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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #90 on: July 31, 2018, 10:03:03 am »
Looks like I can get away with it being positioned as originally intended after all.........



The rear corner is about a scale 12' from the passing trams on the reserved track that loops round the back of the houses, but doesn't look too bad.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #91 on: September 12, 2018, 08:23:56 am »
After a longish gap (too many other things to do...), attention has now turned to one of the buildings I need for the centre of town on the layout.

I had decided that another church would be in order, but nothing suitable seemed to sold commercially to fit in the space that I have available - so its back to scratchbuilding!

It needed to be a low relief structure and preferably something imposing due to its location, so I resorted to looking through my "holiday snaps" to see if I could come up with a suitable subject. Most of the ones I had photographed were likely to be difficult to reproduce, architecturally, or had seriously large towers/spires which, as it is by the edge of the layout, were likely to be caught by limbs/clothing whilst operating the trains!

However, this one seemed to be a suitable subject..............



as the front part of the building - the entrance portico and the clock tower section - lend themselves to a low relief construction very easily.
The building in question is the United 1st Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts, (just south of Boston) and was built in 1828. It's actually the resting place of US Pesidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams as well.

The church website came up with a rather useful photo giving a better illustration of the frontage than my one that I took in 2012, so I have been able to make a scaled drawing from that, though the measurements are a mixture of quesswork/estimation/scaling to fit the space available!



Just got to get on with building it now..................


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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #92 on: September 16, 2018, 11:08:50 am »
A start has been made..........



At least the main part of the frontage is a basic box shape to which the tower and portico can be added.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #93 on: September 16, 2018, 11:17:28 am »
Really cool!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #94 on: September 20, 2018, 05:13:25 pm »
Steady progress is being made, so it is at least starting to look like the church now...



I've made a few alterations to simplify the construction - the most obvious being that it is a different colour to the original!
I decided not to try and show the joint lines of the original stone blocks as it wasn't worth the effort, to be honest, and as I didn't have any paint to match the colour of the granite used, its actually ending up in satin RAF barley grey paint.
Construction of the base that the model will sit on is also under way now as well, with the railings and wall already in place.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #95 on: September 21, 2018, 02:59:33 am »
Very nice, it's coming along splendidly. It looks like whatever comes on top of the tower could be a challenge to model... a cupola? a dome?

Keep the photos coming!

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #96 on: September 21, 2018, 04:39:16 am »
Yes, great work!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #97 on: September 21, 2018, 07:13:33 am »
Very nice, it's coming along splendidly. It looks like whatever comes on top of the tower could be a challenge to model... a cupola? a dome?

Keep the photos coming!

I'm going to try and come up with something similar to that which is on the prototype if I can. Sourcing something to make the dome at the top of the structure was initially a problem, but have found a rather handy solution to that now. Watch out for the next photo I post for the answer.......!

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #98 on: Yesterday at 05:48:24 pm »
The main body of the church is now complete and mounted on its base.......



Suitable clock faces have been found (on the internet) and will be printed off and fixed in place in due course.
All that needs to be produced now is the domed structure and its support columns that form part of the church "tower". The source of the dome itself is shown next to the model - The screw on cap to a plastic bottle of aftershave that came from a hotel in Bulgaria that I stayed in a few years ago!  It is actually just the right size for what I was looking for.......
The 8 columns will be formed from plastic rod, but I'm still seeking items that might be used for the remainder of it.
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