R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l  13



A l t s t a d t m a u e r

(Faller 130401)




Chapter 13.1 ~ C a p t a t i o   B e n e v o l e n t i a e



Since I was working on the Altstadt Renovation (see Chapter 8.3), I had to move the Kibri Tower aside, behind the houses.

While looking at it in a glimpse, all of a sudden, I was struck by the idea

that this never-ending-story of I-never-knew-how-to-fill-in-the-backyards now finally got its purpose.




Ever since I caught sight of this set of walls, which is absolutely in line with the Klingentorturm, I have great expectations of its fitting.

The box arrived on Friday, February 5th, ordered online only one day before.





Chapter 13.1 ~ Introduction




Ever since I started the Town Expansion and finished the Klingentorturm, I couldn't take my eye off this kit.

This old wall will shield the city on the west side, along behind the houses until it meets the Klingentorturm.




Chapter 13.1 ~ Unboxing the box!

Saturday, September 4th 2021


Although the box has been in my possession for several months, today I am ready to open it.

Especially now that I have to make about 120 vines for the vineyard in the near future, some variety is so nice.

Besides, my jar of beige paint mix could be drying up a bit...






That virginal feeling when opening a new adventure where everything is neatly packed.

The Wehrturm and Altsdtadmauer are even packaged separately.






I had exactly the same feeling as when I started at the Klingentorturm. The painting proces is similar.




I don't like the white. I therefor choose cast iron windows.






Even if the Fachwerk was white yet, I gave it an ivory coating.




To match the Klingentorturm, I again opted for green-black woodwork. 



The spire was 'too plastic green', so it became brass.





The next day, I was checking things out at the layout and I decided on the spot that the city wall needed more space,

to prevent it from becoming too cramped behind the houses and the Lindau Rathaus to come.

The Cochemer Bahn was therefore 5 centimeters wider. That is to say... it might get a little wider as well.



So that part had to be cut off. 





The Klingentortorm continues to inspire me and obliges me to turn the square into something convincingly beautiful.



How this square is going to look in due time...





If the painting of this tower was fun, the construction itself was a sheer annoyance... alas.








The very same crest is found on the Klingentorturm






Although this small gatekeeper's house was initially intended for the city wall, I noticed that it did not immediately fit into the whole.
On closer inspection, it turns out to be a perfect addition to the monastery complex.

The tower itself will most likely be given a different location than planned.






Fit and measure.

And again fitting and measuring...

Which means that this cosy gatekeeper's house gets a completely different purpose

(which is told in Chapter 12):



In the meantime, my workplace looks something like this...





Since I purchased the Turmhaus (Faller 130402) on September 14th after all, I was forced to build a wider foundation.




Because of the fragility of the city wall and the piece of nature, especially during relocations, I applied a wooden strip along the side.





Not a day went by without me thinking about the order in which the wall sections would fit best.

It was already clear that these two towers would be the ends.



According to an idea of Yuri Kovalev,  I used wooden planks as paneling for this tower. 

Lateron the Turmhaus will be adjusted likewise.



 With this I finally thought I had all seven parts of the wall in the right order. But it wouldn't stay that way for long...

Neverthelesss, on September 27th these four pictures were 'liked' over 300 times in 48 hours on FB Faller Modelle




These walls are undoubtedly inspired by the originals of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.






September 28th was the day to get things fixed and glued.



When I started building the Cochemer Bahn in 1992, this part of the city wall marked the edge of the layout.

With the recent expansion, I had to find a suitable connection from this sawn-off piece. I solved it with a wall and door.

(The smal strips of slates are remnants of the Forsthaus).






October 1st was also the day to do all the wiring for illuminating the city wall.






The whole town at night





Chapter 13.2 ~ Unboxing another box: the T u r m h a u s

September 14th 2021


While matching all parts, I decided to purchase the Wohnturm (Faller 130402) as well, intending to distinguish the three wall parts.

The box arrived on 9/14, together with 4 sets of micro cable lamps.

The latter will be used as 'stage lamps' to illuminate the Monastery and Cathedral from outside.



With the usual paintwork...



... as well as some adjustments



 I chose the door instead of the prescribed stone fence, because the wall continues on this side. 



Funny: two pins, never seen that before. Even the Busch lamp fits most perfectly.



This is going to work. No doubt.

As you can see I replaced the 2 inch bar with one of 4 inch, since the Turmhaus staircase measures some 4 inches at least.




After I week I continued working on the Turmhaus.

The tower itself is dating from the 1960s. The stone base is newly developed.










Ever when there's a gate, I consider illumination. Not included nor advised by Faller, applied by me anyway.


According to an idea of Yuri Kovalev,  I had intended to use wooden planks as paneling for certain wall sections. Here's one of them.


The hoist, intended for the corner tower, was also present in this kit because of a banister that had to be removed from the same mould.

With some individual roof parts I have now made a second hoist and attached it to the Turmhaus with the necessary adjustments.
And no, it's not a toilet!



This is the very same picture that inspired me to buy the Vollmer tower as well!

Thanks, Yuri!



First impression of the whole, but not in the final order...





Chapter 13.2a ~ W i n d  S p r i n g s  for the T u r m h a u s

April 23rd 2022


A propos... on April 23rd 2022 I got an idea from a Dutch guy, using the same models for his Altstadt: wind springs.

I simply made them from the sharp ends of tooth picks, coloured them sky grey, little thinned lasur topping and... ready!






"Wieso Liebe zum Detail?"




Chapter 13.3 ~ T h e   S q u a r e

September 23rd 2021


In 1992 I started constructing the Cochemer Bahn.

The edge on the left never got my fullest attention, since it was both out of sight and in effect I didn't know how to finish it.

These days, it's going to change.




Before fixing the square permanently, I decided to I decided to put in stage lights as I did thirty years ago at the Cochemer Burg.




Before I can lay hand on the wall, this little square has to be completed first.

Now that the clinker paving is ready and the stage lamp has been installed,

completely new perimeter walls will be installed on the left, front center (under the Turmhaus) and on the right.



This one comes at the left, between Lindau Rathaus and the Bookstore.

The rear side had to be cut by hand. Some weeds in the joints...




Since the stairs of Turmhaus don't fit on the pavement, but hangover the edge,

I was forced to make another staircase into the square. It turned out to be lovely, I must say.














Chapter 13.4 ~ T h e  O l d  F o u n d a t i o n

September 24th 2021


As an extension of the new city wall, I have devised a piece of nature that connects with the current edge of the Cochemer Bahn.

But it should also flow smoothly into each other in both directions, be it nature or culture.

While processing a piece of styrofoam, I saw another piece in the bin with just the right angle to reuse.

As noted earlier and which happens to me constantly: by chance you always come up with new ideas, which someone else would think have been carefully thought out.


Nothing is less true...
That is what makes model building - for me at least - such an attractive adventure.






As a painting, the Dutch would call this a 'S t i l l e v e n'




Since I still have to move around the Monastery display, I was hesitant whether or not to glue this fragile piece.

But in the evening of October 1st I took the plunge.










By the way...


... I detested this spire. Is it a spire or a spike?

In the evening of October 2nd, I removed it, since the idea got in my mind to put this tower against the wall of the Lindau Rathaus. 

In order not to disturb the image of the Klingentorturm, I want a stubby tower.


This is what became of it today (3/10)



About the Lindau Rathaus, the next chapter will tell you more.




Chapter 13.5 ~ Transition in the back

October 24th


To demarcate the "Alte Stadtmauer" , I added another wall at the end of the street, heading north.

(made of arcade remnant from Faller 130401, Faller Styrodur Mauerplatte and balsa wood)






October 25th...




"Bows in or bows out...?"





Let's give the glue a night's time to dry...




The next day: let nature come!











Die Cochemer Altstadt ist heutzutage jetzt ganz mit Mauern umgeben!






Chapter 13.6 ~ Transition in the front

November 4th


Last night I got the final idea of the opposit transition.

From the cobblestones I have to pass effortlessly into vegetation.









I might reconsider to fill the whole place with vegetation right up to the little wall of the yard-to-come...




Hand cut wood in the alcove, for colder days to come...

It took me some 20 minutes to get each and every one, from large to small, in the alcove.






Friday and Saturday (November 5-6)


Wohnturm and two parts of the wall glued to the frame.

Now permanent vegetation can be applied.

Some trees were refined and grass near the platform got finally 'weeds at the edges'.


















Last Update:

Frits Osterthun 21.9.2022