A little while ago, I showed how I had painted the Amera F214 Castle Keep. At the time, I observed that the model would be improved by the addition of a flag. Even though this was really a throwaway observation, I thought that I detected a subtle note of disappointment from my loyal followers that I hadn't attempted such an enhancement already.
Well, I haven't been able to come up with any compelling reason why I couldn't add a banner to the model, so I sat down this morning and got on with it. Total time spent was perhaps 30 minutes on the build and rather more on the computer (designing the flag), so this wasn't a difficult project!
Since I wanted the flag to be removable (partly for ease of storage and partly so that I could use different banners in the future), I made the pole much longer than you might have thought necessary. The socket itself was created by cutting down the casing of a cheap pen that had just stopped working, very conveniently for me!
To brace the socket and prevent it from tearing off the model, I cut out 4 right-angled triangles from thick plasticard (though I imagine that any stiff material - scraps of cardboard, MDF or plastic - would do). Originally I had made these triangular, with shorter sides of about 2.5" (8cm). However when I tested them, I realised that they were too deep and so I cut the tips off them. These parts are structural rather than aesthetic and therefore my original mistake won't matter in the finished model, but it does show once again the importance of dry-fitting everything before applying any glue!
The last part of the construction was to glue the 4 supports around the pen casing, thus giving the socket a considerable amount of support.
Finally, turn the model over and drop the flagstaff into the hole. Simple!
- The flag and staff were made very quickly and without much attention to detail, but there's no reason why one couldn't spend a lot more effort on such a piece.
- I did consider placing the socket in one of the corners of the keep, instead of in the centre. However it would have been greatly more difficult to work with the sloped plastic that is found there, so in the end I went with the much simpler option: the middle of the courtyard.
- When the flag is removed, the hole in the courtyard is barely visible (and would be even less so if I dabbed a little black paint over the edges of the drilled plastic). I can still use the keep without a banner, if I desire.
Very clever technique and most effective. The flag looks really good and I do like the design you created.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bryan. It seems like a rather obvious solution to me, though. Hmm - I wonder if I should make a variety of different flags and banners for the castle?Delete
The end result looks great C6!ReplyDelete
Thanks, HW. I don't think it's my best work ever, but it'll do.Delete
The structure underneath is a very good idea. Not only will it support the flag but also it will strengthen the whole thing. Big thumbs up from me.ReplyDelete
Well, the floor of the castle keep was pretty robust before my modification and didn't really need any additional bracing. But this will indeed add some extra strength nevertheless :-) .Delete
Great idea! looks good to.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Simon. It'll do.Delete
That's quick but very effective. The flag does add to the keep.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Robert. It's about as good as I had expected for 30 minutes work :-) .Delete
Good idea. Like the result too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, David. I think the flag does indeed add something to the castle.Delete
Very simple and effective. perhaps you could consider another "plug-in" to camouglage the hole ? (- Maybe a statue, a gibbet, a cross or a fountain - there must be quite a few things that take up little space)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joe. I don't think the hole really needs to be disguised: even when the flagstaff is removed it isn't very noticeable. But all of those are good ideas and each would give a different character to the building. I'll think further on this...Delete
Original and very nice, well done!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Phil. Glad you like it!Delete
Very inspired and well done.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cedric. It was quite simple, really.Delete