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  1. I have a lot of work at the moment, so less time to devote (!!) to this church ... But I still post the few roof advances.
  2. Yes, this is a project that will take a very long time to finalize ... I indeed intend to make a montage with vegetation, aging buildings. But before that, I have to finish all the constructions, provide bases different from what was in the kit (solid wood instead of a plywood mounting), and adjust the leveling of the entire surface of the town. But indeed, there will be trees and quite a few other things. I am looking more to get closer to a model of the old architects (in France, we have "Relief Plans", Topography Plans, made by Vauban to build fortresses on the coasts for example) rather than a classic rail type diorama ... The scale is also close to HO, 1:87 I think. ☺️
  3. Thank you for the comment, but for that, we will have to wait until this cloister is built ... But on the other hand, you have the whole church for you, as soon as the roof is done! 😁🤣
  4. Here it is: the belfry is made with its roof! It will host the cloister on its side. We move to the other roofs ...
  5. Like many, Christmas holidays are not really conducive to assembling models ... But this church continues to build slowly with the guard tower and the belfry:
  6. In fact, it is a kind of ceramic. It sands well, breaks with an X-Acto. The stones are part of the kit with different stone sizes. But I added half moon shaped stones, red bricks and other things. In the same way, I cut myself the cylindrical columns which are not provided: around the door, on the bell tower, or several for the cloister to come ... On the church, in the Middle Ages, there were very few visible wooden structures, but on the other buildings to come, I will deviate from the somewhat simplistic kit to add things everywhere. I also bought clay to be able to make other kinds of stones if I need to. The glue used is simply quick-setting wood glue. But to make the joints and for the aesthetics, I use very fine sealant for cracks, bought in DIY stores.
  7. No, nothing is sorted out: I have to choose the right stones to build, rectify and cut for the walls to be correct. And then, it was a kit, it is necessary that I transform a little as usual so that it is a little more realistic, as in the Middle Ages! 😁
  8. I don't know, but one can imagine that this fortified village could grow as I find other kits to assemble ... For the dock (or/and Shipyard), I would have to find a boat at the right scale of the 14th century to build! For the moment, I will already try to complete this entire village project, which should take me very long months! 😀
  9. Work in progress before sanding and joints on the tower and bell tower. The bell tower was split in 2 to be able to work the openings a bit. The apse is finished. Soon, I will attack the roofs ...
  10. Some photos of the stained glass windows in the apse, and the front rose window (not glued yet): The side tower under construction: And the future together with the cloister, modified in its structure compared to the initial plan:
  11. The following : In addition, here is the final support of the village proposed by the kit: I will surely not use it at the end, another idea is already in progress to make the supports, but it will serve me to place the elements and the walls between buildings ... A sort of shipyard in fact! Finally, I planned to make a little richer in the constructions than the rough stone representation, with nothing for the openings of windows, doors, bell tower, etc ... A little brick will not do any harm (to create very small, small!): I only spent 10 or 15 more hours there: each stone takes time to adjust! Afterwards, you have to sand, scrape, make the main joints, clean, wash, etc ... I have not yet definitively chosen what appearance I will give to the whole: all the full joints or leave a little "day" between the stones. All this may seem a bit wobbly from time to time, but I am convinced that it will only make once in place, clean joints, aged, vegetated, in its environment on a base!
  12. So... I started something completely different. Years ago (around twenty!), I subscribed to a Del Prado collection (when it still existed ...). I never had time to do this thing, and I quietly locked it in boxes all this time. Today, to change things a bit, I brought out all this stuff, and I plan to move forward a little. It is a medieval fortified village from the Middle Ages to be built in mini brick, stone by stone. As usual with collection publishers, Del Prado had entered into a partnership with a kit manufacturer which still exists: Aedes Ars [/ u ] [/ url]. Some of you may know. They design all kinds of reconstituted stone kits of monuments, houses, castles, etc. It is a long, tedious job, with each stone to be adjusted. And personally, I'm new to the field ... We'll see! That said, I won't be able to prevent myself from personalizing a little ... At the end of the construction of each element, the whole must constitute a village; it is planned to make it a global diorama. I'll do it a little differently ... But we're not there yet! In parallel, I will certainly also start a boat to change my mind from time to time. I will present it to you later. The first building will be the church of this village. The work has started: we have to organize, cut, correct, strengthen the cardboard structure (I mounted the cardboard 20 years ago, it had collapsed a bit, we had to take off parts to put them back more late) ...
  13. Thank you, I wish you a Merry Christmas too! I think the Greenwich Museum already has wonderful treasures under the windows ... But it's nice of you! Merci

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