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Idea Book 260
Yaron Dori and Ben Ellermann 7 IX 04

During the 1980's and 1990's idea books were produced and sold from Shop at Home. These booklets offered hundreds of creation ideas for children. The creations were made entirely from currently available sets. Back when system sets in all themes contained large numbers of basic bricks and plates, a child could make most small idea book creations while being inspired to create their own castle world.

Our article, which will be in two installments, focuses on the castle creations of 260 Idea Book which was released in 1990. Many of the 23 creations will be discussed. Each one has been built and photographed to the best of our ability. We recommend using pieces from sets available in 1987-1990 but pieces can also be found in sets from other years. Discuss the article here.

Pages 28-35: Castles and Village Life

260-01 Haunted Tower Fortress
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Welcome to the Tower Fortress. Just be aware of a visit from the ghost.

This is a nice combination of two great castle sets – 6081 King’s Mountain Fortress and 6074 Black Falcon’s Fortress. It is a highly recommended build.

260-04 Gondola
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Traveling on the castles tunnels with a gondola will take you all over a round the medieval city.

The model is mainly made from the set 6018 Battle Dragon. Some other black parts from sets like 6085 Black Monarch’s Castle are needed as well.

260-12 Barrel Cart
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The Crusaders move goods through the dangerous woods with this cart.

This model is basically a combination between 6042 Dungeon Hunters and 6016.

260-14 Trade Cart
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The market will be full of goods from this merchant and his trade cart.

This model is made from sets 6049 Viking Voyager, 6017 King’s Oarsmen, 6042, and 6016.

260-15 Farmer's Cottage
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Build this field and farm house which are just outside the castle walls.

This is another model that is made from 6081 and 6074. The tree is from 6054 and the peasant figures are from 6103 Castle Minifigures.

260-22 Tudor Inn
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The 'Tudor Tavern' invites you Sir Knight for a stein of ale and a good rest.

This model is made from 6081, 6054 and some extra yellow parts. The peasant figures are from 6103.

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