In last weeks post I mentioned that there were some internal workings which needed to be painted along with the actual water mill wheel itself. Basically the pile of included parts looked like this.
The tier two front door canopy and the chimney which you can both see in the top centre of the image have already been painted and assembled on to the main building. All the pieces which make the wheel are on the right and in the foreground are the bits and pieces which make up the internal workings of the mill wheel as it turns. Also included is a bag of bits (top left) comprising of boxes and sacks and to the right a small rowing boat and a pillar section which supports the wheel externally.
I wasn’t interested in painting things like boxes and sacks just yet but I did want to get the wheel assembled and painted along with the internal mechanism. If they weren’t a perfect fit then these pieces would give me a problem further down the line so now was the time get them put together, painted and put into place.
The first piece to be painted and installed was the internal wheel which can be seen in the image below and is located on tier 1, the ground level of the building. This internal wheel is driven by the external water wheel which is turned by running water in real life, although not in this case because it is not a working model!
On the next level up, tier 2, the actual Mill Stone is turned by the internal wheel below and a series of cogs. The cogs are supported by a large wooden beam and a box with a chute feeds the grain to the Mill Stone for grinding. Hopefully you can see all this in the image below.
Next up was the assembly and painting of the main external wheel.
The external wheel is complete but I will not be attaching it until later. To do so now will hinder my access to the river section which I intend to start on this coming week. If all goes well I’ll begin some base work too.
As I have said before, the detail on these buildings, both inside and out, is incredible. Sadly, despite the effort I’m putting in I suspect that the internal work will go largely unnoticed but the thought of not painting the inside just doesn’t sit well with me. The thing with dioramas is it is hard to know what is and what isn’t visible until it is complete. By then of course it can be to late so things have to be done now even if further down the line it is proven unnecessary.