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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

12_1


After a long break, a new model has emerged. Last spring a new box of Ankerstones was purchased from George Hardy. Which brings my collection to set #12. And with that, I present my first set #12 model.

This model was started with the ambitious goal of using all the stones in the box. Alas, I failed in the task, but I'm quite happy with the result. When finished, there were four stones left. Four tiny stones. They could have been packed within the structure. Used to fill a hollow cavity, or embellished the outside just a little more. However, there comes a time when a construction is complete. And about that goal of using all the stones? Well, that can be a challenge for another day.

Because this is a larger model, a modular construction technique similar to that seen in the 8_5 design was used. The tower was created first. It's a building by itself. The roof of the main building was done next. An arcade was created to support the roof. Then a facade was wrapped around the structure. The front being separate from the rest. All these pieces were created symmetric in design. Keeping things symmetric made the design phase easier.

Here are the plans for this construction. The images are rather small, but hopefully large enough to see. Use caution when constructing the tower. The stones are small and must be placed correctly. Also, the roof in the peak is hollow. Blocks were used sparingly to make the construction as large as possible. The model stands about 20" tall.

This is a fine construction that will take some time, and a steady hand. Four blocks in set #12 are unused. What are they?

8 comments:

Bloefeld said...

Nice work! Glad to see that you are still posting your designs. I will be sure to try this design out when I get my 10A box this winter.

releppes said...

So you own set #10? Have you built the 10_1 (church) yet? I will be posting a revision to those plans soon. I've changed the roof of the church to be more consistent and less cluttered. I'll be seeking your feedback.

Bloefeld said...

I own a set #10 plus a set of #6 Union blocks and I also have (2) basic set #4(old & new), and a Kleine Gernegross. I have built the 10_1 church! It's a great design with more ornate detail than some of the plan book churches. I have tried many of the KG designs that you've posted as well. Much better than the plans that come with the set. :)

releppes said...

Yes, thank you! The detail is what I was after (10_1). It was my first attempt at doing something fancy with trim. I've seen the effect done on larger models and wanted to recreate the same effect with less.

bobosse said...

Great to see another design - I've been missing your updates!

Looks like a good design, perhaps I should add set 10A to my wish list for Christmas...

And I guess I should dust off my Ankerstein boxes as well. I haven't built 10_1 - perhaps I should try out the new plan?

releppes said...

I may have gotten ahead of myself doing a set #12 design. If it inspires builders to expand their set, I bet the factory would be happy about that.

I'll see about doing some more small designs. They seem to be popular.

Tina said...

Can your castle design be done with the 12A model?

releppes said...

Tina, you will need boxes 6+6a+8a+10a to build this model.