Howl's Moving Castle, 1:100 scale Scratch build

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Haystack Hair, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Haystack Hair

    Haystack Hair Sr Member

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    I thought I had already made a thread for this but apparently not....
    I absolutely adore Miyazaki's films, and Howl's Moving Castle is among my favourites; I spent several months humming and ha-ing about whether to build the titular castle; and what scale to put it in at....Eventually I guesstimated the size of the 'real' castle and settled on 1:100 scale, as it's the smallest scale I could do that you would be able to see any figures at.

    I started by hand-drawing a scaled castle from the front-on, and blocked out the 'forehead' in foam



    A piece of MDF was added for the battlements


    Several layers of bondo and smoothing out:


    Then the lower jaw roughed in foam


    Turret domes turned (Here's Rodger doing the primary turret)


    Then I turned one of the towers on the lathe, along with the turret dome that sits atop it


    A central core, needs to be solid, so I cut it from the hardwood meranti



    All the components so far! The majority of these are going to be vacuum formed in 2mm styrene to save on weight and for ease of assembly



    There's a long way to go but due the original's hand drawn nature, I thankfully feel no compulsion to worry over specific measurements and proportions. Depending on what reference I look at, the 'forehead' either seems far too tall, or just right; but as long as the vibe is right then I'm happy.
    At any rate, it will be the painting that makes or breaks this once it's assembled

    Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!
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    MKWJTC Active Member

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    And here's 'just another' of your builds.
    This will rock!
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  3. Haystack Hair

    Haystack Hair Sr Member

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    Heheh so you've noticed huh?? I'm working on about 20 different models and pieces at the moment....all on some undefined rotation of vie d'un artiste!
  4. Jaitea

    Jaitea Master Member

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    Incredible, creative

  5. astroboy

    astroboy Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very excited about this
  6. PoopaPapaPalps

    PoopaPapaPalps Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I, too, am a huge Miyazaki fan and will be watching this with great interest! Consider me subscribed!
  7. edspaged2

    edspaged2 Well-Known Member

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    Man this will be awesome. I'm gonna watch this. I've always thought this would make an awesome feature, glad to see someone doing it!

    I went to the ghibli museum a few months ago but sadly they didn't have anything on HMC at the time. Whether they rotate their displays around, not sure. I picked up a few of the finemolds Laputa and Porco Rosso kits while there.

    so this will stand around 410-420 mm tall?
  8. LukaFilm

    LukaFilm Sr Member

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    Congratulations on wrapping your head around all those shapes! Looks veeeeery complicated!
    Following for sure! :thumbsup
  9. SkunkonToast

    SkunkonToast New Member

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    An awesome build idea dude. I spend many a quality afternoon with my daughter watching the studio gibli movies and I love what your doing.
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  10. Durrett

    Durrett Active Member

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    Such a cool idea for a build. Models like this are why I keep checking back on this forum.
  11. HaVoC373

    HaVoC373 Active Member

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    while i think the movie is really weird and doesn't make much sense. i do like the castle :) looking forward to seeing more :)
  12. blipper

    blipper Sr Member

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    I'd love one of these myself - really looking forward to your progress.
  13. Rats

    Rats Sr Member

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    Did any more happen with this amazing model?

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