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Old 08-25-2021, 02:54 AM
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Small Japanese shops (1/300)

In the last years I became addicted to the Japanese history, culture, language, cuisine and, last but not least, railroads and architecture, which results with making models of buildings and some vehicles in a ZZ scale (1/300). Mostly they are generic buildings, based on a downloadable and printable electronic papermodels projects by other designers (however often converted, repainted etc) resized to the scale, sometimes made from the scratch according to my own designs, and only exceptionally after some existing buildings. The idea is to make a diorama of the frontage of a street crossing a Japanese generic town (I called it Nekomura which means "Village of the cats" to avoid repeating any of the really existing names ), thus allowing a trip from the rural and industrial suburbs to the uptown and to the modern town center with commercial buildings, multi-flat and office "skyscrapers". I wonder if I can finish the (horribly time-consumming!) project in a whole, however even making the separate buildings or building complexes like a school or little workshop is a real fun and worthy the effort, especially because I concentrated first on a typical Japanese buildings.

Now, let's start with the first two: izakaya (a sake bar) from the historical small town center, now a tourist district.
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Old 08-25-2021, 03:00 AM
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The second little bulding was the aisukuriimu-ten (ice cream shop).
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Old 08-25-2021, 03:31 AM
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The modern 24/7 laundromat, a must-have for the Japanese city centres with flats too small and cramped for washing mashines.
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Old 08-25-2021, 03:44 AM
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The little greengrocery shop.
Note: All the season decorations are meant for summertime and advertising posters are dated (if possible) 2018 or 2019 (just before the pandemy).
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Old 08-25-2021, 03:55 AM
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We are slowly going in the direction of a city center.
A small multi-flat two-segment (two-staircase) building.
The design of a single segment was downloaded from the Internet, then the windows and doors were moved to create more realistic arrangement and the ubiquitous air conditioner units were added.
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Old 08-25-2021, 04:10 AM
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The second building - a single-segment one - based on the same design, required an important modification. According to the Japanese fire regulations every multi-storey, multi-flat residentional buildings, schools etc. must be equipped with at least two separate staircases for the evacuational purpose, and I must add an external (concrete) staircase to this building.
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Beautiful work. There is a site that jhas a multitude of Japanese buildings and tha abilituy for dioramas. It's the Brother printer site.
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The Ecstasy hotel - a small capsule hotel (original design: Brother Co site with no changes save the roof water tank).
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The old brickwall residential building.
The original design of another building resized and rearranged.
A "Seven-Eleven" chain konbini (convenience store) located on the ground floor and the evacuation steel staircase added to the side wall, however the latter was my very first attempt to glue such tiny and slender paper bars and the railings turned out to be significantly distorted. The walls of the building itself were made out of the too thick material and the corners are rounded and indistinct (I should have avoided the integral gluing tabs in this case but I hadn't). The result is not especially attractive. Perhaps the building will be replaced with a new built one before being glued to the diorama.
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Old 08-25-2021, 05:32 AM
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Viator - lovely!

I really like the concept and also the fact that you are building in such a small scale.

Great work! And very clean sharp builds in that scale!
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