Monday, 5 September 2016

Making Mr Triggles Boathouse by BB

It started with making Mr & Mrs Triggles House

                                    It progressed in scale into making its base with Shed,
                                      and Wooden Arbour with a of course the garden gate.

Then things gradually grew a little bigger,and the scratch build of Mr Triggles  Boathouse began to formulate itself first in my mind then upon paper card. i have a saying," Imagination coupled with ability is free,so why not use them."

                                              Ability is gained by doing something.

                                                      Even if it`s stripping cardboard.

A 2mm gap between each line,so this is small size that comes in Mail deliveries of which we have lots is free as i see it,and  great versatile stuff to use hobby-wise it is.

Way down there the interest was already beginning____

_____,and these rather fragile vintage  AIRFIX Figures  were out of their box to see Mr Triggles Boathouse take shape.                                                                                                                           

i had just finished building a few wooden arbours.

                                                               THE START

The Front & Back Were Cut Out

The wooden double door had a smaller access door cut into the left hand side door,which is used when there is no need to have the larger doors open.

The inside brackets that helped form the inner walls was marked out and had the apex shape or the roof marked out. i always mark an R on the right hand side when preparing cutting out roof sections,and this is because there might be a slight difference to one side when cut out,and the R makes sure that each and every piece is stuck in place and that all are fixed in the same way. Thus avoiding future problems from arising.

                                               These were stuck down onto another card

All the sections having been cut out where stuck onto another piece of card,and cut out when dry. So every piece has a double card thickness. Stuck up and assembled, it  formed A BOX!
A box with front and back and two sides,but no top. The picture showing the actual roof needed for this build has been deleted however i`ll show you another from an older topic. The set out principles are the same.

I was Scratch-building Wagons at the time of the picture below

The card having been measured and cut out was marked down its middle,then using a set square, lines were drawn out across the card at measured out intervals,and these were to be a guide for the roofing brackets. The center line was lightly scored with a sharp blade in a craft knife. Very lightly cut to its halfway point. Then the card was bent to form the A of the roof.

The ruler can be laid by one side of the scored cut line,while the other side of the card is lifted up.

So the roof was stuck onto the top,and the cut out brackets were stuck in place with P V A Glue following the guide lines on the inside of the roof. Corresponding lines had been marked down the inside walls so all lined up square and true with the roof. Simple cut out bits of card were cut out scored  down the middle,bent up and glued between each of the roof brackets making for a good strong roof. These were not seen when finished.

   Now it was ready to receive the card that helped in turn create the rounded shape of the inner roof.

Although it look`s OK.The card was very stiff and very springy, so i needed to score it part way through with the knife in order to help it to take the required rounded shape.

Each line was marked out running lengthwise and then scored  in that order,and  the blank wall extensions were marked out either side the scored lines too. So roof and walls were put into place at the same time.                                                                                                                                 

It was laid in place with the cuts facing the roof and was easily stuck into place after glue had been applied to those straight and curved roofing brackets. A heavy bag of dried rice pushed it down into perfect place and the building stood upside down in the box

A few cuts went through in places but these would not be seen because the next stage was to put the  
corrugated metal in place.                                                                                                                       

 i blu tac`ed Mr Triggles onto the wall to show the eventual ground level.
i don`t think he liked it very much.
Even though inked out there were changes made to the walls much later.

                                            The cardboard was measured marked,and cut out.

One side was stripped off,but the other side left intact.

Slowly it was rolled back and forth and gradually it began to make a curve. I used the handle of the craft knife without a blade in it.

Soon the finished inner iron roof  was fixed into place. All that extra effort was well worth doing.

The inside platform for the boathouse was measured and cut out of styrene sheet,
and a few Vintage AIRFIX Figures took some interest in the build.

Corrugated  sidings were added,but only the facing side seen was stripped off.

                            A small cut out boat fitted nicely even though upside down.            

The Anderson Air Raid Shelters were issued to every house in 1938.
 The boathouse is constructed using these.

                                                              Dressing Up The Top With Angles

i always like this part of creating the thatched roofs on my models.

Once stuck into place with the front of the roof cut away,it created six angles to it.

Looks grubby is grubby with ideas doodled out upon it,but pens were invented for doodling heads of imaginaton to doodle along in inked out style.

i wanted eight so two strips of card were added to make each slop and so form the eighth angle on the thatch roof. A strip of card was added under each side slop and a medieval window faced in sandstone was added. It sat in a base beside the river.

This base is now to be worked on too at this present time, it having laid flat under our bed for well over a year.

It was Thatching Time,and the tapping hi tech tool very hard to find in any shop or store was to be used with PVA Glue. One dips it in  just enough to edge the card slightly and then tap it on.

                          It is not hard and it was tapped on at ease. It is a very quick process.

i find this part very rewarding. tapping over and over the entire roof. It goes on white and dries transparent so i apply a little wash to see the result of the work,and to see what needs more work tapped out upon it.

                                            Upon The White Tower it Took a Rest.

It was not finished but certainly was taking  shape.The flint walls dating back to 1114 were themselves being built up,and the front entrance was edged in Sand Stone.
Other stuff happened my way and this was stored away.

One Year & One Month Later it was repainted after getting it out of storage and photo`s were shot outside in the garden by Mrs B,and Myself.

It is not finish yet because a girder slide rail has to be fixed to the center point above were a chain and iron hook can hoist things up. So a boat can be safely lifted out of the water ,and can then be slid along this top rail and out though the double doors into the yard for repairs and painting.

                                      Thank You for Looking and Reading BB


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Ray,one could say i make poor boys toys because it is part and parcel of my nature.
      Nice of you to visit and comment. BB

  2. That's proper scratch-building!

    As a terrain enthusiast, I can only approve!

    1. Hi Evan,
      thanks for your comment. i have so many a dusted picture of past scratch-builds that are boxed away,but now and again i visit old photo files and amble and eventually shuffle and sort my way through them,with remembered mistakes,smiles and of my over active fun. BB

  3. Inspiring stuf BB, thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks Phil,i just this second sat down after painting the river where this place will sit. BB