The motivation for this building came from the desire to have a modern-looking skyscraper with the common 'mirrored' glass windows so common on modern buildings.
While I used some similar methods for this building as I did with "Godzilla", the materials are significantly different. First, this building started off as fairly standard clear acrylic sheets (about an 1/8" thick), rather than 1/2" thick 'smoked acrylic' as used on the first building.
The second major difference is that I used window film (typically used to darken car windows) with a 'mirror' appearance to get the affect I was looking for.
Again, I used a straight-edge and an Xacto knife to score the acrylic to simulate window and other surface seams. As opposed to my other building, the scoring on this building is vertical. I also played around with the idea of using very thin strips of painted styrene for the vertical separations. You can see what this looks like compared to a building face without the strips in the below photo. I wasn't really that taken with the styrene strips versus just the scoring, so I did not use this approach.
To create the impressions of floors in this building, I masked out the actual 'window' areas' and then painted the non-window flooring areas.
My measurements for these areas are:
- Floor to Ceiling: 18mm or approximately 3/4"
- Window area: 13mm or approximately 1/2" (which, by fortune, is also the width of the masking tape I used)
- Floor/non window area: 5mm or about 1/4"
From this point, I started to assemble the four sides, with the large 'vertical column' (which was also 'scored' to have a consistent appearance to the rest of the building design) the progress of which is shown in the photo at right.
Which pretty much leads to the point where I am at right now, which is shown in the photo at the top. The remaining tasks include some final detailing, particularly on the ground floor, building a roof, adding the lighting and interior details, masking some of the 'windows' on several floors to give off the effect of unoccupied floors, etc... and coming up with a corporate name/logo to emblazon on the top of the building.
I'll post photos of the final product once I've got it completed, but wanted to share this experience as it was a different approach than the first building.
A final comment is that using masking tape to create your window areas actually worked really well. It is really important to ensure your tape has a good seal as the paint will seep through (and require time consuming clean up!). I used a good quality grey primer spray paint for thus purpose. Not the prettiest of colors, but a good neutral color for a building of this era I think. I expect I will use this spray paint/masking tape technique again in the future for other modern structures, as it doesn't require the tedious task of cutting styrene and is fairly inexpensive.
UPDATE:Building was finally completed several months later...click here!