I put aside the pieces for the lanterns as I would do them last (since I had the other four to put together at the same time).
Next was to finish adding the wooden strips to the underside of the eaves. I checked the instructions and as suspected, the strips get attached even if they are not actually seen from the outside of the eave. That’s what I like about this kit. The detail for even things that are not easily (or will never be easily) visible. So, I cut up some of the strips into the usual 55mm pieces, then cut them into even smaller ones to fit into the angles and edges of the underside. I did my best to have the angles meet at 90° at the corners but not all matched up. But it is fine for me. I then repainted the tips white again and moved on to the tiling.
|Measuring out the placement - even for pieces not visible.|
|Inspiration for color and grillwork.|
The kit had me just gluing in some intersecting cross in the middle but I found a Japanese circle design which I figured I could glue or tape onto the lantern block. The block was around 14mm square so after a few test runs on the printer, I settled with the dimensions and then put the strips on double sided tape. The strips just wrapped around the little lantern block.
|All the lantern pieces.|
|Cutting out the lantern grillwork and applying double sided tape.|
|Taping the grillwork onto the lantern base.|
I thought they looked good so continued with the construction of the lantern - up next painting.
Following the pictures of the lanterns I found on the net, I decided to go with the bronze green. So I mixed some Bluegrass Green and Venetian Gold Metallic. This acrylic metallic has some flecks of gold running through it so by mixing it with the green, it showed a little metallic sparkle on the surface. I thought it was pretty cool. I painted everything then cut the pieces to size and glued them as per the instructions.
|Green paint with gold flecks.|
|Adding the top knob for hanging the lamp.|
|Adding the hanging chain.|
|Penning in the "grillwork" using a 0.05 pen.|