Elasticville 5 and 10
Sad but True
by Gisby

Once again, Life Imitates Art.

For you youngsters: 'Way back in olden days, a 5 and 10 was a shop where everything cost a nickel or a dime. They were like Dollar Stores.'

Basic figure:
0049 Cop HeroThe Plasticville kit was, when released, something familiar to Americans. We haven't seen 5 and 10's for many years. Or have we?

My plan was to reimagine the business as one where everything was $5 or $10. A hilarious and cynical comment on the future setting....

Until I found a real Dollar Store that had already done the reimagining. My chagrin was boundless when I saw the sign: 'No Item Over $10'

My joke fell flat. Needless to say, my enthusiasm sort of disappeared.

Step one as always was to scrub the kit pieces, which being 30-50 years old were pretty grubby.

(More on this later)

Basic figure:
0050 Cop. SMG 
Rearmed with:
0326 Sentry GunWith many Plasticville buildings the first order of business is to remove or cover the heavy lettering saying 'Plasticville'.

Shaving, filing, grinding whatever: Yet the words often still ghost through paint, and their removal puts other detail at risk.

I took a new tack here: With keen eye and cunning, I changed a P to an E, making this an 'Elasticville' outlet.

Basic figure:
0051 Cop. Auto shotgun 
Rearmed with:
SFP7a  Heavy WeaponsDo they stretch your dollar? Was this the old Rubber District of town?

Mysteries, to be sure. All I cared was that it no longer said 'Plasticville.' (Although I suppose 'Elasticville' doesn't make any more sense)

I cut new windows from clear plastic, replacing the original paper inserts. The only other modification was plugging the wiring hole in the rear.

Since I added no interior details, and the front of the building was mostly windows, it was pretty obvious that the store was empty.

I added a few signs to the windows, and added a couple of 'Heroclix' figures to some LEGO pieces, to make window mannequins. Now it looks a bit less obvious.

Another, easier technique would be a simple 'OUT OF BUSINESS' sign on the front.

The base was cut from Sintra, and had floor & sidewalk detail scribed in place befort the kit was attached.

The base was decorated with a trash can, fire hydrant & a bit of greenery.

The base was primed, and the building parts spray painted before assembly.

This brings up an issue I've noticed: Plasticville kits are moulded in 'colour' and old ones are amazingly grubby.

I clean them up, and almost invariably paint them the colour they were moulded in. (They chose good colours)

Then I weather them, to bring out the details, and the pieces wind up looking like they did before I started....