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Monday, 6 June 2016

Church 2

All the pieces needed for the tower.
The building work on my church continued apace this week despite me having a heavy cold (the residue of my bronchitis) with lots of cutting out of pieces and the re-cutting some others. The main cutting out was the tower that abuts onto the church's main bulding and all the relevant pieces can be seen on the photograph to the right. Four pieces for each of the sides of  tower's three 'levels' and and an additional three square pieces for either their roofs or floors.
Top two tower sections assembled.
The top-most two sections of the tower were assembled fairly quickly and their roofs were also glued in place, however the top piece of the larger one has  been cut to allow the upper section to fit into it (bit tricky but I'm happy with the result).
The photograph below shows the assembled sections.
Showing how they fit together.
At the same as I was assembling the tower, I also cut out the base for the church fromtwo pieces of foamboard glued together to give a 1cm thick base. I used a large piece of MDF as a weight to prevent the inevitable warping that would have occurred. Two features of this base are the front two steps (on the right of the base as shown) and the two smaller bits that stick out of the top edge and the bottom edge, which will be small entrances to the back of the church - as per the original model).
The tower's four lower walls
The 'T' indicates the position of the tower and the idea occured to me at this stage that I needed to allow for the 1cm drop of the base. This 'drop' meant that I had to either re-cut or alter the existing sides of the tower. I opted for the former.
This did mean a little extra work but was worth the effort to get the tower looking the 'right' height above the church roof.
On the photograph you can just about see the rabbets cut into the sides and bottom of the pieces and the extra length of the two walls that will sit at the edge of base.
I also cut a doorway into the tower and as this will be the wall abutting onto the church then a corresponding portal would also have to be cut into the wall of the church.
It should be obvious that if I have an internal doorway then I will be making the whole building with a mind to having access for figures too. Whether or not the tower will have a door or merely a doorway I'm as yet undecided and as the lowest level of the tower  will be amost impossible to have access for figures I'll probably go with having sealed access, in other words, I'll be making a door!

Having made the lower tower wall flush with the base I also realised I would have to do someting similar with one of the long walls of the church too, which once again meant cutting another wall, rather than cut-down one of the existing ones.
Thankfully this wasn't as arduous a task as I'd thought it would be and didn't take long. I also used the opportunity too cut the portal in the wall that would correspond to the tower doorway.
Spot the boring area
I did want the front face od the church to be a little more imposing than the one on the orginal and had heightened it somewhat, but I wasn't entirely happy with leaving it like that and therefore I added a little more in the way of decoration.
The photograph shows the decoration (two strips of thin card) added to the top part and couple of strips of foamboard to sepaerate top and bottom halves.
The entrance pilasters were turnerd into columns by adding foamboard columns topped off with bits of ticker card.
I did tinker with the idea of having the main doors to the church openable but I'm not convinced of the usefulness of such a feature, despite the obvious attraction of having it.
I may still add a window, or something simlar, to the main front facade, as there's an obvious large plain boring area that needs "something".
Interal view of rear wall.
The rear end church wall had the window added, as well as a doorway to another interanl area that hasn't been completly thought through - yet.
I cut the hole for the window slightly smaller than was needed and carefully filed it until the plastic window had a firm fit and then it was glued in place.
The final bit of modelling I managed this week was the inside wall to the front face, this piece I felt was necessary to enable the roof to sit easily onto the model (the rear wall would be used as is).
Of course this necessitated another doorway into the main body of the church being cut and matched to the aleardy cut front two pieces.
Internal front wall (rabbets can just about be seen)
So that's all I managed this week, one which I feel has been very productive. Despite being unable to work on this for more than an hour at a time (due to age, aches and pains, general ill-health, lack of motivation, enthusiasm and rampant grumpiness) but I did manage at least two sessions a day for most of the week, which for me is virtually unknown!

I still have the perimeter walls to cut and fit, two entrances to model and the whole thing to assemble, which once done will be covered in filler to hide all the mistakes!  I've a small building to add to the rear of the main one, doors to make and the list goes on and on, before I can even think about painting!

So that's it then for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments, good bad or indifferent are always welcomed and appreciated.


  1. LOL I am a long term sufferer of "Rampant Grumpiness!" it is deep set in my bones. And if Apathy were an Olympic sport I just could not be bothered even if I was called up to represent my country!

    What I do see looks Terrific. I am having to stop myself from starting one as well. But I know I would only get 1/2 way through it! (as I have no use for it at the moment!)

    Simply superb though. I am already looking forward to seeing the next few steps.

    1. Thanks Clint, I'm sure there's a club for the likes of us and I'm with you on the "starting and never finishing" too. I tend to get about 90%v through building something and decide that's it's "good enough" for now and it remains that way .

  2. It is really taking shape - 'Rampant Grumps' of the world unite! :D

    1. Thankss Michael, would you join with Clint and I when we find a grumpy club to join ?
      Thanks too for the comment about the model, the next post will give a good impression of the finished model.

  3. Terrific build, Joe. This is really taking off, and like Michael I'm really looking forward to seeing the next step in its creation. I especially like the tower for some reason - though it's all good :-)

    1. Thanks Blaxx, the next step is pretty siple as I#ll be just gluing it all together more or less.
      It's the tower and front facade that give it a "Spanish" look/feel imo.

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    1. Thanks Jay, I'll be a lot happier when it's finished.

  5. Good looking so far! Kudos to giving in progress reports, hopefully that helps motivate you to finish.

    1. Thanks N667, if I didn't post about what I'm currently working on, I'd have nothing to post !

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    1. Thanks HW, itdoes feel like this is a marathon rather than a sprint though.

  7. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished piece buddy.
    We could call the club "Grumpy Old Boys" or GOB for short....

    1. Thanks dGG, I can just see "boys" being substituted with another expletive though.

  8. This is so inspireing. I am looking forward seeing this church finished.Good luck.

    1. Thanks Ptr, I must admit I did hope that others would see how everything I make is fairly easy.

  9. This is very exciting. I have no need for a church, but I desperately want to build one along with you.

    1. Thanks BF, I really don't have a need for one either, but it'll come in handy for a pirate game - I blame AC "Black Flag"