How to Build a Model House With Windows

Written by larry simmons
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Model houses are built by a wide array of modelers for a variety of reasons. Whether you're a tabletop war gamer, making a diorama, creating the scenery for a model train or attempting to create a home for dolls, the house you build gains from each realistic touch you place into the model. Adding actual windows in lieu of a simple hole in the wall of your model house is one such touch of realism. And with windows available at most commonly used model scales, the addition can be done quickly. And a bit of modification will have your model windows looking much like real ones.

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Things you need

  • Scale styrene pattern sheets
  • Straight edge
  • Hobby knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Plastic cement
  • Scale miniature windows
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Transparency

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    Design your house, plotting out wall placements, door, windows and the scale you'll be using when building the model. For most models you only need to design the outside of the house, but dollhouses will require that you also design interior rooms. Include the materials your house will be built of in your design, labelling each surface a material type such as wood, siding, brick or any other type used.

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    Measure the dimensions of the house by material type and purchase enough styrene pattern sheets to cover the appropriate amount if each material. Styrene plastic sheets are available from hobby stores that deal in miniatures and dollhouses and emulate common building materials such as brick or roof tiles in set scales such as HO scale for model railroads, or 1-inch dollhouse scale.

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    Obtain model windows in the scale you're using. Model windows come in all window types but will be unpainted frames only. Measure the windows for the openings you will need to create in the house walls. Purchase doors for your model house as well.

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    Paint the windows and doors the desired colours to go with the building material type. Allow the paint to dry for two hours.

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    Cut the plastic sheets according to the house design. To cut the plastic, lay a straightedge along the line to be cut and the cut along the edge using the hobby knife. Cut the openings for doors and windows according to the measurements taken for them, then sand all of the cut edges smooth.

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    Assemble the walls of the house using the plastic cement. For the best results, use plastic cement that's applied with a brush to prevent spillage or clumping at joined edges. For a dollhouse build, use only three exterior walls but glue interior walls into place. Allow the cement to cure according to manufacturer's instructions.

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    Spray the painted surfaces of the house windows and doors with a layer of clear coat spray paint to seal in and protect the painted colours. Allow the coating to dry for two hours.

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    Lay the transparency onto a flat surface and apply a thin layer of plastic cement to the rear of the windows. Press the cement surface firmly to the transparency and allow the pieces to dry for 5 minutes.

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    Cut the glued window from the surrounding transparency sheet and trim away any excess transparency. This should give you a window with the appearance of glass.

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    Glue the windows and doors into the holes cut for them in your model house.

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    Cut the patterned roof to fit the model and then glue the roof into place. To finish the model, glue the house to a patterned base.

Tips and warnings

  • For added realism, wallpaper designs can be applied to interior walls.

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