How do I Build a Model Home?

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    • 1). Cut out the blueprint for the first floor and mount it to one of the 12-inch by 12-inch foam core sections. Spray the back side of the paper with the spray adhesive and press it onto the foam core by rubbing outward on the edges to remove any ripples and air bubbles.

    • 2). Repeat Step 1 with the blueprint of the second floor and the remaining 12-inch by 12-inch foam core section. Cut away excess foam core with a craft knife by cutting along the outer lines of the blue print.

    • 3). Measure the length of the front wall on the first-floor blueprint. Cut this wall section from the 1/4-inch thick balsa wood. Cut the balsa wood down to a 2 1/4-inch height, which is 9-feet tall at a 1/4-inch working scale.

    • 4). Mark any window or door locations along the wall using a pencil. Measure the height on the picture of the homes front side in order to determine window height as well as placement height on the wall.

    • 5). Cut out any windows and doors along the wall using a crafting knife and a straight edge. This will enable you to create a straight cutout of the door or window, which is very important in maintaining a high-quality appearance with the model.

    • 6). Repeat Steps 3 through 5 with all exterior walls on the first and second floors of the home. Lay out the sections in an organized manner next to their blueprint location.

    • 7). Cut interior walls from the 1/8-inch thick balsa wood in the same measure and cut manner as the exterior walls. The interior walls are only necessary in areas of the home that are visible from the exterior opening; walls immediately inside of doors or windows.

    • 8). Install exterior walls by applying a small amount of super glue along the bottom 1/4-inch edge of each exterior wall. Press the wall section directly onto the wall located in the blueprint. Apply additional super glue along corner wall edges to connect all sides of the home exterior to one another.

    • 9). Install interior walls by applying a small amount of super glue along the bottom 1/8-inch edge of each interior wall cutout. Press the wall section directly onto the wall located in the blueprint. Apply additional super glue along corner wall edges to connect all sides of the home exterior to one another.

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      Join the first and second floor of the model together by lining the top of each first-floor wall with super glue. Gently press the foam core from the second floor directly on to the first-floor wall sections, lining up the outer edges of the foam core with the exterior walls on the first floor.

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      Measure the height of the roof to determine the slope height. This can be completed easily by measuring the roof length, width and height found in the 1/4-inch scale photos. Cut each roof section from the 1/4-inch thick balsa wood.

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      Attach the roof by gluing the wall peaks into place directly on top of the second floor walls. Set the roof in place carefully, gluing along any joining edges to connect joining roof peaks.

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