Having spent almost a year building nothing in Lego - including "missing" my own Lego Show in April - I decided to (over-)commit to five shows/events between now and next April. So it was time to resurrect my Castle Town from the sorting boxes.
With many shows to attend, my usual trick of destroying
the castle at the end of a show was not really an option, so carefully planning was needed. I also needed a solution that was self-contained (as I can't rely on others being at all the shows), transportable, and viable in several sizes. The idea is also, over time, to rebuild sections as improvements suggest themselves.
I have a number of train baseboards
, and the maximum I can comfortably fit in the car is three, so this determined the size of the biggest possible plan (240 x 160 studs). One board would be too small, so the same modules would also have to make a smaller castle on two boards (160 x 160 studs).
I now have the modules
to make the town complete to a point that I can display it in either configuration
Inner Bailey - http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2651637
(keep clicking "Next" - and no, I have no intention of animating this sequence, with or without the Bagpuss Mice!)
Large Castle - http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2651648
Small Castle - http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2651660
(the small castle requires one 16x16 stud wall module not needed in the large castle)
Various market stalls
will be used to fill in the gaps.