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A New Industry in Kraehwinkle

Postby KEG » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:38 pm

Most people know, the original Moai statues on the Easter Island originally were made in the Kraehwinkel area about 7 or 8 thousand years ago. How they got there is a completely different story.


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When Kevin Coster planned to make his Film Rata Pui about 20 years ago, he asked the Kraehwinkle people if they could revive their old trade again. Of course they could, after he was waving with bundles of Dollars.
Here is one of the first statues on its way to Hollywood, guarded by Pinkerton detectives.

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Ever since the demand for full seize Moais ceased, but recently more and more people came around, asking for substitutes for their Gartenzwergs ( Gardendwarfs, Leprarcauns). Not a big problem for the local artists.

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Of course, the new Moais are transported by an 15 inch line from the outbacks of Kraehwinkel County to the civilized world.

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Business is booming. So we hope to substitute the old Diesel loco for something more reliable sooner or later. Maybe a steam loco, so the tourists can take pictures of steam plumes on an autumm morning.

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Postby elcamo » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:30 am

looks good so far :D interesting backstory too......

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Postby Geno6309 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:51 am

Juergen;
Your imagination knows no boundaries.
Wonderful!
Must be all that quality German bier.
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Postby cjwalas » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:04 am

Really fun, Juergen! I wish I could visit the Kraehwinkel!
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Postby foswaldy13 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:17 am

Jeurgen, I am glad that you are always able to enjoy this hobby. Sometimes I forget that this is supposed to be fun. Thanks for reminding us of the fun side of this hobby.
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Postby KEG » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:30 am

Must be all that quality German bier.


How do you apply it, to fire the imagination? Makes me tired, so I seldom drink it. I contains 4 - 6 % alcohol, if I remember right.

In this case, it started with Chilenean wine. They tried to promote it in Germany this summer and included one of these little sculptures with it.
In the shops, the heads were stolen within a few days, while the bottles collected dust. I tried a glass of the wine, but used the rest of it for cooking.

I simply made a mould by dipping it in liquid latex a few times. Probably discribed the technique in here, when making the load for the vegetable wagon earlier this year.

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Filled the mould with Keramin S, which is some kind of finer grade plaster of paris:

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From the last project (those Laser kit coaches) I still had a jar of mahagonny wood dye, so I simply gave the parts a bath in it.

The large Moai statue on the flat car started out as a Pisco glass bottle from Chile. Pisco is some sort of the local clear brandy. Painted it with a thin mix of concrete.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:24 am

:lol: Great story Juergen, shame the shipping would be so high, one of those would look good in my garden :lol:
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Postby Imagineering » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:30 am

KEG wrote:

In this case, it started with Chileean wine. They tried to promote it in Germany this summer and included one of these little sculptures with it.

Juergen


Is this the Chilean stuff sold as 'Gato Negro', (black Cat), and Gato Blanco, (white Cat)??

The 'Black Cat' was a reasonably drinkable 'rough red',
but the 'White Cat' tasted like it had already been through the Cat. :roll:
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Postby KEG » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:44 am

Don´t worry. We are working on inflatable variants for our poorer overseas customers.
They used Papyrus boats to tranport the statues many thousand years ago.

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Later they only sent the scupltors and artists

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Postby KEG » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:16 pm

Hi,

Meanwhile the archeological expedition in Kraehwinkel found some more Moais in a remote corner:

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The small hare, which lives in my girlfriend´s car on the dashboard now,
was made in Germany by Hausser in 1959 and sold for 49 Pfennigs. (0,49 DM)

That does not sound like very much money today, but 1 litre of milk was only 41 Pfennigs at that time. You had to fetch it with a tin milk can from the local milkman far down the street. 50 years later it cost 45 Euro-Cent at the local supermarket. And they don´t sell this kind of figures any more.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:55 am

Hi Juergen,
Your Kraehwinkel Carvers have been working overtime, this Maoi figure can be found in the Italian region of Viterbo:

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So little time, so many ideas!!!!! GerryB.
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Postby KEG » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:58 am

Hi,

Yes, I remember, they carved that one on the way south some thousand years ago. For a while the locals said, it was made by Michelangelo, when he was 3 years old.

Actually they had started to work on a site on some Island of the North

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But some Egyptiaon press gang consulting company hired them for a project in Assuan. They said, the weather is much better there.

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I have no idea what ever happened to that pile of rocks they left behind in England. They probably made it some tourist attraction.

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Postby Pandy » Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:56 pm

Hi Juergen, here's a hint at what happened to that pile of rocks that they left behind in a semi-finished state in England

http://www.oldcopper.org/stonehenge%20railway.htm
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:08 pm

If anyone around here has fun and imagination, it's Juergen :lol: 8)
Pandy ain't doing too bad either :!:
Good idea about how to mold more.
too bad people were selfish enough to steal the bottle tops. :evil:
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Postby KEG » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:33 pm

Hi,

Nah, of course not fun and imagination. Only straight research.
Simply never believe, what they tell you in the history books.

I love the Stonehenge NG railway. I bet, it was orgininally planned for15 inch gauge, but when the Brits read what the Romans wrote about french Barbarian warriors - 10 feet tall - they slightly enlarged the gauge.

A good source for forgotten railways are old paintings. Carl Arnendt started a small gallery some time ago:
http://www.carendt.com/articles/artists/index.html

Anybody heard about the Atlantis railroad recently?

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Postby elcamo » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:30 am

KEG wrote:Anybody heard about the Atlantis railroad recently?

yes i believe they were having some flooding issues? :lol:

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:37 am

I think the Kraehwinkel Carvers did a bit more than just work on Stonehenge when they came to these islands. Though quite rare, you do sometimes find a Maoi in a garden as an ornament, even this far south :wink:

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Thanks Juergen, a very pleasant and unexpected surprise, will find a good home for him :)
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Postby foswaldy13 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:31 pm

Steve, What did you use to make the "grass" on your little plant and Maoi diorama?

I am working on a little side project that I will reveal once I have a little more accomplished and need to make a large grassy lawn. Your method seems to have produced the best looking grass I have been able to find.

Any help is appreciated.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:40 pm

Nothing exotic Matt, it is done with Woodland Scenics :)
If I remember rightly, first a layer of medium turf in quite a light green, this was then soaked in dilute white glue and then fine turf (Burnt Grass I think) lightly sprinkled on top. Not sure it would work on a large area, but on a small one like this, no problem.
Oh, the base under it is foamcore, painted mid grey colour, just in case any showed through.
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Postby KEG » Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:59 am

Hi,

I know, the Brits tell foreigners, if you want a good lawn, simply plant it and wait 600 years. No problem with water, its raining there all of the time.

My friend JL, owner of the Toeffelholm Island Light Railway uses one of these electrostatic helpers to plant his grass

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He paints the ground with glue, applies electricity and shoots the fibers into the ground. NOCH offers these machines and the long grass., but some people built them themselves.

Getting back to the title story, we just found the remans of annother statue in the Kraehwinkel jungle. Looks kind of Egyptian.

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Its about time, I open an Art Park again. Le Parc de Bagatelle. With a Gn15 tourist line of course.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:50 am

KEG wrote:Hi,

I know, the Brits tell foreigners, if you want a good lawn, simply plant it and wait 600 years. No problem with water, its raining there all of the time.

Juergen


Not here it doesn't Juergen we've had no measurable rain in 6 weeks, looking increasingly like the Sahara by the day.

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Postby chris stockdale » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:01 am

Gerry Bullock wrote:
Not here it doesn't Juergen we've had no measurable rain in 6 weeks



Gerry,

Until this week we could have lent you some :evil:

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Postby KEG » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:28 pm

The Kraehwinkle Moai-Manufactur finally found new premises in Hobbitthausen:

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The building on the left was designed and cast in plaster of Paris by Christhoph Schoder, the one on the right carved with a pencil by me in bluefoam.


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Painted with free wallpaint samples from the do-it-yourself-shop and toned down with Italian Balsamico Rosso (Red Vinegar)


The building behind the coffeestir sticks fence does not excist. It´s in a mirror.

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Postby Chrisp » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:59 pm

The Moai workshop - I love it!

If you look carefully in the background, you can see some Moai transported by UFO's from Rapa Nui to my garden in the top image:

http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php?topic=16681213.0
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Postby Adrian » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:32 am

G'day Guys

Have found the retail outlet for the Moais sculptures........

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/b71b/

4 sculpures per set for about $6

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