The Electrical Importing Company was a real business owned by the fellow the Hugo Awards are named after and founder of the WSNY radio station.
I had to cut the air conditioning unit off the front of the building (which gave it a very 70's look) and repaint the front and brickwork. I also chose to get rid of the "silver" ductwork and opted for gunmetal instead, so it didn't look so modern.I repainted the chimney top in a terra cotta colour. I'll probably put the fire escape on the side to change the appearance of the building and am considering adding an awning to the front. If I do another of these, I'll probably remove the barber lights (they and the air conditioner were molded into the front of the building).
If I were to redo this one, I'd probably opt to cut out individual posters and stick them to the windows directly, instead of adding them to the shop display.
I chose the publication "The Electrical Experimenter" because Nicolas Tesla wrote a number of articles for it
I really wouldn't get too fixated on replicating the exact AoW/AD building selection. You have found a number of sources for period correct structures. They are nothing but visual "stage-dressing" for the game. And the pursuit of replication may give you tunnel vision. You may overlook some really cool or interesting structures. The nice part of all this is that demand by the model railroaders has led to lots of brick industrial and commercial structures from the Victorian period which are exactly what we need for the AQMF setting.
If replicating is your thing, then "more power to ya!" But, it can come at a cost in time and effort.( and frustration)
Good points boxholder. Except for battles in urban areas, the amount of buildings needed for scenarios is limited. Between Scotts excellent Paper Terrain and inexpensive buildings from suppliers like MI Toy Soldier, we have a wide range of buildings available for all occasions. As I've noted before, I run two lines of gaming support for AQ - the first based on styroform boards with Paper Terrain exclusively, the second is my 'hardware' style with all the various plastics, etc.
Not exact replication - more of a desire to ensure that I can make a good first impression of the game for new players if I take my gear to a Con. I have been looking for models that are of a similar style used by AD/IG. I am branching out a bit - for example I have ordered a Walthers Public Library:
My Electro Importing Company building is designed to be a mission objective - for example, to find spare parts to repair a Tesla Gun.
Don't worry about that, man! The work you have shown is WAY good! You'll find that most gamers are appreciative of a good work. As for those who don't, well... there may some question about their potential ancestry.
You were the one wiling to put it out there, not them:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”