Humble foam origins and reference material.
The first round of paint.
More paint, some windows, interiors, and a sidewalk.
Second story window frames installed along with magnets so the store signs can be easily switched out to turn each property into different businesses as the need arises.
Even more paint, a scale fire hydrant I made from dowels, and some other touches.
And as of a few minutes ago the finished......except for some rust and weathering.....fire escape.
At this point there is a bit more to go but I'm sort of in the 'home stretch'. There will be a street, signs for the businesses, props for their windows, and other tidbits (like signs and poles) to make the scene more realistic.
And though not pictured, each storefront has various styles of security grates for their doors and windows to allow for after hours scenes. All of the shops have shallow interiors where a figure or two could be added for realism, but the corner pizzeria has a full interior complete with working door, table & chairs, and a counter.
The weather here has finally warmed up sufficiently for me to begin wok in the garden. I've cleaned it up a bit, and will be heading out shortly to continue.