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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 Jun 2020, 14:46

Opp's! Thank you Jan. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 Jun 2020, 18:05

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Directly after Sunday Meeting on ZOOM, i glued up the ceiling beams.
Then left the glue to cure slightly for 10 minutes.

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i press them into place then press them further under four heavy books!
By letting that glue go off a bit the pieces don't slid about out of place under all that inky knowledge.
Like real supportive beams they will stop the ceiling from bending over the passage of time.

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Posted by Kekso on 08 Jun 2020, 10:23

Does that face mask comes with a beard? :D :D :D
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Posted by Beano Boy on 08 Jun 2020, 17:08

:sst:' very interesting question about the beard',remarked the bright eyed little Button.
:coffee: Of course all aged Fiddle Wood Gnomes bashfully hide behind them like Gabby Hays. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 08 Jun 2020, 17:10

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THE RIFLEMAN AT HIS DOOR



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A fireplace made from scrap paper card leftovers can lend a hand to warm up any scratch - built room.Of course it is rather crude in presentation at this time. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 10 Jun 2020, 01:36

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For The Cottage.

More wooden beams for the front of the building,and this time the cut out pieces needed for a cast iron kitchen range of ovens.

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i scraped some paper fluff out with my pointed craft knife in order to make the fire in the open grate fireplace.Wet water was soaked into it and then i shaped the coal and flames with the craft knife.
Wet Water, is mainly water and pva glue,with a drop of washing up soap added to it.
The soap breaks the surface tension allowing for the wet water to soak in without it rolling off.
This is my old railway modeling tip for use on ballast. Stones! It also works on sand. BB

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Painting is ongoing. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 11 Jun 2020, 01:42

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The first learning curb sample.

Mr Glad Grind, from Half Way House, is seen above.


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The year is 1818. The Napoleonic Wars are well over.

The Rifleman drawing a bead with his Baker Rifle awaits his own sweet time before he fires. One shot one kill had been drummed into him by his betters. A flogged man true,and many times over,but when he inherits the old cottage his world is about to change.It would be true to say not due to money at this point,but by more adventures that will take him to the very stars. Rifleman Charley Spotit, will most certainly survive that day above to see some awfully awesome terrifying sights elsewhere.

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Caught in the light of the window is Percy, a discoverer of strange new worlds.

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Some of you might well remember him from his Library picture?
Dr Percy Nots. G' Nivil, will eagerly greet a certain Mr Spotit on the rather cold wet November 5th of 1899 in his strange Library. However crafty Mr Spotit, is far from being a very mind muddled aged P.




THE CAMERA IS VERY UNFORGIVING

The brush lines upon that cast iron fireplace meets the eyes as if thumbs were being poked into them. So i need to replace it rather quickly. However those that know a little or a lot of my work know that i will always show my mistakes. By mistakes one learns the pitfalls to avoid next time. So i'll thin the paint down next time. Also the fire in the grate needs lowering slightly and i'll not use that bright yellow,but a lighter one with mixed in white.

So back i go to the drawing board table of odd cuts of make believe fun!


PART OF ITS HISTORY

The cottage was built according to one trembling man , of being raised up by frame some time in 1667 a few months or so after the Great Fire of London of Sep 1666... in 1776 the chimneys were moved from the center-point of the building to that of either end of the roof. That work was undertaken after the wooden beams supporting the upper floor were replaced from lumber taken from the breakup of a captured French Corvette the 'Cuirassier' , along the nearby embankment of the Thames. She being classed a privateer. So with the novel subject of writing, i get to breath a certain light upon such an aged building that is far from being spiritless.Each seasoned part added would certainly prolong the activity of life for all those living among its creaking twisted timbers, as if they were still rolling upon the high seas.

i especially like the seediness of the old wall and how it turned out,at least in this my very tall tale.

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Posted by Beano Boy on 11 Jun 2020, 21:26

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Based loosely upon the one in Mrs Triggle's Cottage, a place my Mrs B,used to visit when a child,well her Aunty lived there. That cottage still stands a mile and a half from Balsham, a village 15 miles from Cambridge where my Dear Mrs B. the golden haired little girl grew up.

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The coal fired cast iron fireplace with ovens.
i can almost smell that bread baking away in the oven.

The cast iron mantel piece will be fitted next along with the hearth.
It will be swabbed down in polished black.
It certainly is an adventure making this.

:coffee: Thanks for stopping by guys. Stay Safe, Stay Well. BB
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Posted by C M Dodson on 12 Jun 2020, 14:13

You really are a most creative fellow Mr B.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Graeme on 12 Jun 2020, 16:04

Inventive technique for the fire in the grate. And I hope I remember that wet water tip when I need it. This is coming along very nicely Paul but mind you wear that mask and gloves when you're black leading the range.

I love the picture of the rifleman standing in the light from the window. That could hang in a gallery.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 13 Jun 2020, 02:42

Graeme. and Chris,
Thank you guys for commenting. :thumbup: Bravo! :thumbup: Bravo!

i wished i had added another two inches to the width of this cottage,but i am still pleased to work to the three and one quarter inch foot print i planned. Maybe next time i can include the stair well. As for the pattern of photo-shooting my camera aim achieved the portraying of my characters that are in my next sci - fi adventure story. They actually feel like old friends as i type stuff down about them.

The Pop Along Positions of Some of The End Outside Beams!

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They will be cut to required length.

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Then scribed out with a black Bic pen.

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If all goes to plan...

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each will then be painted and dry brushed, and ready for gluing into place.
i will have 20 to fix in place.

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The smell of fresh bread baking, and black powder mixes in the air.
It would be possible to fix a small L . I . D light in the fire place.

A Simple Cut Corner That i Often Do
i formulated this angle donkeys years ago.

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A center line,and two others, one on each side of it are drawn out. The center line is scored with a sharp craft knife but not cut right through . Then each side line is cut at a sloping angle to the middle line and the paper waste scraped away. So the cutouts on the back shown here makes for a nice clean fold up.

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It's only paper that bends easily into shape.

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So the chimney flue and mantel are finally stuck in place.

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All is ready for painting now.

:mrgreen: SUN GLASSES PLEASE?

I kind'da like this bright yellow upon walls as a base coat to work from.
White is next ,followed by adding that dinge of grubbiness from my paint brush jar
which is great magical fun for a growing boy.

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Always good to show angle shots...

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rather than just front faced ones...

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because it does give that sense of depth to the viewer.

Talking so of views,
i am well pleased with this open ended topic, and all those popping in
to see whats going on next on a daily bases.
:coffee: It is so encouraging thank you all.
:read: 195 photographs so far in this journal.
Stay Safe,Stay Well. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 14 Jun 2020, 08:46

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Along with Guns, Shot Production,and Iron Chains
The Cast Iron Stove, arrives fresh from the foundry somewhere in England.
It bears the stamp of GB

1861 THE AWAKENING
by BB

As the hearth dries out elsewhere...
A picture takes shape.
Uncle Sam is finger pointing at Mr Glad Grind,
who clearly sees the stars of old glory!

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Within this picture of transition, who does Mr Glad Grind represent?
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Posted by Egbert on 14 Jun 2020, 09:47

MABO wrote:Wow!

Nothing else to say... :oops:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 14 Jun 2020, 15:08

Thank you Egbert,for taking time out to look at this journal.
It will continue on even after the civil war is spotted above. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 14 Jun 2020, 17:51

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The last pieces of such a puzzle begin to take on their shape.

THE ALTERCATION by BB

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Writing so of metaphors can lead US into arguments that's for sure, and in 1861 Uncle Sam, shouted out for the whole world to hear. " Support the South, and i'll sink your ships." He pointedly threatened Glad Grind. Yes and most certainly that Grinding Master, saw the banner of stars and bars upon that Union Flag.

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The last of the support beam structures were duly fixed into place under the midway overhanging section of this cottage.

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So this constructive part of this scratch-build is done and dry brushed dusty.
Only a touch more painting to do now in order to bring this to a round about way of conclusion.

i hope you will all join me for that .
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Posted by Beano Boy on 17 Jun 2020, 04:37

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PAINT, WASH & PINNING

The intended design upon the back of the fireplace clips snugly into place within the old lime walls.
The ends of the last 16 supportive beams were also inline for their color wash treatment.

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Within the cottage the cast iron stove had the finest brass nobs of buffed up shine.
For most certainly before any fire was laid with screwed up newspaper, kindling topped with coke and coal, they were polished with great vigour, as dictated by the early morning up a 4 am daily routine.

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And so it being the bright early blight upon the scullery maids ordered duties. i best make due with what i have in my stash box, and put them into place. :mrgreen: There is certainly a lot of stuff in that so called stash box of jumbled mix of old style tricks,that is guarded day and night by Fred and MayBell.

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:eh: Indian attack? :cowboy: Nope!

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Dress Makers Pins,are perfect, however pushing the pins in can be a bit tough. So with the aid of a pair of pliers that job is a lot easier, before the painting begins.

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Using my brush in my one good hand i layered each pin head with a crown befitting any royal prince that is not a Frog, or princess that's not a Grovelhog.

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Important things are Dress Makers Pins!

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THROUGH THE MIST OF TIME with BEANO BOY

So it was the brass knobs were cut to size and pushed home into their allotted spaces within the cast iron stove. However this is no ordinary stove of tip top cooking.

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Anyone for cricket?

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Most certainly not.

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The removal of the bat would leave a jolly good figure behind.
:mrgreen: Yes, we've had our fill of Bats lately.

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Manning the windows of this mysterious toy box.

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Placing the heavily wooden beamed ceiling into place...

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Props and poses that provide,

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The upper wooden floor for the 95th Rifles firing platform.

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Outside the air has not been as fresh as this for many a year.
:eh: N,Y is that BB ?

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These figures are slightly larger than 28mm,
But i the poor widows son,decided i'd use them to present such a review.

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Yes, the stiff breeze of uncommon change greets all venturing beyond their doors.

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Mr Glad Grind, full of expressive encouragement likes all his factories full and churning out.

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And so it was after 13 weeks work during lock down,the soldiers cottage is finished.
However a wee bit of paint needs applying to the lower brick wall structure.

220 Photographs have been posted during one month,
and there has been over 6000 views.
A big thank you, to you all. Stay Safe,Stay Well. BB
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Posted by C M Dodson on 17 Jun 2020, 07:08

Well done Mr B.

A scratch building tour de force.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Beano Boy on 17 Jun 2020, 23:30

Thank you Chris, very much appreciated comment.
Thanks guys,for all the Like Button clicks too.
i especially enjoy making props for story telling purposes, which is very enjoyable fancy free fun.
i guess my scratch - building will continue while i develop fresh new ideas? BB
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Posted by Andrey on 20 Jun 2020, 19:40

Great job! Great and useful tutorial! Thanks! :yeah:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 23 Jun 2020, 00:11

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The ships Masts are made of soft metal and they will bend at the slightest touch.
Friends on Line have confirmed this to be the case. And so i pondered upon
this matter before i bought my box of bendy bits and pieces that are of little use.

Well i will gauge my own conversion of this toy kit using them as guides.


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SCRATCH BUILDING THE MAN OF WAR MASTS

Four masts and 17 pieces of wood to model.
So they will be found,sound, fit as a new fiddle
and will stand upright tall and strong
when the ship is being rigged out.
:mrgreen: Beat to quarters BB

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300 for only a few Pence, and recycled used paint brushes.
The wood being somewhat slim and tapered will be easily cut and trimmed to size.
Improvisation is the name of this hobby-style game.

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A FRIGATE ABOVE for added interest as these things often can be a bore!
:eh: They sure can. :shock: :shock: :shock:
:sst: u can do it bb. Said the little button.

Now it might be a while before i can carry out refitting repairs as i have to wait for the Royal Mailman to bring it and leave it safely at my door. i am still in self isolation so i am writing and hobby styling all the long days as they pass me and my Dearest Mrs B, by. :cowboy: Yip! All the live long day
Have Fun. :coffee: Perhaps you will stop by again? BB
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