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Tomix building kit-bash

It can be surprising which buildings can lend themselves to kit-bashing ….

I saw an article in a recent N Gauge Magazine and was interested to see how two of the Tomix Square Front buildings 4050 or 4051 could fit on top of the Convenience Store building. The builder has cut them slightly to fit, so the window spacing is uneven. The sign is right up against the building, and he also complained how there seemed to be no way to get to the upper floors !!!

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Inspired by this, I purchased 4051, the brown flat-front building set (this wouldn’t work with the round-fronted ones)  & 4062, the new 7-11 store. When fitting the two buildings next to each other, and without cutting them short, there appeared enough overhang to be able to fit a small door-way in, so I decided that this would be a stairway entrance to the top floors. I used one of the stairs (escalators) cut in half, which JUST fitted in the opening !!! I had to make a false wall to cover this, and the one window had to be blocked off. The square buildings were cut on one side so that when joined together,the window spacing was even, and there was enough floors to make it a little higher than the original. Also because the whole building is now a little wider, I used the parking-lot base, but on the other side to it’s intended location.

I decided on a colour I have never used before for a building – Greenmax Kintetsu dark blue, which seemed a nice contrast to the orange of the 7-11- think of Kintetsu’s Vista Car sets in that colour combination !!! It also showed up the silver window frames well.

Details added were a part from the Kato Diotown buildings for the roof, a vending machine to hide the hole in the base when the sign pole was before being moved to a more visible location, and some signs also from the Kato Diotown buildings

You will never see the back of this building because of the holes left due to the doorways in the fronts of the Tomix building (the front of this one is actually made from the back sections of the original). As always, the inside has sheets of black paper inserted so you cannot see right though it.

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January 8, 2008 - Posted by | Tomix

3 Comments »

  1. you did a great good job nice idea

    Comment by ryo ichi saito | January 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. Maybe you did, and that is where the original creator got his idea 🙂

    Comment by redracer | January 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. Nice, very nice. i particularly like the utility unit on top of the building. I feel like i saw this exact building somewhere near shinjiku.

    Comment by Stephen Moore | January 8, 2008 | Reply


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