MiniArt 1/72 Medieval Castle
Model Number: 72005
The MiniArt Medieval Castle in 1/72 scale from the plastic building models range provides a highly detailed stone castle perfect for use in 1/72 scale dioramas and wargames terrain.
This plastic building kit requires paint and glue to complete.
Model: 72005 Medieval Castle
Reviewed by A Dalton
Complex but effective model
This model came with well moulded parts. It is correctly designed for 20mm (1/72) figures but can be used with 15mm. It requires a fairly skilled modeller and some thought to plan your approach to the construction. Take your time and be patient during construction. I took a week. The wall thickness is obtained by gluing two sides together and they need to be aligned carefully then clamped with washing line pegs to hold the parts together while the glue sets. I used liquid glue and applied with a fine brush for accuracy. Construct each wall and each tower separately before putting the parts together. I had to use light weight brown wrapping tape and elastic bands to hold the four sides of the towers together while the glue set overnight. While there are no locating pins to help, if you are careful using the method of laying each tower wall on the tape then folding it round to a right angle and adding the next piece. When all for sides of the tower are taped then add a couple of elastic bands to hold the parts more tightly. Then use the brush to apply the glue which will run into the joints. I also added strips of sprue to the inside corners of the tower joints to strengthen them. You do need to carefully trim off the extra bits of plastic from the sprue to make it fit inside the corner and touch the walls. Then paint on the cement to weld the parts together. The following morning carefully peel the tape off. Once each of the walls and 7 towers were constructed I added another piece of sprue to the inside of each wall with about 8mm protruding. This provided me with a locating pin. I carefully measured the wall to find the precise location for the pin and slowly drilled the wall with a modelling drill. If the top tower is made with the addition of locating pins sticking 6mm out from the base of each corner you can drill the roof of the large tower to be able to fix it temporarily but firmly to the model so that it is not so tall when you put it away. Place a small dab of paint on each of the pins and carefully touch the roof of the main tower. This gives you the precise drilling points. Make sure your drill is the correct size for the diameter of the locating pins. As I said above this is a fairly complex model but if you take your time add the strengthening suggested then it does make an attractive and effective model when completed and painted. Whilst there are other castles available this does give a good representation of an early English stone castle built before 1300. Also it is possible to swap a corner tower and the main keep to give some variety and realism to the design. In my opinion the MiniArt design looks better as a finished model than the Airfix Sherwood castle which is rather stylised for my taste. Once complete I recommend you add a base to elevate the model on a small motte and then landscape around it to provide a moat or ditch defence but none of that comes with the model. To summarise - a good model but takes time and skill to assemble.
Reviewed by Alexander Sim
Father and son project
this is a center piece in a Medieval village my son and I am building together, I had to build it first and I say I as I had to do so pretty much alone, in advance so I could get size, unpainted it looked really bad but once complete it is quite effective, overall it was not too complex.
Reviewed by Christopher Stone
I have competed many models but this was the worse i've ever had. Trying to glue pieces together without location pins ie: glueing edges together and parts having to be made up by using several pieces was an absolute nightmare, i would not recomend this model to anyone, it was manufactured in the Ukraine give me airfix everytime.
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