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Pendraken News & Info! => The Bigger Move! => Topic started by: Leon on 08 October 2021, 12:31:05 AM

Title: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 08 October 2021, 12:31:05 AM
We've been ticking off some smaller little jobs over the past couple of months but we've now started the next big phase of our move!  

First up we need to get the shop sorted out and opened, so we've started taking out the dividing wall that originally split the room into separate offices.  This was supposed to be quite an easy task but we've found that the suspended ceiling brackets have been attached to the dividing wall rather than hung from the joists, so we'll need to re-attach all of those before we can remove the wall fully.  In the meantime we can take out the glass, plasterboard and non-supporting timber.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51563666779_7684a23184_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2myvgFz)Shop1 (https://flic.kr/p/2myvgFz) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


The other priority is in the workshop where we need to get the roof leaks fixed and also install better lighting and some heat into the workshop.  A couple of weeks ago I spent two days up on the roof patching some holes and hopefully fixing the leaks, but sadly it's not quite worked.  There were about a dozen leaks in total and we managed to fix two of the biggest ones, but the others still need some more work to get rid of.  So it'll be back onto the roof again for me!  

We've got all of the kit for the new lights and heat arriving in the next week or so as well, before the dark nights hit too hard.  

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51562193217_a2a69f9888_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mynHDk)Roofing (https://flic.kr/p/2mynHDk) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51562186867_f1e54a280f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mynFKR)Leaks (https://flic.kr/p/2mynFKR) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


Some of the smaller jobs done include:
- plasterboarding a bit of open roof in our workshop alcove ready for a new LED light to be installed.  
- fitting two new doors into the shop room and some push button locks so that we can keep certain areas secure.
- putting a bit of architrave around the laser room doors to tidy it up a bit.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51563225353_f0b04c6c63_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2myt1sM)Alcove (https://flic.kr/p/2myt1sM) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51563225318_87099073fc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2myt1sb)NewDoors (https://flic.kr/p/2myt1sb) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51563666799_1c60f6ed22_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2myvgFV)LaserArchitrave (https://flic.kr/p/2myvgFV) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


And finally, as some of you may have seen on our social media recently, we have an outside sign!  This'll make it a bit easier for the delivery drivers to find us...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51563908195_d5482e52e4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mywvrV)OutsideSign (https://flic.kr/p/2mywvrV) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: paulr on 08 October 2021, 05:02:56 AM
 :-bd =D> :-bd

Good to see you've found some things to do in all your spare time ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 08 October 2021, 06:35:16 AM
Which clone on the roof....
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Techno II on 08 October 2021, 07:25:14 AM
Coo !  :-bd

Cheers - Phil. :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 08 October 2021, 08:07:29 AM
Good luck with it all.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Westmarcher on 08 October 2021, 09:29:59 AM
I second that sentiment.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 08 October 2021, 11:41:01 AM
Good Luck with the roof. I try and avoid ladders up to the roof now.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: John Cook on 08 October 2021, 12:26:28 PM
Get that grass cut  :D
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Aksu on 08 October 2021, 02:12:06 PM
Quote from: John Cook on 08 October 2021, 12:26:28 PM
Get that grass cut  :D
I suppose the grass shows how Pendraken cares about the environment - creepy crawlies and bugs and birds and whatnots like a bit of unkempt lawn?
Cheers,
Aksu
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Ithoriel on 08 October 2021, 04:06:00 PM
Quote from: Aksu on 08 October 2021, 02:12:06 PM
I suppose the grass shows how Pendraken cares about the environment - creepy crawlies and bugs and birds and whatnots like a bit of unkempt lawn?
Cheers,
Aksu

Minibits looking after the mini-beasts? :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 08 October 2021, 05:31:18 PM
Quote from: John Cook on 08 October 2021, 12:26:28 PM
Get that grass cut  :D

The grass is on the list for next week I think, we need to get it all taken out and cut back the vegetation down the side of the building as well.  The plan is to pull up the weeds/soil/turf and lay some concrete to make the parking area a bit bigger, than put some raised beds/planters near the fence line with some wildflowers in.  Low maintenance, looks good and encourages the insects.

Quote from: Orcs on 08 October 2021, 11:41:01 AM
Good Luck with the roof. I try and avoid ladders up to the roof now.

I've just been back up there and finished two more patches this afternoon, plus some rubber paint over some other cracks, so we'll need to wait for some rain to see if I've been successful.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 08 October 2021, 06:15:12 PM
Good luck with it all.
I expect nothing less than teh competence of phase 1.

Hope you'll be warm and waterproof before winter.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 08 October 2021, 10:41:33 PM
So today we had our delivery of slatwall panels ready for fitting out the shop.  These will cover 3 of the 4 walls, leaving a spare wall for our paints/decals/bases etc that come in and out of the van for the shows.  We should have some space for some games tables in the middle as well...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51567158880_1f3b7c802a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2myPaLd)Slatwall1 (https://flic.kr/p/2myPaLd) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

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And I also carried out Attempt 2 at fixing the roof leaks so we'll see if these have worked when we get the next bout of rain!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51567158995_05778f358c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2myPaNc)RoofFix2 (https://flic.kr/p/2myPaNc) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


As soon as we get back from Partizan on Monday we'll get the rest of that dividing wall pulled out and the carpet up, ready for new carpets and slatwall.  The steel for the heater frame in the workshop arrived too so we'll need to get that cut and painted before we assemble it over the casting stations.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: fred. on 09 October 2021, 09:25:41 AM
Those slat walls look good - should make the shop / gaming room look very nice

The roof on the other end  :o
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 13 October 2021, 12:36:33 AM
Today we got the false ceiling supported and took off the remaining plasterboard on the partition wall.  We should now be able to get the supports out on Wednesday and get the ceiling gap filled in.  We've repositioned a couple of the radiators as well to make space for the slatwall installation.

And we've also had a skip delivered!  A nice big skip, ready to take a lot of junk!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51583354300_99508cbe9d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAfb6A)ShopWallOut (https://flic.kr/p/2mAfb6A) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 13 October 2021, 01:02:40 AM
You have been busy. THat looks really good

Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 13 October 2021, 06:12:20 AM
Quote from: Leon on 13 October 2021, 12:36:33 AM
Today we got the false ceiling supported and took off the remaining plasterboard on the partition wall.  We should now be able to get the supports out on Wednesday and get the ceiling gap filled in.  We've repositioned a couple of the radiators as well to make space for the slatwall installation.

And we've also had a skip delivered!  A nice big skip, ready to take a lot of junk!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51583354300_99508cbe9d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mAfb6A)ShopWallOut (https://flic.kr/p/2mAfb6A) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

I know you do some rubbish, but a skip for it ???  :d :d

Sorry couldn't resist
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 14 October 2021, 01:07:06 AM
Today we got the rest of the wall out and filled up the skip a bit more.  The pipework for the resited radiator has been connected as well.

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And just to illustrate the kind of electrics we've been dealing with in this place...  It's as if every single company that's occupied this building over the past 70 years has just put their own wiring in on top of what was already there.  We must have pulled out at least a mile or more of cabling so far.

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Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 14 October 2021, 05:53:45 AM
Quote from: Leon on 14 October 2021, 01:07:06 AM

And just to illustrate the kind of electrics we've been dealing with in this place...  It's as if every single company that's occupied this building over the past 70 years has just put their own wiring in on top of what was already there.  We must have pulled out at least a mile or more of cabling so far.

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Very carefully I trust !
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: paulr on 14 October 2021, 08:48:44 AM
Quote from: Leon on 14 October 2021, 01:07:06 AM
...
And just to illustrate the kind of electrics we've been dealing with in this place...  It's as if every single company that's occupied this building over the past 70 years has just put their own wiring in on top of what was already there.  We must have pulled out at least a mile or more of cabling so far.
...

I hope you get a good price for it at the metal recyclers - copper isn't chap at the moment
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 14 October 2021, 07:13:51 PM
Quote from: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 14 October 2021, 05:53:45 AM
Very carefully I trust !

Yep!  We've isolated the supply into the shop lights/sockets so we're OK there.  We'll get the light switch and a set of sockets moved onto the side wall tomorrow and then that'll be done.

Quote from: paulr on 14 October 2021, 08:48:44 AM
I hope you get a good price for it at the metal recyclers - copper isn't chap at the moment

A scrap van came around and bought the last lot off us so we might get something for this new pile, plus a few radiators and a load of steel!
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: fsn on 14 October 2021, 10:07:14 PM
Right - silly question - but that's the way my brain works.

Assuming you could strip and clean the copper cables, could you use them to make figures?

What would the properties of copper figures be? Would they take paint? Would they bend easily? Would copper work in the machines?

No practical application, just a mental exercise.   
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 14 October 2021, 10:45:41 PM
Quote from: fsn on 14 October 2021, 10:07:14 PM
Assuming you could strip and clean the copper cables, could you use them to make figures?

What would the properties of copper figures be? Would they take paint? Would they bend easily? Would copper work in the machines?

Afraid not, the melting point of copper is something ridiculous, way above the 270C that we set our melting pots. 
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 14 October 2021, 10:52:55 PM
Quote from: fsn on 14 October 2021, 10:07:14 PM
Right - silly question - but that's the way my brain works.

Assuming you could strip and clean the copper cables, could you use them to make figures?

What would the properties of copper figures be? Would they take paint? Would they bend easily? Would copper work in the machines?

No practical application, just a mental exercise.   

Silly Replies

Assuming you could strip and clean the copper cables, could you use them to make figures?

No, THe melting point of Copper is 1084° compared to lead aroud 327°


What would the properties of copper figures be?

Harder than copper and copper coloured


Would they take paint?

Yes I have used copper wire in conversions


Would they bend easily?

No


Would copper work in the machines?

I doubt  the melting pots could get a high enough temperature
The Rubber molds would burn


I havev now wasted 10 minutes of my employers time answeing your daft questions, .... But that probably makes me dafter than you.

Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: paulr on 14 October 2021, 11:48:45 PM
At least it wasn't your own time ;D
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 15 October 2021, 12:11:52 AM
A time-consuming and fiddly job today as we got the timber screwed up and the false ceiling re-attached to it, but it looks a lot better now.  We now need to move the light switch and plug sockets over to the wall and then we can put all of the ceiling tiles back in and fit some white plastic trim over the timber beam to blend it in.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51589723216_534696ae11_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mANPmu)ShopGapFilled (https://flic.kr/p/2mANPmu) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


Weather permitting, Friday is going to be spent outside getting all of the weeds/vegetation strimmed and out before winter hits.  There's a load of debris from the initial fitting out that needs to go into the skip as well, so we'll get that sorted out. 
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: paulr on 15 October 2021, 01:48:04 AM
Looking much better  :-bd =D> :-bd
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Big Insect on 15 October 2021, 09:27:53 AM
Quote from: fsn on 14 October 2021, 10:07:14 PM
Right - silly question - but that's the way my brain works.

Assuming you could strip and clean the copper cables, could you use them to make figures?

What would the properties of copper figures be? Would they take paint? Would they bend easily? Would copper work in the machines?

No practical application, just a mental exercise.   

A very long time ago (back in my yoof @ college) I made a silver & gold plated Wars of the Roses chess set, as a commission for a client - using 20mm lead figures (possibly Minifigs) I made up rubber moulds that allowed me to cast multiple wax figures up. I then used the lost wax casting technique to cast the silver figures. They needed a lot of conversion and cleaning up, and then had to be carefully hand-polished, so as not to lose all the detail. One 'side' was then gold plated.

The board was made out of ebony and ivory (yes - I know - but back then we worried less about poor old jumbo!) set into a silver grid on a mahogany board. I had a nice polished rosewood box made for it all, with an inlaid silver plaque that was going to be engraved. It was some sort of recognition award, but I never found out for whom.

It was a nice project. I did try to sculpt some of my own 20mm wax figures - based on the Moorcock History of the Runestaff books - I loved the idea of the various insect and animal armoured 'orders of The Dark Empire of Gran Bretan - but my sculpting skills were woefully inadequate. They were too large and lumpy.

Never tried copper - but lost wax is your best bet for higher melting point metals.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 15 October 2021, 11:58:20 PM
Today we were all outside strimming, weeding, clearing and filling the skip!  It was a ton of work but we got most of it done in the end. There's just a bit more strimming to do on the far side of the car park where there's some chunky tree stumps to work on and then we'll get the jet washer on to the front of the building and clean up the brickwork.

The side of the building to the right has been piled high with wood/masonry/junk since we first moved in so it was nice to get this cleared.  The fence line to the left has got a 2ft gap between tarmac and fencing, so we'll shutter that off and fill it with concrete after winter.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51594182615_b3069a2854_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mBcEYF)ClearedQuadrant (https://flic.kr/p/2mBcEYF) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


The car park is a lot tidier for now but there's more to do here.  The strimming needs doing on the far side and then after winter we'll get the grass dug out properly and lay some fresh concrete to extend the parking area a bit.  We're then going to put some raised planters inside the front fence line and plant a load of wildflowers.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51593508348_8544d8c6a4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mB9dxo)ClearedCarPark (https://flic.kr/p/2mB9dxo) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


I wish I'd taken a 'before' pic of this as it was a complete jungle down here and you could barely walk down it.  Everything's out now and we'll get the jet washer down there to clean the walls and get the moss off the floor.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51593508358_4ac93cf2f6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mB9dxy)ClearedAlley (https://flic.kr/p/2mB9dxy) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 16 October 2021, 11:48:59 AM
Impressive
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 16 October 2021, 12:09:31 PM
Van peeping round the corner like a sentient killer-car from a Stephen King novella.  :d
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Techno II on 17 October 2021, 08:36:42 AM
Looking good !

Cheers - Phil. :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 26 October 2021, 10:38:13 PM
Work continues and we got a lot of painting and maintenance stuff done last Friday.  Today we got our heating frame up and welded together, ready for a bit of painting and then heaters being installed on Thursday.  This rather odd looking construction will have wiring coming in from the left wall which will power 4 x halogen heaters above the casting stations.  Push button switches will power them up for 1 hour at a time whenever the guys get a bit chilly.  This will be the first time in nearly a decade that the casters have had a proper heating source so they're looking forward to it!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51632374515_6ed291faf2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mEzq6H)HeatingFrame1 (https://flic.kr/p/2mEzq6H) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


Progress in the shop has been a bit slower than I'd hoped but we got the light switch and sockets resited today, so they'll be behind the counter once that's built.  And Mike got the former partition wall bit of roof trimmed out so that it's nice and neat now.  The far wall needs a bit of plasterboard over the gap, then plaster and paint to finish.  Next to be done in the shop is getting the old carpet up and the new one laid.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51632374460_1cf788cdd5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mEzq5L)WallRoofFixed (https://flic.kr/p/2mEzq5L) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


And finally something that might be of interest to a lot of you... Last Thursday we travelled down the M1 to pick up nearly 3000 books from a friend of ours.  Around 2500 of these are brand new (the rest 2nd hand) and will be going into our shop once it's ready.  We want to get as much variety in the shop as we can to make it more attractive to a wider market so these will definitely give folks a reason to come and see us!  Once we've got them all unpacked and organised I'll put up a list here for everyone to look at.

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(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51631746333_51392f66dd_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mEwcmZ)Books2 (https://flic.kr/p/2mEwcmZ) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

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Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 27 October 2021, 12:15:14 AM
Bookz is good.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: paulr on 27 October 2021, 12:49:48 AM
more good progress :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 04 November 2021, 11:08:03 PM
Last Thursday we spent all day in the workshop getting the new lights and heaters installed in there, just time for the clocks going back and the dark nights setting in!  The lights are hi-bay LEDs which put out an impressive amount of light and make it much easier for the casting guys to see what they're doing.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51655469248_d7f6a9b06d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mGBMmL)NewLights (https://flic.kr/p/2mGBMmL) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


The heaters are halogen lamps and are operated by a push-button switch, which powers them up for 1 hour at a time.  We're getting some work done to the roller door to try and make it a bit more insulated and less drafty, so that should help as well.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51656105130_065e84e1b9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mGF3of)HeaterSwitch (https://flic.kr/p/2mGF3of) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

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And while we were in the workshop we fitted a new light in the alcove to brighten up that area a bit.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51655916944_2c5da7fcd6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mGE5rE)AlcoveLight (https://flic.kr/p/2mGE5rE) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


This week we've pulled up the carpets in the old back office, ready for the new ones to arrive next Wednesday.  We'll have to wait until after Salute to get them fitted though!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51654433272_7e140fa8f7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mGwtp7)CarpetUp (https://flic.kr/p/2mGwtp7) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


Today we've finally started fitting the slatwall panels in the shop.  We'll be continuing this tomorrow and should have at least 50% of it done I think.  Again, we'll have to wait until after Salute to finish off the rest of it, as time is at a premium at the moment.  There's going to be a lot of sales-space here so we'll have to see what products we want to fill all of these walls with...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51655469218_7c93aa367c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mGBMmf)Slatwall1 (https://flic.kr/p/2mGBMmf) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


And finally, I'm sure most of you know how busy we tend to be at Pendraken HQ but here's something to help illustrate that a little...  I've always wanted to organise all of our outstanding releases/projects so that I can keep an eye on them and make sure that nothing gets forgotten.  So, presenting the Projects Wall!  There's a few missing that I need to add here but this is all of the major projects that we've got on the go at the moment.  There's the Peninsular Naps, Arab-Israeli range, Castle Arts buildings, Dungeon revamp, Sci-Fi expansion, new flags, more modern vehicles...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51655916774_d85c09c513_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mGE5oJ)ProjectsBoard (https://flic.kr/p/2mGE5oJ) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: paulr on 05 November 2021, 08:46:08 AM
 :-bd =D> :-bd
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 05 November 2021, 12:30:23 PM
Well Done!

Note to self :-
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop . :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 05 November 2021, 02:41:10 PM
Quote from: Orcs on 05 November 2021, 12:30:23 PM
Well Done!

Note to self :-
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop .
I do NOT need to drive 440 miles round trip to visit Pendraken shop . :)

I do....
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: pierre the shy on 05 November 2021, 09:23:20 PM
Can't see myself getting there anytime soon I'm afraid.

I was talking to a work colleague yesterday who just came back from a visit to the UK as her father is terminally ill over there.

Said she spent 24 days in isolation in UK and NZ, had multiple covid tests (all negative but had to pay for anyway) before she flew out of NZ and the UK and she is double vaxxed with Pzifer. She was lucky to get a MIQ (mananged isolation quarentine) spot here on her return to spend her 14 days in isolation in NZ.

The good old Kiwi OE (Overseas Expedition) tradition of going overseas to "see the world" is not really an option these days, instead people seem to be crossing Cook Striaght and visiting the (mostly) still covid free South Island.   

Travelling overseas will never be quite the same. 
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: John Cook on 06 November 2021, 02:09:17 AM
Quote from: pierre the shy on 05 November 2021, 09:23:20 PM
Travelling overseas will never be quite the same. 

Even before the UK dropped the traffic light system NZ, like Australia, was a 'green' country which meant that fully vaccinated people entering UK didn't need to quarantine.  My son could visit from Australia without problem, but getting back into Australia would be a nightmare, so we haven't seen him since 2019 and have never seen our grandson.

As soon as the penny has dropped everywhere that we are never going to be free of COVID the better.  Australia seems to be realising this now.  Travelling will eventually return to what it was before, as long as people are fully vaccinated.  It will become the norm to get jabbed and carry vaccination records, and testing certification where necessary, like getting a visa.  It will be routine and hardly a challenge.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Techno II on 06 November 2021, 07:29:25 AM
Bet I know what the list on the bottom left is. :D
I recognise the layout, and Von's neat typing.

Cheers - Phil. :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: hammurabi70 on 06 November 2021, 08:54:13 AM
Quote from: steve_holmes_11 on 05 November 2021, 02:41:10 PM
I do....

440 miles at 50p a mile is £220.  Order a £100 of figures by mail order and tell the wife you have just saved over £100! :D ;D
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 06 November 2021, 12:50:50 PM
Doubt that would work
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 06 November 2021, 04:50:08 PM
Quote from: hammurabi70 on 06 November 2021, 08:54:13 AM
440 miles at 50p a mile is £220.  Order a £100 of figures by mail order and tell the wife you have just saved over £100! :D ;D
Quote from: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 06 November 2021, 12:50:50 PM
Doubt that would work

It would work perfectly here.  In fact I could say to Mrs Orcs, "I thought about visiting the Pendraken shop, but instead I placed an order for £220, as that's what it would have cost me to visit it.  The only comment I would have got would have been " "And when are you going to paint them?"

I am fortunate that I do not have to justify anything I spend money on.  Just myself, and if its Shiney....... ;)

Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 29 November 2021, 11:23:26 PM
2 steps forward and 1 step backward...

We've been working hard to keep progressing in the unit and getting the shop ready, but Storm Arwen had other plans and decided to give Pendraken HQ a whack.  A strip of the roof panels have come off completely, leaving the back office completely open to the elements.  Luckily it set the security alarm off so my phone pinged me and I asked Dave to go down and check on it.  Him and Mike managed to use some spare floorboards to patch the gap for now and we've got the insurance people calling me on Tues to get a proper fix sorted out.

The storm has lifted a lot of the other panels on the back half of the unit as well, so we've got loads of leaks coming through into the workshop again.

Quick video of the damaged section:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51713956401_9e0cf24b24_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mMMxxX)RoofHole1 (https://flic.kr/p/2mMMxxX) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51714826580_835f8aa4d2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mMS1e3)RoofHole2 (https://flic.kr/p/2mMS1e3) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51714619279_8360e9c13c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mMQWAT)RoofFix (https://flic.kr/p/2mMQWAT) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Techno II on 30 November 2021, 07:37:57 AM
 :(

What a pain !! (Says Mr Understatement)

Home the insurance company get back to you today, Matey.

Cheers - Phil.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: fred. on 30 November 2021, 07:41:43 AM
That's not what you want  :o :o

Good that Dave was able to at least cover the hole with a temporary solution. The many leaks in the roof sound like they may be more of a long term problem, as going to be hard to track them all down and fix them. 
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 30 November 2021, 07:49:39 AM
Crumbs!
Glad no one was hurt though.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 30 November 2021, 08:17:42 AM
That's really unfortunate.  Hope the insurance company is helpful

We had a huge water leak between the meter on the verge and the house - 2500 litres a day. The insurance company were really good. Allowed me to use a company suggested by me as they would use a "moleing" device and not dig up the new drive. They also paid the invoice within 3 days of me emailing it to them.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: DecemDave on 30 November 2021, 10:26:43 AM
Sorry to hear this.  I guess my purchase of a few bases and a can of spray paint at Warfare won't help much towards the repair cost. Hope the other customers were less tight fisted.

But your emergency response team were impressive and the whole move has shown that buildings can be fixed.  I can recall being on the roof of our 3 storey block of flats in a storm at 2am when half of the roof access door had gone sailing away into a nearby tree. And trying frantically to secure the remaining bits in place to prevent damage to our water supply tanks. Not something I ever want to repeat.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 30 November 2021, 06:28:33 PM
I've gone up this afternoon and put a tarp over the exposed areas to keep the rain out so we should be close to watertight for the timebeing.  The insurers didn't call today but I'll nudge them tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: fred. on 30 November 2021, 06:43:14 PM
Insurers are massively backlogged - so may take a while to get to you. But if you have stopped the worst of the weather getting in, that at least should stop too much internal damage. 
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 15 December 2021, 12:31:04 AM
No updates on the roof yet sadly, we've been told we're on an 'urgent call back' 3 times now...  But they have told us that we can get some local quotes for the repairs and then they might just pay the invoice for us, so I'm chasing roofers.


Work in the shop has been slowed a little while we get the Christmas orders sent out but here's a few pics from the last few weeks of work.

The slatwall is all up and we've put the hooks on ready for some goodies! 

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51746487197_1a99788d4e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mQEgPK)ShopSlatwall1 (https://flic.kr/p/2mQEgPK) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51747553953_bb7ab8c141_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mQKJW6)ShopSlatwall2 (https://flic.kr/p/2mQKJW6) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


Over in the far corner the decals and paints will live here when we're not at the shows, and we've put the bookcases together ready for all those books.  That rack on the right hand side is ready for all of the MDF bases to go into those plastic tub/boxes.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51747553978_397dc39c27_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mQKJWw)ShopFinalCorner (https://flic.kr/p/2mQKJWw) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr


And we've put together the Ikea-style shelves that'll form our counter.  There'll be a worktop going on the top and then a large image/hoarding/advert type thing across the front.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51748192075_3d879bfbc1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mQP1Cc)ShopCounterBare (https://flic.kr/p/2mQP1Cc) by Leon Pengilley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156736924@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Steve J on 15 December 2021, 06:54:52 AM
Looking good and fingers crossed you can get the roof sorted soon.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: fred. on 15 December 2021, 07:46:47 AM
The shop area is coming along nicely. It looks a big space. 

And I'm glad to see you have put in a wargamer sized door.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Techno II on 15 December 2021, 08:13:06 AM
QuoteLooking good and fingers crossed you can get the roof sorted soon.

Seconded !

Cheers - Phil. :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Heedless Horseman on 15 December 2021, 08:16:17 AM
Looking Good. Onward and Upward.  :)
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Orcs on 15 December 2021, 09:25:40 AM
That looks really impressive , even more so when fully stocked.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: DecemDave on 15 December 2021, 02:07:42 PM
I guess it wont help much but I don't need order 2998/021221/79
until way after Christmas. 
I ordered it to sate my addiction to shiny newness after forum members on another thread persuaded me not to waste money on Warfare inspired 2mm and 6mmMDF and 13.5mm epic cravings.  The 10mm paint bench is already busy for a good while yet.   :!!
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Leon on 15 December 2021, 02:09:06 PM
Quote from: DecemDave on 15 December 2021, 02:07:42 PMI guess it wont help much but I don't need order 2998/021221/79
until way after Christmas. 

I think the casting guys are working on that one today so it'll be out to you tomorrow I'd think.  We always try to get all of the orders finished and out before Christmas, so no worries.
Title: Re: The Bigger Move - Phase 2 begins!
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 16 December 2021, 07:37:30 AM
Nice