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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  5:46:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like an interesting idea. I'll be following along.

Mike Mace
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Carl B

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  8:38:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you everyone for your interest!

Incidentally, I'll try to present successes AND failures on this project, since this is a completely new adventure, way outside my wheelhouse. Hope you can bear with me during the (possibly painful) process.

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robert goslin

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  8:42:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Carl, really looking forward to this build. Certainly something different, but who doesn't love a castle.
Is the time period of when it was built or a modern ruin ?
If the former, I suppose the scale will come down to if you're including figures or not.
If so, plenty of knights etc, available in OO scale, from Airfix, Italeri & others.

Regards Rob

My current build.

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Engine Wiper

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  9:45:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a surprise - sure it will be great.

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Posted - 03/16/2021 :  12:16:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sir Carl, looks like your about to go Medieval on us here!
Looks & sounds like a fun project!
It would be neat to build a castle partially under construction, so you could have all the neat wooden stuff involved with that.
Check out this series "Secrets of the Castle" on how to build a castle.



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Carl B

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Posted - 03/16/2021 :  08:14:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for joining in Rob, Jim and Greg!

Rob- The castle will not be in ruins, just a peaceful, benign scene without any conflict. Chanel has no interest in any little people or weaponry, just enjoys the architecture & landscapes.

Greg- Thanks for the link- I've watched many documentaries about castles, I believe that was one of them.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 03/16/2021 :  08:25:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Iím highly interested in how youíre going to do this.

Your mock-up looks like ones Iíve visited.


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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Posted - 03/16/2021 :  11:44:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This looks like a great project!!

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Carl B

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Posted - 03/16/2021 :  6:52:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike and Fred, great to have you along. I sincerely appreciate your interest.

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Section Hand

Posted - 03/16/2021 :  11:08:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Carl. No rest for you one project down another waiting to be started. I'll be following along.


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Posted - 03/17/2021 :  05:17:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Carl B:

Can't wait to see what you do with this.

Karl S.

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Carl B

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Posted - 03/17/2021 :  08:19:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for joining in Jeff and Karl. Welcome to the party!

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/17/2021 :  08:30:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
what day of the week can we expect updates?

diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie', until you can find a rock.

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Carl B

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Posted - 03/17/2021 :  08:35:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Beginning with the round tower section. I made several sizes out of plain paper to check how they fit in and balanced against the other structures.
The winning size required that I cut (7) 65 mm (2.5") circles from .05"chipboard. I could have used 2 1/2" cardboard tube or PVC pipe for this,
but I decided to build my own, since decisions would probably change again!.

Drilled thru all 7 at the same time to accept a 3/8" dowel.

Glued together, with pieces of strip wood to keep things evenly distanced.

After that dried, two separate layers of common poster board were wrapped around & glued.
I spray painted the material so it wouldn't absorb too much moisture from the future glue. I will decide what the outer "skin", to represent stone masonry, will be later.
Could be block or random stone, still researching...

A bit of education. The tops of castle walls are called battlements, and include these distinctive features, called merlons and crenels.
They came in all shapes, sizes and spacings.

The tower battlement was going to be difficult to recreate, so I immersed myself on-line for a solution. I had some very old Lightweight Hydrocal, that I refused to throw out.
I made a "one-time" mold of styrene, just a .04" bottom sheet and two .01" thin "walls".
It's 7/8" high and 3 11/16" in diameter. RRline member Bernd did a bunch of experiments with plaster(s) a while back that I learned a few things from....Thanks Bernd!

I also made straight forms for the 4 battlements of the "Great Hall" building. Another circle will dress out the top of the tower just inside the merlons and crenels, as a place for defenders to stand.

Poured, hardened, and out of the molds in the garage. The old Hydrocal looks OK. It may have been 10 years old.
I did keep its "milk carton" container tightly sealed. We'll see if they hold together during handling and manipulation.
If they disintegrate, I'll try something else...

Till next time....beginning the carving process....

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Posted - 03/17/2021 :  08:50:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well your off to a good start! I assume the hydrocal was okay?


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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