(Continued from part one. See also the plans.)
The following day we actually connected the fourteen sections to each other, using glue and a box-tape machine that one of the men in the church provided. (You can see the device in the first photo.)
pitch. You could use a liquid pitch, but we opted for black paper (the kind that comes on a giant roll and is used e.g. for bulletin board backgrounds), because it was easier, and also because we needed to buy black paper for something else anyway. (I'll explain that when I upload photos of the other decorations.)
opensections were (for people to look inside and see the animals and stuff), we cut slices of the roof to create flaps that could lift up, to allow more light into the interior of the upper deck, for better viewing. This would not be strictly necessary, but it also wasn't hard to do.
Here's an end-on view of the entire ark, essentially complete:
A standard full-sized American school bus is 36-37 feet long. The ark was 45 feet high and 75 feet wide. Two busses could park end-to-end at the back of the ark and still not be as long as it is wide. A dozen busses could park end-to-end along the length of the ark.