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A Review: Buildings by Flying Tricycle

By Michael Cannon / September 5, 2012
Review of Flying Tricycle Buildings

Review of Flying Tricycle BuildingsOne of my projects is to upgrade the look of the terrain on my gaming table. I purchased a number of buildings by Flying Tricycle several years ago and since my current project is finishing up my English Civil War collection and getting into the Pike and Shotte Rules by Warlord. This looked to be the perfect time to get these out and see how they looked. The front two buildings are made by Flying Tricycle, the one behind them to the right by Pegasus, the two on the left in the background are by Hudson and Allen.

I chose the Ruined House to start (in the right of the picture) as it was a small size and since it *was* ruined, I figured any mistakes I made would be just a “part” of the ruin. Flying Tricycle buildings are made from laser cut thin wood and are provided with walls that have notches to ensure a proper fit. I had assembled one to sell a few years back but forgot a couple of tricks. Each took about six hours to paint, assemble, and put together with the biggest time sump being the shingled roofs. The addition of the dormers on the roof of the three story building meant a longer assembly time as the shingles had to be placed around them.

The ruin has a base to mount it on and I am not too thrilled with its look. The three story had separate floors that fit within the interior of the model so I did not have to customize the base any further on the large model. I am still debating what to do to make the base of the ruin look better. The three story building has separate stories so it can be used as a two or three story building. I left the floors separate so I could use it for skirmish gaming.

The figures in the right of the picture are 28mm miniatures by Old Glory and Wargames Foundry.

Much to my chagrin, I discovered that they have been out of business for the last two years – guess I now have a number of collector’s items!

My suggestions for assembling/painting (which mirror those from Flying Tricycle):

  • Dry fit so you know how the building goes together
  • Paint the building unassembled first
  • I used acrylics for the trim and cheap spray paint from Walmart as the base
  • Seat the stringers for the roof while you are adding shingles so the roof does not warp
  • Have cardstock available in case you run out of shingles (the roof on the large building is done completely with cardstock)
  • Have patience – this is a good project to have smaller projects to fit in the times when you are waiting for paint to dry
About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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