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Friday, March 6th 2009, 10:24am

St. Vitus Cathedral. 1/350. Betexa

My next model will be Betexa’s St. Vitus Cathedral. The scale is rather small (1/350) but the number of parts (439) is commendable. Perhaps not so good is the colour difference between similar parts on different pages. Anyway, for my first Betexa kit, I think the choice was good. Let’s start with a lo-resolution (for obvious reasons…) picture of the kit.
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Friday, March 6th 2009, 10:54am

RE: St. Vitus Cathedral. 1/350. Betexa

Hi Ricardo,

It will be most interesting to follow your observations since this is your first Betexa. You're right. The colour change will be quite noticeable in areas.

The 'top down' approach to the construction will be quite different for you if you choose to build the cathedral in that manner.

It's a beautiful building. Good challenge in good hands.

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Monday, March 9th 2009, 2:44pm

@ John - well, I will try to follow the instructions but don't trust me :rotwerd:
For the roofs, I spent some time cutting a bit of the top detail. It is a repetitive work but, when finished, looks better than the original straight line.
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Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 2:33pm

The kit has the option to leave the walls flat or to use recessed windows. In this last case, some care is needed when cutting the holes because they are not always properly marked on the walls :(
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Thursday, March 12th 2009, 10:00am

In the first picture, you can see a good example of what I said before. Can you spot the cut line in the large window? Me either! This is not a problem and Betexa's choice is understandable. It is just a warning sign ;)
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Friday, March 13th 2009, 10:09am

The middle floor is surrounded by some parts with a lot of fold lines. They usually fit well but some minor adjustments are needed on a couple of inside corners. Easy to make...
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Friday, March 13th 2009, 11:23am

Lovely work Ricardo. You will be very glad that you took the time to get all those folds fitting just right. (You always do!) The minor adjustments you made to the inside corners will really pay off when the 'upper storey' mates with the 'first floor' later.
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Monday, March 16th 2009, 2:57pm

@ John - I'm wondering if the first floor walls have exactly the same shape as the roof. Apparently, the walls are a couple of millimetres inside. That would make things much easier...
The tower is a nice piece of architecture and very fun to build :)
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Monday, March 16th 2009, 3:23pm

Yes, Ricardo, there will be an overhang above all the buttresses below (quite a bit in some areas). But because you have taken such care with the balustrades, this overhang will be equidistant.

Wasn't that tower a delight? I knew you would love it.

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Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 7:07am

Hi Ricardo,

excellent build !!

Why you have to start with the surroundings and not with the wall parts?

greetings from Vienna, Herbert

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Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 3:03pm

Hi Herbert,

The surroundings have tabs that are to be glued below the roof of the first floor. They will be partially hidden by the walls top tabs. I guess there is no choice here. And no problem, either :)
Well, moving up to the buttresses...
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Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 9:04pm

Hi Ricardo,

Quoted

I guess there is no choice here. And no problem, either


Sometimes this not the same issue :totlach:

In this case it was not a warning from my side.

I never ever build this model.

I just looks a little bit strange to start with the surroundings.

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Wednesday, March 18th 2009, 2:57pm

@ John - you're right, the tower was a joy to build :) There is something strange, there: one of the four pinnacles has a smaller base than the other three. However, the base emplacements have the same size! You can spot the faulty one on the picture. I managed to centre the pinnacle on the base and the extra line looks almost part of the scenery :D Did you experience the same problem?
@ Micro - the detail you mentioned is one of the kit's amusing oddities. The main one being the top-down construction sequence :)
The frontal towers are made of several floors, with add-ons on each one. As usual, I made some card templates to shape the walls before gluing. They are very helpful on the octagonal sections.
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Thursday, March 19th 2009, 2:50pm

The big task in this model regards the many and complicated flying buttresses. There is a big colour difference between those that are printed on different pages. I guess the trick is to glue the brownish ones on one side and the greenish ones on the other side...
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Thursday, March 19th 2009, 4:41pm

Hi Ricardo,

Yes, the black octagonal line reveals itself all around only one of the four pinnacles. Odd.

Odder still is the peculiar colour rendering of the buttresses. Mossy green and muddy brown contrasting yellow lower regions. A Betexa quirk I think Ricardo...

Beautiful job done with those tricky buttresses!

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Monday, March 23rd 2009, 3:28pm

The rear buttresses are taller and a bit trickier to assemble. I had some difficulties with the hexagonal platforms and roofs. The former are a bit too short and the latter need two extra folds to get a flat base. Thankfully, the roof base fits very well on the platforms.
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Tuesday, March 24th 2009, 1:11pm

Hello Ricardo,
very nice!

I have started this model too, already a few month ago with low capacity.
Now I learn from your report, that I have made already a lot of mistakes and that I should to overthink a new start. The problem is, the kit is not available in the moment, so I will try some rescue operations.

Your report is a great help!

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Tuesday, March 24th 2009, 1:33pm

Good morning Ricardo,

Despite the dramatic colour shifts, this model is one of Betexa's best. You did a marvellous job of keeping those buttresses from twisting. The little rectangular openings in their centers adds a little twist to their construction. (no pun intended...)

Beautiful build.

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Tuesday, March 24th 2009, 3:18pm

@ Hans - I am very glad that you find my report useful :) Betexa sometimes reissues kits and I'm sure this will be one of them. However, if you feel that rescue operations can work, go ahead! Don't forget that I seldom follow the instructions and proposed construction sequence. That's to say that there are usually many paths to reach the same point ;)

@ I agree with you John, this model is really worthwhile. Betexa's design of the buttresses is ambitious and very rightly so :)
I'm sure you'll like today's pictures - they show one of our favourite tricks: card templates. They are definitely very useful here!
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Tuesday, March 24th 2009, 6:39pm

Hallo Ricleite, ich kannmich leider nicht Englisch ausdrücken, aber ich möchte Dir sagen dass es mich freut dieses wunderschöne Modell bei Dir zu sehen. Der Bogen ist sehr detailliert und Du baust es hervorragend sauber. =)
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Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 2:52pm

@didl - My German is virtually non-existent :rotwerd: but I got the message. Thank you :)

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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 3:04pm

The cathedral is complete :)
Let's go to the pictures...
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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 3:07pm

Some big ones...
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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 3:08pm

Some lateral views...
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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 3:12pm

And a top view, to finish with. This kit was a very pleasant surprise.
The only drawback (not serious) is the colour variation from sheet to sheet. It is very noticeable on the buttresses.
On all other counts, I'd put a :super: Including the kit's cost! Worthwhile indeed :)
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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 3:51pm

Congratulations Ricardo.
A beautiful model to add to the collection.

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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 5:30pm

Hello Ricardo,

a beautiful model, but also shown with perfekt photographs.
Bis die Tage...

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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 6:42pm

Absolutely beautiful =D> =D> Borsig????? :D
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Thursday, March 26th 2009, 8:39pm

Hi Ricleite, Topp - Super - Perfect - Congratulations, :super: didl
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Friday, March 27th 2009, 8:50am

Hi Ricleite,

A beautiful model perfectly built.

I followed your report carefully because I'm currently test-building
another gothic church. When the kit is released I'll post a building report
of that. Might perhaps be of interest not only for you.
Gruß aus Nürnberg,

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Saturday, March 28th 2009, 8:25am

Hello Ricardo,
great work! And fast!

I like this cathedral. I've visited it several times, the interior and the big coloured windows are very impressive.

I've compared my kit with your pictures. In my kit I have also found colour variations, but on other places than yours, and may be (hopefully!) not so significant. Instead of this my kit has considerable shifts between the line drawing and the colouring.

Nevertheless, I nice model with an unbeatable price. I'll continue with my model when I will finish the Sagrada Familia.

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Monday, March 30th 2009, 3:05pm

Thank you all for the comments :) :) :)
@ Royaloakmin - well, not yet :rotwerd: It might be the following one. The next is another plane and I think that it will be a good one ;)
@ Thomas - that's very exciting news =) I guess you can't go into details but gothic cathedral models are so few. I'll be eargerly wainting :D
@ Hans-J. Förster - that is surprising! I guess Betexa has reissued the kit several times and there are variations there as well. Not serious, as I said before...

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