I updated a Matchbox Cars of Yesteryear vehicle for the Police gang.
I finished and changed another Oldsfield Tires kit. This one I took off the front awning and changed the sign; I thought a tire shop was still a neat business so just something to be a little different from everyone else.
The front awning was an easy change and all I did was use left over pieces from the front brick wall sprue to fill in the holes. Easy peasy. I think it was at this point when I snapped this photo that I realized I hadn't changed the color of the window and door frames, so that was bit disappointing - I think having a different color really would have been a good idea.
Another Tobacconist was changed into a laundromat and cleaners.
And in a final nod to a favorite movie of mine, Captain America (there is one line in the movie that really did it for me "I don't like bullies" - that has made me a lifelong Captain America fan), I decided to use my other Davis Jewelers and turn that into the Brooklyn Antiques shop. Plus, I felt that this table could really double as a Pulp Alley board as well, so this could definitely be a neat building to have as a plot point or objective. Apologies as I hadn't finished the windows at that point - and on a side note, as much as I love the design of this storefront, these particular windows are pretty awful to put together.
I initially bought two boards that are used for school projects or work presentations; these were tri-fold boards that expanded to about 3x4 and 3/16 thick. I really thought that these were going to be the answer. Unfortunately I couldn't have been more wrong. When I started to paint and put glue down on the board I almost immediately had warping occur.
I decided to make a trip to Home Depot and picked up a 4x8 piece of foam insulation. I went with the thickest available which was 1 inch, that way I wouldn't have any issues with the warping. I cut it into 4 2x4 parts, and painted it black.
The board itself is 3 2x4 parts. I was really happy with the seam along the right side, but unfortunately I do have a bit of a gap on the left side; about just under 1/8 of an inch. Definitely disappointing. This photo was actually when I was getting the sides of the boards painted black.
Then it was adding the flock and dirt. The flock I used is from Scenic Express, a grass flock blend. This is the same stuff Shawn Morris, The Terrain Guy on You Tube, uses and his boards are simply amazing. If you're into terrain building and you've never heard of Shawn I HIGHLY recommend seeking him out on You Tube. You won't be disappointed.
I thought it would be fun to create a junkyard of sorts behind the tire shop. I still have a whole bunch of old electric racing cars, so I took the tires off all the cars and threw them in the yard along with some random barrels.
Again, in an attempt to make my buildings different from everyone else's, I changed the signs for Samuels Garage to a Sinclair Garage. The Sinclair signs are some of the coolest gas/auto signs out there with that green dinosaur, so that made it an easy choice!
The garage also got a large yard to hold all kinds of junk and equipment.
4Ground roofing shingles completed the building.
A big challenge was the sidewalks where my corner buildings are. The 4Ground sidewalks have several different sizes in the set, but they are all straight, nothing that would work without cutting them. So cut I did.
I used a template to get the angles right - made from the boardwalks from the Dead Man's Hand corner buildings, as they are the same size as the corner buildings from the World at War range.
The jewelers saw I purchased at the beginning of the year make quick work of the cuts.
Here are some finished photos of the completed sidewalks with lamp posts added too.
One thing I felt would make setting up, and also gameplay, easier was to magnetize fences, trees, and telephone poles.
And the second magnets glued into the board.
Trees and another run of fencing all with magnets.
The Gangsters gang got completed as well. The Frank Nitti figure and the guy in the gray overcoat with the tommy gun are two of my favorites. Though it was fun to paint spats on a lot of the figures!
Some more little details... hedges, benches, garbage cans, and a telephone booth - complete with a pigeon on top!
And a final little detail I made, a small 'The Chicago Way' sign on the board.
Lots more little things to do before Tuesday night, but I really feel I'm in good shape! If the game turns out to be a complete bust though, I can at least feel comfortable knowing that I had a lot of fun creating and building the table :)
As always, thanks for looking!