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The Van Coralaer cottage was made by cutting off the sec ond story of the kit, conven iently providing extra parts for addition to other models. If I were doing this again I would level the entrance bay with the rest of the house, remove the entire porch slab and detai ls, sim plifying the entrance, as I thi n k it is a bit overpowering in such a small house. Far worse b l u nders have been made by a rchitects on proto type houses sometimes.
Van Cora laer Cottage
T he Van Coralaer cottage was b u i l t by cutting off the second floor of the house and subsequently adjusting the tower wall l ine to accommodate the roof without modification.

Van Coralaer cottage with a modified small porch. After I took t h e f i rst batch of p h otos, t h e o v e r l y i m po rtant entranceway of the cottage bothered me so much that I cut part of the porch off. I r emoved the roof leavi ng the deck and rail ing in place. I added a pair of Campbell porch posts slightly shortened to support a very m u ch abbrevi ated porch roof - actually a small area cut from the origi nal porch roof and reused. I l ike this change m uch better.
extra brackets when modify ing the model to use in front of the tower, but I didn't think of this when J d id the modification. When the house was complete I felt that the porch was overpowering for such a small

For this I created a new frieze (the boards that run along the top of the wall under the overhang of the roof) of styrene strip with triangles cut to resemble the brackets of the kit. You could carefully cut off some of the

T he Beekman's impressive mansion is really only a bit larger than the other two-story houses shown because of the addi tion of an extra story in the tower. A benefit of making the little cottage was having the extra parts for this m od ification. The dormers were made up from Grandt Line plastic window moldings. The added bay on the front parlor is seen on the left side of the house (as we face it) while on the right is the new dini ng-room porch. The roof of the tower was made of Plastruct styrene sh i ngle material by bending the roof to concave form. Mixtures of concave, convex and flat M ansard roofs were often seen in Second Empire houses such as this one.




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