Raising Walls and Laying Sand

In our model, we did not glue the boards together nor did we glue the rods that run through the gold rings. There was really no need to. We did, however, glue the walls into the silver base and glue the walls to each other at the corners. I tried to sand some of the paint from the edge of the walls where they come together in order to have a stronger glue joint. In this photo the wall on the west side of the Tabernacle has been glued into the base. The two side walls are then added. All three walls needed to be glued at the same time. The joints in the rear corners can be pulled tight and everything lined up, then it is just a matter of allowing the glue to dry.

One mistake we almost made! The gold covered poles that went into the rings of the Ark need to be installed before the walls go up. I don't think you can get them in after putting up the walls. Of course, according to Numbers 4:5-6 the poles were placed into the rings of the Ark only when it was time to transport the Ark and move the Tabernacle. So, I guess leaving out the rods would not actually be a mistake. But then we usually visualize the Ark with it's carrying poles in place.

UPDATE: Regarding the poles in the Ark; it was recently brought to my attention, by an observant reader, that Exodus 25:15 tells a different story. According that verse, the poles (staves) were never to be removed from the Ark. How did I miss that?? Obviously, that appears to be in conflict with Numbers chapter 4. I found in one commentary the suggestion that the command in Numbers may instead be interpreted to mean "adjust the poles". In other words, "make sure the poles are in their proper place and lined up". That sounds like a plausible explanation to me absent any other suggestions.

Desert Landscaping

For a more realistic look, landscaping is an absolute must. Materials for landscaping the model for a desert look are available from most hobby shops, especially those that sell model railroad supplies. Scenic cement is a watery glue that can be brushed on, dripped on or sprayed on. With sand, using a spray bottle works best. Even though this glue leaves a clear matte finish, I still tried to shield parts of the model that we didnít want glue to get on.. The landscaping sand comes in coarse or fine grit and is available in different colors. The same is true for the larger rock that was used on the ramp; different sizes and colors. One of the kids said, "Why don't you just get some rocks out of the driveway"? Well, I tried, but what I found varied so much in consistency, I just didn't think it would look right. The colors and texture of rocks and sand around my house certainly didn't resemble that "desert look". The hobby shop had exactly what I was looking for. Apply rocks with glue straight from the bottle. To apply sand, first water down some ordinary white glue - about 4 parts glue to 1 part water. You want it to be a little runny. Stir in a couple of drops of dish detergent and brush this on the wood surface. This works fine and is a lot cheaper than buying extra scenic cement. Spread a layer of sand on the glue and allow it to dry. After it is dry, brush or blow the excess sand off and spray on a top coat of scenic cement. Thin spots were no problem. Spray on a little scenic cement, add a little more sand and another topcoat of scenic cement takes care of that. When gluing sand up close to objects, a dropper does come in handy to apply cement here.

The posts that hold the courtyard fence would be easier to glue to the board before the sand was applied. At the same time, if the posts are already in place, they would be easy to accidentally break off while applying sand. Itís somewhat difficult to see in these photos, but I ran a strip of masking tape along the lines where the posts would go. After the sand was applied, the tape was removed and the posts glued in place. I went back later and brushed glue over these bare spots around the posts, spread sand and applied scenic cement with a dropper.

The Courtyard