Gustav's Mill - part 1

by brae  

I have the week off from work, and yesterday I built Gustav's Mill -- the Archistories Windmill 'Marienfehn' in Z scale.

I bought some 21-gauge tipped glue syringes since the portions to be glued are so small.  Elmer's wood glue worked well with them.

The kit goes together easily since the parts are so accurate.  The instructions are clear with good drawings.

The motor does work with a 3V battery holder.  There are two diodes included to slow down the revolutions per minute (from 33rpm to 15 rpm according to the instructions).  Those will be added later once I get the display table built for it.  The motor has a quiet wind-up toy sound that's rather satisfying.  :D

I got out my soldering materials to attach long wires to the motor.  I left a lot of length so I can have more to work with later.

The X brace has been left unglued.  I plan to make a modest landscape for the display, so I'll add it once I get that in place.

I didn't take many photos during the building process since the tiny dabs of glue dry too fast.  :]  The sails are also just lightly glued right now.  I'll add a stronger adhesive once I'm done.  I want to be able to remove the sails during the landscaping process.

The tiny doors can be displayed open, but I like them closed.  There was no breathing when handling those tiny hinge accents.

The hub looks so big and solid, but the centers are thin black paper circles applied with needle tip tweezers.

I love the wee windows.  Yes, they have "glass" in them.

One of my favorite parts are the red stone slabs.  Just a pop of color in the mix.  You can also see the fine siding texture here.

Of course, I know you want a movie.  :D  This was taken with the two diodes taped in place, so this is the final speed of the sails.


Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Bravo! It’s so detailed. I love the video of the sails moving! :D

04/18/17 @ 09:35
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Beautifully done! (Loving the “home” movies too.)

04/18/17 @ 11:42
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04/18/17 @ 12:11
Comment from: A. Monterey Blair [Visitor]  

Wow. Just wow. It’s sooooo tiny and perfect. I love it.

04/18/17 @ 12:30

You have done a great job and what a great blog! Quite a sense of accomplishment when you finish an Archistories kit. BTW: the link you had in the previous page (Gustav’s Mill Introduction) was for the N scale (1:144) version that we also have in stock; here is the direct link to the z scale (1:220) version: ENJOY!

04/18/17 @ 13:20
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much! :>>

I’ve corrected the link on the other page – thanks for letting me know. :yes:

04/18/17 @ 14:18
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Oh, oh, oh!!!

That’s so tiny, and so pretty, and, and…!

Oh, now I want to try making one–which is ridiculous, because I don’t have your experience with 1:12 minis, I have no business going for something this incredibly small, but, oh, I yearn

And I am now officially salivating for the landscaping. Gustav, of course, is also an absolute artist when it comes to his hobby, so you can picture me over here, waiting with a big smile on my face.

04/18/17 @ 17:36
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

WOWEE Brae! Such finely detailed work! Your projects are Constantly Amazing and the Caliber of your achievements; Consistently High- Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!

04/18/17 @ 18:45
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04/18/17 @ 19:05
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]

Just amazing!!! This looks like such a fun build.

04/18/17 @ 20:30
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Oh wow! That’s amazing. I love the color of the wood and how the windows look, and the bits of red are perfect.

04/18/17 @ 21:19
Comment from: Cheverly L [Visitor]

Oh. My. Gosh. PERFECT! I, too, am salivating and yearning! :D

Enjoy your week off! I’m off too, but unfortunately can’t make it to Chicago this weekend. Get lots of fun stuff and take pictures for me so I can live vicariously, ‘kay?

04/19/17 @ 07:38
Comment from: Jenny Schmidt [Visitor]

You never cease to amaze me. Love it!

04/19/17 @ 10:11
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]

OMG. After a tiring day at work, this was a feast for the eyes. I love it. I guess no furnishings inside?? LOL

04/19/17 @ 13:44
Comment from: brae [Member]

:)) No, there will be no tiny furnishings. Thank you all so much! :>>

07/27/17 @ 12:22

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