So we'll start with a previously finished model:
First step, using common form-board (purchased at Hobby Lobby (the US Craft store), prepare your outer shell and glue together. I use small dress pins to hold in place. You can chose whatever dimensions you want. I settled on 4"x5 1/2". The top portion of the roof is attached temporarily as I prefer my roof sections to be removed so the interior can be utilized in my games:
Next I take two balsa pieces of differing widths (for variety) and begin to measure, cut, then apply with Elmer's glue to front side of the dwelling. I prefer the detail this adds despite the slightly extra time and effort to measure and cut each piece. Make sure your first strip is aligned correectly or it will throw off your whole wall:
When you reach the removeable protion of the roof, be sure not to add glue to the balsa where it overreaches the roof or you won't be able to remove. Don't worry about the small gaps as the large wooden trim beams will cover (you will see this shortly):
After only approximately 10 minutes, we see the nearly completed front:
Now comes a little detailing. Choosing a slightly larger balsa, I cut and frame the front:
Making sure the top edge of the frame lines up with the roof, I complete the second side, doorway and additional framing:
Then quickly repeat with the rear wall (sans the door frame):
Now I'll return to the roof, prior to thatching. The top protion (removable) contains self adhesive form board which I have came to conclude is not necessary):
For the thaching, I rely on Plush Felt, (again from Hobby Lobby where I can use the 40% off coupon to get this 18"x22 1/2" piece for $6):
Removing the top roof portion, I start with the lower portion; measuring and cutting the appropriate pieces:
Almost forgot! I spray paint the building a dark brown as a base, then add the thatch to the lower portions:
Finally, I move to the top portion. When measuring don't forget to add a little extra to overhand and cover seams:
Dry brush with a lighter shade/shades. Replace the roof and you have an A-frame in about an hour or so!
You can see the large Jarl Hall and other structures I've been able to put together over the last week elsewhere on my blog. I plan on holding several Saga Adventures including one based on the Eaters of the Dead/"13th Warrior" so hopefully will have further photos as the project moves along!