When I was in Japan in November 2022 I went by this building every day for a week bringing my daughter to Japanese elementary school.
I was intrigued by the building which clearly looked abandoned and it brought up lots of questions.
- When was it built?
- Why was it abandoned?
- What shops were in there when it was still open?
- Will it ever be opened back up and used again?
I took just one photo:
I knew that when I came back home to Canada that I wanted to model this. In hindsight I should have taken more photos but I didn’t have much time (and my wife already thought it was strange that I took this photo).
Once home after completing my Lighted Steam Loco Diorama I started this project.
I had to first take the photo and try to create a 3D model of it so I could get accurate dimensions. I used Sketchup’s Match Photo feature on my old 2017 version that I still had installed.
Check out the video on how I did that:
Once I had my model and printed out the front view at scale (I decided on 1:48 scale), I started building the basic shell of the building out of Sintra, a sign-making plastic that I had some scraps that a sign-maker friend of my mother’s gave me.
Check out the video on how I assembled this shell:
And then the next step was to make some doors and windows, all scratch built from styrene:
A bit of texture and paint (except I ended up using a paint that ended up being too yellow!):
And let’s add some details!