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  1. You're right, Steven, this fortified house is exactly the kind of construction that used to exist. In fact, a few miles from Guédelon, there is a fortified house almost identical and of the same period! It is also true that the construction site is located in the countryside, away from everything. It is not easy to get there other than by car... Thank you, Kurt, for the titles of these books. Would you have the names of the publishers so I could see if they have any information that might indeed be of interest to me? 😉
  2. Thanks Steven comments are always much appreciated ! I know Guédelon very well, and I've been following the construction site since the very first stones were laid... ☺️ I have already been there 3 times (my last visit was in May 2019), and I will continue to see the progress of the castle. Small precision : the castle should be finished in 2025. But the archaeological-builders decided a few years ago to build a whole village around the castle once it is finished. It is a unique construction site in the world, built only with period tools and methods! It's not really a real middle age fortified castle, but what we call a fortified house. That is to say that the master of the place should have been a very small lord of the region. A real fortress would have been too big a project for this volunteer association...
  3. This layout resembles today's cloisters... In the 14th century, they were more like medicinal gardens where monks grew plants. They needed water... So in the middle there would have been a well instead. I'm going to try... 😁
  4. The doors and reinforcements of the dovecote are made, the framework ready to receive its tiles. The small wall closing the cloister against the church is in progress...
  5. Further assembly for the dovecote: I'm going to attack the frame structure and the particular roof.
  6. The village project changes as I go forward, in fact. But I have to anticipate a little for the construction: I do not improvise with each new wall in progress ... I do not have a precise plan of what will be the whole village, but a lot of ideas for each building (and / or between buildings) that I would like to make. We will see what it becomes with the transformations! You're right: I can explain the transformations and the reasons either aesthetic or historical each time. The kits (boats, stones, or others) rarely respect real history ... 😁
  7. Thank you all for the follow-up and comments on this subject! When all the buildings are constructed, the village will be on 3 separate bases that can be brought together. The bases will be in solid, stained wood. This will allow you to have a complete view of the whole, or to put them on shelves in 3 parts. For the moment, the church / cloister part weighs 1 or 1.5 kilos. 😃
  8. Some additional views with the layout of the buildings (the roofs are still missing). The last 3 photos with the last circular building in full assembly: the dovecote. He will finally miss the small end of the wall with a door to connect the cloister to the rear of the church.
  9. The progress of the work ... I show you some pictures of the site. It is not very clear, the result once everything is in place will be easier to understand. These are just a few photos. Building 2 of the cloister is done: all it needs is its tiles. I will do all the roofs once all the blocks are in place. This is the establishment of building 2 and the support of the future dove and building 3 that will close the cloister. And some pictures of the last building under construction: I use the cardboard supports that were provided at the base to make my own buildings ... Hence the shape of the arches that will not be used.
  10. Here, the 1st building of the cloister was attached to the church. The corner tower between the 1st and the 2nd body is built (at the base, it should not be opened inside, in other words, the 2 building bodies could not communicate ...) The 2nd building is in progress: it will be doubled in depth and will not have a colonnade on the outside, but small openings representing the cells of the monks. On the other hand, the face on the cloister takes up the columns of the 1st. I also worked on the transformation of the 3rd building closing the cloister: I really have to think about it! It will also be doubled and will also receive the same principle there as the previous one, but the "corner hinge" between the two will be ... a barn (bottom floor) and a cylindrical dovecote (for the top)! You have to create all the cardboard supports for the transformations, of course. So, still "a little" of work on this church / cloister block !! 😁
  11. The first cloister building is advancing quite a bit. I had to transform a little to make it more aesthetic and conform to the Roman Art of the church. The old kit did not provide for a column, no difference between the exterior and the interior openings. Similarly, I added floor tiles and a door from the tower which seems logical ... I spent a few hours there. The remaining holes or stone overflows are future connections with the church or the rest of the buildings.
  12. Some photos on a neutral background, and I go to the cloister:
  13. This church is practically finished: I still have the double door which opens onto the future cloister garden to be made and the forecourt that I will make later. Some pictures : During the construction of the roof: ... and I move on ...

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