The first thing I did was select which building to print. The zip file I had contained folder for each building, but what I did was use the included instructions booklet to look at the finished buildings to make my selection. There are two instruction books, one for general paper building instructions, the "Beginner's Guide" and a specific set of instructions for the Ravenfell Core Set.
The good thing was that I had options, and that is probably the biggest strength of the Ravenfell Core Set. I could have a natural grid represented by a visible nail pattern, in two sizes no less. I could have a dusty & stained floor or a perfectly clean one. The coolest options were for the outside though. Different facades & even a snow covering.
I started off printing 12 pages of the 16 needed for the set. The main levels cut out and assembled easily enough and I opted for the more sturdy "permanent" setup instead of the ability to fold the model up after I was done. My first problem came when trying to affix the floor to the roof of each level. I know that sounds off, but the setup is that you can remove each level. Take away the whole building and you have the base tile showing the ground floor. Remove the top and show the floor underneath.
I ended up having to go back through the other building files and borrowing floor tiles that would work with the building I was putting together.
|My "Finished" Building|
Probably the 2nd biggest thing I had a problem with was trying to figure out the locking base system. It isn't too difficult to figure out, assuming I've done that correctly, but I'm not sure I should have had to figure that out. A couple lines of instruction in either set of instructions for this download would have been nice. After hunting through the many FDG sets I have I've found better "general" instructions that prove what I was thinking wasn't right....oops.
In the end I did have a decent building that I like. I'm finding the assembly of the levels a bit much and I think I'd figure out something with sheet magnets so I can get rid of those tabs.....seriously, it is a PITA to get a tab on each side of a square building to line up with their corresponding slot. The only thing I'm not happy about is having to waste four pages of cardstock printing. If I was having this done professionally that would have been $4 and a second needless trip across town.
If you want to do a whole town of buildings that are similar, then the Ravenfell Core Set is a pretty good way to go. The strength is in the many options beyond just the building's looks.