Interior DoorsIn this tutorial I'll be using the template shown at the right to construct a swinging interior door meant for use in 28 MM to 33 MM environments which corresponds roughly from 1:56 to 1:48 scale. This particular template is for short doors and they stand about 40 mm x 25 mm in size.
Materials and SuppliesYou'll need to have a wall made of foamcore, a matt-knife to cut things, some rubber cement, some wood glue, and an awl. Plus print out the template at full-size; it was designed for 8.5" x 11" Letter but A4 won't cut too much off because the template contains multiple copies of the line art necessary for this tutorial.
I also wanted to have fancy door knobs and so I purchased really small paper fasteners known as "brads". You'll want a metal ruler with metric markings to guide your efforts on measuring and cutting.
|I started with this. Use rubber cement|
and glue the template to some
cardboard. Don't make the glue permanent.
|I cut out all of the parts for one set.|
The swing doors are what I'll want.
|Cut out a 40 mm x 25 mm rectangle|
into the wall to hold the swing doors.
|Use wood glue and set the frames on to|
both sides of the wall. Use your fingers
to ensure they are mounted flush to the hole.
|Here's what the fixed door would look|
like if affixed to the frame. It looks nice
and could serve well for most interiors.
|Use an awl and scratch the cardboard along the|
dotted lines for each of the swing doors.
Peel off the template when done. Also, cut
a slot into each door at the black rectangles.
|Cut out a small piece of paper and glue it|
between both doors. This forms a tab.
The doors are glued back-to-back.
Line up the slot cuts.
|The glue will not spread evenly, so be sure to|
place a heavy weight upon them to squeeze
the cardboard together until the glue dries.
|Here are those paper fasteners that I use.|
I need one for each door knob.
|I clipped them a bit to make them shorter|
because my doors are sort of thin.
|After pushing the brads through each side|
this is what my door looks like.
|Trim and glue the paper tab between the|
frames on to the foamcore.
|Here's what it looks like from the back.|
|The door will swing enough to open|
when dry. This is a 40 mm door and
the figure is about 35 mm with base.