Thursday 11 June 2015

"King John's" Hunting Lodge - Axbridge

"King John's" Hunting Lodge -Axbridge  or as near as I could reproduce it from photos found on the web.
Re-creating a reallife building is way more time intensive than just making one up, measuring etc so it will end up looking near enough in porportion (the plans below) but the result is, IMHO, way better.

I´ve made a couple of changes from the real life Version;
1. The shop Windows I made smaller as the construction was impossible using Card.
2. The back wall and right Hand wall I´ve made up , the original back wall is a massive Stone affair.
3. I´ve left the chimney off.
4. I left off the fretwork above the Windows.

Basic history and info on the original can be seen HERE
Rough sketch (to scale) to plan out how it will actually Transfer to the model..and it allows for small changes now rather than wasting  time and cardboard later.

Roofing tiles made from thin Card , strips 1cm wide, marked at 1/2cm intervals and the edges snipped with scissors. In the pic the Strip is 2 cm´s wide which makes easier to Hold during snipping. The snipping can be toe curlingly boring but way easier than sticking the tiles individually.  
I´m pleased with the way it´s turned out so the rest of the houses will get the same hours of "fun" ahead :-)

A slightly sterner Version of the kings head sculpture that adorns the original building.

The Windows are made using mesh from a bag of oranges, cut to size then painted black and thin pieces of scrap plastic from Containers behind

.............and just to Show it´s virtually all  made from scrap Card.....

I reckon I´ll Need to add a Pub to the town, so I might have a go at this one,  Leigh-Pemberton House,


  1. Great looking building Paul, nice kings head sculpture...

  2. That's absolutely superb Paul!

  3. Great job Paul. Superbe!

  4. My word that's a labour of love Paul and what a splendid result!

  5. Nice Work Paul.Have you made chimneys for your scratch-build too?

    1. Thanks. Nope..although I might. I´ve made them with chimneys in the past ..(for my medieval village called being replaced with the Card houses) Problem was, the chimneys kept getting broken off in storage. I might let my daughter have the styrofoam villiage...better than it being hidden in the cellar

  6. You need to give up your day job Paul and get into the model building game. FANTASTIC!

    1. Thanks Pat, praise indeed :-D
      If I had a day Job to give up ...:-D
      Thought about it (the wife has mentioned it) but as far as I can see it wouldn´t pay the bills and, IMHO, "turning your Job into your Hobby or your Hobby into your Job is the road to insanity". I´ve seen and experienced on a small scale - (pun intended) it lead to fights among "customers" and "Producers" who were once Hobby friends ..the expectations on either side rarely seem to be equally matched. It´s to some degree the same with a Job, but with a Job the rules seem more "set"; I do something to a certain expectation and get this amount of payment. The "Parameters " of Service to reciprocation in Hobbys aren´t clearly defined, which makes Setting the amount of "payment" for a service difficult. what is one model worth compared to another..the "how Long is a Piece of string ?" effect. much is the above house worth (especially seeing as everyone know knows it´s scrap Card?

      I´m happy to swop or do bits for free, although that can also lead to some Level of dissatisfaction and that would, to a degree, take away the fun.

      Maybe the subject is worth a write up somewhere?