There’s something about a new project that gets my adrenalin going. Especially when it’s a challenging, detail-oriented project like this one.
I’m going to make a castle. And not just any castle. A highly involved, ridiculously intricate, “put door hinges on the doors and barrels in the store room” caliber castle. (If I can swing it.) And, given the scale I have in mind, it will probably be larger than a twin-sized bed.
Yes, storage will be interesting, but at the current rate of progression I shouldn’t have to seriously worry about it until late this year.
I haven’t made anything quite on this level before. I’ve made doll’s furniture, and I’ve made small structures, but not on the same project. This is the model maker’s dream. Think about it. Complete artistic license, low-cost materials, and a re-adjustable work schedule.
It’ll be a long haul, but I am so looking forward to it.
So, let’s get down to business. The first thing after drawing up some initial sketches, I made my little scale model friend.
This is Gregory. (Not Peck.) He is wandering minstrel who kindly consented to help me in my work – probably for the potential story and song material the process would give him. So far he has been very accommodating, in his three-and-a-half inch tall way, with posing for measurements and arguing over building details. He’s also been very nice about occasionally getting smashed with a falling cardboard beam or accidentally knocked off a two story platform. In short, he’s exactly what I need.
With his help, I’m off and running on the project of the year. We’ve got the first little section of the castle roughed out and ready for interior and exterior walls.
(Here he is, posing in what will eventually be his room.)
It’s a small, suspended portion that will connect two halves of the castle with a pillared walkway below, two rooms the next level up, and a battlement on top. I’ll try to get a decent sketch of the castle plan up another day. At the moment it’s kind of a tangle of hand-drawn lines.
Gregory and I started adding the interior walls today. More on that later.
For those of you who are wondering, I use very basic tools for this sort of thing. A miniature hot glue gun, a rotary cutter with its grid ruler and mat, scissors, Scotch tape, and ink pens.