The making of the doors and windows tonight.
I make a start by placing a sheet of thick card with a slip of paper in the back of the window / door and drawing the exact shape onto the paper. I then copy this onto a peice of thin plastic sheet. Using different thicknesses of plastikard and copious amounts of plastic glue ( revel in this case ) i start to build the different layers of the door or window up onto the plastic base sheet. I have used black and white here to try and give you some idea of how it is done.
I then add uprights around the outside of the box of a thin plastikard. This allows the window or door to fit extremly snuggly into the wall. It also adds the window / door surrounds as one peice.
I then cut out the spaces with a brand new scapel blade very carefully.
Then i clean them up with a knife and a light file. ( best to leave for a hour before doing this as sometimes the plastic can be rubbery )
A basic door....... Using the same method.......
I use nearly the same method for making a larger door as well, this one is to be a slightly curved top wooden door. It is to be fitted into the top section of wall. The differences with this door is ....a. It is to be open and b. it is a wooden door. I use plastic here to make the frame following the same method as above. Then i make the door using strip wood and rough sand papers to add wood grain.
To start off i made a basic three thickness frame this then was added to another layer of plastikard to make a "plugin frame".
I detailed this with bolt holes in the corners and gave it wood grain with a very coarse grit paper.
I then made the doors from thin strips of obeche and glued them into the frame so the doors sat open ( NB - when making shed style doors remember to add the z shaped bracing on the back.............)
Then all windows are fitted to the holes they will eventually be fitted in. The holes will be to small but by carefully skimming them round you can create a perfect fit. This is why i do it this way - it means hardly any glue and a very neat and relaistic finish. I dont glue the windows and doors in untill I have painted and finished the outside so the window frames dont get covered in paint. I do however add them before i start weathering the building.
Doors and windows fitted........