Category Archives: The Roof

Up on the tiles and leads

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Round the other side

Not really touched this side much other than to strew some branches hither and thither creating damage on the roof and perch a worker up there.

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Built a pile of wood and tile debris on card base including broken ‘sweepings’ from the bottom of the sea-foam box

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and glu-spot fixed it in place on the flat roof. It seems this guy is satisfied with his work and is now taking a break out of sight of the boss

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Bread, cheese and a leather flask of something interesting

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It’s hard to get a shot against the light and of more than three figures up there at a time. Here we have sandwich man, heave-ho man and ridge sitting man

and the main roof

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Bulking up a little

Trees and things

Until now there’s been twigs of various sizes strewn across the back and side roof of the main block.  They were balancing there giving a general look.

The time has come for a little more detailing and some fixing I think.

Sea foam, twigs and a bradawl

The modellers sea foam is very brittle and I believe is usually used with leafage added.

Back up the ladder to find all the bits not yet touched up.

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Hanging on looking decrepit cantilevered forward to find the missed bits – well at least some of them. Anything I still miss stays that way 😉

Greening of the roof

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Can just make out some of the greening from here.
That table is to ‘go’ and a sturdier, wooden one will take its place

Wet and dark

but mostly on the inner face, where there would be less air movement and it would always be dark and damp.

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Thankfully this bird is still here this morning

The greenery dust is model railway ground cover (three shades mixed) and the tufts are from model war-games suppliers.  One coat of dust was added pre matt sealant and a second shaken in a few placed here and there whilst that coating was very wet, hopefully giving the greenery a little more added depth(?)

Onwards and upwards – literally

Now clearing up (a little) and working on the replacement table.  We bought a second-hand modern trestle and Steve has sanded it down and is extending it a little to take the Hogepotche monster.  Oh yes he’s adding castors too.  I’m staining and sealing it as and when and we hope to get it done in the next week or so.  Then it’s all hands to the pump again for lift off and refit.

Meantime lots of surfaces need a sealing coat, some folk need glu dotting into place, and the roof scene needs to be brought to completion.  I’m just going to get that ladder.

Flown

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Gone

Dressing the roof area

I fancied a bird’s nest on the very end of the storeroom ridge (where it ceases to be a double ridge and becomes single) above the doorway in the end loft.  So I wove a nest of just under 0.5” (1.27 cm) out of raffia and very thin rosemary twiglets, glued it (with a bit of toothpick spike through into the building to help hold it in place) and affixed a very small (bought) bird into its new home.  There it was, all snuggled in and I blithely left it to its do its own thing whilst I carried on with the roof jobs at the other end of the building, such as adding greenery and staining and sealing the externals.

Well, you can tell from the title what happened next.

One hour later

The bird had flown.  I did a finger tip search of the floor, the work surface, my clothing, shoes, inside the model, everywhere – no bird.

I’ve since made a small clay one to take its place but it’s just not the same.

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Clay feathered friend – needs a little touching up and sealing I think

On with cleaning up and finishing off the little bits all around the house.  Not far to go – but it does include a rather high ladder.  Gulp