Mediaeval castles were defensive structures commonly built of stone. A high wall, or set of walls, enclosed a group of buildings. A tall tower building called the keep was generally the focal point of the complex. Other buildings might include gatehouses, additional towers, and various residential and storage structures. You can build your own miniature castle out of styrofoam bricks. Let us see how to make mediaeval castle models.
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Things you need
- 108 styrofoam bricks 10 x 20 x 5 cm (4 x 8 x 2 inches)
- 2 styrofoam boards 90 x 60 x 5 cm (36 x 24 x 2 inches)
- Transparent tape
- Scissors or utility knife
Place three styrofoam bricks lengthwise in a row. Tape them together. Make another identical row and place it parallel to the first row. The two rows should be 40 cm (16 inches) apart.
Connect these two rows of bricks by placing two bricks lengthwise between the ends of each row. Tape them in place. You should have a perfect 60 cm (24 inch) square.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make five more identical 60 cm (24 inch) squares of styrofoam bricks. Tape one of these squares on top of the original square. Tape the third square on top of the second. You have completed the curtain wall of your mediaeval castle. It should be 30 cm (12 inches) high.
Tape two bricks together lengthwise. Place the long side of another brick perpendicular to the short sides of the bricks you just taped together. Repeat on the other side of the two bricks. Tape all of these bricks together. You should have an 20 cm (8 inch) square with no empty space inside it.
Repeat Step 4 a total of 11 times. Tape the first of these 20 cm (8 inch) squares to the top of the original square. Tape each of the other 20 cm (8 inch) squares to the one below it. You should have a keep 60 cm (24 inches) tall.
Cut four identical strips, 75 x 5 x 2.5 cm (30 x 2 x 1 inches), out of a styrofoam board. Place one strip at the end of one of the walls of the keep. Stand it up so that it is 75 cm (30 inches) high. One end of the strip should reach to the end of the keep wall. The 2.5 cm (1 inch) side of the strip should be parallel to the wall and the strip itself should stand out 5 cm (2 inches) from the wall of the keep.
Tape the strip to the keep wall. It should rise 15 cm (6 inches) above the top of the wall. Repeat Step 6 by placing each of the remaining strips at the other end of the same wall, and on the ends of the wall opposite.
Place the other styrofoam board flat on a table. Center the curtain wall on the board. Tape it in place. Place the keep in the centre of the curtain wall and tape it in place.
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