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Monday, 13 September 2021

Building #1 - The Church (wip)

 Although I've taken a leisurely approach to this build in the last week, I've still managed (from my viewpoint) quite a lot of progress on this build and even managed to maintain at least an hour a day on the build.
The photograph on the right shows the front of the church (obviously), with peons scurrying about .
The other three photographs in turn show -
i. The right hand side of the church
ii. The rear  of the church with curved apse(?), where the altar would be found.
[Note: As Christian  churches are always built on an east-west line, with the altar in the east, this gives us a good orientation of the entire village.]
iii, The left side of the church, showing the only noticeable feature on this wall - a hole !
Note the 'arched building' on the left of the Church
Showing the general cross-section of the church
The very peculiar eliptical hole (window ?)
My build started with drawing out the plan and the front and rear walls of the church on a sheet of foamboard (A2), then gathering the other materials I'd need for the build.
Sketched plans, and all the tools needed
Two figures that will be used as statues on the front
A thick cardboard tube, used for the roof-top and the end bit
The roof top cut from the tube.
Rough assembly of the bits - the front is left seperate for ease of working on.
Vaulted roof will lie between the ends, rather than on top as shown.

Work started on the front - lots more to do.
I have also cut out the pieces for the sloping roof sections and the vertical walls from the vaulted roof, but they're nothing remarkable.
There's still a lot to do, the front to finish off, the steps to cut out and that tower to start ! The latter is almost a full build in itself ! 

That's it then for this week, more on this next week - probably. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit, and as always your comments are both welcomed andappreciated,


  1. Off to a cracking start Joe, and a great amount of progress for the first week. How do you intend to do the lower stone walling ? builders foam could be an option.

    1. Thanks Dave, I have been a bit busier than normal this week. The lower wall (I presume you mean the black lower surropund bit), I'm considering just a thin piece of card to define it and then heavily stipple it wwith filler.

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    1. Thanks Michal, I think that thereis still a lot of work there though.

  3. Looking good Joe! Thats quite the elaborate church...will be interesting to follow your progress!

    1. Thanks Terry, the church ihas some very intersting angles, making it a bit more than a box with a nice front. The tower too will be tricky getting it to look correct.

  4. You've got off to a great start, Joe! You've got the basic shape perfectly. Looking forward to following your progress on this!

  5. Thanks Matt. the basic structure of the church is nearing but everything relies on getting the facade finished and in place.

  6. Well bless me Joe that one cracking looking church, & you're off to a wonderful start, love the use of the tube to form the back part & the roof :)

    1. HI Frank! I hope you and yours have been OK, haven't heard from you in a while.
      The tube has been 'in storage' after I put flooring into our bathroom a coupke of years ago, I knew it would come in handy for something, sometime.

  7. Smart use of the right sized tube for the vault and apse! Good progress!
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iain, the tube was a good fit for the vaulted roof, but once cut out to the correct height, it had to be eased out to accomodate the apse (by brute strength and ignorance).

  8. The facade even with just the one coat of filler looks good already the details your putting in are steadily bringing it to life.

    1. Thanks Brummie, it'll make for a better model imho, if I can feature as many of the facade's details as possible.