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Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:38 pm
by Rod
DK is so busy building he has not had time to post anything from the workshop, but we sent in some spy cams and got these shots.

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:43 pm
by Rod
Coming along nicely and good to see he is putting in details like the stairs!

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:46 pm
by Rod
I Hope his workshop is air conditioned :D

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:04 pm
by David Kuijt
Workshop (my garage) not air conditioned. Ugly.

Just finished creating four tools out of spare brass stock for embossing buildings with windows and arches. I had been using a nail for arches (press the head in upside down to emboss a circle, then cut three lines below and use a flat-head screwdriver to press the bottom so it ends up an arch) but as you'll understand that's five steps for a single arch, which is prohibitive for 300+ buildings and several thousand windows and arches. I now have tools for:
  • a round-topped arch in a single press
  • a circle
  • a single window
  • a pair of windows
  • a triple window

The buildings are now all built and set and marked -- most of them are glued together in blocks but the blocks aren't glued down, so I can more easily decorate (arches and windows) and paint. There are so many alleys and nooks and crannies that it would be near impossible to paint all glued together, especially as spraypaint dissolves styrofoam. I'm probably going to do one coat of spraypaint, but only after I give everything styrofoam a coat of acrylic paint by hand first.

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:45 pm
by Scott Kastler
Looks Great Dave.

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:01 pm
by Rod
More pics of David's project.

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:03 pm
by David Kuijt
The Tower of Ecthelion isn't the final version -- that's just representative of approximate size and position. Since I have to be able to transport the whole thing to Historicon, the whole top (Fountain Court, Tower of Ecthelion, whatever) has to be removable. It will be constructed later and attached with magnets.

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:56 pm
by Rod
Less than a week to go!

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:12 pm
by David Kuijt
Laminated some 2x4s last night; cut them square on the tablesaw this morning and tapered the resulting tower, then octagonalized the top part with a wood chisel. Sliced a finger cutting apart a ping-pong ball for the dome on the top, though.

Re: Sneak Preview of Minas Tirith

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:57 pm
by Bill Hupp
DK of the nine fingers? I hope not.