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Carl B

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  08:04:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome to a build of a project that I never thought I would do...a "castle on a cliff".. diorama.

The idea was born by my occasional collaborator, my history buff daughter, Chanel. Hence the project title. A build of this type is quite unusual to the model railroad community, but since we obviously have European members, & with our Moderators permission, here it goes. I've been to Europe, and they have plenty of castles still standing! Perhaps a hilly, rocky corner of a European layout could feature such a place (perhaps in ruins)?

Hundreds of images of castles from the 12th-14th century are on-line, and I saved many for reference. All kinds of designs, dimensions and methods were used. Raw materials were harvested from the local forests, quarries and rivers. The scale will be hard to nail down, but I would speculate somewhere between N-scale and HO.

First, we needed to select the maximum size of the base. Just a small oval approx. 15" wide by 12" deep. Not much room for her vision, so she drew this concept for me to wrap my head around. Perched on a cliff, with the sea below. Gee, thanks.

The structure will have mostly primitive stone masonry, mortar and a little wood. And very aggressive, rocky scenery surrounding the structure. After my initial reluctance and apathy, I began to like the idea. So I needed a mock up. After some dose-of-reality discussions, a tape measure & some cardboard, we settled on this..with labels for specific spaces...

Anyone interested in following? ..I'll start in the next update. Nearly everything about this project will be made up as I go along....

Till next time....begin at the beginning....

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/15/2021 :  08:25:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i'm in.

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

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George D

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  08:36:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've visited a lot of castles in Europe and I'm fascinated with their construction. This will be interesting to follow.


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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  08:37:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He's off and running. Chanel must think he's a knight in shining armor!!!

Count me in to!


"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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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  08:50:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl, Great project, I definitely will be following.



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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  08:57:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In indeed.


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Tyson Rayles

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  09:58:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to it!

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  11:57:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Of course, I'm in.


Take the red pill

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  12:19:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Looking forward to this.

in Michigan

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  12:26:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chanel #1, has a great vision.

Whereís the train station? The chamber maid needs to get to and from work

Great start, Sir Carl...carry on!

Mega Dittos

Karl Scribner
Manistique, Michigan

Edited by - k9wrangler on 03/15/2021 12:33:24 PM

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  1:37:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ah man this is going to be fun

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  1:38:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I'm in,
great modeling is great modeling, whatever the subject.
As it's one of your builds I know we'll be enjoying some great modeling.
Looking forward to it.


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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  2:38:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A little sand, some rocks and glue, works for me.. Indeed a fine project to follow. Let's see what the Master comes up with !


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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  3:23:16 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Different is nice...I'll be following along!
Have fun,

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  5:36:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What Karl A. said. Iíve got nothing better to do than learn something. Iím in.

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Posted - 03/15/2021 :  5:40:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My favorite little castle is Burg Eltz, in the Mosel river valley: https://burg-eltz.de/en/ There might be some ideas you can clip from there, including the gatehouse.


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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