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Building the GM411 Fordhampton Farmhouse

Terry Smith

In the second of our two Part Fordhampton feature Terry turns his attention to the OO Scale Farmhouse/Holiday Cottage construction kit.

Fordhampton Farmhouse

Well this is another versatile kit that can be used in many locations, but obviously in a more rural setting. That said many towns old high street still feature a thatched cottage amongst more modern buildings. The most obvious use would be of a farmhouse on one of the smaller farms that are such an integral part of our green and wonderful land. A cameo like our header shot would make a nice corner filler, just add one of the many OO barns available and the scene is set. The Holiday Cottage idea came from Ian, who stayed in something similar on a family holiday to the West Country not so long ago - a thatched roof cottage should be able to find its way onto most layouts, regardless of era or area.

Fordhampton Farmhouse

Just like in the Surgery build, having the right tools will help in the kits construction.

Fordhampton Farmhouse


Fordhampton Farmhouse

This kit is a lot simpler to put together compared to the surgery but does included two free standing buildings which are built separately, the main farmhouse and a smaller out-building. The mouldings are in just two colours white for the walls and a beige colour for the thatched roof parts. The sides of the building just butt together and the cutting mat has a useful grid to make sure it all is square.

Fordhampton Farmhouse


Fordhampton Farmhouse


Fordhampton Farmhouse

Again, we feel it is easier to paint what you need to with the parts still attached to their sprues. In the top picture above we can see the before and after of details on the out-building have been picked out in Humbrol Gloss Black paint. The next picture shows how some of the patterns on the thatch can be highlighted by dry brushing in a darker matt brown. Finally, the chimney pots can be detailed using a brick colour for the pots and the brickwork then using the stone coloured paint for the pointing -same as we used in the Surgery build up.

Fordhampton Farmhouse

The porch on the main building has had the lower brickwork and the roof picked out with Humbrol Brick Red, while the door has been painted Gloss Black.

Fordhampton Farmhouse

Finally many cottages end up covered in ivy. We have just treated one corner of the building, but just look at real ones when you are next out in the countryside - some of them are almost covered all over, even the roof! This effect is easy to apply, just paint on a white glue such as DLAD-11 Speedbond exactly where you want your ivy to be, and then sprinkle on your foliage of choice. In this case we used GM158 Dark Green Leaves from the Gaugemaster Scenic range.

Fordhampton Farmhouse
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