Saturday, 11 November 2017

Balsa & Thatch by Beano Boy

The Start

A Double Ring

 A length of paper card scored down each line but not all the way through.

The cuts allow for the card to bend and form a circle.

        The first wooden strips are glued on.

The first window cut out is made.
The process is one of sticking a few pieces at a time,and then leaving them to stick nice and tight.

Gradually  the ring is forming.

      Pins hold it in place.

Balsa Wood & PVA Glue Construction.

The ring is formed leaving a loose flap that will be made into a split door that opens and shuts.

Trying the unfinished top on.

Window needs work

  An inner ring will be formed by several curved pieces of wood double ringed upon each other  and fixed tight in the inside at the top. This reinforces and gives the structure great strength.

 The door flap is scored with a sharp bladed craft knife part way though which then forms the entire hinge to this simple to make door. Pushed in it become a good swinging door. The front of the door is decked out in wood,and on the inside  upon the door and running onto the inner wall a piece of paper is stuck into place for added strength to the slit hinge system I designed and used upon many a building over many a year.

 The inside of the door is boarded up with wood, and opening the door glue is brushed onto the entire length of the paper split hinge leaving it to dry.

This type of door is very tough and strong 

Altering the windows so they can be dressed in wooden windowsill and lentil.

 A mantel  is added over the doorway.

Work is still ongoing upon the thatched top.

                          But it is good to try it to size even knowing it would indeed fit.

The T Light added for MrsB.

The night time shot.

 With the door opened up it adds to its charm and the warm glow of welcome beckons.

A tilt to the picture but the thatching work is complete and all the windows are framed.

It feels good when a plan eventually goes together.

Shutters blu tac`ed into place for this shot. Two lots of window shutters will be added after staining and dry-brushing has been fully done.

Not wishing to wait a week or more for clay to harden I decided to make reinforced Plaster of Parish,making it up first in water then filling it with fine sized shingle. All mixed up with a brush and spread out upon a plastic sheet.

A ring of blu tac was formed and the stony mix was tapped down level with a small piece of scrap Bulsa wood. It soon set within 12 minutes.

To be creative even in my abstract form means messy table tops.

It took a day or two for the thatched top hat to dry,it being soaked in pva watered down glue.

The first simple base I`ve ever made.

Just follow on down.

This will be stained when all my buildings are made. This one is number 5.

I will be taking a short rest from building my Asterix type village for a while, as I have builders and gas fitters about the house. So that`s all for now. Please feel free to comment. BB


  1. Home sweet home! Clever, creative and excellent job!

    1. Thank you Phil, you are very kind. More buildings are to come but will be shown when each is finished.
      Your comments along with others are certainly valued. BB

  2. Cracking job BB! Looks spot on. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Russ,thank you for commenting.
      It is always a pleasure to cut tear and share! BB

  3. As a long-term terrain fan, I can only approve - well done!

    1. Hi Evan, it is always good to receive comment from OZ!
      Just in case you did not know,the rooftop is Plumbers Hemp!
      Greetings from Fiddle Wood Norwich UK. BB

  4. Top of the bottom suits well my abstract stuff, although it is very kind of you to visit my slice of the Internet,and comment so.It has been a long haul scratch-building affordable thatched dwellings for my Asterix collection, that`s for sure.
    Greetings from the evergreen gardens in Fiddle Wood, Norwich United Kingdom. BB