Starting a separate thread on this one -as I figure this project will be a few weeks in the making, and I will be posting updates with my progress. As for the title - I do not have the million dollar laser cutter Robert has, I'm not retired yet with endless time on my hands like Robert does, I do not have the previous structure creation experience Robert has, and I am not as good looking as Robert (sounds like a commercial for Dos Equis beer - "stay thirsty my friends...". But why should we stand idly by watching Robert have all the fun -- come on people, get busy with them projects!!! Now in lieu of Robert himself mentioning on the other post that we Z-scalers are not really seeing buildings we want, such as era specific grocery stores, hamburger joints, hardware stores, etc., etc., I thought I had better push this project forward. Plus I have been planning this one for quite awhile, but finally made some headway, as I will explain. THE PROJECT: The CLUB CAFE' was located in Vaughn, New Mexico, and is still standing today, although hardly recognizable as the era iconic building it was back in the day. I estimate this pic was taken in the late 1950's or early 1960's. This above photo of the cafe' came from a Post Card, like so many other businesses that were featured this way during th(dang, I miss that era). (I just ordered this actual postcard off of Amazon because of this project). Below is another pic of the cafe', most likely taken in the early 1970's based on the green 1972-ish Datsun pickup in the photo. We lived in the 4-Corners area of New Mexico during this era, and bought a green 1972 Datsun pick-up around 1976 -- could it be the same truck?? Doubtful, as Datsun made a million of these in green, but maybe.... (dang, I miss this era). I will attempt to build this to represent the late 50's/early 60's version. I chose this building as my first major laser cutting project, due to it's simple, yet iconic design that represents the era I am modeling on my layout. THE BUILD: OK, buckle your seat-belts, and keep all body parts inside the ride at all times. Sooo, it took me literally a month to get my el-cheapo ORTUR 15W DESKTOP LASER CUTTER to the level it needed to be pull this off. I demand near perfect bricks, and this building is a combo of cinder block on the sides and back, and regular brick on the front. Getting 'them's' bricks exact kicked my backside, but I overcame.... So the four walls are cut. Also, I cut an inner piece out of card-stock that will represent the aluminum window border/trim, and painted them using TESTORS SPRAY - Bare Metal Silver. These will be glued to the walls, thus giving windows a degree of depth. Below are pics showing the various walls and brick work prior to painting. I have overlayed some of the walls to give you and idea of what I am trying to pull off with the second wall. These are just loose fitted together, so any alignment issues will take place at final assembly. Like many other projects, some artistic licenses are taken. In this case, I adjusted the front windows to represent 5 panes, not 6. Plus I had to guess at a few other details, but that's the beauty of freestyle model building. Next comes the paint matching, which has already been started and is a challenge. LOOKING AHEAD: Paint walls Cut roof pieces, roof trim, various building trim Sidewalk, planter near front door, planter main street sign Design, cut, install minimalist interior Plan lighting Signage -- "egads" I don't even want to think about how to pull that off yet....3D printed maybe Don't touch that dial....more to come as time allows.