2. Preliminary considerations / planning

the parts of the KIBRI kit beside the packagingHow do you begin such a project? First of all, we unpacked the KIBRI kit to get a rough idea of the size of the building. By the way, the price label told us that we paid exactly 39.80 Deutschmark when we purchased the kit about 30 years ago... Despite its age its parts seemed to be of a reasonable quality, although, even at this early stage, we noticed a few flaws which would make some extra work or alternative solutions inevitable.

arranging some parts on the wooden base plateWe decided to use a spare piece of glued beech wood as base plate. In order to determine the space we would need for our miniature scene we placed some items on the board which would be cut to a suitable size afterwards. Of course, the diorama shouldn’t look boring due to symmetric arrangements; therefore the street would run along its edge in a slight angle.

pencil sketch on the wooden base plateOur photo on the left shows the final result of our positioning dry run; using a pencil, we sketched in the locations of the street, the pavement and the workshop building and determined the total size of the base plate as well: approx. 21 cm x 14.5 cm (8.3 in x 5.7 in). In order to hide the power source (battery pack) for the workshop lights, we decided to place our diorama on a small wooden plinth which would at the same time create an even nicer overall appearance of our work piece.


    Table of contents:

  11. Materials list
  12. Preliminary considerations / planning
  13. Base plate and frame
  14. Street and pavement
  15. Workshop
  16. Building (outer walls and roof)
  17. Interior lighting
  18. Neighbouring estate with rubble
    9. Mail van
  10. Further details and accessories
  11. Picture gallery

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