So I bought a couple boxed and "sealed" Plasticville Apartment (red and beige) houses from a dealer at last weekend's Kutztown train show. I had another at home and the plan was to make 2 three story apartment houses out of these 3 kits.
Well, upon opening the two that I bought at Kutztown, it became clear that the upper levels, balcony parts, etc. were removed (the plastic bags holding the small parts were ripped open) and the boxes were then shrink wrapped and sold to me as unopened. I will be looking for this vendor at the May show. Apparently someone wanted just the upper floors to use as "add a floors" for their apartment houses.
Anyway, I made a 4 story apartment house with what I had. Painted the red walls brown, made missing balconies from pieces cut out of one of the extra roofs, used the extra ground floor sections for upper floors (made picture windows where the large entry doors were meant to be), and put balsa flower boxes under those. Trimmed fence sections became the balcony walls in the back. All of these small pieces and the roof were sprayed an almond color to all match. I used pop rivets to fill in some holes in the walls, to represent lights. Still have to put curtains or something in the new large picture windows.
I am happy with the result: