Two museums in one -
THE GUILLOTINE MUSEUM and THE MODEL MUSEUM.
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Want to see how a Guillotine is constructed?
A Guillotine in scale 1/2 (half the size of a full scale one), which is Sweden's only guillotine is such a big scale. The mechanical things works fully. The prototype were used once in Sweden, in 1910. Apart from this guillotine the museum also have smaller guillotines, plus gallows, a model of a pillory. You can also read a lot about guillotines, executions and different methods of executions in different countries.
The Model & Guillotine Museum
The Model museum covers model building, containing exhibitions of models in general, such as Bridges, Fences, the Berlin Wall, Logging Trailers, Roads, Railroad Tracks etc... also material on these things. In the museum you can also find construction drawings of the Berlin Wall, facts about the Wall.
We also have lots of models of Bridges, among the famous Bridges we have models of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, The Bridge on the river Kwai, Reichsbrücke in Vienna, Almö-Tjörn Bridge in Sweden, local Bridges such as the Liden Bridge, the Kävsta Bridge, the old Bridge in Kovland, plus lots of my own constructions.
My interest for model building started when I was a child, and we had a railroad layout in HO-scale (scale 1:87). My brother Christian liked to build houses and such things. My interest mainly was (and is) to build models of objects I find attractive. Later on I wanted to build larger models:
Walls, Bridges and Fences. Also other objects that are rectangular, have parallell lines, see more at Why I love the Berlin Wall etc.... The models I built in the 60's turned out "like that", not that good. The models I show in the museum are the models I have built in the 70's and the 80's, some from the 90's.
In the beginning of the 70's my brother and I built several models of logging trailers, all these models are in scale 1:27. We went to different places and took measurements and photos on the "prototypes". Myself, I find it most interesting to construct my own designs. The 70's was a very active period in model building.
I have also built quite many Bridges, among others the ones that are in the museum, plus the Liden Bridge, The Kävsta Bridge, the old Bridge in Kovland, The Golden Gate Bridge, the Bridge on the river Kwai, Reichsbrücke in Vienna, plus many own constructions of Bridges. Also here I find it most interesting to construct myself. The Bridge models are in different scales - to be able to adjusted the size of the model. Here the scale has to be adjust to how large the model will be - from practical points.
I have several models of the Berlin Wall, from different times (years) and parts of him. DDR (=East Germany) did moderinize the Wall now and then. The models of the Berlin Wall are in scales 1:20 and 1:27. I am planning to build a larger model in scale 1:10 of the Wall later on. Also here I have to adjust how large the model can be. I decide how large the model may be, calculate the scale and build after these guiding principles. These models are at the upper floor, please see the Animism page why this is.
I have also built several models of Fences, many of the neighbors' Fences here in Liden, like Soléns old Fence, Åhström's old Fence, Doris and Sven Persson's Fence, Gradin's old Fence. Plus several of my own constructions. The models of the Fences are in different scales - to adjust the size of the actual model. The Fences are in scales 1:1, 1:10, 1:12 and 1:15. These models are at the upper floor, please see the Animism page why this is.
The largest Guillotine model is in scale 1:2. A building together with my brother. The Guillotines are in scales 1:2, 1:10 and 1:13.
Many of these models are built after photos. Using this method you have to use proportions from the prototype instead of measurements. Having one measurement, one is able to calculate the size of the rest of the parts from the prototype. Most of the Bridge models are built by this method. I took measurements from - to take an example - The Liden Bridge, his length and the height of the railings, and then calculated the rest of his proportions for the model. The same with the Kävsta Bridge. For the Golden Gate Bridge I had blueprints to build after.
Most of the Fence models I have taken measurements from the "real" Fence (the prototype).
The Berlin Wall models are built after the same principle as the Bridge models, plus after some measurements I took of the Berlin Wall. This is a common method when building models, when you don't have EVERY measurement. This is also an easier method (in my opinion) to calculate in proportions. The end result will be the same - I have been able to verify when I have been able to get blueprints.
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