Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Trebuchet (Fredericus-rex)

This is a monster!!!!  No castle walls are safe, MUH HA HA, MUH HA HA!!!!
Another lasercut model from the house of Fredericus - rex.
As with the houses this kit  can be painted with Acrylics and this time I´ve got over my initial fear of damaging the material by using the paint too watery ( swelling or warping) and I just sloshed it on. This kit got 4 seperate layers of paint added and absolutely no ill affects. The walls of the bucket warped with the first layer of paint but went back to their original flat condition after a minute or so.
Vital stats : H: 11cm´s W: 12cms L: 18cm´s..
Notice...the winding gear and the rope on the throwing arm are not connected....it´s in the moment of "just about to launch"
Crew from Fredericus-rex plus a couple of bods from orion and Zvezda.
Checking the fall of shot into the hedgerow.
Someone´s  decided it would be better not ot be near when it fires.
Both my Trebuchets together. The one in the background is a resin kit from MiniHistory. All that´s missing now is the Zvezda one and I´ll have the three sisters, "Faith, Hope and Charity"
The kit fits together really easily, all that´s needed are scalpel, tweezers and woodglue.
I recommend painting up ALL the parts before fitting, as when it´s put together it would be IMHO pretty fiddly to get into all the corners. The ladder. In the instructions it shows fitting the rungs in one go, they come on a sort of comb but it is impossible to get all the rungs lined up with the holes so I cut off every rung from the "sprue"  and fitted them individually, lining them up by laying the ladder on it´s back and using two CD boxes pushed up from left and right. I dripped revell liquid contact glue onto the ladder to "plastify" it and make it stronger.
The thread provided is a bit white..so I put it in a cup of hot water, added two old teabags and a teaspoon of coffee powder and  left it for 1/2 an hour  ;-D

Hello to Richard from bbtoyshobbies Blog . Lovely 1/72nd and 28mm bods with some cracking additional historical background

30 comments:

  1. She's a big beautiful girl, how much was she?

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    1. Thanks Fran.
      She cost 20 Euros...not bad considering that the Miniart one cost 19, but the Fredericus -rex one is bigger and IMHO more historically /technically accurate
      Cheers
      Paul

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  2. Charity none the less!!
    Nice model Paul. Seems daunting even from a distance!
    T.

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  3. That's a beauty - just need a couple of dead horses....

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  4. We bought a working model trebuchet when in France last year. It can chuck a marble across the room!

    Link here : http://philbancients.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/our-own-personal-trebuchet.html#!/2011/06/our-own-personal-trebuchet.html

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    1. Nice I want one.....it´s a model of a Mangonel, it´s got a fixed counterweight ;-D
      Cheers
      paul

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  5. Hi Paul , Nice painting of you !!!
    Yes I paint the houses of Fredericus Rex also with VALLEJO Acrylics, and doing it carefull is without problems. Drybrushing is very easy because of the good lasercut surfaces.

    Looking foreward to your next models :-)
    Ciao Michael

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  6. Beautifully built and painted model. Your blog is a wonderful playhouse for all of us. Everything in it is greatly to be admired and envied. :-)

    Thanks for the warm welcome! Richard

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  7. Awesome monster, Paul. I can imagine the damage it can give.

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  8. Very nice work, Maestro.

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  9. Wow! That's lovely! Is it "operational"?

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    1. Thanks. :-D
      Unfortunately not. It could work but I reckon the stress on the throwing arm would snap it. I´m going to use the plans to make a sclaed up (1/32nd) one..that should be a working one.
      Cheers
      paul

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    2. Nice! You NEED TO post it here :)

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  10. Very impressive model. Have you space for all your stuff?

    Ian

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  11. BLOODY FANTASTIC!Does it work?

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  12. As I mentioned in an earlier post, your work would make an excellent advert for the company that sell the models. Superb as always.

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  13. Evil beast! (no - not you Paul!)

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  14. What an excellent piece of kit! Nice one Paul!!

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  15. Beautiful work as always! This laser-cut stuff is taking modellimng to a whole 'nother-level isn't it?

    Bernard Kempinski at the http://usmrr.blogspot has been cutting is own stuff with a laser, I wonder how easy it is to get one and use it? I'm guessing a smaller toy than a sign-writers or cartographers plotter, and with a laser at the business-end rather than a pen or revolving scalpel-blade? Hummm...I'm off to Google!

    Hugh

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    1. Thanks Hugh :-D
      I´ve just had a look at Bernards blog and it´s a good un. thanks for giving the tip.
      Cheers
      paul

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    2. They start at twelve-hundred and fifty, which is doable in a year or two, if my re-training goes OK!?

      Presumably you can cut anything you can draw? As my retraining is to be in CAD, this looks like a goal...something my work psychology people say I need to develop! Like Barnsly FC - I lack goals...

      RMS Bismark in 1:72 scale?...Coming right-up...Two-year delivery though!

      H

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  16. What a sensational looking bit of kit and nicely put together Paul.

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  17. Fantastic!

    I too built an up scaled, working model. She can throw a golf ball about a hundred yards!

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  18. Fearsome looking bit of kit. You definitely would not want to be on the receiving end of one of those!

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  19. nice one paul.

    i made a trebuchet that came up to waist height. it threw a glue stick across the science class. But in general the range was o.1m and it was more likely for the swinging arm ot hit the user (my friend) in the face, than a target

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  20. Freakin epic Paul.

    Four layers of paint! Madness.

    Well done.

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  21. Oh no, he's attacking his neighbour again!

    Excellent painted model!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  22. tremendous attention to working details ... it takes real care and patience to put together the ensemble .. well appreciated!

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