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Architecture of Normandy
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 12:49 AM UTC
Jim Rae takes you for a walk around the architecture of Normandy.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 01:02 AM UTC
Great idea for a feature and lots of interesting details there. Thanks Jim
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 01:15 AM UTC
Great images Jim,

I hope you don't minde me having posted this on Missing Links.

Thanks for posting!
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 01:27 AM UTC
A good reference Jim. Some beautiful shots there too, especially the bridge over the stream.

When I was in France earlier this year, I think I found the buildings where Wittmann's Tiger tank was knocked out, at Villers-Bocage.

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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 01:52 AM UTC
Jim, thanks for posting the photo's. I hope you had a great time during your travels. The pictures are helpful for scratching some buildings for those so inclined. I have several books on the area but most of the photo's are black and white, your color shots are very helpful.
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 02:01 AM UTC
Hi

Thank you for the images Jim. If I may add a link to another site which shows some more images of Normandy. These ones compliment Jim's set I think and certainly all will help those wishing to create dioramas around that area.

http://www.twenot.nl/normandy.htm

Alan
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 04:40 AM UTC
Nice pics, guys.
They'll be very useful.

Thanks,

Gelson
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 05:29 AM UTC
Hi Jim,

Thanks for the images, bookmarked! Alan good link.

Cheers

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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 06:10 AM UTC
thanks for sharing some great images there for reference.

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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 06:32 AM UTC
Wonderful photos Jim.
Thanks for posting, and sharing them.
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Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 08:22 AM UTC
Jim,

Thanks a lot for your post. Excellent pictures!
They certainly will be useful for some dioramas I have planned.

Cheers, mate!
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 - 12:07 AM UTC
Thanks Jim!
pictures of buildings taken from modellerīs point of wiew are very interesting, thanks again
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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 - 01:02 AM UTC
Nice one Jim!
I especially like the close up of the window with the blue painted barring on it. Not only for it's modelling reference potential, but just as a well composed shot...
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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 - 05:17 PM UTC
These pictures show some of the "constants" in Norman buildings. Most are stone - mainly Caen stone, a light tan sandstone or siltstone. I suspect that, after the 1944 destruction, much of the stone was "recycled" into repairs or new buildings. The other older type of wall is the timber framing/rubble filled. This usually shows the timbers exposed - and frequently weathered grey - and the rubble covered by plaster or stucco. If you show a destroyed wall it would have the rock/rubble exposed.
The classic "French window" - three or four panes to a side and hinged to the outer frames is most common - sometimes extending to the floor even on upper floors with a bit of ironwork railing. The outer trim/frame is usually white - supposedly to keep the evil spirits out (if anyone has more on this, i'd like to hear it. I know I read it somewhere but can't remember where). The roofs are most frequently reddish tiles suspended on horizontal wood framing which is in turn supported by rafters. A picture of a destroyed roof will show the underlying structure. The tiles are basically held in place by gravity and a ridge on the underside. So when disturbed by artillery they wind up on the ground. Another popular roofing is slate, usually dark grey. The slates are much thinner and probably nailed in place. Chimneys frequently have round "chimney pots" at the top - Scale Link had some nice lead ones - 1 1/2 cm x 6 mm around, and any tubing of that general size would look ok.

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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 01:40 PM UTC
Thanks Jim. I'm looking for this info for my vignette.
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013 - 12:06 AM UTC
I must admit, it's a bit wierd to see comments on a Feature I published nearly 5 years ago.

Glad to know it's still useful...
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013 - 02:14 AM UTC
Yes!!!! It is very useful and a brilliant idea. I love the mill and medievel houses. The only thing missing is maybe some country stone farmhouses? With the walled parks?
J
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 04:59 AM UTC

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With the walled parks?
J



Hope this is of some use. Check the Cambes-en-Plain page. I'm a bit of a novice with this stuff, so it's very much wip.....



http://normandyimages.blogspot.fr/

Cheers,

Sean
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 07:08 AM UTC
thanks for posting the pics, plenty of ideas there
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 07:40 AM UTC
Great pics. You really get the feeling of the "sunken roads" in the fields and the park walls and the terrain. Also the stonework. All fabulous reference pix. Thank you!!!
J