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Old 07-12-2016, 10:12 PM
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Das Lustschloss

Hi All,

I could tell by the look in her eyes that this model was not going to be a part of my collection, but hers. My wife loves the 1/12 scale dollhouse I made for her some years ago, and it seems my latest paper model falls into the ďminiaturesĒ category. But thatís OK, as we have a 40 year old reciprocity agreement.

I first discovered this model, known as a Lustschloss, on Patriciaís Agence Eureka web site. After a quick search through her huge site, I couldnít find it, so I turned to her flickr account. Hereís the address for the first page:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffet...-7FiTNx-7FnMHb

That should give you the seven pages for the model and the important line drawing on the cover.

A Lustschloss is a country lodge or pleasure palace for royalty, nobility and others in the upper echelons of society. Dating back to the Renaissance, they were built throughout the years to provide the ruling classes with an escape from the drudgeries of court life. A number of them still exist, for they are still recognized as the restful retreats they were originally intended to be. Similar to a Jagdschloss, or hunting lodge, the Lustschloss was more oriented toward indoor sport rather than the outdoor variety.

The model appears to be quite old. If we judge its age by the costumes worn by the modelís paper people, a good guess would be the 1880ís, possibly older. The evocative black and white line drawing on the cover says Modellirmappe 8. Lustschloss. Modellirmappe means model file or model folder. There is no indication of a publisher, only a cryptic letter R in the lower right corner of the cover. The illustration is quite accurate, down to the poses of the people and the construction of the building. I referred to it often during the build. If this is indeed the eighth in a series of paper models, I would very much like to see the others that preceded it. Information on the missing back cover may have included a list of the available models.

Considering its age, the drawings are beautifully preserved, with only a few areas of fade. It was only after printing the colorful pages onto 110 lb. cardstock that I realized just how big this model was going to be. As completed, it measures 13 inches to the top of the weather vane, by 12 inches wide. When building architectural models, I like to reinforce the paper parts with picture framerís mat board. This helps to keep the walls flat, the roofs rigid and the corners sharp. I usually laminate the card with Elmerís white glue, but this tends to warp the parts. Smaller parts can be easily straightened, but the large panels for this model needed to be flat from the start. So, I used 3Mís Double Sided Tape to laminate the paper to the mat board. The tape cost a few extra dollars, but I think the results were worth it. Once all the mat board was in place, I reinforced the parts with formed basswood sticks, adding strength and structure to the building. Iíve included a few photographs of the component parts showing the mat board and basswood in place.

The build was straightforward, with a good parts fit. I believe the model is German, and they have been masters of card modeling and the printerís arts for many years. I donít know what the original printing process was, but it far exceeds Pellerinís often sloppy, stenciled colors over a printed black outline. In this model, color registration is spot-on, a rarity in a kit this old.

Also included with the building are a mixed set of flora and fauna to add to the overall atmosphere. Each of these accessories came in two parts, with a separate front and back. Rather than deal with the usual misalignment of hand-drawn parts, I mirrored all the front and back parts and glued the mirrored sides together, sandwiching a layer of 110 lb. card between them. This process results in strong, durable figures. Another benefit is now I have twice the number of people and plants. Where there were duplicates, such as the man on the horse, I carefully applied watercolors to alter their appearance. Two-part mahogany bases were cut and glued to each small model. After I finished assembly, I realized I had just built a 19th century playset out of paper.

The fashions worn by the guests are a good indication of the age of the model. Most of the women are covered top to bottom in heavy clothing. Most, that is, except for the milkmaid. There she stands amid the arboretum, her arms and legs bare, in concert with her alluring dťcolletage. Itís interesting to note the milkmaidís contribution to fashion. Marie Antoinette built a number of small compounds where she could be alone with her friends. In one, a small, rustic, faux village known as Le Hameau de la Reine at Versailles, the Queen and her courtiers would dress as milkmaids and live a fanciful life of peasants. The bared limbs of true milkmaids relieved them from getting their clothes dirty in muddy French farmyards. But the Queen saw the quaint costume as a way to free herself from the restrictive clothing demanded by the French court. As in every age, what a Queen or Princess may do is quickly copied by her subjects, and so it was in France in the late 18th century, where ankles and elbows became fashion accessories among women of the privileged classes. This loosening of formality and the increasing exposure of a womanís figure remains with us to this day.

My interest in milkmaids aside, the Lustschloss model builds into an imposing structure, and will need a tall shelf to display it. For those interested in building dollhouses, the back wall and roof could be cut away and floors and interior walls could be installed. It would take a bit of preproduction planning, but it shouldnít be too difficult. My wife likes our Lustschloss just the way it is, so, lucky me.

Score and fold,

Thumb Dog
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:54 PM
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Very beautifull. And its a very typical scenery from Germany. From a period they call Biedermeier.

Thanks a lot.
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:10 AM
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Absoluetly charming and so well done.
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:37 AM
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Well I don't know when my fingers are gonna be fit enough to build this, but I have downloaded it and shrunk it to fit 4 pages on an A4 card. It still looks quite buildable in this 1/4 size and probably could be shrunk even further. perhaps one day I'll try it.

However ... are you sure you have put up the complete model here? I have 8 sheets, including the Cover Picture, but on first perusal the left hand side of the main structure is missing. Which makes me think there must be another page, which may also have other essential small parts that don't leap to mind.

Yep! A quick search of Patricia's flickr pages gave me the extra page. Page 3 & 4 are very similar. Easy mistake to make.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/with/4383735544/

It's been a while since I strolled through this Flickr site. Guess where I'm going now?
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:47 PM
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Beautiful! The wooden supports for the figures take it to another level.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:07 PM
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Very cool! Thank you for sharing this wonderful, clean build!
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Old 07-14-2016, 02:56 PM
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Hi All,

And thanks to all who commented so favorably on my latest effort. Now, it's back to the computer to continue looking for even more vintage paper models.

Score and fold,

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Gorgeous vintage diorama. Ya gotta like that style. I'm not sure what words to pin on the style, though. It also brings to mind the vintage comic strips, which have their own esthetic appeal.
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:05 PM
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Hi All,

Thanks southwestforests. Boy, did I miss the obvious... I originally said there were seven pages of parts to this model, and a cover. There are in reality eight model pages and one cover, making a total of nine pages for the complete model. John M was right about the missing page. If you use the flickr address given in the body of my first post, you'll find page three is not included in that set. Please use the address John M gives above. This one:

http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/r...F4383735544%2F

This location will give you all nine pages for the Lustschloss model. I apologize for any inconvenience.

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Old 07-14-2016, 06:17 PM
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Or ... even if you use the original link, look towards the upper left of the page (just under the Flickr logo) you'll see 'back to photostream' Click on that to be taken to Patricia's photostream where all 9 pages can be seen ... along with access to loads and loads of other Pillipat pins. Where does she find them all? I reckon she must live next to a paper recycling yard.
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