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Model Power Podiatrist Office
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:32:45 AM »
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  A month or so ago in another discussion, someone mentioned the Podiatrist Office (along with the other names it is called) makes a good start for a townhouse. Would they or anyone else care to elaborate? I have over a dozen of those kits and would like to make a few optional buildings.

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Re: Model Power Podiatrist Office
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 08:08:33 PM »
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Not familiar with that title, but I think I know which one it is... care to share a picture and "Showme" the kit of which you speak? :D

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Re: Model Power Podiatrist Office
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2016, 08:43:47 AM »
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  I don't have enough posts to be able to attach a pic yet, but if you Google or Bing image Model Power Podiatrist Kit it will show up. The kit is also called Robert Shaw's Wine and Cheese store. Amongst several other names.

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Re: Model Power Podiatrist Office
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2016, 10:20:33 AM »
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We can post a link, though... No prior experience required!
http://www.amazon.com/Model-Power-1529-Podiatrist-Office/dp/B00779W6DG

So exactly what kind of town houses are you planning... that seems a bit big?



The biggest brownstones are typically no more than 3 storeys, and the lion's share of townhouses (or in the Baltimore vernacular: Row houses) are 2-story.



I used DPM back wall and modular walls to concoct this block of rowhouses for my Canton, Highlandtown and Fells Point layout.





If you have the podiatrist kit in quantity, the thing to do would be see how you can cut the front facade up to make a 2-3 storey facade, probably 2 windows wide, possibly 3, with one of the window openings modified to create the front door.  Also, I'm not sure what the back wall of the kit looks like, but if the windows are simpler, they might be more useful to you than the all the fancy trims on the front.

The ground floor would be superfluous, other than to utilize the smaller doorway.



Maybe something like that.  Lather, rinse, repeat, then alter the facades slightly with color, maybe a brick texture, or take one or several and "update" them by cutting off the fancy trims and changing the windows.

Maybe on the corner unit you could use the fancy cornice trim, but that smacks a bit too much of a European design, and certainly over the top for a row of worker's housing.

The key would be to repeat the basic dimensions of the facade across the whole block.  Other than later remodels, houses like this were very Johnny One Note when they were built.

Spend some time looking at prototype photos to see what inspiration might lay there.

Lee
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Re: Model Power Podiatrist Office
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2016, 10:27:24 AM »
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Ah, one of those 4-story European-looking buildings.

If by townhouse you mean a town-house-style condominium, I'm not sure if I'm seeing it.  The proportions seem a bit off for that type of building.  I suppose you could cut it down to 2 stories and get rid of the storefront bottom floor while you at it. Then replace one of the windows at the front with a door.  Or maybe the rear of the building looks more "condo-like"?

I think that the old IHC Brownstone row houses (Google for a photo) would make a better townhouse complex.  Just get several of the same kit and build them as a single structure.

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Re: Model Power Podiatrist Office
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2016, 01:55:01 PM »
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   Upon looking at the pics Lee posted, it seems the worst issue with the MP kits is the pitched roof and gingerbread front fa├žade. Gonna break out the Zona saw. I see a hack job coming up in the near future.

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