Paint- Dark Brown, Light Brown, Blue, Gray, Orange, Yellow
This isn't a very expensive project if you already have the tools. You should spend around $50.
Your first step should be to plan out the floorplan of your board and get an idea of how many buildings you want to make. I wanted two smaller buildings, two long buildings, one tall building, and one narrow building. Each building would have a porch out front and one would have a side staitcase, so I added a couple of inches on the front and sides where needed. I used the jigsaw to cut my MDF to the proper dimensions. Measure twice and cut once! The smaller buildings needed a base 5"x8". The long buildings needed a base 5"x13". The tall building with the staircase needed a base 7"x8". The narrow building would not have a porch, so needed a base only 4"x11"
You may have noticed that many western buildings have a high facade on the front that is often double the height of the rest of the building. When cutting out the initial strips, you may want to leave the facade attached. In this case, one of the shorter scored sections will be taller than the rest of the strip, resulting in an "L" shape. Careful planning and drawing out all your walls before cutting will help make the most of your material.
Here is a top-down view of the completed building. Notice the facade and flush fitting roof. Using balsa wood and some spindles I put together a few overhangs for the front of each building. A few touches like barrels, hitching posts, and window frames are also a good idea.
Next session we will look at shingles and paint.