The hide is progressing very well now.

Yesterday saw the sides as well as the front and back constructed and fitted and today the windows and doors were cut and the roof fitted. It is starting to look like a very imposing building.

I have been out today and bought handles, latches and locks to finish it all off nicely so it looks that bit better when it is finished.

It should be finished in the next few days, but, as can be seen from the pictures, it is quite light in colour so will need a coat of fence paint to darken it. This isn’t something I can get hold of through work so if anybody has any going spare or cheap, let me know!

Bearing in mind that the materials and labour, apart from what I have bought today, have come at no cost to us, I don’t think we can complain if we have to club together to buy some colouring.

The door will eventually have a padlock fitted. This will stop soldiers who are training using it as an overnight shelter. I have ordered a key safe which will be fitted to the outside of the hide. The combination for that will be distributed by text or email at a later date.

That’s all for now, further updates to follow and more pictures available in the Area 51 Gallery.

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Today (Thursday) work continued with the door being finished, windows reduced in size and finished, the interior lined with marine ply and the roof fixings sealed. As well as that a padlock and key safe was fitted (combination is set and will be sent out by PM or text).

All that remains to do now is finish off a few bits and pieces, including sealing some joints and it is reading for a coat of colour. There will be an earth ramp built when we get the plant. I have been told that we should only paint outside and also not to paint the roof.

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