making them not buying them

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making them not buying them

chris burge
chris burge

April 10th, 2002, 2:41 am #1

what is the best and easiest way to make your own scale bricks out of somethings one might have around the house??eg. clay, plaster, play dough even?? thanks
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Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson

April 10th, 2002, 2:13 pm #2

I normally use the "styro-foam" containers that you get at the drive-through. Hardees roast beef sandwiches come in a tan styro-foam box. This is then scored and cut with a hobby knife.

The foam is the perfect thickness for bricks in 1/35th scale. All that needs to be done, is cut the bricks to the correct size (profile). Be sure to use white (elmers) glue to affix the bricks to your dio, as model cement will melt them. Also be sure to prime paint them with an acrylic paint - enamels will also melt them. Once they are primed - enamels/oils can be used.

Hope this helps - I am really happy with the results.

Another source of foam is the backing that comes with meats purchased in a supermarket. These packages are perfect to score and cut out for bricks, plaster walls, cement blocks, etc.

Later-
Jeff Nelson
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Steve Jones
Steve Jones

April 10th, 2002, 4:58 pm #3

Roll out a ball of Sculpy to the right thickness, cut out the bricks with a hobby knife & bake for about 15 minutes. You can make a WHOLE LOT of them on one cookie sheet!

-S
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Joined: April 17th, 2002, 10:01 pm

April 18th, 2002, 8:33 pm #4

what is the best and easiest way to make your own scale bricks out of somethings one might have around the house??eg. clay, plaster, play dough even?? thanks
This technique makes excellent bricks, granite block simulations, store wall surfaces etc, cost less than a beer and lasts longer.
Spread out a sheet of aluminum foil on a flat surface and spread Plaster Patching compound out flat, and to the thickness you want. Let it cure approx 30 minutes, then score it to your pattern with a very fine blade. Let it cure overnight, then break apart at the score lines. You control pattern, size and thickness and it white glues wonderfully to cardborad backing.Thicker blocks can actually be used to construct walls just like the real thing.
Sheet-rock mud works good too but plaster patching compound has more elasticity and hold together better. IT is great rubble..Apologies for being so long-winded.
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Pavel Ivashkow
Pavel Ivashkow

May 2nd, 2002, 10:02 pm #5

what is the best and easiest way to make your own scale bricks out of somethings one might have around the house??eg. clay, plaster, play dough even?? thanks
I make its from plaster(gyps) making a form.It takes some more time,but the effect is fine.
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