first then stain.
Glued on the bracing , now waiting or it to dry under the weights.
Start with the entrance wall to build the main structure.
The side of the entrance comes next then the second part of the round walls, when that is in place and the glue has cured fit in the first part. You will have to do some cutting, don't worry about the gap (as long as it's not to wide) , it will be covered by a piece of trim.
Go round and glue on the next pieces.
The back with the door in it.
Keep going round , but stop before you glue in the other side of the entrance.
I glued in the windows at this time , they will be white just like the structure itself and I will be glazing them with Micro Klear. If you are going to make them another color then the structure and/or you are using acrylate for the glazing do this first , paint the structure and then glue the windows in place.
When you have fixed in the ramp in the entrance and the inside walls , then glue the last side of the entrance in place.
I am using some scale lumber to trim the wall parts. First one side of the joints.
Then the other side, next up is spray painting the whole structure.
Next up is placing the roof, not at all as hard as you think it would be.
First take the roof piece and bend it along the cut lines, gently , you don't want to break it just make it somewhat flexible so the roof will be easy to form.
When you feel like it is the right shape put some tape on the inside of the roof at the seem of the parts where the circle comes together.
Put dots of white glue on each corner top and around the roof support of the pole. Don't worry about a bit too much glue , it won't be seen afterwards.
Place the roof on top and hold it down , mine fit so well just one rubber band was enough .
After the glue has dried.
Now for the tarpaper. I cut the pieces using the first one as a template for the rest of the first layer. Instead of glue I used black acrylic paint to stick it down, if you have any seems open they will be black and look like tar.
The first ring done and the entrance done.
The roof with all the tar paper done and given a wash with black acrylic paint and water.
On to the cupola, there are 3 small pieces that fit exactly over the pole , glue these and wait till cured.
In the mean time take the piece with the louvers and instead of cutting separate louvers make incisions in to the piece and gently fold these so they are easily formed into a octigonal cupola.
Open up slightly and glue to the cupola frame .
A jewel and a casting are included in the kit , sand down the jewel a bit so paint will adhere better, then glue the casting on the jewel and prime.
The barn when built with all the parts included in the kit.
I wanted to give the barn just a few things to make it even better then it already is. I added roof planks from stripwood.
And I also want to add a stone foundation. Luckily I had bought 2 of the kits from Jeff so I used one of the base boards from the other kit as a template for a substructure to build the foundation with. Of course if you only have one of the kits and you want to do this , think of using the template befoe you build anything.
The substructure for the foundation made with a jigsaw.
A strip of Slaters N-scale stone wall along the base.
Painted several individual stones.
Weathered roof done with powders and the stone foundation with a wash of Polyscale Mud and then drybrushed with white acrylic.