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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 17:14 pm 
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I know several others are interested in this newish kit so thought I'd post my own go at it after getting it (and the extension) way back last Christmas - thanks, family! I intend to use it for Berlin 1945 wargames, but thought I'd start by presenting it in the form of a slightly battered urban base for late-war nasty Nazis... I ought to add, in case you're considering investing, you don't get quite all the bits and bobs I've added in the pics, such as exterior doors, flags etc etc. Enjoy the walk-round.

First of all the rather dour, forbidding exterior:
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Dare we take a look inside?
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A peek through the window first perhaps...
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Some civilians are making enquiries, perhaps about the fate of missing neighbours...
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An open door leads into the gloomy recesses of the ground floor...
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A flight of stairs leads to the upper floor...
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A gloomy library is glimpsed to one side...
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A further flight of stairs leads up to the top floor where the Germans have their headquarters...
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A bedroom for off-duty officers...
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A reception area for officers arriving with reports...
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An operations room where staff mull over maps of the front...
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...and ponder how they got into this mess...
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And finally, the office of the local gauleiter, where a suspect is undergoing questioning...
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Not a place to linger!
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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 17:21 pm 
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Very nice David :thumb:

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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 17:29 pm 
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Nice work! I really want to get this as part of the Battle for Berlin diorama set they do! How much of the interior comes as part of the kit - or was that all your embellishment? :)

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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 17:36 pm 
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Then I thought that it was a pity, as the house has two identical frontages and isn't cheap, not to see what else can be done with it - so I thought I'd re-envision the whole things as a country house as occupied by Wellington and allies around 1815...

The top brass are gathering for a meeting with Wellington and his staff...
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Picton himself is there to greet latecomers...
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Within, a cavalry officer shows a colleague the works of art on display in the entrance hall...
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Two more officers exchange news in the adjoining lobby...
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The suite of rooms on the floor above includes a spacious ballroom...
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...and a music room (anybody else ever scratchbuilt a grand piano and chaise-longue?!)
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...and finally the library, where the staff are already in heated discussion.
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Could that be Blucher and the Iron Duke himself we glimpse through a misty window?
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Looking forward to seeing what other people make of this challenging kit!

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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 17:44 pm 
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Thanks for the comments, guys. I'm afraid you don't get much to help you with the interior, as it's completely bare apart from the staircases and has some awkward recesses and mould marks to boot (and no window glass), so it's out with the card, foamboard, bits of matches, plastic sheeting etc etc. If scratchbuilding's your thing you'll have hours of creative fun! I drew the line at making chairs but the day was saved when I came across a set of very reasonably priced laser-cut chairs and tables from scalemodelscenery.co.uk (set LX070-00) - much recommended. I'd really love to people that ballroom with couples in uniforms and Empire dresses waltzing to the skirl of the pipes a la Duchess of Richmond's ball before Waterloo, but no one seems to be making the figures that will allow that (yet!)

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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 18:09 pm 
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Fair play - I can imagine 'model interior design' can be a fair bit of fun - and loving the change to Napoleonic country house!

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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2016 18:17 pm 
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Both of these are great, nice :thumb:

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I really like both of them. Lovely interior design :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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PostPosted: Tue 24 May 2016 22:40 pm 
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Thanks, all - especially Paul H, whose own creations are a constant source of inspiration!

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