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    After hemming and hawing for a year I finally decided to go for broke and install a log cabin in our garden at Hangar 33 for my war gaming needs - I found a good one measuring 5m x 3m for a good price and ordered it...
    Just in time for the Pandemic to hit... Bugger !

    Finally there is progress.
    Whilst we were away in early July enjoying our holiday in Kernow a local chap installed a concrete base to park it on and we're all set to go.

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    All things being even the cabin will arrive on Friday 31st July and construction will commence, power and lights will come later.
    I tried this as a blog but it's not flexible enough for my needs.
    I will add to this story so you may see our final efforts in all their glory.

    Friday the 31st July 2020 was a long day. In the morning we set things up and waited patiently for our delivery...
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    ...tracking the truck as it made it's way around the county. We were, of course, the last delivery of the day !
    At last it arrived.. and here it is on the back of the truck:
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    and now on the verge beside our house.. That's a lot of wood !
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    It's now about 3pm - time to get it in the garden and sorted out ready for the build.


    My daughter and her fella arrived shortly after the unload and helped get everything into the garden. I cracked on with clamping, drilling & screwing bearers together..
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    Then with some assistance we managed to get them spaced and placed correctly
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    About 6pm when we stopped for scoff we'd got it to what we called the 'pig pen' stage, or, the bottom of the windows.
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    We resumed after our feed and pressed on, windows (came pre-made) and door frame-in place, walls built up around...
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    Moment of contemplation..
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    Then before you know it - the apexes (pre-made) are on, the purlins fitted and the doors are going on...
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    Ta da! stage one complete - we called it a night about 8pm
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    This is how it looked when we went upstairs. Friday was done.
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    Saturday 1st August:
    The roof boards go on..
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    And on !
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    And on !!
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    After the kids left about 3pm me and the missus managed to get the roof membrane on and tacked into place - we put some blocks on the roof just in case.
    We called it a day about 8pm - I was quite scorched and dehydrated at this point
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    Sunday 2nd August:
    First painting day ! We managed to get the first coat of paint on. The missus was a champ - she did most of it while I back tracked and fixed an error I'd made which took a little time (RTFI...!). This is how it looked after the first coat:
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    Monday 3rd August:
    Looked much better after the next couple of coats the next day (4 hours between re-coats)
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    Tuesday 4th August:
    Trims painted, drilled, screwed and fitted, windows painted, white surrounds started
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    Wednesday 5th August:
    A roofing day ! My daughter worked from our home and her fella gave me and the missus a hand getting the shingles fitted. He had to go to work about midday but by the end of the afternoon we'd got most of it done before the rain came.. delayed only by the electrician who gave it the once over and is preparing an excruciating estimate !
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    Thursday 6th August:
    In spite of the claggy weather we cracked on and finished the roof - again my missus was a star cutting tiles for the ridge... and supplying light refreshment !
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    Rain stopped play about lunchtime but soon cleared up and this was the end result of the roofing endeavours.
    Storm braces are in, final window fittings fitted; the fascias were prepared and will be fitted tomorrow & if it's not too hot (heatwave on the way) we'll get the floor done too.
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    Friday 7th August:
    Got some painting & tidying done first thing and started flooring but got beat by the heat..
    Whilst I was flooring got this pic of what an early visitor left us:
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    Fascias built & undercoated the other day up for final paint & fix today. Just waiting for it to cool off some.
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    Saturday 8th August:
    We fitted the fascias at last - Heat is a killer - got most of the floor in before I caved to the heat... hitting 30 degrees

    Sunday 9th August:
    Painted the window/door surrounds second coat; finished the putting the floor boards / trim in and got the doors hanging correctly before heat stopped play.. that or it was gonna kill me !

    Monday 10th August:
    Final coats of contrasting paint on the window & door surrounds... and fixed up a temporary table top... I hope to get a final pic later...

    Well here's the final build bar a couple of door hooks, some plates over the windows & door and internal door bolts..
    The Orderly Room (or, the 'King Cabin as it became known), a little blood, a lot of sweat but no tears.. just bloody hard graft !
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    And here is the detail (courtesy of Brighton Det 163 Pro Coy RMP(v)):
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    I will update with some interior shots as I get it fitted out over the next few weeks but we're done for now.

    A few days after the last picture was taken I got on with varnishing the floor - yet another hot day but three coats later it was done
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    Once that had fully cooked off I was able to put some furniture in it - starting with chairs and some storage shelves
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    Tuesday 15th September - 80th Battle of Britain Day !
    So, here we are a few weeks on.... and finally the power went in !
    In preparation for this we had to dig a trench between the garage and the cabin - we also had to move the compost bin !
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    The electrician cracked on and soon we had heat and light - the clear oblong in the top is the IR heater, LED strips flanking. The holey thing is the beginnings of my table sat on a protective cloth.
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    By scoff time that evening the hole had been back filled and things returned to normal -
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    I forgot to mention we'd surrounded the place with shingle after the build.
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    Wednesday 16th September

    Time came to transfer my kit from the garage - some of the men and tanks on the move:
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    Getting things in place - table up, storage underneath..
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    All the bits and pieces I've been collecting to decorate this is found a home.. posters paper & metal, postcards...
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    Glass display case
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    RAF sector clock facsimile and some odds and sods - warning sign..
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    And my favourite picture out of direct sunlight
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    Still more pics to be found homes for but it's more or less there now. I'm very pleased with it, as is SWMBO, who now has me lined up for a number of new tasks on Hangar 33, though I did get brownie points for getting the electrician to fit the ceiling fans in the bedrooms.

    The finished article:
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    Next OTT mission will be coming out of the 'Orderly Room' !

    Friday 2nd October
    Game on !
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    Note we laid some slabs in front of the doors - whilst cutting the turf I came across this fella as I turned the cutting over.. Talk about being well dug in !
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    The stools, one of which is seen in above images stripped back ready for work to commence, ended up looking like this:
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    Numerous coats of (Crown Twisted Olive) paint & varnish, new foam, wadding and the backs out of a couple of British Army shirts constitute the makeover of stools we've had for 30+ years that spent most of that time in the garage.
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    "He is wise who watches"

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    Nice indeed! I would want one too, sadly the elves inform me it would be better to install a little house out back for the people to live in so the elves can continue to develop the house conquest. What ever that is . . .

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    Hope you've got the instructions for that Dave.
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Even with them a few errors were made Steve - in fact a comedy of errors !
    Could have done with some of Dave's elves.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Even with them a few errors were made Steve - in fact a comedy of errors !
    Could have done with some of Dave's elves.
    Bet you have some left over parts
    Karl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Bet you have some left over parts
    Karl
    I suspected he would (wood, geddit? - oh. please yourselves!)

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    So a little larger and it could host the gatherings . . . !

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    nice bit of work Dave. Now that's the room that will hold all your models n games. Now you just need another to play in

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    Wow Dave, that is seriously good.

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    Did you camouflage the roof in case the enemy sends a bombing raid?

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    Ok Dave, that takes care of storage, now where does the gaming table go?

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    That is awesome looking. Will it have it's own cooling and heating systems too?

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    Nice job. I guess this might be your place of exile from here on?

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    Super Job Dave. Looks like a great Man Cave.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
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    That looks really good, Dave! Be careful when you put in the electricity supply.

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    Well done mate! That's going to be a great hangar to hang out in.

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    Looking good, Dave.

    Now you just have to make sure SWMBO doesn't take it over as a 'sewing room' .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    I suspected he would (wood, geddit? - oh. please yourselves!)
    I don't get it. Perhaps you could - ahem - 'shed' some light on it. (And so it begins....)
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    Oh gawd please don't !!

    Thanks chaps, to answer some questions -

    No bits left over yet Karl - maybe at days end ?
    Don't even joke about that Iain - there may just be enough room to get in with a game !
    It will have IR heating fitted Paul - we don't generally need a/c here.
    Professional fitting the 'lecky David...it'll cost but it'll be done right.
    Snr Management already has a sewing room Pete..thank goodness !

    Back to it now

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Excellent news Dave. Glad that you have finally got the war room that you wanted. Looks like a quality building. Hope to be able to have a game there in the future when we start our exchange programme, after my transfer.

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    very cool! but theyre never going to let you in the aforementioned procrastinators club showing industry like that.

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    Well done Dave & family. Have not seen a kit like this before, very interesting!

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    Hope you remembered to paint the back wall before assembly!

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    When this is finished, where will the 'She-Shed' go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    When this is finished, where will the 'She-Shed' go?
    It's called "The House"


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    Nice effort, but it looks a bit small to be an assembly hangar for the full-sized replica aircraft you're planning to build. You are planning this, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajay View Post
    Excellent news Dave. Glad that you have finally got the war room that you wanted. Looks like a quality building. Hope to be able to have a game there in the future when we start our exchange programme, after my transfer.
    I hope so too mate and look forward to seeing the northern base of operations

    No need for pre-paint Tim, loads of room to sling paint around the back & sides.
    Tim's right Peter, the boss has the house ! She'll get the Orderly Room eventually...
    'Nuff problems building & painting little ones Sam, though I could probably manage some sub-assemblies in there.

    Got beat by the heat today - floor's nearly in, fascias are ready to go up but I snapped my drill bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    I hope so too mate and look forward to seeing the northern base of operations

    No need for pre-paint Tim, loads of room to sling paint around the back & sides.
    Tim's right Peter, the boss has the house ! She'll get the Orderly Room eventually...
    'Nuff problems building & painting little ones Sam, though I could probably manage some sub-assemblies in there.

    Got beat by the heat today - floor's nearly in, fascias are ready to go up but I snapped my drill bit
    Is that a euphemism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajay View Post
    Is that a euphemism?
    Oo-er Matron !
    Pretty much finished now mate - added a couple more pics.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    What you need is a post Covid shed warming party...

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    When I'm done that is a distinct possibility Chris - a cut down Flight Club for those brave enough perhaps

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Well it's done, the Orderly Room is finished.
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    Power, lights & heating connected, war gaming kit packed in and table ready for action. I have added the final pics to post#1 showing off some of the work and fitting out.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Great job, Dave.


    Looking forward to your first AAR from the new office.

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    Absolutely amazing job!

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    Great job Dave. Looks like you have a cozy hangar. Looking forward to your first AAR flown there.

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    Awesome! I don't have a big enough yard to put one of those in, but it would be very nice to have. Well done.
    Mike
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    That looks just SUPER Dave.
    I will look forward to your first AAR from the new HQ.

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    Damn, that is FINE. You built an entire building for your war game habit. Impressive.
    “Fly fast - take chances!”

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    Thanks chaps. Think I have one AAR still on the stocks from the garage to post but new missions will come out of there. I do like the light in there, it only gets direct sun on the windows late in the afternoon; the roof soaks up the heat but the opening the doors & windows compensates it well.

    It's 3 x 5m Mike & easily takes up a third of the garden, I expect you could fit one in but snr management would have to approve !

    SWMBO wanted to keep a bedroom for guests now we've moved away from friends and family so it became almost a necessity Jeff; who am I to deny her request...

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Well done, Dave I like the way you build it and even details like RAF clock

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    I just saw this and have to say that is a great HOW TO with step by step photos. Outstanding job.

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    Ambition isn't necessarily a bad thing...

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    Brilliant work! Looks like a great place to play.

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    Wonderful Job there Dave. What a cracking Orderly Room you have built. Must be immensely satisfying knowing you and your great team have built it all yourselves. I seriously doubt I'd have either the skill or the energy to do anything like that in well over ten times the amount of time it took you. Building a plastic garden shed for Yon's allotment was about enough for me - especially as it was a bit like a large oblong Airfix Kit. But your "Shed" - well that's special. Congratulations buddy

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    Thanks chaps, looking forward to putting it to use.
    Energy is definitely a requirement Mike, we (older ones) were exhausted either by heat, exertion, or, both most days and you have to have a bit of determination to get it all finished. I had to seal around some holes where the cables run in and out, and on the doors where rain could gather, yesterday.
    Pretty sure that's it now though !
    Hopefully when the craziness has settled down you'll be able to visit it in person.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    This is incredible Dave. I like the happy paint on it, and the sector clock reminds me i still have it on my shopping list. This helps to understand the pyramids in Giza could have been man made after all.

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    Thanks Jan, the clock came out of my office - I like it so much I've just bought another to replace it ! Thought about it but couldn't have a Jg52 clock on the wall..

    "He is wise who watches"

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