or: The Phantom Crown.
Mexican Adventure: Terrain: El Gato Negro
I wanted a small cantina suitable for a very small village, and I had wanted to make a freestanding thatched area as well. I decided to combine the two projects in one.
A shutter to close the serving window is held up by a stick at the back.
The thatched awning is held up by posts at the low end, and by the building at the higher end. A frame was built on these supports, and the whole was thatched. (There are books on the subject. I read one!) Usually, my thatched roofs are just glued onto a solid board: This one is actually thatched, and looks right from the bottom as well. The supports are matchsticks, the frame round toothpicks. The thatching is string.
The door and shutters are made from smaller craft sticks, and the door opens and closes. I have used a new method of hanging the door: It is faster and easier than my old method.
I bend a piece of wire so that it has two arms sticking out of it (like an F with a piece sticking up from the top) and merely glue the door to the wire & arms. Fast & easy.
The basket is in fact a small basket purchased at a craft store, but a similar item could easily be woven from wire & thread or paper.
I added a sign to the front of the store for those whose Spanish is not the best, or for those who cannot read.
I made the table & benches loose (and have made some more) as they can be moved to make a firing step in some other walled enclosures. Each table is 20 x 40mm, just the right size for 2 figures to stand on.