Part 8 Working On A Dream: The O Scale Bond's Funeral Home Diorama Project
Working On A Dream: The O Scale Bond's Funeral Home Diorama Project
Part Eight: Installing Clapboard Siding & Lower Window Jambs & Door
I am trying to keep up the pace here on the updates to this tutorial. So in keeping the segments coming at a better pace, Here is number 8.
In this part, we are going to apply the clapboard sheets we make in Part 6 to the upper floors of Bonds.
Installing it clapboard is easy, the main thing is to keep it level and to make sure the courses line up on the corners. We applied it using Acrylic & Silicone caulk to the clapboard sheets (Figure 1).. This gave the sheets a nice tight but pliable bond for them. It also gave us a bit of time to adjust the sheets to make them level. We now let it dry & cure for about 8 hours so it will be workable again.
After drying, we cut a series of holes from the back for the windows openings. (Figure 2). Now for this step we suggest that you trim out the window openings the way you are most comfortable with. Some people like to use a Dremel tool with this step and others like the traditional way with very sharp X-acto knife. Well we like the later of the two also. We carefully cut along the sides of the window?s opening (Figure 3), then clean the opening up with the knife, small file or emery board (Figure 4). One note, if you decide to go with the knife to trim out the window, make sure you have a good supply of new blades.
The next part in the installment was building the front door and arch window light. Nothing commercially available came close to the style so we scratch-built it from Basswood strips and plywood. Don sent us photos of the door and going off of them we made a real close replica of the door and the lights that surround it (Figure 5).
The last part of this update, we made and installed the window jambs around the bottom floor windows.
We start with cutting 3/16" strips of "Project Board" (The material we made the clapboard siding out of in Part 6). You can made them out of any bigger pieces of scrap you might have had left over from the siding. (Figure 6). A quick note that with this step, you should cut out enough strips to do the upper floor too. This will save a step later in the build.
We then painted the strips we needed for the bottom floor the color it needed using regular craft acrylic paints. After drying, spraying them with Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear Flat Spray (Krylon # 53530). Afterwards, we cut the pieces to the sizes we need on the inside of the jambs and attach them with medium CA type glue. When dry, we touch up any paint that needs so (Figures 7 & 8)
We hope you liked this latest update on the Bond's project. It was kind of basic but shows each step we are doing for this build. And thanks for the support with the kind words as we go along too. The next installment will on some of the lighting I am making for the structure and the surrounding grounds for it. Going to be laid up a bit with the leg for a week so a good time to fine tune them and show all of you how we are doing it. Hope you enjoy? Mark