Hey up, folks. This is another in the series of buildings that fit on a CD. This wooden watchtower would be good for games set in the French and Indian Wars or for low tech sci-fi colony worlds. Without further ado, here's how you make it.
* Hot glue gun and glue sticks
* Bamboo skewers
* Sharp knife
* Ruler & pencil
* Paint and brushes
* PVA glue
* CD or DVD or some other base
* Balsa wood
1) Grab your base, and get an idea of how big your building can be. You will be making a square on a circle, so you might want to sketch out the layout first. Once you have the base, you can get an idea for the height of the building. I decided to make a building 120mm tall with walls 70mm long. So I marked out two end pieces of foamcard 120*70mm, and two inner walls of 120*60mm. The foamcard is 5mm thick, so the two end pieces will bring the 60 up to 70mm. See Fig. 1.
2) Pin and glue these pieces together, and leave them to set. See Fig. 2.
3) Glue the building's framework to the base, and cut out pieces of
balsa and bamboo. See Fig. 3. The bamboo should be about 70mm long so it
matches the walls. You will want a pretty thin balsa. The balsa will be
for the door, for the window shutters, and for the top part of the
building. Mark out the spots where the balsa will go, and glue it in
place. Then glue the bamboo around it with the hot glue gun.
For the top of the building, I decided to make the model open to the
elements. So I marked a line about 25mm from the top of the wall, and
put a piece of foamcard in here, having glued offcuts of foamcard in as
supports. I used a pencil to mark the balsa, making it look like planks
of wood. I then took a piece of thin balsa and cut a 25mm square out of
the middle of it. I turned this sideways, and glued this thin layer of
balsa atop the foamcard layer. The square now looked as though it were a
5) I then cut some more pieces of thin
balsa, again scribing them with my pencil to resemble planking, and
glued them to the internal walls. I levelled everything off with my
knife, then glued a single plank of balsa atop this to hide the
foamcard. See Figs. 4&5.
added a handle (made from twisted staples) to the trapdoor and the
front door, and pressed the tip of my pencil into the ends of planks to
give the impression of nails. Then I undercoated the model black, and
painted it. See Figs. 6, 7&8.
That's all for today, folks. I hope you find this handy. Until next time, happy gaming!