Sunday, 8 November 2020

A castle update!

My apologies one and all for it has been far too long since I have posted here.  I am pleased to report all is well, but such is the pace and involvement of working with the new procedures and protocols that hobby time has been in short supply of late.  I have found that I miss, terribly, the interaction with those of you that pass by these pages and so have looked to Facebook as a means of maintaining an online presence.  If truth be told, I haven't quite got to grips with it yet, but hope that this might serve as a creative outlet in the months to come; do please seek me out, I promise no pictures of kittens!

The main purpose of posting today was to give the briefest of updates regarding the Battle of Schloss Itter project. A couple of weeks ago James and I finally managed to assembly the four boards for the first time in the front hall of my school. It was a wonderful to see the layout as planned and although some elements were not as finished as we had envisaged, we were looking forward to taking some photographs and video. Unfortunately the second lockdown has curtailed our plans again and we are faced with the inevitability that the castle will need to be quietly dismantled and stored away. In the brief time that it was available to the pupils, parents and staff we were heartened by the interest it garnered and so felt that we needed to commemorate the achievement in some small way. To that end James and I have recorded a Zoom conversation to share our thoughts about the concept and construction of the project.  The link to which is at the bottom of this post.

Regular reading of this most humble of weblog will remember that my good friend and colleague, James Walters was the creative genius behind the architectural modelling of Schloss Itter. During the lockdown period James has kept himself busy creating much of his beloved Bexhill West railway station and sharing many of the techniques employed in the castle design in a series of informative tutorials. This channel has gone from strength to strength and any you that may harbour a desire to create your own laser cut terrain pieces will surely find something of interest.

With regards to our conversation, I warn you now that speaking on camera is not something I find comes naturally to me, but I hope that those who have persevered with our journey will enjoy sharing some of our memories with us. Given today is Remembrance Sunday it seemed a fitting day to reflect on the broader purpose of the project, which was to celebrate the end of hostilities in Europe seventy five years ago.

I hope that you are all remain safe and healthy,


We Will Remember Them


  1. It looks great Michael, & a real treat to see it in all it glory :)

  2. Excellent work by both of you Michael, and must have been a great feeling finally seeing it all together. Hope you are keeping safe and you find some hobby time soon.

  3. Looks suitably splendid! Well done to both of you and I hope you find some hobby time soon!
    Best Iain

  4. Stunning. Simply stunning. I've noticed your presence on FB, Michael - it's very welcome. Hope your hobby time increases asap :-)

  5. Fantastic Display & look forward to hearing about the first AAR from it (whenever that may occur) Michael. It's great to see you back!

  6. this is a stunning production. Lockdown and isolation are an abyss. Some manage to avoid it, some are circling it trapped in it's pull, some are hanging on with one hand to the top and some have fallen in. I'm important to watch your footing and talk to people. They are a great anchor. Keep on carrying on

  7. Wonderful to see the model completed Michael splendid. I’m afraid I do hate Facebook so hopefully you stay with us here.

  8. WOW! It looks brilliant all laid out like that! I'm sure it will spark a lot of interest when you can set it up longer and let more people see it.

    Sorry to say I will not be following anything on FB. I'll just look for pictures of kittens elsewhere.

    I did bookmark the video to watch later.

  9. Terrific work, Michael! How satisfying it must've felt seeing it all assembled, no matter how briefly. I'll look you up on FB, although the thing's playing silly buggers since they did that daft 'upgrade.'

  10. A very impressive display once assembled. I don't suppose you know from an educational perspective the best way to approach a focussed literature review at master level??

  11. Its beyond impressive - its inspiring!
    Well done Sir, well done indeed

  12. That table does look very impressive. Hopefully we will get to see it at first hand sometime in the near future.

    Glad to hear you are well and coping with all the necessary procedures.

  13. Looks superb Michael, good to see you back mate.

    Cheers Roger.

  14. Most impressive and beautiful!

  15. It's not until one sees the whole model mounted on the three cafetria style dining tables that the size of the immense model can be truly apreciated.
    The attention to detail is impresive and to see the cmpleted project in its entirety is a true treat.
    I wouldn;t be too dishearted by your 'public' speaking skills, as both you and James came across as true professionals. The very nature of your relationship is obvious to any that have seen the video - you make a great double act!
    Thanks for sharing the completion of theis wonderful project and I hope we get to see it 'in action' at some stage in the near future.

  16. Magnificent! A truly stunning terrain piece, Michael.

  17. Stunning table piece, and a fabulous project bravo


  18. It looks both stunning and impressive. Great work!

  19. Fantastic. I enjoyed the zoom discussion also.

  20. I will keep looking here, Michael, for as long as you're posting it.

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