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Vineyard Watchtower | WeinTurm

(Scratchbuilding on basis Faller 170810 Dekorplatte Naturstein)

 

 

 

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30.1 ~ The idea...

(January, 2023)

 

 

As long as I saw this flattened piece of rock above the wine cellar, I had planned to put a watchtower there.

Like anywhere in the world, most vineyards usually have something like a watchtower. It dates back to old testamentic times!

 

 

Although the city already has many different towers, it should not be overdone.

That is why I opted for a ruin tower, which barely rises above the wall at the front, but is completely built from the ground up at the back.

 

This building gave the impetus to a ruin... (somwehere in the Provence)

 

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30.2 ~ Design and construction

(January 18-20, 2023)

 

 

As basic material I use the Faller Dekorplatte (170810). I recently ordered this from Faller.

 

 

 

 

 I gave the joints a little more depth and the stones a slightly rougher structure (hence the tooth brush),

while the smooth greyish back side still had to be completely provided with a stone profile. 

 

   

I wanted the watchtower to look out over both vineyards, hence the connection with the old city wall.

 

 

 

Of course, an interior cannot be missed, together with a staircase and door on the outside.

The construction of this ruined Watch Tower reminded me of the making of the ruins at the Cochemer Burg,

also a very satisfying project as described in Chapter 3.3:

 

 

But don't let me distract you from looking there now!

Let's continue here first.

 

 

There is no greater pleasure than working with real wood.

 

   

A meticulous job to cut out the door opening.

 

On the inside I wanted a wooden floor, which has now decayed through the ravages of time. The inner door connects exactly with the one on the outside. 

 

 

  

The extra staircase from Schoss Bran (Faller 13/7) fits most perfect.

 

 

Handicraft...

 

19.1.2023

 

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On Friday, January 20, I installed the lighting of this module, connected to the 'Stift Cochem  Switchboard'. 

 

 

Saturday next, I permanently positioned the Vineyard Watchtower on the Cochemer Bahn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

I hesitated all day about giving the stairs a stone perimeter. The austerity attracted me.

Still, in retrospect it seemed too bare and too much like concrete. 

 

 

 

   

 

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And then... there was this friend, leaving his den.

(more about him n the next chapter)

 

 

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Frits Osterthun 21.1.2023

Last update: 12.3.2023