Wednesday, 21 June 2017

In The Gallery

With the pitch of the roof altered it's time to resume construction work on the house.

(It appears that Himself is finished with it for now.)

So I've decided to fabricate and install the gallery window at the back.

On this house the slating pieces are going to be relatively straightforward, expect from the one with the dormer window in it.

The tricky bit is going to be the chimney which is a tall thing which is partly built into the back corner of the upper storey, but more on that when I get to it.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pitch Perfect

While the new house fits nicely into the gap we left for it Himself has sent it back to me with a request for some modifications.

On one side it is attached to the house next to it with the gable set at 90 degrees with the top of the roof tucked neatly under the gutter of the other property.

My design fits like a glove but I hadn't accounted for the 1mm thickness of the Wills slates sheet which would go on top - meaning it would no longer fit.

I tried to argue that we could simply lower the foundations to drop it down by the required amount but he wasn't buying it, so we agreed that I would attempt to cut down the gable ends.

Himself's eagle eye also noticed that he pitch of the roof lines of he upper and lower stories didn't match, so as well as taking a slice off the lower gables I have added a sloping sliver to the one above so they are now at the same angle.

So now everyone's happy.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

A Complete Whitewash

Another of the developments to inspect on my visit to the layout a few days ago was the paint job on the house at the bottom of the row.

It's funny how they look much smaller when they're painted than in naked styrene after they've been built.

This was the house that I had too tear apart and rebuild at the back after I came across some aerial pictures and Himself spotted that I had forgotten to replace one of the window ledges, which was mildly annoying.

The row is looking very smart, and now that we are able to establish the final positions of them all the landscaping can move on apace.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Mind The Gap

I was summoned to Himself's presence at the weekend to see how the new house fitted into the gap left for it.

Fortunately my calculations had proved accurate - for once! - and it sat nicely in the intended space.

Some minor alterations will have to be made to the road but considering that the houses were not built in order, and that I took it upon myself to try and design this one myself , it hasn't turned out too bad.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Displacement Activity

To make use of an empty workbench, now that Himself has taken the half-built house off me, I've started work on the latest Superbarn.

I cast the parts for 118 quite a while ago at the same time as 117 but they have been stored in an old photo album to keep them flat.

The six main pieces of the bodyshell have been glued together and since this picture was taken I've also cut out the floor which can rest inside to help keep it all square.

I'm not too far behind the railway in the keeping up with the carriage building.

There is a new WHR saloon still to make, and the new observation car 152 when it appears, but the situation is not as dire as it has been in the past.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Rush Job

I know how frustrating it can be when there's one thing that's stopping you cracking on with a job so I felt an obligation to get the latest house to a stage where Himself could place it on the layout to fix all the other houses in position in the Oberon Wood scene.

During a couple of weeknight evening sessions I was able to make up the remaining walls and join them together to form the basic shell of the house.

Usually I do not add the foundation extension below the walls until I've finished off the roof but this time I've done that first so that he can see not just how big it is but also assess the height correctly.

While he's using it as a guide I'll use the time to catch up with Boston Lodge and make a start on Superbarn 118.

I already have the castings ready but they need to be cleared of flash and assembled into a carriage.

Once Himself has finished with the house I'll take it back off him and finish it off.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Garden Steps

Having spent most of spring out in his garden building steps it's only natural I suppose that now the rainy season has arrived (aka Scottish summer) Himself has been busy making some model steps.

What he's doing is landscaping around the house at the top of the row at the southern edge of the Oberon Wood scene.

He began by building up a patio at the front, rear and side, attaching it like a sort of skirt.

Because the land around the house slopes there are flights of steps up from the road and into the back garden which is what he's been working on in the photo above.

He's already to put one set in only to look closely at a photograph again and decide it should be in a different place