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posted 05-10-2004 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CastleMummy     Edit/Delete Message
My 10 year old son has completed a castle made with river rock and mortar. He also has some concrete, concrete caulk, metal mechanisms, wood, cardboard and acrylic paint exposed. The foundation is glued to a 1/4" paneling board screwed to 2" x 4"'s to form a box. He packed around the foundations inside the box with potting soil and planted grass in the courtyard and outside the curtain walls. Its dimensions are approximately 21" x 26" x 12" (above ground)within a 2'x 2 1/2' box. We would like to display it in a garden outdoors, but need advice for preserving it against the elements. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

posted 05-10-2004 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not sure how useful this is, but perhaps a transparent plastic box... of course, it might spoil the efect. Hm... varnish won't last for long. Well, anyway the materials you listed aren't subjected to erosion usually. Op perhaps you cold build some sort of... ah, English language... mainly a roof on four stiks, there's a word for it... so the castle could be protected and also seen.

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posted 05-12-2004 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
...you mean a tent? That was also my first thought. Would be the easiest way.

posted 05-12-2004 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
You could try creosote or wood preserver on the wooden parts (can be nasty stuff, so you'll need to do that for him). I doubt that the other components will be much at risk - sure, they'll weather a bit, but this might actually add to the realism.

On the other hand, you might not want to worry too much - I expect it'll last 2 or 3 years without any intervention - sadly it's likely that your son will have lost interest in the model by then (there's huge difference between the interests of 10 and 13 yr olds) so your best bet might be to take lots of photographs of the model in its prime and look forward to lots more new and ingenious models to come.


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