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Thursday, January 21, 2010

8_3 (tower)

Constructing with Anchor Stones is a hobby which can inspire the imagination of a child. This castle tower was built using set 8 and lots of creativity. The construction can be tricky. But when complete, it makes a solid and stable fortification. All this design needs is a dragon and a captive princess.

It's very satisfying when a design is complete. Some designs I work on for a long long time. I'll build something and like what I see, but often, there's something about a design I just don't like. It could be as trivial as uncoordinated block colors, or cracks in a wall. I'll sit and think, and change, and think, and change again and again. Sometimes I'll feel a design will never be complete.

Then it happens. A new adjustment is made and all the blocks seem to fall into place. Very much like a puzzle. It's as if the design was meant to be. It's a nice feeling.

I've been stuck on a new design for a few weeks now. It's an awesome start (at least I think so). Two towers. The one is all red with three peaks and odd angles. The other all yellow, tall and ornate. There's a bridge to connect the two and a pile of bricks to finish the job. But there it sits like an unfinished ruin. Someday, yes someday...

As a diversion, I scaled back my plans to work with a smaller set of stones. As a result, I've been able to complete this set 8 design. The feeling of accomplishment has been sweet. I hope you enjoy this latest creation. It's my attempt to design something majestic on a smaller scale. But perception is relative. Which is why my theme for this model is about imagination.


Bloefeld said...

I really enjoyed this design. Nice job William!
I took some pictures that I can send if you'd like. I actually built 2 of these towers (mirrored) but then realized they'd have looked better side-by-side if I had reversed the yellow turret so that they were facing out (which would receive a gate between nicely). Not your fault in design, just my poor planning.

releppes said...

Thanks! Of the set 8 designs, this one is a little more tricky.

M. Redepenning said...

This tower looks quite interesting, I plan to build it soon.

now I have inherited boxes 6 + 6A from my grandparents, but I am missing the sections booklet for box 8. do you have it available? if so, we could work out some way to get pictures to me.

Many thanks!

releppes said...

The best place to find Anchor Stone material is to follow the link in the Link section called "Anker material". It'll redirect you to a site in Germany.

At the site you'll see a side bar on the right. Select the folder "GK-NF". That's the series of stones you'll need. Under that folder you'll see folders for each box set as well as another sub folder for instructions (labeled Schitte). That's the actual documentation that goes with each new box set.

If you want to get actual printed material, you could contact George Hardy (under Links section). He's the supreme resource on everything Anchor Stone.

Hope that helps.

releppes said...

If you want to navigate this blog better, you could select "8" under the Label section. That'll display only the posts relating to set 8.

There's a nice structure I think I called Fortress. That's another nice building to make.

M. Redepenning said...

thanks for the link! I thought the pictures would be on the internet somewhere, but hadn't found them before.

the fort looks nice, I find the 'gables' in the hall roof quite innovative