Part 9 Working On A Dream: The O Scale Bond's Funeral Home Diorama Project
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Working On A Dream: The O Scale Bond's Funeral Home Diorama Project
Part Nine: Creating The Small Overhang Between 1st & 2nd Floors
I was hoping to get this installment on quicker but I had a stay in the hospital for over a week (During York Week Too Boot !)that put me behind in getting this one on. I apologize for that but I am back and going on Bonds with Maria so here is number 9.
In the last part, we did apply the clapboard sheets we make in Part 6 to the upper floors of Bonds. This part should have actually been listed here before part 7, it is a bit out of sequence and I apologize for that, I am getting old LOL. But anyway????
The overhangs would have to be made first before the clapboard and stone would be applied. That is so we get the proper spacing for each between floors. If you look at Figure 1, you see the area I am talking about. We were just going to put a ledger board across there and deal with making the overhang later but we realized it was much better to deal with it early than wait.
For making these eaves we used the "Chipboard" or also known as "Project Board". For those unfamiliar with it or didn't read installment six of this build, It is a kraft board material on one side and the reverse side is a bleached sulfate (smooth white). I like using this from experience in the past. The beached sulfate side makes a great board side for this project. An artist supply house in our area sells this board also called "Project Board" so some places in your area might have it under that name also. One thing I like about this material it becomes very strong once assembled with the ribbing..
Because of the slope with these eaves, the spacing between levels is 1" (4 O Scale ft). This will give it that distinctive look pointed out by the arrows in (Figure 2). The soffit of the eave is actually very short in comparison as you can see in the photo. So we made the soffit on it 3/8" light to make it 18" in O Scale. We then took a square and made a "L" shaped strip using a medium CA glue to adhere.
The ribbing on the inside of the we made using the same material. For the curve for the roofline, we made an arc from the top of the roofline to the outside end of the soffit. This gave a very close comparison even with the selective compression we used on the structure. Afterward we get a piece looking like Figure 3.
Because of all the in's and out's on Bonds, we had to made a series of "Z" builds of the overhangs. We did this by taking 2 of the long pieces and attached them to the structure with pins. Then measured from the inside of the corner to the outside corner piece. Then by cutting a built piece of overhang to get the inside run we take the other 2 pieces down. Then using a square we glue the middle piece in giving use a long "Z" looking overhang. (Figure 4)
Then using scrap strip pieces of project board we then apply the roof "sheathing" on. Later on in the project we will apply the finish roofing and soffit materials. (Figure 5).
The last step to this is to test fit the overhangs. We do this by taking modeling pins and attaching the overhangs to the structure. Any adjustments and sanding is done in this stage. (Figure 6) After seeing if the fit is OK and the eaves are level, we then take a pencil and trace a line at both the top edge of the overhang and the bottom. This is our borderline for the stone and clapboard, which have already been applied in the last two segments. I once again apologize for the out-of-sequence.
We hope you liked this latest update on the Bond?s project. It was kind of basic and out of order 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 is actually a two part one on some of the lighting I am making for the structure and the surrounding grounds for it. First part will be on actually making some of the lighting and the second on some of the installation needed at this time.
Thanks to all with the support with what I am going though with my left leg right now. And yes it does hurt like *#&@ but at least I still can keep busy and that is a good thing. Hope you enjoy? Mark