Workshop Wednesday – Blitz House Mk.III Begins

In the workshop this week, the 4.5″ gun takes another leap forward as the elevation quadrant mechanism is freed off, meaning it can swing. The whole area was then cleaned up and painted in primer. Next up are the large bearings on the recoil mechanism, and the whole lot has to be turned over and cleaned up.

The GOG squad is pressing ahead with the little Austin now it’s running. Seen here alongside another GOG squad triumph – the torpedo! Won’t be long before these guys have created their own museum around their work area.

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We held our second set building day of the year over the weekend. Following on from the success of the first rubble production line, Paddy and Jon were away with making more polystyrene chunks into movie rubble!

They were so productive that I’ve nearly run out of Jesmonite dust, so will need to find an alternative coating, possibly fine grey sand.

The slightly warmer conditions (and lack of gale force wind and horizontal rain!) allowed us to make a start on ‘Bombed-Out House Mark III’. The first house was cobbled together from scraps in the first year, while Mark Brothers and 3rd Battalion made an excellent display using polystyrene bricks in year 2, seen here:

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This year we want to make another go of it and combine all our assets into one house, to commemorate the anniversary of the Blitz.

Paul started by taking some leftover blast wall from The Imitation Game, stripped off the hessian/plaster concrete shuttering, leaving us with 4ft wide sections, perfect building blocks. These were screwed to a 2m x 2m base section, left over from this shoot for TV channel Christmas 24 (the base section is the base of the giant christmas present).

The idea is to make the corner of a bombed out house, and part of the brief is to make it easily transportable, so it must break down into easy-to-manage sections. The walls will be bolted together on site.

We have an oak door that was salvaged from a house fire, and found an old spare window in the heap of things that we absolutely KNEW would be useful one day.

The window section was cut in to the wall, and fitted along with a new lintel and sill to set it off.

The door section will extend the other way, with the destroyed wall holding it. The open door will also act as a stabiliser on the wall, stopping it from flexing too much.

We sawed up some spare timber (from the same pile as the window) to form some truncated floor joists. On top of this will be smashed floorboards and a small remaining piece of the 2nd floor of the house.

Just need to order the faux bricks now so the exterior can be clad, then we can incorporate the polystyrene bricks from House Mk.II to extend the destroyed walls. Also need to find some suitable wallpaper to dress the interior!

If you are interested in getting involved in set building, then please do drop me an email – corwin@digforvictoryshow.com

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