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Posted by Monkalope, on 2007-01-27 14:29:03
Supplies for Large Sets?
Hey everyone, I am planning a film with 6-9 inch characters. The buildings are going to be fashioned in a decaying 40's european style made of stone tiles - Are there any model shops that sell larger scale building kits or "brick print-out paper?" I found one site (micromark.com), that has pretty impressive scenery... but alas, it is all for model railroads which are too small for my project. I've looked into Home Depot for the stone tiles, but I'd like to know what others have used for an aged stone/brick look for larger sets. Thanks for any suggestions or comments!
Posted by Nick H, on 2007-02-20 23:54:15
There are sheets of brick or stone for 1:12 scale doll houses I think. That would be for a 6 ft tall man standing 6" tall. Maybe still a little small for you.
I have to make my own for all my sets. For stone paving or walls, I cut lots of stones from Medium Density Fibreboard, and give them an irregular surface with a belt sander. You can also add water putty, or sawdust and glue, or other stuff to give a rougher texture. Then I stick them on a sheet in the pattern I want. If I need a lot, I either get them vaccuum formed, or make a mould and cast lots of sheets.
For the stone paving on this alleyway, I made up one section, then cast 4 or 5 copies and joined them up.
There are other materials if you don't have power tools. Styrofoam can be carved to make stonework with a sharp knife and some coarse sandpaper.
Or you could just photograph some stonework, and print out lots of sheets with an inkjet printer if you don't need real 3d.