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Pat Pettett




PAT PETTETT talks us through building this Faller plastic kit.

My next article intended to cover the construction of one of the buildings for the station area – however I have had this kit on order since the start of the year, so when it arrived I couldn’t resist! This is a limited edition of the block of flats, with sides painted by artist Carsten Kruse. He is known on the continent for his rather eye-catching buildings amongst other things, this one certainly fits the description! For those looking for something more conservative, a plain version of the flats is available under number FA130803.

building Faller Flats

Opening the box, we find the window inserts – these stop light from bleeding out from any gaps if you intend to fit them. Underneath, we find the familiar selection of sprues:

building Faller Flats

We start off with the walls – on this particular kit, it is naturally very important to make sure the outer facing wall sections match up – the instructions make this clear for each step:

building Faller Flats

The plain wall sections are glued together with cross shaped pieces:

building Faller Flats

All of the painted pieces are further noted with roman numerals, to help match the parts up – this also applies to the sections with windows:

building Faller Flats

When fitting the windows, mind that you get them the right way round – there is a slight chamfer on the outside:

building Faller Flats

With the first 2 wall sections done, we can make the first assembly:

building Faller Flats

The next wall section has the building door located halfway across – as always, make sure the sections match up before you glue:

building Faller Flats


building Faller Flats

With the first 4 walls done, we have our ground level:

building Faller Flats

Next, we fold up the first black mask, then slide it into place:

building Faller Flats


building Faller Flats

We continue with the next wall sections, and once these are done they are added to the next floor section, taking care that they are arranged correctly to avoid gaps. With these done, we are starting to get a building – as yet I have not glued the different floors together, so I can add interior lights later:

building Faller Flats

Continue with the next set of wall sections, and as before, add the black mask to the completed shell:

building Faller Flats

Now we just need the finishing pieces, namely the balconies and doorway and of course the roof! The balconies are assembled floor by floor:

building Faller Flats

The roof is slightly pitched inwards for drainage – first of all the support is glued together:

building Faller Flats

This stops the pitched roof from sinking inside of the walls:

building Faller Flats

Next we assemble to balcony sections, and glue together:

building Faller Flats

With this step, we are done! There is plenty more we can do if needed – the printing process leaves the very edges of the building free of paint, and this does stick out quite a bit. It will be pretty simple to match the paint colours and “fill in” these seams. Overall it’s a very eye-catching building – very easy to build, taking a couple of hours at most. Well recommended!

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