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Update with choices


For Trumble’s Mum

re her kind comment on previous posting

Well, I agree with you entirely.  They would have lovingly cleaned the wall down and redecorated for the new and long saved for cupboards.

I hastily found a number of single sheets of wallpaper that might do the trick for redecorating the wall with the ‘new’ cupboards.  Some dark and of the period and some perhaps a little more 60s than 50s.  Settled on a couple to pick from.

One would probably be OK if the inhabitants were into older wallpaper and the other I think is straight late 50-ish (though has a taste of 70s too perhaps).

Now do we want the quite life with the older style or go with the swinging new?

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Pale and elderly and loud and woven

Both go with the pinkish paneling which will remain to protect the wall from the furniture.


“You can’t get the wood you know”


Title:  Goon Show Classics #10

Less “vamp till ready” more a bit of a digital fandango

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4th April 2014

The Naming of the House

Hereinafter to be known as Hogepotche Hall – that is unless and until what passes for a mind around here changes.

Waiting on delivery of wood lengths to work with here and there and am a little stymied until they arrive.  Progress on sitting and dining room outer walls so far:  have all bits stuck (except the corbels as they’ll go on last), so am working around the prob ’til stuff turns up.  Will update this post as things move along.

The  above slides?  Well, gently mucking around with photos to see if I can get a better perspective on what I’m doing is my equivalent of twiddling my thumbs.  These are of the two outer walls set out on the work table more or less as they would be on the model.  Am I any the wiser?  I know I prefer the drawing and semi colour effect over the gingery brown reality.   Should look less ginger when not under a spotlight and both sections are sitting under jetting causing shadow.  Fingers crossed.

5th April 2014

Planning the wall above

Aha!  The White Tack

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From horizontal to vertical.  White tacked in place (intermediate bits of wood missing). Unadjusted photograph on high ISO – still a little orange?

Temporarily held in place, it is a little easier to see what’s what and how it all looks in the vertical.  Think I might take down the colour of some of those panels a little to reduce the orange glow.

The next move is to layout the design of the wall for the room above them – the second bedroom on the Long Gallery floor (for which I have all the wood I need).

It has to sort of blend/match with the main window wall of the Arnolfini bedroom to the right and sit OK with these two front walls now white tacked below it.

With a bit of this and a bit of that I have set out lengths on a board to see what it might look like and taken photos.  Sometimes it’s easier to see on a screen than when it’s set out flat.

I decided it might do as a start, but without being able to see it properly with the sitting and dining room frontages who can tell?

The next best thing would be to make a digital mock-up.  Taking this first photo of the two lower rooms, along with the photo of the dry layout of the bedroom wall, I made a new image.

A stack of three

Still not enough?  Well, on this floor the Long Gallery second leg wall has to fit in between the bedroom and the Arnolfini room, jetting forward a little further, and hopefully blending in if possible.  I could use the bedroom wall photo as a rough digital template to create an idea of the possibilities.  Sizes and proportions will vary quite a bit but probably not so much that the created image is of little use to the mind’s eye.


Add the green man fridge magnet to the Long Gallery windows, a cut out image of the relevant Arnolfini room wall plus a resize of the unfinished rooms below it, and voila!

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Mock-up for me to study and ponder

Print out pin up and keep looking at it until I can make up my mind about the possibilities – by then the other wood might have arrived too.

Clockwise once around the block


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Views of a three layer cake made up of the Great Hall extension with Guild Committee Room and upper viewing gallery.

It fits against the main model structure adding a second half to the Great Hall, so that they part like breaking an egg (sort of) and the extension’s lower Hall and upper Committee Room overlap the double height main Great Hall section.

The overlap sections

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Two room areas twin with …

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double height Great Hall

This leaves the upper viewing area taller than this combo Great Hall – it’s sort of a lean-to add-on against what is hopefully, one day, going to be a Long Gallery wall on the main part of the model.

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Lean to section

Next moves:

The middle of the three layer cake needs a removable screen/wall for looking down on the main half of Great Hall – a job I keep putting it off.  And, of course, the rest of the roof of the whole shebang needs tiling.  All the inner edges where it meets the main block need finishing and there’s a wire still needs housing.  Then it’ll be time for a little further dressing of the three areas with this and that.


The wings of commerce need a home


Pigeon Technology

The imaginary trading Guild who inhabit this ever-growing structure use pigeons for info transfer.  Seemed a reasonable hypothesis for the period.

We already have one pigeon in residence on an inner window ledge but as they require a more formal nesting/tidying away place, some sort of coop/cage was needed.  I’d spent some time looking at ready mades and wondering how I could butcher them to fit the silly space chosen for the arrangement.

Today I built one.  Well, one side of one and an opening door with working catch.  As it fits across part of the side of the tower and 2 of its windows, it was possible to construct with the one complete face only and use fill ins on the top, which include a random, extra stone.

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Pigeon home with bedding, droppings and outsize catch on door

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Showing where the coop sits on the stair and an escapee on right who probably provided the droppings

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Where the pigeons live in relation to the upper room where the spiral stairs lead

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And ever one who likes to fiddle with photos, I thought I’d share this which turns the coop into more of a dark, dank Victorian prison scene – ah, so it goes

More pigeons on the way ‘een as we speak.