Sorry for the dust. Anyway, this is a kit bash which uses the first floor of some other structure I had lying around. On top is the “ops center” which has a slanted expanse of “glass” in the front which you cannot see in the picture. Here, dispatchers control the movement of containerized freight and TOFC loads along the vast expanse of concrete that runs off the right of the photo. And, except for the glass, it is constructed entirely of juice carton board which I shall call JCB, for short.
Of course, JCB has a bit of a bulge in it from holding in the juice, but it flattens out on its own pretty well, and otherwise may be conformed with balsa or bass strip material to stiffen it, a bit.
Nothing could be easier to work with. But the trick is a very sharp blade. Most of the time I use a fresh razor blade held in a box cutter – the kind that looks like a big stick of chewing gum. I made templates of my wall and roof sections on the computer, and affixed them with rubber cement to the JCB. Then, I cut right down through the template, using a flat steel rule as a straight edge and guide. Hold that blade at a strict 90 degrees, so your edge is nicely squared off. Cut out the window and door areas, peel away the template, and there you go! Cutting the material is a breeze. No scoring and snapping, no multiple passes as you would need with plastic.
Assembly was a no-brainer. Glue balsa or similar strip material flush with the ends – now you have a surface for the adjoining walls. Likewise along the top edge, so the roof has something to hold on to. The roof itself? More JCB, with strips of electrical tape painted flat black to represent roll roofing.
The JCB will tolerate some fine sanding. SOME fine sanding. Too much, and the paper fiber makes it get a bit fuzzy. And it glues up just fine with CA or your drink of choice. And as you can see, paint adheres nicely
The picture above shows the structure after a year in place. No warping, no problem. The Ops Center was an experimental work just to test feasibility. Of course, with more details and a bit more effort, it could be made even better. The real beauty is -if you mess up, just toss the JCB away and start fresh. Who cares? You were going to throw it out anyway.
The JCB is also capable of being worked into some finished surfaces. Take a look at the picture below. The old Sugar Hollow Station is being razed.