ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Salaberry
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Salaberry » Sa 7. Sep 2019, 20:06

Hey Chris,

Awesome job: my "coup de coeur" is the little porch.
Good use of the Imex pilgrims !

Sala

CHRIS DODSON
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » So 8. Sep 2019, 16:18

have now added the roof, drain pipes etc and the building is starting to take shape.

I am pleased that it is starting to look like the original.

Lots of tidying up, glazing, painting and a bit of weathering still to do.

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In the meantime, Mr Miller had a large barn as indeed it seems everyone had.

I have been fortunate enough to purchase William Frassanito’s book Antietam, The photographic Legacy of America’s bloodiest day.

Mr F has researched Mr Gardeners original photographs at the Library of Congress which are of great interest as they show more than the usual copies that have been used in the past.

One of them is the only known picture, bottom right of the Miller barn in 1862.

Fantastic!

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Google Earth shows the current barn on its foundations with the ramp to the main area and the underground section access at the side.

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As I use a sand table excavating is no problem but the damp is potentially one as it will warp cardboard.

I have therefore constructed a base which can be buried in the right proportions out of balsa with caulk stonework.

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The barn is thin balsa scored to create the strip effect of planking.

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I have positioned reinforcing posts in the corners to provide ridigity.

I am not sure about the height of the edifice as the barn seems fairly low. However, there are plenty of large barns around the area and as it sits on the base I have lots of flexility as building a lower one is easy enough.

I will take a view upon completion.

Egbert
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Egbert » Mo 9. Sep 2019, 08:32

Well done Sir!! :shock: :)
LG Egbert
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CHRIS DODSON
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mo 9. Sep 2019, 17:17

The camera is a wonderful tool for exposing your mistakes and sloppy work.

After comparing my work with the original it’s obvious that the windows are different!

Luckily, very thin strips of paper have saved the day although I have spotted at least one that requires replacing.

Nevertheless, apart from some glazing and tidying up Mr Miller’s house is complete.

I am quite pleased with it and hopefully it will sit nicely on its little hill surrounded by Hookers Union onslaught.

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Happy modelling.

Cryns
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Cryns » Di 10. Sep 2019, 11:34

Dear Mr. Dodson,

You have been working very hard, lots of buildings have appeared since I left my last note in this thread. I can see how you enjoy finding all this research material and reproduce all these houses.
It is remarkable you are making all windows much bigger than shown on the historic pictures. Is there a specific reason for that? Like using them for the photographic effects later on? To have more light inside? Of better view outside?

Regards,

Cryns

CHRIS DODSON
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Di 10. Sep 2019, 21:44

Hello Inspector,

Nice to see you back in action.

Once again you raise an interesting point.

As discussed on a previous occasion I am presented with the practicalities of scale models and ‘ footprints’ on my battlefields.

The result is a compromise that hopefully gives a ‘feel’ of the original property whilst fitting in with the topography of the battlefield and the size of the troops involved. However, Door sizes etc are still a given.

If I were to adopt a true 20mm scale my battlefield would look like Manhattan or alternatively only a small section would be able to be displayed due to the restrictions of my garage.

I learned a lot from Ligny which helped the Quatre Bras constructions immensely in elevating accuracy. With the wealth of information available further progress is possible.

Hopefully, when this project starts to come together the overall effect will compensate for the compromises deemed necessary to bring it to its fruition.

Best wishes,

Chris

Salaberry
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Salaberry » Mi 11. Sep 2019, 03:02

CHRIS DODSON hat geschrieben:
Di 10. Sep 2019, 21:44
Hello Inspector,

Nice to see you back in action.

Once again you raise an interesting point.

As discussed on a previous occasion I am presented with the practicalities of scale models and ‘ footprints’ on my battlefields.

The result is a compromise that hopefully gives a ‘feel’ of the original property whilst fitting in with the topography of the battlefield and the size of the troops involved.
And I, for one, can only agree with your reply.
Keep at your method/improve it if possible: no one can ask for more.

Sala

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 11. Sep 2019, 18:50

The Rohrbach bridge or lower bridge

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This bridge crossing the Antietam stream south east of Sharpsburg was built in 1836 at a cost of $3200.

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It was closed to traffic in 1966 and now remains as a memorial to all those who fought and perished here. It’s usual title is the Burnside bridge after Ambrose Burnsides numerous attempts to cross it after eventually deciding to obey orders.

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There is a very similar bridge, the Middle bridge a little further north so I decided to build the main section twice and then add the fiddly bits separately.

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Once again, the bridge is not to a true scale as this would look like Arnhem on my battlefield. Hopefully it will look the part and work well.

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Having cut out the spans, caulked them up, I rested these on the pillars of balsa.

The buttresses are again balsa which will be built up with caulk. I considered plaster of Paris but felt it unnecessary for my purpose.

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When dried I used paper to create the arches. These were then caulked and scribed with the stonework.

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A thin strip of balsa was then stuck on the top which will be scored to represent the planking.

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Lots to do, but it’s a change from buildings.

CHRIS DODSON
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » So 15. Sep 2019, 09:35

Rohrbach bridge part two

I have now added the ‘wings’ of the bridge and have built up the piers.

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The colour of the bridge seems to vary with the action of the sunlight from grey to a sandstone like warmth.

This is a picture I took from Mr Toomb’s Georgian position showing a light grey colour back in 2002 with the Feldmarschall.

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The NPS renovation looks great and gives us buff, grey and dark grey.

The underlying geology here is limestone and it would make sense to use local resources rather than bring in materials from afar.

I have therefore decided to have a grey bridge with buff bits and a weathered look.

I am very pleased with my piece of cardboard.

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Off now to the monstrous edifice known as the Mumma farm.

CHRIS DODSON
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » So 15. Sep 2019, 09:37

Walls

We can learn a lot from our railway modelling friends and a quick search on U Tube gave the answer to the walls I wish to construct.

I have the plastic type but was looking for something more realistic for Antietam.

The answer, build your own!

First make a mould from cardboard for your wall size.

Then mix PVA glue and fish gravel ( of the size you require) in a bowl.

Line the mould with cling film and pour your mix in.

Tamp down and leave for a coupe of days to harden.

Remove from mould, clean up and paint.

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I am going for the limestone look, so this season darling.

Happy modelling.

Chris

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