Friday, 24 April 2015

Henry`s Medieval Tower a Scratch Build by Beano Boy

It was way back in November of 2013 that I started to build this eight sided Medieval Tower,with a view to showing how it was designed ,marked out,cut out ,put together and the detail of the place worked on. While placing each update along with lots of fun besides on Benno`s Figure Forum a  very Cool Place quite dear to my heart,I decided to show the clutter the mess and even the mistakes when things went wrong or stuff needed changing.It was there on the Forum that they allowed me the Eccentric, Madcap ,but honest Beano Boy to place many a Topic of This,That and the Other. Well Tons of stuff anyway that is for certain ranging from toy Figures,model figures,and other scratch building stuff,and more besides like my story telling . You see? I make things with the grand idea to us them in comic book style using  photo`s to help relate the story.It may not be everyones Cup of Tea,but  the object is to have fun ,and along the way perhaps bring a tiny bit of laughter in viewers lives if they have eyes and kind heart for it. Concerning Henry`s Tower,I built it in my usual style to save money,instead of saving time and spending lots of money. Anyway having left working on the Tower for Yonk`s I decided yesterday to give it a colour wash. My own stuff mixed up in a jar.  Water, black , brown, and green emulsion paint,and PVA Waterproof Glue. Given a good mixing with a very large brush,i began the process He, He, of Splash,dash,methodical wrist like Zorro,action.

These rather Posh Edwardians insisted on me taking their photo on their visit to this place,and they are  wonderful metal HO OO  1/76 railway scale figures from Andy Stadden. Google his name and get access to his shop on line. I highly recommend his stuff. Right then. Where was I ?  O yes, these new arrival`s totally understood just why Old King Henry allowed this eight sided Tower to be built. It being the case the Master Masons decided,that each odd wall of it represented a King Henry,of England,in former days leading up from the first one to King Henry VII himself. They also placed hidden symbols on each and every wall too,and an easy one is actually found upon the stone steps leading to the entrance.The history of this place is somewhat shrouded in mystery,but there are tales a many of great battles for this place,and even some that are set firm and fixed tight in the near future. One could say that these hard ,sharp flint walls are just awaiting that time,in Time & Space to arrive.

                                                       So work begins again

 Paper Card Buildings are so much fun to create,along with all the mess!

On the stone floor  lays a bag of Kiln Dried Sand,a certain something good I will use to make the long awaited for Base. 

By the way.To avoid accidents I blu tac the jar of Wash  to my little work table.

There will be Oak Beams added to  both sides of the piece above after a little more lighter colour is added later,and because the Wash applied has dried waterproof the added colour will not react with it. So there is good sound reason in   my cheap home spun mixture.It ain`t magic,it just works out fine.

Chimneys are so easy to make as are the Pan Tiles or Slate Rock Roofs that they sit upon ,and on which they gossip constantly to each other upon their daily overseeing sights that they always have just cause to look down upon.

What cheek a Nosey Roman just waltzed in for a Gander at all the work just  like Goosey Goosey. ( A look see! ) I must fix the solid Oak Door with hinges, and bolts of steel onto this place,if I can find out where I put it.  So hopefully the next time he decides to call he`ll need a Battering Ram and a few hundred men in trying hard to gain access.

Yip!Another two Romans upon the stone steps too. So here can be seen Henry`s Eight sided Medieval Tower above. More posting will come later on this Topic ,but until then.That`s it for now.  BB

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Secret Garden by Beano Boy

_______________________       WELCOME  to The Secret Garden__________

  It was 16 years ago that Mrs B,and I began to plan and then build the structures in our  five tiny gardens that skirt around our house. Gardens so tiny that I wanted very large wooden Arbours both in and over them to  help create that feeling of a much Bigger Space than there actually is. "Small garden?" I ask people,and "Yes" they often reply."Well have you considered that up is free ,you know? So why not use it." Small spaces? Then Think BIG! Of course it took eight years to finish all  those gardens.
 The gardens are surrounded by high wooden fences,fences we arrected ourselves lifting every panel, and post.Digging the deep holes, mixing up concrete to bed the posts in with the proper tools needed for the job in hand too. It was 17 years ago that I moved into the house,and at that time vandels would often smash our fence panels in. So I designed an anti-social fencing all around the  the tiny gardens. It is so hard and strong ,that the fellow of the Friday night binge drinking near broke his arm trying hard to smash his elbow into what he thought to be a thin flimsy fence panel. So pissed off with feeling the fool with his friends looking on. He then decided to kick the fence and near broke all his toes. From an upstairs window,I watched him limp away up the little court with his mates. Needless to say really none ever tried to smash any part of it again.


Bella,is peeping through the gate,as little Keats looks on with her one good eye,the other having been removed when she was a young pup.


Old George keeps an eye on the front garden

In the next Part ; Beyond this Garden Gate?
The Secret Garden

  It is here from the outside that the garden gate swings open with a welcome smile,so please come on in. A fresh shower has just passed over,this part of our garden. This is our tiny evergreen  garden.  Tiny true,but remember that up is free?

The spikey Yukka,one of two stands guard just inside the gate. "Watch your eyes," I am always telling my Mrs B," You only get one set of eyes in this life you know?" The wet pathway runs its little course around the Lion Feature now covered almost over by Ivy and spiders webs. Beneath a little pool well fit for our resident frogs rests silent still and overgrown. Later I`ll get new pictures of this feature that has a large ivy clad Pergalor over its head. The brick`s that line the pathway were those we collected from the Wood that flanks our garden on two sides. Dumped and scattered far and wide each one fetched home in our overworked metal barrow, with its wobble of a soft front flat wheel.

 Here we have large concrete balls home made mixed and cast up into plastic beach type balls! I made a few of mixed sizes using smaller playfull balls too. There to the right the  Oak beams reach up supporting the  Pergalor, which   one hot summer Mrs B,and I had made up ourselves with many a cheerful smile and wicked laugh. 12 foot Posts & Bolts of iron too. A Gothic design well fit to mask a plain upright house wall with no feature except that of flaking old white paint. 17 years before It truly had been such a sad unused empty space. The plain stark wall of the house,void of any window, and a triangle piece of ground with an old shed leaning well tired and worn out,as if it had been in some odd race,and had stopped to catch its second wind,but had given up, and had then lost all hope of that prize so simply flopped against an old fence panel for support.

The paving slabs were all spotted oddly throughout all the outside spaces not really fit to be described as any sort of gardens at all,but they were all lifted stacked to one side and when design had been drawn and actions put into play,they the heavy concrete slabs were laid in place where they still are. Tiny evergreen Ferns,and Palms,and Grasses and cuttings from here and there were planted .Now they are over all reaching their spot  allotted to them,and I suppose that I dare say this my favourite evergreen part,is truly a finished garden. For you who are starting out upon creating a garden think and buy small plants,but think and Big,and let them all grow at  natures pace. 

The strong gate now swings closed ,and is bolted with three steel bolts, but there is much more to see in our Fiddle Wood property,because the garden winds its way as if an old river bed.

Our garden seat made from offcuts from Oak fence Posts,and house bricks.

This lady stands just within the limits of this garden ,and she is framed well when viewed from the next little garden, by another Gothic style Arbour of solid Oak. Coloured baked in the oven glass has been slotted into place high above heads as they pass through upon their sight seeing trip

The next  garden will be shown at a much later date because the Summer Bedding is now being put into play. Mrs B`s green fingers,and not mine.  See Ya Later. BB
This is part of our pond,and if you look closely you will see Fred & MayBell. BB

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

A Flying Circus for HoneyWell _________ by Beano Boy

I bought just one box of these  Revell  plastic model kits,a few weeks ago and upon opening the box I realised  it to be closer to the HO OO scale of my HoneyWell  Layout. With its planed Town & Railway,plus waterways and Canal ,I thought why not a small airfield  for a Flying Circus? So after pondering upon the question for a few days. Yip! It was still worth putting into play what was at that time and still is in my imagination. So I bought two of each of what can be seen here . One for constructing and painting, and one still boxed up in my ever growing Model  Collection.

I must admit that i have not constructed aircraft kits since the early 1960`s . So the Wheel of Time and for Seizing Opportunity has once more sort of turned  full circle again for me a son of the poor widow.


These are quite the cheapest kits on the market to buy,and at half the price of AIRFIX  Kits it made sense to buy two while there was the bright opportunity to buy them.

Above another two that was on my short list.   The Collection is growing ,as is the Flying Circus. What I need now is some ground grew to help wind them all up.

I have just bought the kit above because I wish to use parts from it in a conversion.

 I bought this kit above for the simple reason that it has different Decals than the others I bought.