Over the past two months I have occupied my modelling time into trying to make wooden water wheels for some kind of Mill. A saw mill appeals greatly to me as indeed does some kind of industrial type that I can place on a diorama. I have never been one to find scratch-building to difficult in the way I put buildings together, but I had never before attempted to make a double sided wheel before so I decided to formulate piece by piece what was needed to construct one out of paper card. I love working with paper and pva glue because it is easy to work with,is not expensive and is very rigid and strong.I always say to my Mrs B if I can draw it I can build it,buildings that is not Atomic Bombs that knock them down.
Anyway I made four Mill Wheels,of differing types,as I wanted to gain a little know how on the best way of making them.And so it was I succeeded ,and some of you guys have seen them. The results were A OK,but I want to take it a bit further now and down size a Mill Wheel to railway scale it being HO OO for my Honey Well layout. Making it by way of my scratch building design and system I began. I wondered how hard it would be to reduce the size?
It fits nicely into that yogurt pot with room to spare so now a comparison with the larger sized one.
A manageable size now.
There are in total 71 paper-card parts in this 10 CM one, and one stick. It took 6hrs to make and two hours to paint and dry brush everything. A barbecue stick was used for the main spindle type drive shaft. The little wheel has 16 paddles that form buckets that catch the river water in the way they were all stuck into place. Now I need to design a building. The wheel is not a model of something out there in the real wide world,but is totally of my own original design. The tutorial covering this method has been placed here on my blog and upon Benno`s Figure Forum too, to aid others willing to wield a craft knife and make their own or for those that like to read look and learn how to in the hobby. BB