Got a rush of blood to the head late on Saturday and was still running with it on Sunday so did quite a bit of this and that.
Four images in mind
- Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit, which I take is directly based on the Market Cross building at Wymondham, Norfolk
- Dunster Yarn Market – for the frilly look and total shaping of the roof both in and out
- Cadouin market roof which has inner roof beams similar Dunster Yarn Market’s wheel-shaped structure
- Elizabethan Theatre – just for the layer upon layer of roofing.
Shake them all up, gently pour the resulting battery mess and smoothly spread – I seem to have tumbling roof lines, echoing layers of market cross gateau.
So far this is what I’ve got up to
The outer walls
Lead partially by the small wood strip MDF pieces provided in the kit, I’d assumed I’d be doing much the same delicate and regular pattern, though a little more roughly using obeche wood lengths. Figured it would take me two days or so to do all eight faces. Then I pulled out the 20 mm wide strip wood bought last weekend at Pudsey fair and compared the look of it with the mix of 12 mm and thinner when held up against a wall and was immediately sold on the idea of big and chunky. Not so much because it would be quicker (honestly) as that it seemed to look just about right to me for holding up the rather oversized roofing.
Almost down to ground level
Going up the layers from the ground, or downwards from the walling, the last piece of original kit I used is the floor of the office (the roof of the market below). It is thick MDF with a layered stepped edge.
Facing the MDF edge all the way round with good wood felt like a waste, so I thought about it some more. This is where the Dunster Yarn Market lower roof made me think of adding a bit of one here.
The step shaping proved a helpful feature to plant the supports for the small skirt of roof. I’ve used card for the roof bit, glued on the curved face of a piece of quadrant to give the slope and then sandwiched under the overhang. Also lined the roof with wood flooring and added joining internal beams where each section meets its neighbour. It seems fairly solid as long as you don’t go lean on it!
Lighting compromise reached
Why is the lower roof so shallow? Partially me being cheapskate and not wanting to buy yet another load of tiles, but mostly I didn’t want it going out as far as the full width of the base. The small overhang seemed a fair compromise.
Next up are decisions about that base. Full cobbling all round or a mix of cobble, slabs of mock stone and mud? Probably some form of mix and match …