How I Built It
I built KISS Kastle in the garage of my home in New Jersey during the summer of 2020. Days were 80-95 degrees hot. In all, about 150-200 hours went into it. Sometimes the kids helped me, especially with the painting, but mostly I built it alone at night or during downtime. I need to give a special thanks to my lovely wife Rachael for supporting me in this project. She granted me most weekends to cut and paint away. When we dressed as KISS for Halloween, she dressed as our fabulous and beautiful manager – which indeed she is!
The concept of KISS Kastle is original, but I pulled from various KISS creations for visual inspiration – their album artwork, comics and the movies Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, and KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
First I sketched conceptual drawings, measured and drafted carefully on the wood, and then cut all the pieces out of two 4′ x 8′ plywood sheets. Standard plywood is cheap and durable but it was a challenge sometimes to make small, precise cuts and keep it from splintering. If I were to build this again I would use solid pine, but it’s a small matter – I’m pleased with this outcome.
The KISS Kastle kreator is Jason Benjamin – for more information see the other pages on this website.