My idea was to use a couple of spare 'ground' floor units from a
Dissassebly of the kits wasn't too bad, and nothing broke in the process. I decided I wanted this building to be somewhat colorful in a contemporary way. Although the base building would have 'earth tones', I originally went with a light blue for the balconies. Well, the family voted and they weren't thrilled with the color, so I went back and used Tamiya's 'gray-green' instead...still colorful, but a bit more muted than the below.
Fast forward past what seems like many hours of adjusting, sanding, gluing, soldering, and touch ups to the below! This is actually the 'back side' of the building (the front is shown in the photo at top). All of the balconies face towards the 'back' (not sure why, that's the way the kit was set up). I also added in a 'parking garage' entrance....which is sort of a joke as it really doesn't go anywhere (but that's okay as my little plastic people don't really drive...and if we run out of parking space on the layout, and I can take cars off and shove them in a box. How's that for solving urban congestion!).
On the ground floor, we have an "Elprice" (electronics store from Norway) with Mos Burger...which is something of a hit in Japan and other places in East Asia...and now with a franchise in Quinntopia!