Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Airfix Fort Sahara - Monastery

Finally my head is getting clear and it´s back to painting etc.
First up this year, (apart from a Roman Villa and a couple of other bits) Something not on the "things planned for 2016" a Reconstruction of the Airfix Fort Sahara into a Monastery..usefull for a wide (or wider range) of periods, from early medieval to modern.

Basically, the idea Comes from Robert and his excellent Remodelling of the Airfix Fort Sahara into Le Monastère de Zinderneuf .

Some pilgrims are coming to visit…

...whilst inside, the Monks are either discussing what´s on the menu...…
..or maybe wether Brother Cedric´s Attire is quite appropiate

The re-build.
The original box with Contents.

Sanded down, the Little stubs of beam Ends and the door hinges removed.

The stairway is in a bit of an odd Position, anyone running down would stand a Chance of crashing into anyone coming out of the bottom door,  so it has been re-positioned
Addition of Quoins and brickwork around the doors and Windows

Stairway fixed in it´s new Position...more brickwork added, a start to adding stonework to the walkways.
The internal walls added. The bottom doorway gets covered over but it´s not much of a loss and was part of the plan anyway...and the main reason for altering the Position of the stairs.

Finally all the stonework/paving is finished

Walls smeared with a thin layer of PVA and sprinkled with fine sand, basing added. The Paving outside of the doorway had to go.

Paint it Black
Base coats and some weathering
Roof for the Tower, which will be removable. Scratchbuilt from card with a bead and a toothpick

Doors re-sized. I´ve scratched them up to add a Basic grain effect and cut bits off to create a "used" look.
Road and steps up to the Castle/Monastery
Little tufts added to the paving

I might add some other bits like a well, small storage hut, Garderobe but when there´s time


  1. Hi Paul,

    I am really impressed!


  2. Excellent conversion Paul! The end result is stunning.

  3. Good converting and end result Paul!

  4. That works really well Paul, great conversion

  5. Really amazing work!!From base to roof is a piece of art!!
    Regards, George.

  6. My goodness that's an impressive conversion Paul, absolutely fabulous work.

  7. Excellent job, great details and nice conversion!

  8. Great Conversion Paul, and a very good use of an old toy.
    Did you send the Legionnaires packing! Cast Out! BB

  9. Good to see you´re back in business! And what a comeback! :D Great idea and stunning results! Cheers!

  10. That's brilliant!
    I played with my Fort Sahara a lot as a kid.

  11. Impressive work Paul !

    Turned out really really nice !!!

    Do you think it would work for 28mm sizewise?

    Best regards Michael

  12. Very great job!
    Fantastic idea.

  13. Fantastic work on the old fort Paul!

  14. Excellent conversion work Paul! Never thought that this could be doen with that old fort!


  15. Another fantastic build. Brother Cedric. :)

  16. Brilliant re purpousing of a kit to get a great period feel
    Best Iain