Fascinations Metal Works Neuschwanstein Castle
Each MetalWorks model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. MetalWorks models are small and intricate; assembly requires some patience and dexterity. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab). Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most intricate MetalWorks models. It consists of about 32 pieces on three sheets of metal. Don't expect to slap this one together quickly. Please note that MetalWorks models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Are you curious...? Neuschwanstein isn't a medieval castle, but a 19th century royal getaway. Construction on Bavarian King Ludwig II's "New Swan Stone" castle began in 1869. Paid for by Ludwig's personal fortune, this little country manor was an homage to German composer Richard Wagner. Ludwig hoped to move in just three years after the work began, but it turned out to be a little more complicated than he expected. Ludwig didn't get much enjoyment out of his investment -- he only moved in in 1884, and then died in 1886. Weeks later, the private king's refuge from the world opened to tourists. More than 60 million people have trooped through it since then. If Neuschwanstein looks familiar, it might be because it inspired Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.