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Cut & Assemble a Medieval Castle: A Full-Color Model of Caernarvon Castle in Wales Paperback – June 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Activity Books
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486246639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486246635
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

It is a very impressive completed structure.
C. Rodgers
They use good quality sturdy paper with nicely engineered designs, not for young children I would say as some designs, like this one, can be complex.
See Em Gee
The castle turns out beautiful if you follow every direction.
D. Harlan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Albert Alfonso on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
The end product was worth it all, but the assembly process was sort of difficult. There were hardly any instructions on how to fold things, and the folding was difficult itself. Also it was hard to tell where to cut and what to cut and I made several mistakes cutting where I wasnt supposed to. Another thing that might have been helpful, is labels on EVERY piece of cutout. But in the end, the castle looked great and it was worth the effort. All in all the project takes about 24 hours total.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Will Kalif on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have made several different paper castle projects. This one is well done and it looks great when finished. It took me somewhere between 10 and 15 hours of work. For the price you can't beat it. And everything is very accurate as far as the printing and how it goes together. This castle project doesn't have a base so I recommend you make one out of foam board or posterboard. Well worth it. Included at the top are a coupleof picture of the one that I made. One pic shows it almost completed without a base and the other picture shows it completed and mounted onto a piece of foamboard with a little terrain added.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Rodgers on January 5, 2012
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I bought this castle to build for a school project. I had planned on working on it with my son (10), but as it turned out there are so many pieces requiring fine motor skills to neatly cut everything out that I ended up doing the bulk of the work. There are also many, many folds and creases to made on the various pieces. Some of the pieces have 15-18 individual folds (little folds, but lots of them!). After prepping and folding it all needs to be glued together. Here is how my time worked out (my best estimate): Cut and label the pieces - approx. 10-12 hours. Score and glue the cut pieces - approx. 18-20 hours. Construct and finish the Castle - approx. 2-3 hours (for the project we added details to the diorama - painted grass & water, as well as, place the paper figures from the kit into the finished scene).

I read other peoples estimates on time and it took me WAY more time than some posted (here and on other sites). Either I'm really slow or my work was too meticulous or a combination of the two! hahaha. I saw some estimates of 10 - 15 hours (which is why I agreed to build this in the first place). IMHO, I don't know how that is possible. The book has approx. 12+ pages in it with many detailed structures to be cut, folded and glued. That means you would have to be able to finish a page an hour and I just don't see how that is possible. I did not make too many mistakes during the cutting process. I agree with other comments made that understanding which way some of the folds go can be tricky and this also slows you down. I also labeled the backs of the pieces as I cut them out on the backs and marked fold lines lightly so I remembered where the pieces got folded when I started to fold and glue the pieces.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By histonerd on August 22, 2011
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This model is very detailed so is best for an older student. It takes a great deal of cutting and an x-acto knife is recommended. This will take some time and is tedious work. Many pieces have printed numbers on them, but some have not and should be labeled as you cut them or you'll lose track. All that considered, this is a great model to tie in to a history and geography study. The booklet gives the historical background that you can key off of to teach a lot of things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By See Em Gee on August 24, 2013
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The past few years I've been working on paper models, there are some nice free sites on line, but I've been looking for a medieval castle which I haven't found, hence this purchase. This is not just one building, but several with courtyard and walls, people and flags too! I actually built this exact model some 25 years ago, I don't know how I did it using primitive tools and white glue and as a first project in such things. I now have more detailed tools and use "tacky glue" which is fast acting. I did a better job this time, came out very nice.

For this model you must cut out (I use good paper scissors), fold (use some sort of creasing tool, I use a pointed jeweler's tool, an old ball point pen out of ink works fine too), and then assemble piece by piece. The instructions suggest an x-acto knife for cutting but I only use one in tight areas where scissors are impractical. I use a straightedge, toothpicks for some gluing, small set of titanium scissors, and good light!

I had a good experience the first time and look forward to making it again. I'm on the lookout for more "cut and assemble" books, fast becoming hard to find. They use good quality sturdy paper with nicely engineered designs, not for young children I would say as some designs, like this one, can be complex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Turner on May 25, 2011
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I put this together when I was a kid and bought it again for my kids. This is a fun, cheap, project that you can get your kids into papercraft items. The book also provides some nice info about the castle and the functions of each tower.

Cons: You will have some problems fitting the items once you get the model nearly complete as the fitting issues become magnified with so many items together. Use a very thin glue to minimize this problem and be prepared for some custom fitting.
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