R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l  26




"Der Meistertrunk"

How the area around Schloss Cochem gets its implementation!




Q3/ 2 0 2 2


2018: Prelude (Part 1) - Prelude (Part 2)

2019: Part 1 ~ Part 2

2020: Part 3Part 4 ~ Part 5 ~ Part 6 ~ Part 7

2021: Part 8a ~ Part 8b ~ Part 8c ~ Part 9 ~ Part 10 ~ Part 11 ~ Part 12 ~ Part 13 ~ Part 14 ~ Part 15

2022: Part 16 ~ Part 17 ~ Part 18 ~ Part 19 ~ Part 20 ~ Part 21 ~ Part 22 ~ Part 23 ~ Part 24 ~ Part 25 ~ Part 26 ~ Part 27 ~ Part 28



Chapter 29 ~ Fachwerkturm

Chapter 30 ~ Vineyard Watchtower

Chapter 31 ~ Animals in the Forest




Part 7 - Around Schloss Cochem



Proposition of a facebook friend


While the previous chapter ends with a sneak preview of the place where Schloß Cochem, the Chapel and the Martinstor will eventually be placed on the layout,

in this chapter I want to go into more detail on both the foundation and the decoration of this third Cochemer Bahn extension and expansion. 


Chapter 26.1 ~ Base construction: a drawer

July 16th, 2022



Since the newest addition on the left is wedged between the wall and the layout, I ran into at least two problems.

First of all, it is now quite difficult to be able to work well here, certainly not on the side.

In the second place, of even more importance, is that in this way you can hardly see anything of the castle (let alone the beautiful courtyard) and everything that lies behind it.

The most elegant, but not the easiest, solution seemed to me to be to place the module on a drawer.



Because of the close connection to the layout - both to the rear and to the side - the idea came to me

to place the rails of the drawer not parallel to the layout at 90 degrees, but out of plumb, at about 95 degrees (clockwise).
In this way, the drawer not only slides forward, but also slightly to the left, so that it is immediately free from the layout.

The swing out is no less than 1050 mm, the carrying capacity alone is good for 75 kilos. Starting with '6 kilo Bran'...




I add height with Styrofoam. 



The layers of styrofoam will be trimmed and shaped lateron, when I have a view of the entire landscape and I am satisfied with the correct use of the area around the castle.

As with Stift Cochem, I know that this will take the most time. A matter of looking, shifting, looking again... and for most listening to your inner voice!



Chapter 26.2 ~ Transportation options

July 27th, 2022




Because the drawer is attached to the frame and to the Cochemer Bahn,

- but I still want to retain as much freedom of movement as possible for both construction and maintenance at a later time -

the module itself will be placed on a separate plate. The whole remains in place by means of two dowels.










In the meantime I have almost finished the wall between castle and chapel. A roof with tiles will be built later on the top edge. 



It took me at least 3 hours to (again) discover which wire belonged to which light.

With 24 switches in mind for the whole module, I need about 20 for the castle alone. It's an option to combine multiple rooms on one switch. 




Chapter 26.3 ~ Wiring... lots of wiring!

August 16-21


The wiring took me some days. Let the pics tell their tale...






For the toggle switches I needed a new 12mm drill bit.



I made some new connections in the control table.









I have to install a separate DC switch for the Viessmann wall lamp (LED) at the front door to prevent "AC" flickering (middle).






3 x 8 = 24





These buildings will determine the illumination.






Most of the wiring is now underneath




Small preview of the changing skyline in the west



Behind the Klingentorturm one can now see the new Auhagen Tor and part of the Schloss




Chapter 26.4 ~ The Medieval Market or 'Der Meistertrunk'

September 2022 ~ The Painting


Ever since I once saw Rothenburg ob der Tauber in 2022 and experienced the 'Meistertrunk' on the last day of Pentecost 2022,

the thought has stayed with me to convert a Medieval Feast like this in scale H0 on the Cochemer Bahn.

September was the perfect month to start with it...




No market without fruit and vegetables...









...and no market without stalls either...



Today I was able to lose myself completely in mixing colors that are close to nature, and that, in my opinion, approach the clothing of the Middle Ages.

My visit to the Meistertrunk in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in June 2022 provided sufficient inspiration.











Even though the plastic is already printed in a certain color, each part is still repainted.  Besides, I prefer tin mugs to glass.



This Preiserlein Set (12193) - called "At the grocer's shop, around 1900" I bought

- how in the world! - 

at a grocer's shop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Inhaber Klaus Endreß, Rödergasse 6).




On September 5th, a box from Lippe was delivered with 7 Gaslaternen and - totally new to me - a 'Zündgerüst' für Gaslaternen.

These gas lanterns will now light up slowly when ignited, and will flicker randomly while burning.

Some weeks later I ordered a 2nd Zündgerüst to get more diversity.




Chapter 26.5 ~ The Medieval Market or 'Der Meistertrunk'

September 2022 ~ The construction






The lady woman with the beer pitcher will serve real beer with a foam head...


Those mugs are no bigger than 1.3 millimeters 















 The skyline of the Cochemer Altstadt will change enormously when this new module is ready. 




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Frits Osterthun © 24.9.2022