This project was inspired by an article in Railroad Model Craftsman with in the last year or so. In the article, the author proposed using a printer paper wrap for the windows and doors, and paper to build the awnings. I filed the article away for later use, then 3d printing became available, I decided to give it a try on this project.
|This is a picture of the completed building. This is HO scale, and the bottle measures 2-5/8" in diameter, which seems to be a standard pill bottle here in the USA. The windows, doors and awnings are available on shapeways.com.|
The sign was printed on my Afinia printer, and could be customized to say just about anything. The lettering is raised on the backing, and is 1/4" tall.
|You can see in this drawing that the outside casing on the door and the windows is angled to match the curvature of the structure. This is a drawing of all the parts, as shown on the shapeways site. They can be purchased on the site for $17.10 plus shipping. Here is a link to the items. |
|This overall view shows the relative size of the components in relation to the overall structure...a pill bottle.|
I cut the window and door holes in the bottle using a hobby knife. The pill bottle material, in this case, seemed to be some type of polypropylene, and was very flexible. It also proved hard to get a good paint finish on it. I used some foam core board for the interior floor, and for a second floor. This added some strength, worked as a view block, and eliminated some of the flexibility. The "roof" was made from a piece of styrene and a piece of wood.
|I painted the inside of the awning white, but that is virtually impossible to see unless you stand on your head to look at them. I glued the pieces in place with CA.|