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 Posted: Sat Feb 16th, 2008 10:15 pm
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This article was provided by Misha (Pete) who we all hope to welcome back soon as he is a talented modeller and a valued member of the forum. As well as being a nice bloke of course. :lol:

Hello

As I've received a warm welcome here, I thought I should contribute to the site with a short 'how to' post. It's based on a technique I read in a French Magazine Loco Revue, with some adaptions.

I wanted to produce some building fronts, but I'm sure you could build the whole building if you wished. The style was to be typically French, with the render faling off to reveal the brick/stonework beneath.

The first step is to draw your building to scale, I used some graph paper:

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I then transferred the pattern to some mounting board, and cut the basic outline out with a scalpel/craft knife:



I also cut out the windows and doorways:



The next step was to add some lintles and window sills, these were added with plastic card, though normal card would probably do the job too.



I then marked out some 'uncovered' brick profiles on some embossed plastic card, and after testing them in position they were stuck down using UHU glue:



Mixing up some polyfiller, I then 'rendered' between the brick sections, not worying if I overlapped the edges of the brick:



This is a quick mock up of how the building would look:



All that was left to do once the filler dried was to paint it, the brick work was painted using acrylics, and the 'render' with coats of water colour, that give it that nice worn matt finish:



The doors and shutters were just cut from plastic card, the window frames where visible are similarly cut out. For the roof I will use a suitable embossed plaster card.

With hindsight I think the ratio of render to brick is wrong, but it was a good first effort, and I hope to perfect the technique as I go along.

I hope you find this useful, I like the effect, and it doesn't take long, in all about 2 hours.

Misha



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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 10:35 pm
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Thats really good. I may well try that on some of my buildings as some my Faller kits could do with a touch up to give that effect.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 10:41 pm
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As Misha said in his post he is still learning the technique but it is a good one. It is very similar to the one that the boys at Pendon use, or at least the effect is, and they know a thing or two.



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 Posted: Mon Feb 18th, 2008 12:30 am
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That's brilliant,really effective,and yet so simple. Well done :D

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