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This 1/4" to the foot model of a typical Melbourne (Australia) milk bar was built from plans drawn by Phil Shapter, who also drew the plans for the lighthouse. The plans were based on an actual structure located in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond. These shops were located on almost every second corner and supplied the neighbourhood with many of their staple needs. Originally this building had the main front shop, a second addition, which was the residence, with a third section at the back with contained the laundry, toilet and other storage areas. I left the centre residence from the model to bring it back to a reasonable length.

Note the picture frame that nicely finishes off the diorama. These are reasonably priced and are available from most  discount stores. They are a good way to handle the model, so you do not damage the scenery or fine detail parts.

 If you have a mitre saw that cuts at 45 degrees you can alter the standard frame to suit the size of the diorama base.