Howl's Moving Castle . This wasn't my idea. I said it would be waaaay to hard. And guess what? It was so hard, all the way through. . There was a show coming up for LEAHI and I didn't have an idea. The theme was medieval. Okay, Howl's is not medieval I know. But it is a castle. My mom suggested I try. She said she'd work on it with me. Great.... She realized that she liked building little houses. So those are mostly hers, except for the house on the very top which we took from a set and kind of tweaked. It just seemed to fit so perfectly we couldn't resist. If you are a fan of Miyazaki's work, you will know this is NOT an exact version of Howl's Moving Castle, it is only my vision and what I could do with what I had. You will also know that the castle is always changing, so I guess you could say this might be one of those changing versions.
Closeup of face detail. This was a difficult part. I used magnets to help hold each section in place.
Left side view.
Left side detail.
Turnip Head minifig riding on the left side. Everyone asks, "How did you get the hands to fit?" There is one of those flexible tubes inside that has a small enough hole on the ends to wiggle the hand in.
Back view closed and back view open. Only the interior on the bottom is built. The upper section interior is mostly hollow with supports.
Interior detail in daylight and interior detail with lights. My mom really wanted to have the room inside built. I let her work on that and then built Calcifer's fire and rigged the lighting inside the orange head piece. My mom actually did a good job on the table, the bookcase and floors. She managed to create the support system over the interior room for the second level platform to sit on-- her first time rigging supports like this.
Back right detail.
Back pipes detail.
Left side detail.
Right side view.
Right side balcony detail with Sophie and Markl minifigs in balcony area above, Howl minifig in balcony area below. There was much discussion about what age to make Sophie and which haircolor to give Howl. In the end we ended up using what we could find that didn't look too lame. Of all the minifigs, Turnip Head turned out the best I think.
Turrets detail. These I wanted to be bigger and despite ordering lots of extra pieces, I just plain didn't have enough when I was putting them together. Since I wanted to have this done for an show with LEAHI, Hawaii's AFOL group, I improvised by making the surrounding elements larger. They still look pretty good and are my first attempt at domes. They swivel too by the way.
Full view from right front with flash to bring out the details a bit.
All the minifig characters in and around the upper balcony.
Howl's Moving Castle walking through the mountains. My mom was a professional photographer when I was little. She likes to play with photoshop now.
My mom and me putting some last minute details on the build.
Meet the builders, Imagine and his mom, Jessica.
Some images taken at different stages during the build.