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There are over ninety pieces to cut out and assemble to make this superb model of a 14th century castle. Surrounded by a moat with a drawbridge which goes up and down, the scene is crammed with accurate historical detail. The carefully designed model provides hours of model-making fun and there are around forty groups of figures and props to bring the finished castle to life, including knights and ladies and servants going about their everyday tasks. The base of the finished model measures 460 x 590mm (18 x 23in) and the castle is approximately 220mm (8in) high. Printed on stiff card, this book contains templates to cut out and construct a superb model of a 14th century castle crammed with authentic detail. The model includes miniature characters for re-creating castle life, including market stalls and jousting knights as well as a portcullis that lifts and falls. The base of the model measures 59 x 46cm.

Book information

Age
9+
Key Stage
KS2/3 H/DT
Paperback
ISBN: 9781409505617
Extent: 32 pages
Dimensions: 305 x 229mm
Author/Editor
Iain Ashman

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“Great project to do.. learnt all about medieval castle life too.”
Got this book from a charity shop, someone obviously couldn’t face the task ahead of them. I planned to finish it by the end of half term for my nephews but got so engrossed with building it that I had finished it in 2 days. I discovered the book cover image on this edition is reversed so I had to do a bit of rebuilding!!! Whoever designed the castle is a true genius as it was so well designed and really simple to do. I cannot believe all the detail. It’s also so beautiful to look at, the style, shape and colours. I also loved the extra touch of all the characters and their accoutrements. I would recommend this to anyone with pleasure. I have also been reading up on medieval castle life which is really fascinating too.

Press reviews

“Get hands-on with history! This book contains all the pieces needed to make a detailed medieval castle, teaching not just patience and accuracy but also loads of historical tidbits about how castles were designed. It’s a brilliant project for you and your child to make together.”
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