Saturday, 17 February 2018

Down Sizing The Water Mill To HO OO Scale. produced and presented by BB

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


13 comments:

  1. So many wonderful details, very impressive!

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    1. Thank you Phil,
      Nice of you to visit and comment. BB

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  2. Another cool project, you are a real artist. Well done!

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    1. Thank you kindly my friend.
      The artisan i will always turn out to be. BB

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  3. Yep, this little one looks a lot at his father!!
    A beautifull shrinked copy :)) I love your moto
    "If i can draw it I can Built it" Is very inspiring
    to me !!
    Regards, George.

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    1. Thank you George,your comment was most welcome. BB

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  4. Very impressive work !!! Where do you catch such ideas !?
    One point, if you allow me: the wood that remain outside and in the water tends to turn grey, with some alga developing with age, so grey instead of brown could be even more realistic.

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    1. Of course you are correct Phil, about the Algae,and I will add at a later date some kind of material to represent the long streaks of Algae growing on the actual wheels buckets. I am at present working with static grasses and the Applicator to form that type of Algae and mosses too.Early hopeful days of challenge therefore lay ahead for little o`l me. Thanks for Commenting BB

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    2. Opps sorry Phil, I forgot to answer your interesting question.I have an overactive mind,and this analytic part of myself is a curse at times. In my latest book,I set a scene around a Water Mill. So I needed to design my own and make the prop for that part of my visual story book. BB

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  5. Thank you for your answers Paul. I understand that you also are a novelist ? I must look for your book.

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    1. Hi Phil I only write on line books now. Life is sweet in my years of dotage! Greetings from the evergreen gardens that make up our part of Fiddle Wood, Norwich UK. BB

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  6. That's one sweet piece of modeling BB! You always amazed me with your creativity­čĹŹ

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    1. Thanks Russ,so glad you liked it. There is lots more scratch building to come later which I am working on. It will all be part of a free book place here on my blog. BB

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