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I've always wanted a Japanese castle on a layout but didn't want to pay for a Woody Joe kit. I stumbled across Maruoka Castle this week and thought “I can make that”. Obviously totally over-estimating my abilities I'm sure. Maruoka Castle is a small castle that'll fit nicely on my small layout. I've got access to a laser cutter now so here goes nothing. Probably should have started with a shed or a torii but no, I'm jumping in head first on this one. Going to try cutting it out of Polybak. I've got three thicknesses, 0.011",   0.020" and  0.024". It cuts and engraves well and apparently takes paint well as well.

 

I'm starting with a paper craft model and converting it to something I can cut. It's going to take a lot of drawing using Adobe Illustrator to get it right. Here are my initial efforts. Spent a good part of the day in front of the computer today and have a long way to go before I cut anything. The red lines will be the cut lines and the black will be engraved. I've barely started on setting the colours. I'll be adding small pieces of wood or Polybak instead of folding paper beams and whatnot. Wish me luck!

 

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Here's the subject.

 

 

Cheers eh,

 

Todd

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Spent a few more hours this morning working on a couple of walls. Experimenting with ideas as to how to make the  walls look more 3D. Here's the result so far. This is going to take a while. Red lines are cut lines. Back lines are engraved.

 

 

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Todd, I expect after a bit you will get it down to units you can cut and paste and resize to do the basic stuff fast. You are starting with a good challenge! But that's a great way to learn. Luckily not much of a loss but time experimenting, but it's a good investment!

 

best of luck and excited to see the results!

 

jeff

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Yes, I’m getting quite efficient now Jeff.  Two of the walls above are just reflected images of each other. There are multiple parts where I’ll just need to do the work once. This is what I love to do though, learn new things; hence, my signature. 

 

Going to try a test cut in the morning before work. Biggest problem is the down arrow key has crapped out on my laptop. Need a new keyboard. I’ll post pics. 

 

Cheers eh,

 

Todd

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Going to start a business and give woody joe a run for their money?!

 

someday I'll be following you down this road here!

 

might look at some of the cheap 1/300 papercraft castle models on ebay for some details and such.

 

jeff

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Nope, no business allowed on this machine.  Now, if I had a few tens of thousands of dollars lying around...

 

Actually, I am basing this on a papercraft model. And, it’s 1/150 scale! Here it is. http://www.papercraftsquare.com/maruoka-castle-free-building-paper-model-download.html. Found some great detail pictures here. http://japan-web-magazine.com/english/fukui/maruoka-castle/slide/1.html

 

Might have to make two. One with snow. 

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Cheers eh,

 

Todd

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Well if you get enough templates done then maybe you can afford the investment in your own cutter! May not need to be so beefy  for doing these guys! Sell the templates!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Well, squeezed in a few minutes on the laser cutter this morning when students weren't vapourizing plywood. Here are some test cuts. Firstly though take a look at some of the real details here. http://japan-web-magazine.com/en/fukui/castle/maruoka-castle Look at the second last image on the page and compare it to the image below. The more I look at the real thing, the more ideas I get. Like curving the eaves below.

 

 

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Lots more to go.

 

Todd

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Foul! Having too much fun! Wow, that's great detail!

 

is this just the heavy scrapbooking cardstock or a laser stock of some Kind? 

 

jeff

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That’s Polybak. AKA Laserboard. 0.011” thick for the fine details and 0.024” for the wall. 

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So have you tried painting it and then cutting?

 

jeff

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Not yet. I’m told it takes paint well but have yet to try it. What’s your reasoning behind painting and then cutting?

 

Todd

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Curious how  the paint holds up to cutting andnthen you can also get the different colored etch lines.

 

friend use to do a lot of fancy house models (was put out of that business by large 3d powder printers) and would use laser chipboards that had colored outer layer and the different core color that you could etch into. Some gave different shades depending on the laser speed and power used. Let him do stone and brick work well.

 

jeff

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