Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dapol Village Church



Time is a scarce resource at present, but I was passing our local model railway shop a few days ago and realised that my village was missing something vital, a village church. This is a plastic kit from Dapol and is I believe an ex-Airfix production.  I had one, about a million years ago, but rather foolishly left it on top of a gas heater with the result that it became rather wonky rather quickly. 

I also recall that storing it in a manner that preserved the crosses was also a problem.  

I swiped this picture from the Dapol website and it looks like a good paint scheme to me, not too dark.  I'm struggling to date this particular example. It looks early Victorian to my eye,but I know nothing of architecture.  It occurs to me that the village should probably also have a non-conformist hall. 

I'm not entirely sure when I'll get a chance to make a run at putting this little beacon of light together, but it has been run through the dishwasher and is sitting on the bedside table with some glue and a craft knife. 

I shall take a leaf out of Luke's book and in patience possess me my soul. 


16 comments:

  1. Interesting, do you throw all your plastics in the dishwasher prior to priming?

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    1. Yup - does the job quickly and efficiently.

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  2. I think you would get away with that church from 12th to 14th century. It is a bit generic, the windows and doors are not classic Romanesque, nor are they Gothic. As to Victirian...well it would be a poir Parish that did not put on a decent tower or spire, but then there were no doubt poir parishes. Churches were, of course, updated according to funds and often the desire of local bigwigs to show off . If the locals didn't have a lot if cash then the original look could be continued and just repaired to keep it weatherproof.

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    1. HO scale. It's a railway kit Jonathan. I'm quite happy with the dapol range.

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  4. Should look splendid when assembled and painted. I always find churches, miniature and full size, to be very interesting structures. They certainly enliven the tabletop.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. I knocked it together this morning. I rather liked the Dapol range. I wonder if I should add a third pub to my collection.

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  5. It's modelled on the Old Church at Boniface, Ventnor on the Isle of Wight and is Norman.
    http://content.historicengland.org.uk/remote/shared.english-heritage.org.uk/har/107890.jpg?w=980&h=650&mode=max

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    1. Mike, thank you so much for that. It was wonderful to see it in the flesh.

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  6. I've always found rash impetuosity the key to success, personally.

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    1. I've always found that alcohol, tobbaco, formication and prayer were the secret to my success.

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  7. Nice little kit, I look forward to seeing it built
    Best Iain

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  8. Interesting little model, a nice alternative to MDF. I'll have to look at the Dapol range myself.

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    1. They'd probably act as a decent halfway house for 28mm. Big enough to look the part, but not take over the table.

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