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Behind the Scenes of The Zombie KFC

The Zombie KFC as we like to call it, is the first model train kit we purchased to turn into something morbid.

We saw the model at a local model train show and I immediately knew it needed to become a post apocalyptic KFC.

Here is what the kit looks like:

Nice and cheery, right? And super retro.

So we got started on it and I immediately began by painting everything to look old and super dirty.

While I was placing the cash register it kind of sunk into the crooked position in the picture above and I decided to just leave it.

Not having ever built a model before let alone change one up to be different than what the kit intended I had no idea what to expect or how this would turn out.

I figured if there was a door or window, it needed a zombie peeking out. The inside should be dirty and busted up, as well as the outside. Bloody handprint and dismembered leg on the counter? Check!

And from there it just kind of evolved. Once the walls were up, Matt and I thought it needed light because otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see the creepy interior very well. But finding a flickering light that was small enough for this 1:87 scale building would be difficult.

We eventually found a tiny led light that was made to be a welder’s light for a model train scene. With some fairly simple modifications it worked great in the KFC. Matt even managed to hide the battery in part of the building, with the on/off switch poking out of the roof’s AC unit.

The parking lot of the KFC has turned out to be my favorite part. Matt worked really hard at making it look torn up and aged. He added handmade dead bushes and these mutant weeds that have taken over the sign.

At this point we’re about 80% done with it. This has been a project that we’ve been working off/on for about 8 months. Since we both work full-time, have a family, and run The Dead History, we don’t have as much free time as we’d like to work on our miniatures.

The only parts left to do on the KFC is add some rubbish and debris, and make a base for it. We hope you’ve enjoyed an up close and personal look at this project!

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