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Posted by B and B Studios, on 2008-04-21 17:53:39
In my movie (StreetCop) I need to build a back ally type set up and need brick walls. But I need to know what a good material is to build them out of to give them the fine feel and details, but also to keep in on 1:6 scale. The movie is so far going pretty well (I'll up-date my site tomorrow if possible)
Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-04-21 18:27:12
try railroad hobby stores or online sources. They sell plastic sheets of brick texture in different sizes to use in making model buildings.
Posted by Nick H, on 2008-04-21 19:22:39
I don't think you'll find 1:6 scale at railroad hobby shops.
I use that scale, and I had to make my own brickwork.
I cut lots of individual bricks out of 3mm MDF, sand the edges a bit, then stick them onto a sheet of mdf or particle board. (I like to make them a bit uneven, like old bricks.) If you want to make just one wall, use that directly. Paint it brick red. Then some plaster or water putty coloured gray filling the gaps, smoothed over with your finger, could provide mortar.
If you will want a lot of brick walls, it could be worth making a mould and casting sheets of brickwork. I actually vac formed my brickwork in styrene, using my mdf wall as the model to form them over. So it's not as crisp as plaster or fibreglass cast in a mould, but was quicker to make.
I used the same method to make a model for my bluestone paving, but used the round drum on the belt sander to carve the blocks into more irregular shapes. The stones on the kerb are individual mdf blocks, the aley paving is vac formed.
There are other methods. You can cut or burn the lines between the bricks into a sheet of styrofoam, or press them into a sheet of clay and take a mould. Probably a dozen other ways.
Posted by B and B Studios, on 2008-04-21 20:20:52
Dang Nick, I also saw your sets in some other post somewhere on here. I should just hire you or something. Thanks for the tips. You can find railroad props at 1:6 scale, but Woodland Scenics make fake grass/bushes/tall grass/water for railroads but it can be used at 1:6 scale (it's what I use for grass and such).
Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-04-21 22:30:25
Your idea is a great one Nick. My puppets are always smaller than yours so some of my ideas are not in the same scale. Most of my puppets are in the 6-7" range since my space is limited so my bricks would be a lot smaller. But I am thinking about a castle interior for an upcoming set and I think I will use your "cut out individual mdf bricks" idea. I had thought about cutting out individual stones from styrofoam but with my wood tools it might even be easier to do them in mdf.
Posted by Strider, on 2008-04-22 01:12:41
Thius topic has come up before:
If you do a search there are more, but these have loads of goo info.