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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 !!

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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.


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This is really the coolest thing. Beautiful job! I’d love to try something like this. It’s particularly interesting because I happen to currently be reading The Pillars of the Earth ( for the second time ).



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On 12/26/2019 at 2:23 PM, Ekis said:

No, nothing is sorted out: I have to choose the right stones to build

Dang !


I just found this build and am I glad I did.  Such an interesting model - I had no idea a kit like this even existed!  


You're doing a wonderful job in constructing it Ekis.  The church turned out beautifully, so charming.  I will be watching your progress on the medieval village.



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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.



























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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. 😃

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Ekis,  You’re modifying the original kit, correct? Do you have a definite plan how it will be when its completed or does it keep evolving as the building progresses? I personally think the latter would be more fun. I’d probably have a whole story developing in my head at each step. 


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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 ... 😁

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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... 😁




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Beautiful work, Ekis.


Judging by the architectural style, I'd place this in the Mediterranean region - southern France or Spain or perhaps Italy, and time-wise in the 14th century (mainly because of the form of the turrets and a few other military innovations that happened about then), though the church is Romanesque - presumably it was built centuries before and the fortifications either added later or updated as the centuries went past.


If, later on you do build a little harbour, the ship(s) should also be from the 14th century. Though the picture below is from the 13th century a lot of smaller Mediterranean ships didn't change much over time, looking (allowing for artistic license) pretty much like this :






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