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Badder

Ever evolvin dio - The other end of the building 15.10.19

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The rear roof is more or less done.  Again, the green isn't showing up in these photos, but it is there.

 

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Some messing about with greens, the highlighting of individual tiles, and a coat of matt and I'm calling the entire roof done.

 

TFL

Badder

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Ho hum....

The 'Finishing touches' have turned into more faffing about. Such is me.

 

I had a bit of an experiment over the past few days, carving out the joints between the tiles. This, was in effect, removing the plaster dust. Most often though, I'd end up applying more dust and filling them up again. And then I forgot about clearing it out again. So, I cleared some out again, and then sorted a few other niggles out as well.

 

The 'cleared' joints are mainly along the bottom edge of the roof, and more expansive patches directly above the door and following the left hand gable end, up the roof.

I also 'rubbed back' the gutter with a damp stiff brush to recover the original paint job:

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The 'gunk' top left, below, has to be pricked up again with a scalpel. I may also give the window frames a rub back as the chipping effect isn't showing up due to accumulated grime: varnish overspray, plaster dust and household dust, mostly.

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There's a scratch on the cornerstones of the wall, and an 'ejector pin mark' just to the right of it, which I've not noticed before. They will need removing.

 

I had a bit of a trembling fit while doing all of the above, and managed to knock the lamp, nearly breaking it away from its bracket. Luckily nothing snapped, but the lamp housing did lift away from the bracket on the front two legs. I managed to re-glue them later when my hands were steadier!

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There's black ink on the window surround, which so far, has resisted being removed.

 

And finally, I managed to knock out the bars in a window at the rear....

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When the roof IS finished and the repair jobs have been carried out, I'll be working on the rear wall seen above.... improving the worn whitewash look on the stones to more closely match that of the window surrounds.

 

TFL

Badder

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Okay, so I'm calling the roof done. Actually, positively, finally done. And I've skipped removing the scratch, ejector pin mark and ink stain for the time being, and have moved on to the whitewashed wall.

In the photo directly above this post the whitewash on the stonework got a bit lost due to my exuberance with green washes. So the first job was to lighten everything up with some white ink. I only applied one thin coat, so everything went a bit grey, but at least it wasn't green!

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I then gave parts of the wall a going over with a small piece of 'Dick' Emery cloth, taking raised areas right back to the bare plaster:

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So far, so good. I'm liking the look of that and it was a doddle to do.

I will probably do a little bit more with the 'Dick' cloth and I'll definitely apply some more white ink to the window surrounds to brighten them up. The green plantlife growing up the wall is going to be embelished with some leafy vines, and there'll be some more real moss added along the foot of the wall, especially at the bottom of the drainpipe, which I've somehow managed to lose over the past year or so, but it must be somewhere safe! (Possibly in my wallet?)

 

TFL

Badder

 

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14 hours ago, Badder said:

Okay, so I'm calling the roof done. Actually, positively, finally done.

 

We'll believe it when we see it,lovely work Badder :yes:....

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57 minutes ago, Vince1159 said:

We'll believe it when we see it,lovely work Badder :yes:....

:rofl:

Hi Vince,

Thanks!

Of course it's finished. Unless I fiddle around with it and mess it up! You know me too well.

 

Rearguards

Badder

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Today I finished off the whitewash effect on the rear wall.  From this:

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To this:

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.... where 'Dick' cloth and a scalpel balanced the whites on the window surrounds with those on the wall itself.

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Amazing what exposing patches of plaster can do!

 

I decided not to add any more plants just yet, because the building will still need to be handled, and I need one clear wall to pick it up by. You'll notice that the other window bars have been removed so that the two windows now providing a safe grip!

 

I moved on to the other gable wall and tidied up some details. First, I treated the roof of the extension so as to match the main roof.

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Those edge tiles need the joints clearing out along the bottom edge.

 

 

 

I rubbed back the corrugated iron roof to expose the lighter coloured  rust beneath.

And finally, I gave the firewood a wash with plaster dust and Acrylic 'Olive Green, and lightened the wood panelling of the firewood store by scraping it back and applying the same washes.

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I will age the panel and wooden framework some more.

 

All in all, a productive hour or so!

 

TFL

Badder.

 

 

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Hi Badder. Great to see that you are back onto this project and that it still looks like you are making forward progress!! I am still very impressed.

Kind regards,

Stix

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21 minutes ago, PlaStix said:

Hi Badder. Great to see that you are back onto this project and that it still looks like you are making forward progress!! I am still very impressed.

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks Stix,

It's a bit of a drag looking at everything that I did way back when, and thinking, 'Could I do this better now?' because in most cases, I can! There are a few things I won't be improving though, or I'd end up doing the whole lot. So, with regards to this building, it's done, apart from the addition of the drainpipe at the rear (which I have still to find) and some more creepers around the 'cupboard under the stairs' which I'm going to leave until the house is ready for fixing to the base.

 

So, I'll be moving onto the groundwork next, and that'll mean returning to the re-building/improving of the hedgerow.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

 

 

So,

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I took a short break away from this diorama, to make a brief visit to the building in my Pit Stop diorama. Returning to that building, I've now remembered why I came to a halt with it. A few things about it were niggling me, the main things being the interior floor levels and the fact that only a few of the windows are the same size and some seem to me to be too high above floor level. So in a way, the niggles are connected.

Anyway, I've re-visualized the floor levels and have come up with a solution that kills two birds with one stone, or at the very least, gives them concussion. I'll be turning the upper 'bedroom' into a split level floor which is higher in one half of the room than the other. The bedroom's main window was at nipple height, but with the raised floor will be at waist height, whilst the floor in the other half of the room, with restricted headroom, will be lowered to increase that headroom. I can then fit a couple of dormer windows at that end and add some needed interest in that section of the building.

But, what's that got to do with this Ever Evolvin' Dio?

Well, not a lot really, except that in this dio, I've removed the bars from the rear ground floor windows, and WAS going to refit them. I've now decided to scratch windows instead, and will donate the bars from this dio to the Pit Stop dio. The 'bars' are actually MiniArt wrought iron gates, and they will now serve as gates.

 

The upshot of all this is that I have rather a lot of windows to make..... 2 for this dio and 9 or 10 for the Pit Stop dio! I'm hoping that 6 or 7 of those windows will be the same size., for whilst some of the windows in the Pit Stop dio were made from casts taken from THIS building, the vagaries of Plaster of Paris mean that there are variations in shrinkage during drying. I may be able to get around that by making those particular window frames the same size and make up for any size variation by increasing/decreasing the thickness of the window casements.

 

Ho hum.

 

TFL

Badder

 

 

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