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Beeston Castle

Post by ge_rik » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:36 pm

For too long Beeston Castle station has been backgrounded by a half-hearted attempt at modelling the castle. That has now changed.
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I pondered for quite a while how I would represent the ruined castle walls - but in the end opted for a technique demonstrated by my good friend Greg (@Gregh) of this parish. I bought a couple of Thermalite blocks from my local builders' merchant and attacked them with an old saw (past its best, missing a few teeth).
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I then set-about the various off-cuts with a screwdriver blade and a panel saw blade.
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Before too long, I had carved sufficient bits to make the walls, some small towers and the gatehouse.
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The 'blocks' were coloured using cement dyes.
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I'm glad I started with a ruin - I've learned a lot in the process so now feel ready to tackle something a bit less bashed about.

There's more info about Greg's Hebel (Thermatite) models which are a lot more accomplished than mine, on his website - http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/satr/hebel.htm

Thanks Greg for the idea and inspiration.

Rik
PS When the cement holding it in place has dried, I will weather it with a wash of mucky dyes and then seal it with masonry water proofer as I'm sure the frosts will enjoy undoing my handiwork.
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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by TonyW » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:44 pm

That looks great!

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Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:56 pm

Hmm, I have a left over Thermalite block not doing anything.

I was wondering if I could turn it into a abandoned pill box as you see some of these in Kent.

Great work as usual Rik. I am sure the colours will weather in time.

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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by philipy » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:56 pm

Superb!

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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:35 pm

What a great idea Rik... you have made a wonderful job of that and showed me the way..... again!
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Post by ge_rik » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:50 pm

Thanks folks.
Must admit that modelling with Thermalite is a lot easier than I expected. It's the converse of all the modelling I've done before - ie starting with a block and whittling away at it to make a model. Actually, quite satisfying.

Of course, it's a bit more scaled-down than the real thing. I worked out that if I had tried modelling the castle to scale it would have required a mound 2/3 the height of my house and taken an area about the size of my garden plus four of my neighbours. So, as with all my modelling, it is a 'representation'.

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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:53 pm

I think Butler has artillery pieces he could put in your fort :mrgreen:

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Post by Peter Butler » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:38 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:53 pm
I think Butler has artillery pieces he could put in your fort :mrgreen:
Mr. Butler to you, young man!

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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by IanC » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:42 pm

Fantastic Rik. :thumbright:
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Post by ge_rik » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:53 am

Now blogged the build. I reckon the total outlay was under £5
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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by bazzer42 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:39 am

Like the build and love how it has been blended in, really does look like the railway came later. Wasn't sure when you said past its best and missing a few teeth you were describing me, but then my name's not Stanley (it's Irwin Jack)

I have had a block cut to size to go under a bridge...must get scribing.

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Re: Beeston Castle

Post by Soar Valley Light » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:46 pm

Rik,

I've never been less than impressed by any of your work but this is quite remarkable! It's incredibly realistic. How much do you charge to walk around the walls? ;)

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