After dismantling the entire modular building (not easy on the fingertips, that), I got to work. Following a further several hours of building, rebuilding and building some more, I was satisfied. I even have the Ghostbusters (21108-1) to lay siege!
Those familiar with the original set will notice that I used many techniques and styling elements from the original set. Indeed I did make some areas structurally similar, but a number of things are pleasingly different. Lacking the shutter pieces that can be mounted at peculiar angles, I resorted to boarding on top of the shuttered windows instead. I was most proud of the third-floor window, which has two boards mounted at opposing angles. Fortunately, I was able to find enough dark-tan 1x2 masonry bricks to achieve the peeling-paint effect from the actual set.
|This picture better displays the extra side porch, which also features crumbling steps.|
More visible also is the wraparound porch on the second floor, which connects to
the bedroom. I pirated the skeleton-leg-and-hammer railing from the Green Grocer.
|This one shows the step detailing of the front porch.|
|Here is the fully furnished interior, featuring a bed frame, clock, kitchen, bookshelf|
and several other details.
|Kitchen, fireplace, smokestack, spiderweb and crumbling floor tiles|
|More tiles, dishware rack, clock, bookshelf, bed frame (with dead guy),|
curtains, and boxes and crates on the top floor
|The building is built on two plates with hinge plates, opening in a similar fashion to the actual set.|
Note also the roof access door.
|And lastly, how better to display it than amongst the other modular buildings, with a Ghostbuster invasion to boot?|
I had a lot of fun with this one. While I do realize that not everyone has Green Grocer (It's currently much more expensive than the Haunted House, in fact), I think it could be easily done with any number of other buildings. The builder is only limited by his or her own imagination.