How to assemble the Reims Gueux Time Keepers Building #002
Reims Gueux Time Keepers Building is an accurate reproduction of the
at the Reims Gueux circuit in France. The building was used for race
timekeeping and is positioned next and just before the pit area.
Kits of this
building have been done before, but ours is extremely robust and has
thick walls like the original building. It also has brick detail which
is missing from most other kits. In addition the windows are to scale
and at one end they are designed to give a panoramic view of the
approaching cars. It is an imposing building that is a must for
any serious race enthusiast.
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The 1/32 model is 370mm Wide x 204mm Deep x 179.5mm High
The 1/43 model is 276mm Wide x 152mm Deep x 134mm High
would encourage you to visit the Reims Gueux buildings in France and support the
small group of enthusiasts who are restoring them. You can also see the original building on Google maps. Amis du Circuit de Gueux
Reims Gueux Timekeepers Hut on Google Maps
cannot find any reference images that show the building was ever
doors to the upper and lower floor, so we have left these off the kit..
It appears at some time in the buildings history that it was also
used as a dining room of some sort. If you can help us fill in the
blanks about this building let us know.
How to assemble the Reims Gueux Time Keepers Hut #002
The Time Keepers Hut is
easy to assemble, but is quite large. It is best assembled on a flat
surface to ensure that it is not built with any twist. Read through the
instructions fully before you begin construction.
It is possible to completely assemble the main building sections
any glue to get a feel of how it goes together before you proceed
We have found that the parts are a very accurate fit and need next
to no glue to hold together. We recommend "Super Glue". Get the
"Gel Type" if you can as this gives you much more control. Just a few
drops here and there is sufficient to hold everything in place. If you want
the building to be extra strong use "No more nails" or PVA wood adhesive along the inner corners
once the model is assembled. This isn't really necessary, but if you
have to pack your track away regularly this can be a good idea.
can assemble the building in about 3/4 hour, but for best results we
take your time and paint the model as you go. From our visit to the
Reims Gueux circuit the building appears to be made of large blocks
which have been whitewashed over. With this in mind the building would
be best painted or sprayed all over in white to fill in the mortar
lines with colour. You can then pick out the detail with the other
colours. The walls are extremely thick, so we have chosen to make the
model double skinned. Assemble the inner structure first, then add the outer shell.
let us begin. If you are unsure of where a particular part goes, skip
down to the final images at the end of this web page. There are several
images of the completed model which should give you the information you
need. Where possible we have added the size of the part you are looking
for and in many cases the choice is pretty clear. Have a ruler handy
when looking for the correct part in the kit.
We will build up the lower section first. Get out the
following 4 parts from the kit and do a dry assembly first. Note the
position of the door and the two upper lugs on the corresponding wall. None of these parts have brick etchings on them . Also
note that the rear of the building has a section of wall with no
the mid floor and position it over the walls. Check that it all goes
together nicely. Notice that the extended section of the floor is above
the door.To glue this together turn the whole model upside down and
then glue all the parts together. After you have done this turn the
model over and place on a level surface. If you are using a slow drying
glue. a couple of books on the top helps. Periodically return whilst
drying to ensure the corners remain pressed together.
we are onto the upper walls. Again take them out of the kit and do a
dry run to see if everything is OK. Note the position of the
door. The rear wall is also lower than the front due to the sloping
roof. Again none of these parts have brick etching on them.
Glue the upper walls in place and press them down fully.
Glue on the first roof section and press fully home. The roof slopes down to the rear of the building.
attach the upper roof panel. The etched detail is on the top.
Align the edges with the lower roof panel. Note in the finished model
mainly due to the large number of windows makes the interior is
quite visible. If you want to have access to the inside to add more
detail you will need to make this section removable. There are many
options to do this, such as magnets, dowel pegs or gluing small squares
of wood onto the upper panel.
is the main building inner walls complete. Now you have the option of
gluing on the outer etched walls in the kit or doing this at the end.
In the images below we have glued most of them on, but the choice is up
to you. The only one we would advise that you glue on later is the one
underneath the stairs as this makes the next step so much easier.
If you want to do this skip down to the last images to see what goes
We now begin to assemble the stairs. This is the most
tricky part of the build, but the following method of assembly seems to
work the best. We first glue on the upper side panel as shown in the
image below. Ensure it is aligned with the front edge of the building
and is pressed upwards against the middle floor. Note it does not touch
the build surface and there is a gap at the bottom.
Now glue on the top stair wall. This is the one with the lugs. It fixes into the slot in the upper wall.
glue on the stair rail. Ensure this is pressed fully home at the top
and is aligned with the middle floor. Notice
again that there is a gap to the floor at the lower end. This is almost
exactly 7mm (5.7mm on the 1/43 kit). Check this if you can or pack it to this height whilst it
now glue on the two outer stair panels. The upper panel is 30mm high x
29mm wide (22.3mm high x 21mm wide on the 1/43 kit) . Double check that you are attaching this in the correct
orientation. Again do a dry run first with both pieces in hand. This
time the lower end of the larger panel touches the floor. Align them
along the top edges with the inner panels that were attached in the
we glue on the stair treads (Horizontals) and stair risers (Verticals).
These are on two separate sprues in the kit. Cut them from the sprue
with a small blade down the marked lines. Try not to mix them up. You
will find the stair treads are 6.8mm wide (5mm on the 1/43 kit) and the stair risers are 5mm
wide (3.7mm on the 1/43 kit). Gravity is your friend here, so this is best done with the
building upside down as shown in the image below. Examine the image
carefully to see how the edges align.( Click the image for a better
view. We have provided a few extra stair pieces in the kit in case you
the stairs are dry you should have something that looks like the image
below. Take your time here and ensure everything is square. Its pretty
easy to do as the rendered wall we glued on first helps you get
everything in the right place.
we glue on the outer rendering under the stairs. Align this with the
door and ensure it is flush with the build surface.
you haven't glued on the outer textured walls, now is the time
to do so. There are also 4 gussets, two at the front two at the
rear. These glue into the slots provided.
finish around the floor there are 5 trim pieces. Don't forget the small
one near the top of the stairs, a small piece 22mm long (15.6mm in the 1/43 kit). All other
ones are are 5mm x 2mm in section by various lengths (3.75mm x 2mm in the 1/43 kit). Notice the
visible joins are on the ends of the building. The lower edge aligns
with the underside of the middle floor and the upper edge is just
below the lower edge of the BP signs.
model is almost complete, but we need to add in the window sills. There
are a lot of these, but you can spot them easily as they are attached on sprues. Follow the colour coded image
below to get them all positioned correctly. They locate inside the
lower lip of each window. Th following image shows the lengths for the 1/32 kit, but the 1/43 kit lengths are as follows:
Cyan 75mm, Green 35.7mm, Brown 53.5mm, Pink 64.7mm, Orange 83.4mm, Yellow 66mm
image below shows all the window sills glued into place on the 1/32
kit. On the 1/43 kit, they protrude out a little more horizontally.
last finishing touch is to add in the step for the lower door. Use
strong glue here. There is a cutout in the wall so using the lug
you can locate it exactly. A smaller step is glued on top of this in a
the second step attached the building is now finished. We hoped you
enjoyed the build. Below are a few pictures of the model so you can see
the finished article.
you do paint and complete the model further, please email us a photo.
We are currently completing a gallery and we will be adding the best
models to it.
Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for new buildings and improvements to our current models.