Design and Build a Model Castle

It's both difficult and easy to build a model castle. It's difficult, in that you have to use specific materials, and work within set building parameters to achieve a castle's unique shape. It's easy in that these specifics help guide you in creating a well-finished product. Here now some tips, to make sure your castle isn't a royal pain. Get it?


The Design
How deep is your desire to build a castle? That's the first question to ask yourself when constructing a model. If you just want something that kind of resembles a castle, you can use anything from pieces of plastic to wood to milk cartons. If that's the case, draw some blueprints with scale measurements to make sure each side of the castle measures up. If you're looking to be serious though, visit a local hobby or toy shop and purchase some molds and plaster to construct your castle's "bricks."

The Bricks
Start by mixing up the plaster to make sure it is smooth and even. Then, pour it into the molds and let it set, creating the bricks (Plaster of Paris also suffices). Scrape the top of the plaster off the top to make sure that the blocks are even. After 25 minutes, remove them from the molds by popping them out.

Stackin' and Stickin'
Just as you would normal bricks, begin stacking your blocks, bluing them together as you build up. You'll notice that some of the molds are curved somewhat; this is not by mistake. You will want to use these particular blocks to build the towers of your castle. Refer to your handbook/instructions when building, so you know how to properly structure the circular areas. Wood glue is your best bet for optimal adhesiveness.

The Decor
Once you have the castle put together, get to work painting. While other models are best painted before piecing together, you will save yourself a great deal of time painting the blocks a more rustic, grayish color using latex house paint. Acrylic art paint also suffices, and you should go over the castle with three layers of paint-letting each coat dry before you put on the next.

 

The Decorations
If you want your castle to truly look like a castle, you're going to want to beef it up with some flags to signify its national or historical affiliation. This can be achieved simply by cutting out pieces of felt and assembling miniature flag replicas and draping them underneath the castle's windows. If nothing else, it will signify that the model is in fact of a castle-not that you're not a great builder or anything. 

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