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CHRIS DODSON15 May 2024 1:23 a.m. PST

Essling Church

Located opposite the ‘schloss' on the Hauptstrasse is the Essling church.


My research into the original structure was fairly fruitless.

Michael's wonderful 1809 blog refers to a model at the Army museum but I could not find this. He built a lovely 10mm model which to my mind looks very medieval.

The seventeenth century saw a flurry of Baroque style building activity resulting in the Aspern church as an example.

The modern version, recently extended in 2013, gives very little clue as to the original structure. However, a picture taken in 1900 shows the church, looking very Baroque indeed. Whilst the church was damaged during the battle I felt that in the absence of firm evidence I would use this as a basis for my model.


Balsa wood was again used for the construction with a Wills sheeting roof. A home made bell is in the tower. Once again I had had fun with the roof as I wanted it to be removable. However, the steeple's positioning required it to be fixed.


I also made a ‘Turkish' style dome as I have a hankering at a river crossing scene with the Kaiser Ebersdorf church in the background. The steeple, poking out of the trees will be most useful.


I wanted a nice clock for the building and after finding a suitable picture with Roman numerals, reduced and printed it to scale. I inked in the original hands to create a blank canvass so to speak. The new hands are picture wire and can be moved to the desired time.


I am pleased with the finished result.




Lots to do.


BillyNM15 May 2024 2:48 a.m. PST

That's a great piece and the clock is the cherry on the top – are you going to use the hand to track moves? ;o)

CHRIS DODSON15 May 2024 3:12 a.m. PST

Thank you.

The App ‘ Print to size' is really useful for flags and this sort of thing as it gives you the dimensions of the picture, saving numerous prints until you get it right.

Yes, they will be moved if in photographic view when the re fight is underway.

Best wishes,


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 12:44 p.m. PST

Very nice work. The modern church is very different. Good research.

DHautpol16 May 2024 7:28 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed.

My first thought on seeing the present version was "it looks just like one of those soulless railway kits".

The older version seems much more authentic and I really like the way you captured the look of it.

CHRIS DODSON16 May 2024 8:32 p.m. PST

Thank you to everyone for their kind comments.

I am currently painting up Austrian units but have a brick works in mind as a building project. His Majesty had his HQ in one of them.

Best wishes,


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