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Salvatella Cosmos: Building Styles

Author: Lutz Pietschker
Version: 2018-05-15

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General Information

I have built 3 models of the series:

The instructions are in Spanish and quite short. Each model has a 4-page insert with historical information (also in Spanish).

The models do not exactly represent actual buildings, they are "excerpts" from typical buildings of that period and style, designed to show the typical style elements. Here are some illustrations I have drawn from the web that show original buildings in the styles covered by the models:

moorish style
Moorish Style (Mezquita, Córdoba)

romanesque style
Romanesque Style (Sant Climent, Taüll)

gothic style
Gothic Style (Batalha Monastery, Portugal)

The models were unusual for me insofar as they do not have numbered parts (a common method in German, Polish and British models I have built), but the numbers are associated with the part connections (glue tabs). There is neither a detailed step-by-step instruction nor detailed illustrations; the little instructions that are there are in Spanish. Proceeding roughly in the sequence of tab numbers and occasionally checking against the cover illustration mostly works fine, but not always:

Picture Gallery & Model-Specific Notes

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El Islam –  Moorish style (#9 of the series)

The model shows part of a hypostyle (i. e. column-born) hall ceiling and roof in the moorish style of architeture, "moorish" referring to the North-African muslims who had occupied most of the Iberian peninsula for some centuries. Of the three models, this one comes closest to resembling an existing building, namely the prayer hall of the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, or "Mezquita" (i. e. "the Moorish one") for short.

Model notes:

islam cover  

To the left, the cover of the model sheet binder.



Medieval – Romanesque Style (#12 of the series)

Note: Another fine model I built of an Iberian romanesque church is Santa Maria del Naranco (Spain, province of Leon). That church has no tower, possibly because it was, originally, a sort of king's hall and was only later consecrated. And, to be precise, it is in fact pre-romanesque.

This model is huge. It shows the apse, eastern gable wall and tower of a typical (i. e. stylized) romanesque church. The orientation, if it follows the convention of the time, would be that the apse points eastward, making the tower side south. The western part of the church, with the main entrance, is missing from the model.

Model notes:

I do not claim that this is the ideal way to do it, but it worked for me. There were some cover-ups to do (mostly because, in fact, I did not use the sequence I outlined above), but a bit of "glue welding" and some watercolour took care of that.

cover and insert help file for construction

To the left, the cover and the 4-page insert with historical information (in Spanish).

To the right, a drawing I made myself to be sure I fully understood what goes where (the "help file" mentioned above).


Medieval – Gothic Style (#14 of the series)

The model shows a "slice" from the middle of the nave of a typical gothic church, including the roof construction and flying buttresses but omitting towers, apses and entrance front. The model does not represent any particular existing church (as far as I know –  the stained-glass windows may point to a real church, but I am not enough of an expert to find out). Rather, I think it shows typical elements in a stylized manner.

Model Notes:

gothic style cover  

To the left, the cover of the model sheet binder.



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