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Saturday, July 14th 2007, 11:53am

5.KBW - Chambord, L'Instant Durable, 1:300

The Renaissance castle of Chambord in the Loire valley interests me. The part count is not high, but the ornate French dormers could be a challenge.

Choosing this model for the competition is a leap of faith, as I have not seen it yet. It is still in France waiting to be ordered! Pardubice is on the way from Eastern Europe, but Jens is going to give it a go. So I'm in for Chambord.

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Monday, August 27th 2007, 11:28pm

Hi John,

Are you still waiting??

Or did you get the card modell and are you ready to start?

greetings from Vienna, Herbert

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Tuesday, August 28th 2007, 2:14am

The Competition

Hello Herbert,

I am finishing up Stettin Church now and hopefully will complete Stephansdom in Wein next.

The model Chambord has arrived from France. Perhaps, I will get it underway in October.

Herbert that all depends on my health. The Chambord package remains unopened. I am awaiting biopsy results that could put everything on hold.

Thanks for asking,

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Tuesday, August 28th 2007, 6:32am

Hi John,

I know your building reports of the Stettin Church and Stephansdom in Vienna.

I just thought you put the Chambord in between this two works.

Hopefully it is no serious problem with you health. :(

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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 4:31pm

Chambord, Val de Loire

Model: Chambord
Publisher: L'Instant Durable
L'Instant Durable Collection Number: #10
Copyright Date: 1986
Architectural Design: Yves Carpentier
Colour: Thierry Hatot
Number of Sheets: 36
Number of Parts: 240 pcs.
Size: 43 x 61 x 20cm

Chambord is the crown jewel of all the chateaux in the Loire Valley. Construction was begun in 1519, commissioned by the French King François I. It was built to firmly establish the king's power and reflect the grandure of French culture.

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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 4:38pm

RE: Chambord, Val de Loire

Famous to Chambord and de Blois are the double flight stairs designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 4:41pm

RE: Chambord, Val de Loire

The model is well documented in book form along with the printed sheets of parts and the folded up base plate.
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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 8:29pm

However, there you Have planned for what big!! I wish all the best to you him build succeeds. Am curious already very much. Greeting Christian

P.s if something in the Gramatik is wrong it lies with the translation program :D

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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 9:30pm

Quoted

P.s if something in the Gramatik is wrong it lies with the translation program :D

Wow, you are heavy on wire. Praise Babelfish!


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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 9:42pm

Hi Christian,
Thank you for your best wishes.
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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 10:20pm

The Staircase Lantern

The keep or donjon of Chambord is square with a tower at each corner. In the centre of the terrace roof of this donjon is the monumental staircase mentioned above. It forms the central axis of Chambord.

Like many chateau models, many small cuts have to be made to release the countless pinnacles, chimney tops and dormer facades.
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Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 10:22pm

RE: The Staircase Lantern

Here is the staircase lantern that will be located in the centre of the terrace.
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Thursday, October 11th 2007, 12:40am

The Terrace

It is here where I again depart from the French style of constructing flat regions like courtyards and terraces and adopt the German technique of platform building.

In the left photo you will see that there is panel attached to the terrace that is to be folded down to make a vertical support in the middle of the terrace. The right side of the terrace has a blue tab that is to be folded down also in order to come up against the vertical down panel.

This will form a glue join in the centre that may not be tight. Also the thin terrace may warp, rack or ripple as many little tabs are being glued under it later as you will see. In the right photo all this material has been cut away.

The terrace will be butt joined and bonded to a 1mm piece of card...
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Thursday, October 11th 2007, 12:41am

RE: The Terrace

...like this.
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Thursday, October 11th 2007, 12:49am

RE: The Terrace

Having done this, the design of the walls surrounding this terrace must also altered.

In the left photograph, blue tabs (they should have been coloured yellow to indicate a fold forward) are attached to a balustrade that will be doubled over. The tabs then can be glued under the terrace.
But now, the terrace is 1mm+ in thickness.

Solution? Cut them off as seen in the right photo. The folded over balustrade will create a shelf at its inner lower edge and will index the wall's position as it is wrapped around the terrace. The thick terrace edge will provide enough glueing edge.

Edit: To be fair to L'Instant Durable, their convention of colouring tabs that fold towards the builder yellow may not have come into effect until after 1985.
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Thursday, October 11th 2007, 1:34am

Dear John,

great that you have started this model!

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Thursday, October 11th 2007, 11:07am

RE: Chambord, Val de Loire

Hi Ludwig,
Thank you for placing some pictures of Chambord in the Gallery. This was very kind of you.
I appreciate you doing this.
Actual photos of the site add so much more to the build.

I admire European architecture from a distance, but card modellers such as yourself have brought it very close to me through photography. Photos have been taken by members walking out of their house and down the street to take them (Haarlam), flying over them in a plane (Hohenzollern) or as you and others have done, sending photos taken on vacation, (Stephansdom in Wein, Chambord).

P.S. Must not forget photos of Stettin Church in the Czech Republic taken by Raine who lives in Szczecin.

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Thursday, October 11th 2007, 8:16pm

RE: Chambord, Val de Loire

Dear Matthias,

Nice to hear from you. Thanks.

It is good to be working on the competition model. St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna has been put on hold until this chateau is completed.

John

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Friday, October 12th 2007, 7:43pm

The Donjon towers

These picutres show the terrace cut from 1mm card.
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Friday, October 12th 2007, 7:50pm

RE: The Donjon Towers

Although 360 degrees of the round towers are not seen, the designer wisely wrapped the walls all the way around and closed them under the terrace.

I chose to build them independently with no tabs joining them to the terrace.

Templates at top and bottom of towers really ensure roundness. An armature was made to hold the top disk in place. It will not be glued in place, but allowed to move as the skin of the tower is wrapped around.
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Friday, October 12th 2007, 7:53pm

RE: The Donjon Towers

The skin of the tower is being wrapped around the armature.
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Friday, October 12th 2007, 7:55pm

RE: The Donjon Towers

Love those templates!
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Friday, October 12th 2007, 7:57pm

RE: The Donjon Towers

The first tower,the tower of François I is complete.
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Saturday, October 13th 2007, 12:43am

The Donjon

Towers, walls and terrace ready to go...
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Saturday, October 13th 2007, 11:38am

Hi John,

Great method to get perfect and stable towers. =D>

What do you mean with "although 365 degrees of the round towers are not seen".

I think aprox. 300° are visible at the end. ?( ?( ?(

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Saturday, October 13th 2007, 12:53pm

Oops

Herbert,
Sorry about that. Bit of a senior moment there. 360 degrees sounds better. I have no idea where 365 came from!

What I meant Herbert, was that instead of designing the towers in the shape of an omega where they begin to arc at the edge of each wall, that they continue on around unseen under the terrace. You are right. About 300 degrees of the tower would be seen when each wall is glued in place. Make sense?

Thanks for keeping me honest with the numbers. I will go back and edit 365.

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Saturday, October 13th 2007, 4:19pm

Wall Installation

Sometimes it is easier to gently push a wall into place when there is something behind it to stop it exactly in the right position. Tabs don't let you do this. I cut them off. That can be seen in these pictures. You will also see the green 'angle irons' in place. They are glued to the tower walls.

The next picture shows the balustrade clamped up first. The steel ruler behind the clamps keeps the balustrade from rippling with the wet glue.

The third photo shows the paper 'angle irons' in place. Thanks for the paper angle idea Ricardo.

Herbert, here you can see what I meant by the towers coming on around and closing under the terrace. On some designs, the tower stops at the wall and only thetop section of balustrade or battlement circles around.
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Saturday, October 13th 2007, 4:22pm

RE: Wall Installation

And here we have one wall in place. Having it reinforced with 1mm card makes it very easy to set in place against the paper tabs or angles.
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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 12:37am

Dear ToKro,

Yes, the architecture section of this forum seems to be the weak sister. Of all the disciplines in paper modelling architecture seems to be best suited to card.

Of course I'm rather biased in that view...

Thanks for the nice comments about the construction so far.

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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 12:39am

Here is the bottom view of the donjon. The fit of the parts was very good.

Some of the tabs on the walls were incorrectly numbered.
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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 12:40am

This photograph gives one the scope of the build.
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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:14pm

The Staircase Lantern

Here is the staircase lantern sitting on the terrace. (not glued in place)
If you look closely at the photograph of Chambord submitted by Ludwig, you will see the structure located dead centre.
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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:19pm

Lantern Turrets

In this photo of Chambord, again submitted by Ludwig, you will see on the extreme left, one of the four lantern turrets of the donjon. The pitch is very steep. The roofing material seems to encase the smaller turret above seamlessly.

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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:22pm

RE: Lantern Turrets

Now to build these turrets...
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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:23pm

RE: Lantern Turrets

The finished cone...
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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 9:13pm

Hi John,

This wooden tool you use to build out the cone i never ever seen before.

What is this for, in "normal life".

I cant imagine that this is a special card modeler tool ;)

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Sunday, October 14th 2007, 9:56pm

Cone Former

Dear Herbert,

I knew someone would pick up on that little cone former.

I designed it and turned it on my lathe. I started my own woodturning business in 1990 and have been turning ever since. This one was a natural. I also turn dowels any diameter when they are needed for cylinder forming.

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Monday, October 15th 2007, 5:16pm

Here is a method of forming larger cylinders and closing their segmented tops. Any diameter can be turned on a lathe out of a scrap piece of wood. The end can be shaped as desired.
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Monday, October 15th 2007, 5:18pm

When removed from the lathe, the chuck acts as a last (like the shoemaker's last) and frees up both hand to glue the segments closed.
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Monday, October 15th 2007, 10:56pm

One turret roof is complete.
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