~ 2021 ~
Monday, March 1st
I finished the D r a c h e n b u r g as good as. All lamps function and I'm looking forward seeing them shine in the darkness of the forest arounbd the Cochemer Burg.
Since Achim Beyer commented (March 1st) on my FB with the frase "Sehr
schöne Burg. Weiß grade nicht warum aber sie erinnert mich an eine
drachenburg. .." this very name
Drachenburg was in my mind all the time. Even more, since the
rooftops and roof ridge of this small castle resemble the scales of a
dragon. So, thanks Achim!
.." this very name Drachenburg was in my mind all the time. Even more, since the rooftops and roof ridge of this small castle resemble the scales of a dragon.
So, thanks Achim!
I took another shot (well, several!) of the Cochemer Burg as well. I still can't believe my eyes that this is happening. Such perfect harmony!
In the past week I was busy scratch building an extension of the castle, as a connection to the White Tower or Poort Toren.
Read more in Chapter 46 and 47 of the Journal.
How only 5 inches (12,5 cm) can make a difference indeed. Now that the 'oversized villas' on the left side of the poster are offset by the urban sprawl, the backdrop can come out higher.
Things are getting into balance now. The forest in the center of the model railway now flows smoothly into the green hills on the poster.
As good as finished: the first part of the Monastery.
Before I decide where this building will be located on the monastery complex, the cathedral will have to be built first.
Addition to the Micro Metakit Files: tanklocomotive bay. D VI, DIETERICH (BR 8871-72)
After the balcony of the station as an intermission, I sincerely started to work on the Vollmer Monastery these days. A more detailed description in Chapter 44 (Journal 9).
While an east wind rages across the country with snow showers, I sit inside tinkering with a station canopy. Read the story of its making in Chapter 43.
Getting things started...
No time for boredom...
Last week I had a curious plan.
As I set up the Klingentorturm on the outskirts of Cochemer Town, I saw how it stood exactly on the edge of the layout. No mirror behind it this time to create depth.
In addition, I have about 53 centimeters of space between layout and background. So I thought: Why not an extension? Like something you can see under the gate.
A field road or something like that. But this idea quickly grew into urban expansion beyond the wall.
At first I thought of the Bebenhausen Monastery (Faller 130816). A fantastic subject, which fits well with the theme of the layout.
Unfortunately this model appears to be sold out for some years and alas, my dealer also had none...
To still create something of Monastery Grounds in combination with this cathedral, I ordered the Vollmer Monastery (43860) online on Monday 25/1, which was delivered a day later.
I can certainly move forward in the coming weeks, perhaps months...
All materials delivered at my homestead (by myself)
We are approaching the roof. The third floor was provided with an interior.
Furthermore, the roof has been painted and I have started thinking about a transition from the Klingentor to the existing wall. A fun challenge...
See for more: Chapter 40 of Journal 8.
Heading for the next floor and alfabeth a minore...
See Chapter 40.
Slow but steady progress.
These days I work with great patience on painting the Klingentor (Faller 130400). In slow, joyfull and satisfying progress...
Read more in Chapter 40 of Journal 8.
A new chapter is written: the Cochemer Bahn finally has a decent background. Read Chapter 39.
I finished this 366 cm (12 foot) wide background on the last day of 2020, and I have to say, I'm quite proud of the effect on the whole layout and the opportunity in now will give to make more inspiring pictures and clips. On my FB channel, I posted 4 pictures of this project which resulted in over 600 hits within 21 hours and a great many responses.
Also see the Agenda of previous years:
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