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Friday, March 2nd 2007, 9:48am

Pernstejn castle - Erkotyp - 1/220

My next model will, again, be a Erkotyp one :)
The Pernstejn castle is a big one and the kit is a big one too. However, the scale is smaller than usual in Erkotyp and the 12 B4 pages contain no more than 369 parts (if I counted them well...). This is a modest number for a Erkotyp big kit and the reason is simple: there are no recessed windows and doors :(
I'd prefer a more complicated kit (just imagine the Betexa's Pernstejn model in Erkotyp's Pardubice style and, say, over 2000 parts =)) but this one should keep me happy for quite a while...
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Monday, March 5th 2007, 9:44am

The main building is made of a lot of walls, each one with some pretty details. I'll make them one by one and make the final assembly later on.
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Monday, March 5th 2007, 12:52pm

Hi Ricardo.
You join Jens building this lovely model.
I agree. A more robust verstion would be a great. I have not built Pardubice yet, but anticipate its challenges.

Here's Betexa's version of Pernstein at 1:300. The model suffers from shiny, stiff paper, but I like the sweeping 'Y' shaped expanse of it as it includes the curved lower gatehouse and the approaches to the bridge and the bastian's gate.

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Monday, March 5th 2007, 1:44pm

Ah, well... I haven't fallen asleep. Right today I have made some more pictures of my admittedly slow building process (I just make some work in the half hour of my daily lunch break, to relax from my PC work) and will resume my report, too.

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Monday, March 5th 2007, 2:37pm

@ John - Thank you very much for your pictures :) There is one thing that I particularly like in the Betexa's kit: the base has several levels. Like Erkotyp's Romantic Castle but not Pernstejn. It is interesting to note how colours are different in the Betexa and Erkotyp kits! Both in walls and roofs!!! The Betexa kit looks harder to build because the scale is smaller and the detail level similar. Betexa's 120 parts count must be grossly underestimated...

@ Jens - I'm looking forward to the continuation of your report. We definitely have different construction methods but what really counts is the pleasure we get from building ;)

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Wednesday, March 7th 2007, 9:46am

A couple more walls. Erkotyp's method of adding detail outside and gluing part of it inside is a good one! Just look at the roof over the balcony.
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Wednesday, March 7th 2007, 10:00am

Hello Ricleite,

I haven't made much of those cuts into the walls and glued the parts onto them as usual. Which works fine, too. Still I haven't attached all these tiny abutments yet...
I see you have forgot to cut out one line, too. It's on the grey entrance door (first picture), which takes over the fold of part 118, the tiny bridge. It's so hard to discover this one!

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Wednesday, March 7th 2007, 2:31pm

@Jens - Oooops! Thanks for pointing the faulty cut before it gets much harder to make :)
As the door has a pattern of red and black, I didn't notice it :rotwerd:

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Thursday, March 8th 2007, 9:40am

...and two more
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Thursday, March 8th 2007, 10:41am

Very clean work, those oriels. I should have made them with the cut out technique as well, which results in much sharper edges, as everyone can clearly see. I have some red lines still visible every now and then, for being too lazy to cut them out...

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Thursday, March 8th 2007, 2:23pm

You're right, Jens. Some of those red/cut lines are a little bit too far apart. When gluing, I have to be careful to pull the paper from behind, otherwise, part of the tabs remain visible. I guess that folding the tabs to the interior and gluing them on the outside will tend to leave the red lines visible :(

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Friday, March 9th 2007, 9:32am

Moving on to the last walls and final assembly of the centre part of the castle. The method for putting everything together is far from obvious. There is an upper floor level and the walls are to be glued all around it. Not forgetting that there are some minor, inner walls and a lot of roofs...
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Friday, March 9th 2007, 9:26pm

awesome castle....
i really love the colors :tongue: ... it seems to be a really long work or is the size deceptive? @)
if I see your great work, I consider to also build the castle...
feeling like a princess 8)

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Tuesday, March 13th 2007, 2:23pm

@ Nova-Felicitas - thanks for your comment :) The model is a large one. Maybe 60cm wide or a little more. Not the easiest model to build but certainly a good one.

The central part is now complete. I enclose some pictures of it.
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Tuesday, March 13th 2007, 3:28pm

Skillfull work Ricardo. Beautifully executed.
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Wednesday, March 14th 2007, 9:45am

Thank you John :) The very good fit certainly helps ;)
I enclose a picture of that small bridge that Jens referred to in an earlier post, as well as some others of the model, as it is now.
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Thursday, March 15th 2007, 9:39am

Starting with the surrounding barbicans and towers...
Some of the buildings have tiny dormer windows, as you see in the attached picture. Overall, there should be around 30, in zones B and C of the model.
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Thursday, March 15th 2007, 1:05pm

Ricleite,

you are building faster (and in some details more accurate) than me... Right now I can't assemble my Pernstejn castle, so you are going to outstrip me from now on.

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Monday, March 19th 2007, 9:55am

You know, Jens. I'm alarmingly quick building models. You can imagine what that means regarding space at home...

I enclose two pictures of what must be one of the funniest towers in town :)
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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 9:46am

Two more buildings and a picture of my workbench. You can see that there are few parts remaining...
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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 2:32pm

Yeah, Ricleite, faster, faster... Very clean work, very tidy desktop and a nice glue tube holder!
(I can't build right now, there are a lot of other things to do)...

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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 8:19pm

Jens, I'll second those thoughts.
Ricardo, you set the bar very high with your clean, precise work. I don't know how you do it with solvent glues. I would wind up with a mess!
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Wednesday, March 21st 2007, 9:51am

@ Jens, John and UHU - well, I don't remember using any other type of glue, as the very old but still state-of-the-art tube holder proves 8) :D. The cyanoacrilate glue is a relatively new addition and I find it very useful when extra strength is needed. That is often the case in vehicles but not so much in buildings. Perhaps I should try other kind of glue but doesn't water-based glue tend to distort the paper?

The last tower is complete. The fit with the lower roof was just fine!
I guess there will be some problems matting all the assemblies but that's part of the fun ;)
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Wednesday, March 21st 2007, 10:44am

Hi Ricardo.
You are right about the cyano. It is very strong and is now used quite a bit in woodturning. It stabilizes spalted wood, seals the bark on natural edge bowls and is great for salvaging a turning that has developed minor cracks. Its chemical reaction can be speeded up with accelerators. Can you tell that I am a woodturner? Never thought of using it with paper. I think it was developed and used during the Korean War by doctors to close wounds. I guess they were looking for something quick and effective in the field. It sure works on fingers!

Your work is so clean, I have trouble thinking of the glue squirting out of a tube the way it did for me when I was a kid making plastic models. You must take great care that it doesn't get out of the joint area.

I use white glue applied with a syringe. It will not distort paper used sparingly on a tab and the receiving area and brushed out. Clean up is a breeze.

Don't think of changeing whatever you do Ricardo! Clean work is your hallmark.
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 9:52am

@John - Woodturner? Yes, now I understand the tools I see in your posts, the use of MDF and, of course, the white glue :) Doesn't it take a lot of time to dry? The all-purpose UHU is very good in this matter – fast, but not too much. The cyanoacrilate glue is very tricky - you join the parts and, very suddenly, they get glued for ever!

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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 9:54am

Work completed on Pernstejn :yahoo:
I enclose some pictures with details...
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 9:55am

...some others taken from a circling plane...
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 9:57am

...a few more from a circling tourist :D...
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 9:59am

... and the inevitable top view.

Overall, a very entertaining build. Not the easiest, of course, but well aided by the fine fit. Recommended!
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 10:27am

Hello Ricardo,

well, this is the stage where I should have been right now, too, but I am working on an exhibition and I am not able to build my Pernstejn further unless it's the middle of May.
So I am enjoying all those views and the clean work with no visible cuts, red lines and other disturbing things, like I have on my castle (but it's my first Vyskovsky ever, so I learn from now on, like doing the cuts in the walls to make the fits better)... Very well done, and indeed a beautiful model, even warmer and more friendly than the Betexa model.
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 10:51am

=D> Great work as always.

Now that everything is together its impressive.
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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 1:06pm

Hi Ricardo. Beautiful work.
Jens is right. I think this model is much warmer than the Betexa model.
Do you keep every model you build? If you do, your personal space must be shrinking!
Congratulations on another outstanding build.
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P.S. The white glue dries within a second or two when the tab touches the receiving part.

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Friday, March 23rd 2007, 7:23pm

Yes John, the white glue dont give any problems. My PT-109 is being build almost exclusively with white glue.
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Monday, March 26th 2007, 10:01am

Thank you very much for your posts, Jens, Tino and John. I really appreciate them :)

@Tino - can you tell me what white glue do you use? Is it easy to find here in Portugal? The only white glue I know takes ages to dry and I'd never think of using it on paper :rotwerd:

@John - you said it all about my personal space :( :D In 2004 I only assembled buildings and you can see the consequences here...
That's, partly, why I've been moving a bit more to vehicles and my next model will be a plane.
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Monday, March 26th 2007, 11:27am

I normaly use UHU white glue. It's easy to find for example in "continente" of Viana do Castelo and it's not expensive.
I buy 250gr or 300gr each time, I dont remenber well.
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Monday, March 26th 2007, 1:00pm

My goodness man! What a collection! How on earth do you keep the dust off them all? Do you have a storage locker or boxes for each one? I can't imagine that number of models out in the open.

I recognize many of the models Ricardo. But I'm sure all your models are not shown here. I can see why you are heading towards a plane!

There are a number of models in this photo that I've never seen before. They interest me. Perhaps Merino models? Let's see...front of the table on the left with the green edge hanging over the table...back of the table...two castle models to the right of Linderhof Castle? I don't see your frauenkirche Dresden. Didi you build Pardubice?

I've always wanted to ask you. Were you commissioned to build the three Notre Dame models used by Instatnt Durable on their website or did you approach them? Whatever happened, they got the right person.

Thanks for the photograph of this wonderful collection Ricardo. It's inspiring.

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Monday, March 26th 2007, 3:26pm

@ Tino - thanks for the tip. I have to try that glue :)

@ John - for the moment, I 'invaded' a lot of wardrobes (upper part, only...) and some other places. Some models are already in the open but well away from direct sunlight. That's why I draw a piece of furniture to store them. As you might guess, the basic unit is the cubic meter. It should be ready, hopefully, next month or so.
The models that are on the picture were built in 2004. The big Erkotyp models and some others from Schreiber kept me happy in 2003. See for yourself ;)
The models in 2004 are from Instant Durable (Chennonceau, Pierrefonds, Palais des Papes, Chartres, Notre-Dame de Paris and Hospices de Beaune), Schreiber (Stephansdom, Speyer, Himeji, Frauenkirche Munchen, Linderhof, Semperoper, Grafenegg, Maria Laach, Marksburg, Ronneburg and Schlob Neuhaus). There is a single one from Merino (Colegiata de Toro), another from GPM (Sandomierski) and two Modeliks (Stettin and Gryfino) apart from the smaller models available at Erkotyp.
Regarding the picture on Instant Durable’s site, I sent it (free, of course…). I do that, from time to time, just for fun. They very kindly asked if they could put it on their site and I, naturally, answered yes :)
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Monday, March 26th 2007, 4:48pm

Thanks for the follow-up post and the second photograph of your models Ricardo. I like your idea of grouping them. They are nicely arranged for the shot.

I mentioned on Page 3 of my Chartres build that I also intend to group up my models for a family portrait. I assume you use a wide angle lens. (I also have two shots on that page showing how I store my models.)
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Wednesday, March 28th 2007, 9:47am

@ John - I noticed the two shots you mention regarding storage. You may find it funny but overlapping part of the bases allows me to put some more models in the same space (yes, the situation at home is dramatic :D)
Regarding the camera, it is a very basic and outdated one. I 'inherited' it from my father some years ago, when he bought another one. The good point is that it has a optical zoom. Another trick I use a lot is to take the pictures at higher resolution (it is a 2 Megapixel camera) and, then, resample and clip the picture to get only what I want. It works well for both wide landscape shots (just clip the upper and lower parts) and for tiny details. To fill a normal picture, I'd have to take the shot too close for the camera to work properly.
I have no 2005 and 2006 family portraits. The 'problem' started in 2005 because I built the Medieval Town but the base is not complete (no space to store the completed model). Most of the work on the Leopold (GPM) was done in 2005 but I completed the model in January 2006...

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