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scratch - building with BB

Posted by Beano Boy on 15 May 2020, 16:10

A few long weeks ago at the very start of Lock-Down i began again to cut paper
and sure as mice have whiskers,and cats get fleas, i cut my thumb twice with great skill
involved as both cuts were in the selfsame spot. :mrgreen: Yes Precision Engineering!

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Wooden Paper Card Supports
The facing paper having been torn off leaves it just right for painting.

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All just right for dry brushing.

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A dry run... meaning no glue.

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Cutting and Gluing in Place.

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Checking the roof overhang using a piece of card before the glue goes hard.

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Here we go again sizing up the line of sight.

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I'll trim ends off later and spot them in black.

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Using ruler as a set square.

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A little slither slipped into place under the main frame seagull support.

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At times the little plastic Rifleman, has to play.
After all it is in his true nature to do so.
i guess one must identify the real old soldier here?

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KA - POW!

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Outside in the now quiet garden with cleaner air and all the birdsong greeting each and every ear,
that sure is a certain kind'da Magic!

'imgur', for the first time.

Stay Safe,Stay Well. BB
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Posted by PhilC on 15 May 2020, 16:16

Well done sir. Now that my first attempt at scratchbuiding (ie the Mayan pramid) is complete, I have to read your posts as much as I can to understand the arcanes of this art... and I must confess that many things remain difficult to catch :)
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Posted by Beano Boy on 15 May 2020, 20:06

Yes Phil,C ,many things do remain difficult to catch.
One cannot capture moonbeams in a jar,for instance.
But one can create the illusion of some i suppose?

To express every detail that travels thoughtfully through my scratch-building head
would require volumes the size of the Bible or at least War & Peace.
i have very little time left in life to do such explaining using just mere words or pictures.
My topics are stripped bare of photographs,the why of it is not open to debate.
However if i may take a breath to pause a while then make another start anew,
who knows what might come gradually along as if by the rhythm of a slow drum beat ?

Poetry might again show my way. BB
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Posted by Bessiere on 15 May 2020, 20:47

Bravo BB! You and Mr. Dodson and couple of others keep churning out lovely scratch-made buildings. Frankly, I don't see how anyone can find the time if they are painting and modifying figures. All a bit overwhelming to me but your house looks very nice and I appreciate you taking the time to show the steps involved (minus gore, enough of that on tv).
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Posted by Graeme on 16 May 2020, 07:20

Lovely half-timbering Paul, it looks like it's been there for 400 years.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 16 May 2020, 18:26

https://youtu.be/ymJMKKB10ZQ

Above is a Link to my YouTube Chanel that i own,i have released a constant flow of directed fun over the past 8 weeks of Lock Down.

Below is my project taking a dive to that topic of the roof.

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A barrier was needed to avoid sticking the roof to the outside window frame.

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This is a lift off roof.
Just as boxes need a lid.
Why? Because this is a storage box for my 28mm Napoleonic Riflemen. This i determined to be the case to justify the space
this odd sided cottage would take up in the house,that everything
including Mrs B, i and Bella our dog have to fit into.

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The top roofing was needing sticking on next.

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So each top edge got glue heavily applied to it,then it was
left to go tacky!

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A little more glue was applied on top...

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...then each dormer windows roofing was pushed into very tight contact first time.Fixed instantly without the need to hold it there in place.

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Now it was time to fix the chimneys and the upper most ridge-line into place.

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It was left overnight,and i had the thought,'would it lift off without a hitch?'

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There was a click upon release and...

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There they laid side by side,and it had worked out as i hoped it would.

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i will show how the roof was cut out and assembled along with the chimneys too...next time here on my new corner on Benno`s Figure Forum. Thanks for viewing. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 17 May 2020, 03:21

Chimneys
Lots of guys in the hobby have trouble making chimneys.

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This is one of my favourite ways i like to go mine.

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Cut halfway through each long drawn out downward line enables each one to fold up.

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They are very easy to glue up.

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Small oblong brackets folded in halves reinforce the chimneys from inside,making them very strong.

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Brassy Eyelets

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Paper strips below.

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Paint reveals a good mortar line.

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Five sections of paper card make up each plinth
for the pots to sit upon.

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i formulated this system many years ago. Well Donkeys years actually, after looking about at the real ones upon the rooftops outside in the real world surrounding me. By drawing,and cutting each section out methodically by this simple method they then all glue up resembling a chimney that should fit if the apex is correct.

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Thank you for taking time out to look. :coffee: BB
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Posted by C M Dodson on 17 May 2020, 08:36

Well done Mr B.

I love your buildings and the innovative ways in which you construct them.

The drops of glue for brickwork is inspirational.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Egbert on 17 May 2020, 09:11

Hey Beano Boy,
that is perfect model building at the highest level …
It's lovely to see the single steps.
Many thanks that you share the so extremely useful and practical tips with us!
Please show us more of this.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 17 May 2020, 18:05

Thank you Bessiere, Chris, Egbert and Chris,
For commenting and all you guys who have stepped up to Press the Like Button.

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Over 8 weeks ago i drew up the book-style end shape to the cottage which was very important to do,because the apex angle to its top would determine how the roof could and would be made. Every indoor beam joined with others had to correspond closely with that shape. If it did not then the whole roof would be so out of true with the bottom half of the building. A bit like a hat wobbling upon the head of a bald headed drunken gentleman, with the wrong misguided topper on his inebriated shinny head.

So the Apex shows the way to construct the right sized shape rooftop every time if you want it to look the part.

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So here is my little 28mm Box.

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Here is the apex shape needed. This can be made using the end wall to trace around,but i always advise others to have it already marked out at the very start of the build.

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This is a template for drawing around in order to make simple bracket beams quickly be there a need for a few or indeed hundreds this will render any job number easily.
i guess everyone was taught how to trace around shapes at school?

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The paper card overhangs the length of the building and the window spaces are marked out and a piece removed that corresponds to the top of each wall.

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A line in the center of the card at the halfway point,is cut halfway through allowing the roof to fold over but still remain attached, and fit perfectly upon the building without coming apart.

i hope to see you later BB.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 18 May 2020, 21:17

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Slips of paper for chimney pots.

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Marking out the second cut upon the roof.

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The second cut-out from the roof leaves a step in
for each of the window sides to sit upon.

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The light will flood into this building through these windows.

Awaiting scribing out the roof lays flat below.

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This might be boring to some,but hopefully showing the numbers will be a good recorded pathway for others.

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Started in the center and worked down both side at the same time this makes good sense and produces a fine roof line.

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Roofing Slates

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Window sides cut at the angle they need to be.
The roof has been painted black awaiting dry brushing!
This is a dry run.

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Glue left to go tacky!

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More glue was added and the first A Frame stuck instantly along its designated line.

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The roof now has the correct angle to fit the cottage.

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The Ridge Line was measured out, and marked.
This would fold over the roof top later.

And that was how the roof was made. :coffee: BB
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 18 May 2020, 22:14

BB--

I would call you a national treasure but that does not quite fit the bill because we blokes from many different countries are benefiting from your expertise.

Perhaps 'international treasure.'

Now say on, if you please, and the more pics, the merrier.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 20 May 2020, 00:33

The Ridge Line of a Roof explained, in way of illustration only.

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And so it is that this paper card has been cut out in way of a long strip
with a center line running the entire length of it.

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After marking out,a set square could be used like shown here.

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It is just a tiny matter of creating straight lines so of course the ruler could be used.

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As a small boy having no tools it meant that i improvised by using other means,
like for instance the edge of a book to help me draw out straight lines.
Now a'days the flat straight edge of a tea coaster that hot cups are stood on can be used too.

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The center line is only cut halfway through but it must be straight. The enables the thing to fold over like a flap but remains attached.
Now usually ridge lines of rooftops are rather prominent so after scribing out with a pen the edge of each side can be cut saw-tooth in design. Sure it's a good pattern to mark out and easy to cut out. However when glued and attached to any scratch - built roof it will be of more interest to the eye. Even more so if a another saw-tooth patterned piece of paper card is stuck into place over and along the entire length of this rather ornate looking work.

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To illustrate by using good common sense i have tried to explain how a plain piece of paper card
can change to look at home on a palace or indeed upon a work-mans hut.
:eh: Why paper? :coffee: i hate plastic!

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See what i mean?


Far from being finished,
but the ridge line of my design certainly works well at adding extra interest to passing eyes.

ROOFTOPS OF DORMER WINDOWS

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Showing four sections marked for cutting out. These will be stuck in place to strengthen each roof from underneath , but will also act as a stop to this tiny sloping endeavour.

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It always starts as a sheet of Picture framers Paper Card.

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28mm Scale and HO OO Railway Scale.

Set in windows crudely cut but workable.

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Marked out window.

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Window slits cut out below...

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Window overlaid with the outer wall.

:coffee: 9 hours spent processing,and posting photographs on imgur. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 20 May 2020, 00:41

Bluefalchion.
Thank you for your friendly encouraging comment. Although i make lots of mistakes which is the way we can all learn from our own, and perhaps warn others not to by our own teaching methods. From Five to 71 years old i am still trying to learn new things in my hobby style way. From making paper flowers to what i like to construct now certainly has been a long span of self taught education of looking deep,perhaps side ways at problems and therefore making them easier to clamber over. To pass a little advise on to others might help them do their own scratch - building things.

:mrgreen: This is crazy!

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This topic is winding down to its actual beginning,
and i'm sure this has been noticed which is quite unusual indeed for you along with me?
i guess it is just another way to play the pathway game backwards ?
After all the last photograph will be rather blank, and therefore teach nothing at all. :coffee: BB
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Posted by Susofrick on 20 May 2020, 06:29

Hmm, teach nothing at all? Nah, you are much too late to NOT teach us anything. You have showed a lot of nice during the years! And I think that you really don't know how to NOT teach (in a ggod way). That greeny picture is very nice!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 20 May 2020, 15:41

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Only just found this one.
i would later fill in the window on the apex end wall. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 21 May 2020, 17:32

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The template showing the size and the cut out window places.

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The template was turned over to use for the buildings other side wall,because i wanted all the window sizes to be opposite one another. By doing this the lift-off roof would only ever fit on one way,thus avoiding damage later.

The ground floor windows and door were marked, and cut out of the template In order that i could mark out and cut both floors at one time. i would then be able to cut each side wall into two separate parts.___ i have since lost the Template so hopefully i have explained it in a comprehensive way ?

WINDOW LITS

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:eh: Why the numbers?
:mrgreen: That`s a good question from Wing Nut.
:cowboy: In spite of being silent for over 8 weeks we are happy to have a voice again.

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Well as i am cutting free hand there will be a slight difference between each cut out.
So the cross bar of each numbered part can be cut out and re-stuck where it once was.
As my left hand shakes badly it is best i cut my windows out like this.

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So there they are stuck fast in proper place,rather than be un-numbered and awful looking.

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The rounded over window tops i choose to cut out can be rounded over tidy-like,by just using a cheap brush handle. i keep all my broken brush handles for making ships masts, and for odd jobs like this one.

My Main Tools i Use

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A good quality camera.
A safety ruler, a sharp pointed craft knife and of course my cheap ball point pen.
The ruler has a safety channel for fingers and thumb ,used while cutting stuff. It also has two rubber non slip rubber strip on its underneath side. So i highly recommend it.

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This is how i did my paper floor. Scribing straight lines deeply with ruler and pen.
Then to wavey lines for wood grain was scribed out too. Now this was painted black and then later dry brushed with white to bring out the detail. Now the facing paper can be removed if a more older style look is required. Paint and dry brushing will bring out the look of the both planks and wood grain .
Really there is no skill required just a little effort and confidence on anyone's part.

That's it for now. :coffee: BB
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Posted by Susofrick on 22 May 2020, 09:28

Looks so easy on the pictures and the result is very nice! Experience is quite good to have and you have it! Very nice to see you back with your projects!
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Posted by Konrad on 22 May 2020, 14:21

You are a very creative man.
I wish I had your skills.
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Posted by MABO on 23 May 2020, 06:57

Konrad wrote:You are a very creative man.
I wish I had your skills.



Me, too! Very impressive to see your wip again. :yeah:
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