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    Mike, will it have a drawbridge?
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    we are nearly finished with the diversion intended for my grandsons ...

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    Just some sanding, varnishing with child friendly varnish (my daughter wants the castle left in natural wood) and the addition of a couple of flights of steps, the floor for the keep (which will store the soldiers made of pegs) and perhaps a market stall for inside, and we are done. Believe it or not, it is also almost the perfect size for 28mm medieval figures too - not planned I promise

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    Wish I'd a grandpa like you when I was young.
    Come to think of if my grandsons would love something like that.

    Do you take commissions ?

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    will it have a drawbridge?
    Yep. Indeed it shall, hopefully with a means of raising and lowering it, strong enough to be used by a five year old Sorry, no commissions Too many Shapeways aircraft to paint, and I do now have to start on a shield for a five year old maiden, who seems to be into swords and stuff !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Yep. Indeed it shall, hopefully with a means of raising and lowering it, strong enough to be used by a five year old
    Try leather workbook shoelaces. Hinge the drawbridge to the front of the castle, drill holes in the front of the castle and end of the drawbridge, run shoelaces through the holes and tie in big knots that he can grab and pull. That's one way to do it.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    and I do now have to start on a shield for a five year old maiden, who seems to be into swords and stuff !!!!!
    Well, swordmaidens need to be encouraged.
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    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Hmmm...12 to 14 Ga Alum rings on the chain in a 4 in 1 pattern...check
    leather looks like about 6 Oz on a 2 or 4 oz backing...check
    Fur looks like that fake stuff you can get at Jo Anns....check
    Foam sword...hmmm...got one in the basement just like it.
    Horse...ahh...got a few cats almost that big...smile


    Yep...with the right patterns I could make that stuff easy enough.

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    Well, swordmaidens need to be encouraged.
    Oh I do love that. If my grandaughter sees this photo she'll really want that. My son is a cavalry re-enactor too, so the pony shouldn't be a problem. But chain mail and leather oooooo! Is the chain mail metal and if so rings or riveted? Now riveted would be spectacular, but given the young swordmaiden will grow out of it fairly quickly I'd say probably rings is also fantastic

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    Now back in the days of yore, I did do this on horseback myself - boy did I enjoy that - we did Hastings a couple of times too.

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    But I digress - sorry! Back to the castle - There you go Robert. The hinges are fabric (couldn't find any leather suitable), glued and tacked with chopped down tacks. All is now done bar Sanding and varnishing. I do hope its ready for santa to deliver

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    Picture two shows the Main Keep entrance plus seperate steps for access; pic three is all the bits including steps for the main wall, a base for the keep and the top floor for the keep. Everything is seperate, so its going to be interesting to see how the young ones put it all together

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post

    Now back in the days of yore, I did do this on horseback myself - boy did I enjoy that - we did Hastings a couple of times too.

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    Did Hastings seven times myself, as infantry.
    Sometimes I do miss it........................but not when it's raining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    Did Hastings seven times myself, as infantry.
    Sometimes I do miss it........................but not when it's raining!
    Especialy arrows


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkifriend View Post
    Especialy arrows
    I was Norman infantry - the arrows were all going the other way!

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    I was Norman infantry
    Lucky me huh

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    Sigh would have loved to do that one, I have done Pennsic war here in the US for the last 30 plus years. Used to do the heavy infantry thing and still have my armor, shields, ect. Just gained the weight of my armor in personal belt armor these days...sigh. Still do merchanting as a chain/leather worker making and selling the stuff.

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    Pic is about 10 years old but you get the idea

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    And I thought doing ACW was cool. Karl I love that photo. So great to see younger people getting into doing and learning history.

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    Started on my Spitfire project and hope to have it done this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    I was Norman infantry - the arrows were all going the other way!
    Smart move Tim.😎


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Just got the 3rd tree lit and decorated, our hero tops this one!

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    And of course a fly by the Holy Nativity

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    Cheers to all and to all a good flight!

    Rats! Need Rob to turn my pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Sigh would have loved to do that one, I have done Pennsic war here in the US for the last 30 plus years. Used to do the heavy infantry thing and still have my armor, shields, ect. Just gained the weight of my armor in personal belt armor these days...sigh. Still do merchanting as a chain/leather worker making and selling the stuff.

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    Pic is about 10 years old but you get the idea
    An old SCA guy huh? Do you get to any of the ren fairs down in FL Ken?

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    Hey Dave, how do you trim those lozenge decals? Before, after, during installation?

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    Joe, never been to Florida. Did the Michigan Ren fair about 30 years ago though. Mostly do local events (Michigan, Northern Ohio, and rarely Northern Indiana) And then camp Pennsic for 2 weeks to relax every year. Getting harder every year to do the Pennsic thing though.

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    OK - Job done. All is sanded and there are no more sharp edges or splinters waiting to ambush the kids and Santa is relieved Mikee approves too it seems

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    Enjoyed the project, but the workbench now has Shapeways aircraft back on it for a short time.

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    Wonderfully inspirational! Thanks for the pics and details . . .

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    Excellent castle

    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    OK so where is the moat ? Great job.
    It's not that kind of castle, Bob
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motte-and-bailey_castle
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Very nice castle, well done

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    OK so where is the moat ?
    Just wait until the boys get hold of it. They might just add a moat themselves - in the living room. Daughter's problem then

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    Beter remind them that a lot of castles had a dry moat

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Aah yes, perhaps that's an idea my daughter would prefer

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    Great looking castle! I'm sure the kids will love it!

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    Gotta keep the elves busy, tonight's fun. From 1914 to 1929, just a few years between the Fokker E-III and the Dornier DO-X both here in 1/144" scale. Revell kit off the pile in the shop . . .

    Before the decals . . .

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    And flying alongside the E-III

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    . . . now back to the dishes . . .

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    That's glorious - great model of the Dornier - what an immense aircraft by comparison.

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    Great Dornier model! Same scale as the EIII?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Great Dornier model! Same scale as the EIII?
    Yeppers! 12 engines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Yeppers! 12 engines!
    Yikes!

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    Wow... that's a beast!

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    That is a beast of a plane. What would the PAN AM Clipper look like?

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    Finished my Spitfire project. Something different so here goes.

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    Egyptian Spitfires. As always AIM planes and a special request by Kevin (MISCMINI) for the decals. I have a set of Arabic numbers so may have to add them to the planes. I got the idea from a book I have that just has color plates of aircraft from the first ones till now.

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    Looking nice, Bob. Going to do a little '48 war now?
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Well they need someone to fly against.

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    Again AIM planes and MISCMINI decals. The tail stripes are from a different set but I got them to fit (somewhat).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    That is a beast of a plane. What would the PAN AM Clipper look like?
    Might have a clue, let me see, hmmmm Clippers, maybe . . .

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    Unreal. Such a collection and great work. One of those Clipper's would good for a Wake Island game.

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    They are 1/144" scale, but I do have a few 1/200" scale in resin yet to do . . .

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    Like the Spitfire project Bob

    And those Pan Am Clippers are something else I don't suppose many members have one of them let alone four

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    Thanks for the comments. as always the pictures show flaws but the distant pictures look ok. I have another project in mind but after the holidays for that.

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    Yes, Ken... Those were some good days!

    Miss you.


    Pharamond

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    Yep Chris, Have to get together at an event sometime or drop by Michigan Toy Soldier shop in Royal Oak for a WoG game. We play roughly once a month and tonight was our game night with 7 players.

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    More waiting to be started than finished right now, more time spent trying to get the German glider add on completed. Did clean up a 109K, "finishing" the factory paint job and adding gun barrels to the 20mm pods.
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    Great job, I haven't had the heart to redo these, I have a dozen so wrong so many ways, the Shapeways were less work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Great job, I haven't had the heart to redo these, I have a dozen so wrong so many ways, the Shapeways were less work.
    And then there's the dismal radio antenna masts, and crooked national insignia. Baby steps ;-)

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    Mine is still in the box so just looked at it and your looks much better. Good job.

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