My first post (and some WIP pics of Karlstejn castle)

Discussion in 'Architecture Models' started by conus00, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. conus00

    conus00 New Member

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    Hello everyone,
    my name is L.J., 39-years-old, born in former Czechoslovakia, currently residing in Tampa, FL. I've been modelling since I was a little kid, on and off. My main niche is (hiding from thrown stones... ;)) plastic modelling, mainly German u-boats from World War II.
    Here and there I get swayed into build a paper model (it is always nice to expand my horizons) and especially now, living in small 1 bedroom apartment my modelling capability is severely limited.

    But enough about me. (Nobody probably cares about bios anyway LOL). Me and my girlfriend have recently made a very nice trip to my former country and spent three weeks "castle hopping". She has never been in Europe before and was very impressed with the history of Czech Republic. Our first stop was Karlstejn castle and, in a way, it became very iconic for her. The gift shop at the castle was selling Betexa's paper model so I promised her that after our return I will build her a nice memento....

    The build...
    After realizing that the Betexa's castle, when finished (in 1:350), was going to be, roughly almost 30x30 inches (I have mentioned my space limitations), I decided to scan it and resize it to more manageable 1:500 scale. Being graphic designer by trade, the scanning also allowed me to do some retexturing....
    The main setback of the model is the fact that (in order to save paper to create unnecessary "terrain") the creators cut the Water Tower in about 1/3 of its height. I decided to build the castle "whole" which will require raising the model about 2 inches and do some scratch building (mostly of the terrain).

    Here are few pics (I apologize in advance for crappy cell pics with cluttered background).

    The very beginning:
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    The rough build is finished (notice the "extended" Water Tower)
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  2. ASC Mclaren

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    Very clean build! Welcome to the forums Conus00, I look forward to seeing your builds.
  3. conus00

    conus00 New Member

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    I'm not sure what happened to my first post???
    #1 post now appears the moderator's... Can you others still see the thread original post?
  4. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Beautiful Castle! :)

    (All your posts are visible. Sometimes new members posts are Moderated when many pictures are posted in their first post) :)
  5. conus00

    conus00 New Member

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    Thank you!
    The model is finally mounted on 14x17inch board. As soon as the glue is completely dry I will start working on the "missing" terrain. ;)

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    I included a lighter in this picture, so you will get an idea how big (actually small) the resized castle is. The scale now is approx 1:500

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    Lastly I was thinking about something like this for the nameplate
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  6. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    I don't see it...

    This is the first post I see. I am probably doing something wrong, but I don't know what... :curse: :boom:
  7. conus00

    conus00 New Member

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    I'm almost finished with the construction of the missing terrain. I'm creating sort of "skirt" out of paper strips and a glue...

    The job is very slow with loooong drying times.

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  8. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

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    OOOOHHHH, NOW I see it! Beautiful! Architecture is not my thing, but it sure is a beauty. Well done!
  9. conus00

    conus00 New Member

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    A little bit more progress.
    Finished the "skirt" of the terrain (also covered it in glue-soaked green napkins to hide the seam lines and get a bit of a texture)
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    Painted the entire base and all the "grass" areas in dark green acrylic.
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    Now, after everything dries I will cover the dark areas with the model train landscaping grass, add some trees and more details....
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  10. Arisztid Olt

    Arisztid Olt New Member

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    Ahoj/Hi,
    it is nice to see such a beautiful castle finished. But, what is that outstandingly little blue square surface in the lower section where stairs shoud be. Did you make a pool? :)
    Aristid