|The Church as shown in Wargames Illustrated|
This week I had intended to dig out my collection of pirates to dust off and post about but alas I have been struck down by a lurgy which has left me coughing, producing phlegm from two orifices and generally being unable to do anything remotely physical. So being chair-bound, so to speak and surrounded by tissue I instead found the three magazine articles related to Gary's piratical builds ( a harbour, a town and the Church).
|Gratuitous picture to fill this post|
The church, as previously mentioned, was mainly made from 5mm foamboard, something I have in abundance and is on first sight a fairly easy build, being two 'boxes' (the main building and tower) and had no interior.
The roof. whilst looking fit for purpose was made from corduroy clot painted red - something I didn't like then and still don't now.
I could easily have made up my own version of this model, but I have no doubts that I would have ended up with something four times the size of this model. I resolved to more or less stick to the dimensions as given.
|The four main walls|
The long walls have rectangular windows in the original version, I've rounded mine out at the apex of each, which in my opinion give a more 'church-like' appearance and individuality.
You can also notice the circle scribed into one of the end-walls for a circular window, rather than the arched ones in the original.
The faced for the doorway is taken directly from the plans in the magazine.
Also shown is a piece of what I call plastic canvas (others also refer to it as granny plastic), which I'm sure everyone is familiar with. I've cut it down by three 'rings' for a better looking fit.
|Corrugated cardboard (Obligatory boring picutre)|
The corrugated card and card strips are alliteratively glued atop one another; the card forming the base for the corrugations.
|The building pieces for the roof.|
I always make some mistakes with this but they're easily corrected and after the initial cutting out of all the bits goes together very quickly indeed and I do draw a central line on the card but it isn't essential.
The steps are:
1. Take a 2cm card
2. Glue a corrugated card strip onto it.
3. Glue another card piece onto the still exposed half of the previous card piece.
4. Glue another corrugated strip onto the new card strip, butting it onto the previous corrugated card.
5. Repeat as necessary from step 3.
The final exposed piece of card you see is where the join will be made between the two roof halves, a pre-folded card piece will be added then two more corrugated strips of 'tiles' will come together at the apex of the roof.
|Reverse of the roof, showing the stepped appearance.|
I also managed to finish off 'Pyles' Book of Pirates - a far easier read than Defoe's and featuring pirates from both the the 'buccaneer age' and the post golden age, neither of which Defoe covers.
Still do do on this build - cut out and build the tower; decide whether I want internal access to the main building (and all the inherent work that that will entail); determine the base size and form for the church; painting and detailing too - of course.
But that's it for this week, not much but at least I managed something!
I hope you've found something of interest here and haven't caught anything from me whilst reading through.