28mm Laser-Cut Modular Factory

I seem to be on a roll with this project as this is the fourth post covering my experience with laser-cut wooden terrain from Demo’s Laser-Cut Designs.  Today’s post is picture heavy and covers my experience assembling the 28mm Modular Factory.  As with previous kits from DLCD the only things I really needed were white glue, a sharp hobby knife and a straight edge.  From beginning to end this project took less than an hour and that included taking pictures, as well as a quick break to refill my coffee mug.  Lets start with a picture of all the pieces to this kit (minus the large base).

I decided to jump ahead and glue the doors in place first.  I liked the look of the large factory doors being open, but left the remaining doors closed.  The only real problem is having the large doors open is they are difficult to photograph.

Then I got back to following the directions and got to work on the roof.  This kit has a split level roof that is completed in two stages.  First is the very top made of five pieces below.  One thing to watch out for is one of the longer edges has slots that are longer than the others.  I actually took a picture of the wrong piece and you can see the difference if you look closely at the bottom most long edge.  Once you have the right pieces add a little white glue and assemble them in place.

One down, one more roof to go.  The next one has only three sides and the longer slots and tabs.  This is probably the trickiest part of this whole kit.  Once you have the right pieces, get the white glue and continue as before.

It’s that easy.  As with previous DLCD kits, the parts were cut clean and fit together without any fuss.

Once the roofs are done it is time to get started on the upper level.  This one is narrower than the lower two and has the following five components.  You will notice the wall on the lower end of the picture lacks tabs.  This is on purpose and is because that edge lines up with one of the roofs previously assembled.

Again, get your white glue ready and start assembling.

There you go.  Quick and straight forward.  This is pretty much a rinse and repeat process at this point.  Gather the next five pieces and assemble in the same manner as before.

Tada… ok, this is getting more repetitive to write than it was to actually assemble. ; )  But seriously, at this point I am just shy of thirty minutes into this project.  The bottom level of the factory turns out to be a little more work than the previous levels.  Not because of the assembly, but because there is the trim and doors that need to be added.  Again, not a big deal.  Lay out the four walls…

then glue the doors in place.

I decided to add the door to the upper level too.

Next, is the trim that goes on the lower level.  This is the only part that really requires any work.  I premeasured everything out and used a hobby knife to cut the trim to fit and then glue it into place.

Once the trim is glued in place it is time to assemble the four walls of the base level.  The hardest part of this process is making sure everything is square.  I decided to quickly glue everything into place and then use the second level to square it all up.

Using the previously assembled levels and my cutting mat as a guide I was able to true up the walls and make sure everything was square and fit together correctly.

At this stage I have invested close to forty five minutes.  The last step is to cut out the widow frames and glue them in place.

A little glue goes a long way at this stage.  In fact the less glue you use, the less glue you have to clean up.

… and we are done.  Just shy of 60 minutes and we have a shiny new building to fight over.  Coolness.

Here are a few comparison pictures with the other laser-cut buildings I assembled.

… and one for fun with a few of my fallout miniatures.

I hope you found this useful.  Until next time, cheers.

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~ by Captain Apathy on February 25, 2012.

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