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Posted by Glass, on 2006-05-14 06:37:48
Hi, I'm looking for a quick (ish) way to put tiles on the walls of my set. As the set is quite big, and as I have less than a week to make it in, I don't really want to stick thousands of tiles on seperately.
I've tried looking at tiles for dolls houses, but I can only find wallpaper, whereas I need something with texture. I've also looked in model railway shops for textured plasticard, but they only have rock faces. I am considering cutting shallow grooves into the wood 'walls' of the set, but the wood isnt thick and as I want the tiles 1cm square each, it'll be a fiddly job.
So, any other suggestions for tiles? My set is 70cm long, 33cm wide, and 50cm high.
Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-05-14 07:01:31
that is a tricky one, mabey use Marc Spess' method of making a brick wall... Pastel Colored Insulation Foam...
"Pastel foam is a special kind of foam that is placed on the outside walls of homes before attaching aluminum siding. The foam itself serves as insulation and a sound barrier. You can find this foam in most home improvement stores. It usually comes in 4'x8' sections, is pastel blue, green, or pink in color, and is very inexpensive to buy. It is not the same as Styrofoam insulation for basements. The blue foam is not made from tiny beads and it comes in a solid single piece.
Set builders found that this foam is great for building sets, which require a lot of dimension and texture. The foam itself is easy to cut with a knife "or hot knife" and can be glued and sanded. If you wanted to build something very simple, like a tree trunk for a miniature set, you would usually make this from blue foam. If you wanted to make a two foot high straight tree trunk, this foam is ideal. The different colors are actually different densities which help depending on what you like to work with."
I think Mabey if you carve lines down it and along it, it might look like indevidual tiles...
Hope this helps :-)
Posted by leevi, on 2006-05-14 07:08:42
You could cut lines on foam insulation board and paint it. I did that some years ago for pavement tiles. It took me just some hours for bigger board than yours.
I used similar to this one.
Edit: Lewimations was quicker ;)
Posted by LEWIMATIONS, on 2006-05-14 07:21:35
Posted by Glass, on 2006-05-14 08:17:09
Ah thanks guys! I use a lot of insulation foam for various things in college, I cant believe I didnt think of it before! Can I ask you, Leevi, how thick the foam you used was? I dont want to loose too much space, so I might go for half a centimeter, if its not a pain to cut.
Posted by leevi, on 2006-05-14 09:04:20
For the pavement I used 5cm board, but the thickness isn't really an issue. It would be as easy to work with 0.5cm board. You'd just have to be more carefull not to break it. But the thinnest I've seen in shops was 2,5cm.
Posted by Nick H, on 2006-05-15 00:29:17
5 cm = 50mm, or 2 inches. 2.5 cm = 25mm = 1 inch. Is that what you meant?
I did kitchen tiles in 1:6 scale by scoring lines on styrene sheet with a snap-off blade knife. It also works with 3mm (1/8 inch) mdf. With some cardboard, it's a little soft, so if you draw the lines with a ball-point pen and press down hard, it actually indents a little.
For full size 8 inch square tiles I made each tile individually from 6mm mdf, rounding the edges with sandpaper, but no need in 1:6 scale.