Dream Castle "fixer-upper"

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  1. chateaushelton

    chateaushelton Bushwoolie

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    So, I'm debating whether or not to purchase a Dream Castle that is a bit of a fixer-upper. So I'm asking the experts...

    How do you fix the broken hinges?
    What can you use to reapply the decals?
    The winch/basket thing for spike is broken - can it be repaired?

    Also, I remember seeing a website that had patterns for the purple flags - does anyone have that link??

    While it is just the shell and the box with no accessories other than the throne - would you buy it (price is $10 and it's local so I can pick it up)

    Do you think it's worth it?
  2. Skeen

    Skeen There's coffee in that nebula!

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    For $10? With box? Sure! Is the box in nice shape?

    You can always pick up pieces for it through other members' sales. :)
  3. chateaushelton

    chateaushelton Bushwoolie

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    yeah, it has the original box - Ok shape - the flaps on one side are cut off as is the pony point, but much nicer than I expected. Pictures are completely undamaged.

    the castle itself is also really pink and not sun-faded. There are a couple small orangey glue marks, but I think most of them have that, right?
  4. Ianthe99

    Ianthe99 Princess Rinse 'N Spit

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    I'd go for it, especially if you don't have one yet. I just use the main piece of it for display purposes. I'm not a particularly picky collector though.

    You can always upgrade later if a nicer one comes along.
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    wart Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    yes. do this. I did, and while mine was for a grungy 2nd edition Dream Castle, it was a labor of love and def worth it.


    I (now keep in mind here that I'm crazy) soaked entire pieces of the building part of my dream castle in hot water that cooled overnight in order to GENTLY, CAREFULLY, and OH SO PAINSTAKINGLY lift each and every decal off of where it shouldnt be using an exacto knife, a flat razor blade, cuticle pushers of wood plastic and metal, whatever i had in my pony kit.

    (all but one were placed, but all in crazy places)(the last decal wasn't there, that's why it, too, was not stuck somewhere ridiculous).

    I then lay them(the decals) in a bowl of acid free glue papier mache liquid. Then lay them each on a piece of acid free paper, flattening them with a paintbrush, and allowed them to dry.

    after they were dry, I cut out the paper the decal was now glued to, until the whole thing was a new sticker. Using acid free glue, I stuck the decals where they were supposed to go. But only after....


    Soaking the decalless buiilding pieces in nhot water again to remove years of ick, crud, goo, dead bugs, dust, some reddish brown liquid, hairs, and smooze from the ancient purple walls.

    The hot water had simple dish soap and a little bloop of bleach. It was a whole sinks worth of water. I washed them with a sponge, and then rinsed with clear water and a Magic Eraser(behold! Magic Eraser!)

    It looks perfect now, except for being missing the hinges on the third and smallest piece of wall. My plan is to use a Dremel mini drill, and drill holes in the wall, and tie it with ribbon in a figure eight pattern, so that the building parts dont rub together.

    I'll do that as soon as I buy myself a mini drill.

    It looks great though! the colors really pop out once you go over em with that Magic Eraser!
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  6. iamtobi

    iamtobi ~Lover of all things Butterscotch~

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    You...are the awesome. I would trust you with ANYTHING detail-oriented. What a labor of love, indeed!
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