Dunkelstadt - How to build a secret door

open and close

A wall does not always have to mean the end of a path...
Although you can simply place the room walls included in the basic set in the given openings of the room modules and use them as a secret door if necessary, it is of course much more exciting to install a secret door permanently with a mechanism or to install it e.g. in one of the big room modules (module 6) where no door openings are given at all.

Step-by-step instruction

Instructions from Thomas (Thommy) Doll

atom/icons/craft Easy
atom/icons/time 30 min.

You need that

Tinker's knife or carpet knife
Sharp scalpel
Sandpaper
Biro
Paints
Wood screw
Screwdriver
01
Vertical wall cut
With the scalpel, I cut through the vertical joints between the wall and the mullion in several steps (starting with a shallow cut and then getting deeper and deeper).
02
Horizontal wall cut
I now use a carpet knife to cut through the horizontal joint, as I can extend the blade long on this knife and thus cut flat on the ground, and thus detach the wall piece from the posts.
03
Regrind transition
It is actually impossible to cut the wall completely exactly and straight out of the wall. But that doesn't matter. I simply rework it.
I simply remove the small residue that remains with a bit of sandpaper and get a clean and even transition.
04
Press in tile structure
With a biro or stylus, you can now easily trace the joints and tile patterns. Hard foam is not sensitive to flat pressure, but you can achieve the desired result with a pointed object.
If you paint your modules afterwards, nothing will be visible, and not if there is a wall or door in it anyway.
I repeat the same on the cut side of the wall. Here, too, I trace the joints with a biro.
Of course, we mustn't forget the wall that has been cut out! So here too - sandpaper and biro.
05
Painting the module and wall piece
Now, as mentioned above, the painting. The quickest and easiest way is to use the dry brushing technique.
When the module and the removed piece of wall are painted, there is almost nothing left to see of the "operation".
06
Set hinge
Now we take an approx. 3.5 cm long wood screw and screw it into the bottom plate from above at the place where the hinge of the secret door should be.
ATTENTION!
The screw should be long enough, but not too thick, so that it can be screwed into the removed piece of wall later. The screw must give the wall enough support without damaging it!
07
Attach secret door
Once the screw has penetrated the base plate, we unscrew it again and now screw it from below into the hole created in the base plate.
ATTENTION!
Hold the removed wall piece in its original position and screw the screw into the wall piece from below.
Now you have a secret door that can be opened and closed with the help of the "screw hinge"!

Have fun making and painting the secret door wishes Thommy from the ZITERDES team.

Your crafted results

Thommy (then still at Thomarillion) at the craft workshop at the SPIEL in Essen

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