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The components for the kit are cut by a laser into the card and/or MDF. To keep the parts on the card there are some small tabs that you will need to cut.

When you want to remove a piece from the card, cut through the remaining lines to release the part.

I use superglue and white wood glue for construction: the superglue is used for small parts as it bonds fairly quickly (within 3 seconds) and the white glue for larger parts but feel free to use whatever glue you are comfortable with.

The four wings

Each of the four wings of the arc house are made up of 4 walls and two identical roof and floor pieces

Each of these pieces is marked with a geometric shape so that you know which pieces go with which wing.

These shapes are

  • a triangle,
  • a square,
  • a pentagon
  • and a hexagon.

In the coloured image above, the four wings are also colour coded

  • PINK,
  • BLUE
  • and GREEN

You can start with any wing - just make sure you get all six pieces for that wing together before you start.

Dryfit everything before gluing

Start by gluing one side to the floor

Then work your way around gluing in the other 4 sides.

Before gluing on the roof, spread some white glue into all the joins to make your piece as strong as possible

Then attach the roof

Repeat these steps for the other three wings.

The main house

Start by getting the pieces for the main entrance

Glue them together as shown.

Part A2 has little geometric shapes on it to tell you which A3 goes where

If in doubt, dry-fit them

Make sure that parts A3 are centred on part A1 - don't let them overhang either side of part A1

Next attach part A4

Glue parts A6 to A5, leaving about 1cm gap on one side (don't glue them in the centre... they need to be closer to one edge)

These inner walls are there to give the roof something to sit on

Attach A7 (the back of the house) to the side that the inner walls are closer to

Then attach the doorway to the other end

Finally, attach the roof to the top, letting it rest on the inner walls

Give all the interior joins a good coating of white glue so that they are super-strong.

A final note

I recommend gluing the wings to each other, but not to the main building (so that you have 3 pieces - left wing, centre and right wing).

This will let the building be set up easily but also makes storage easier

Here are some examples of how multiple versions of the arc house work together

#strProject# Instruction Set © Neal Crankshaw
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