Dioramas: Buildings & Ruins
Ruined buildings and city scenes.
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making or buying 1/35 rubble and brick debris
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: October 12, 2006
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM UTC
Hi all, I am looking for info on both making and buying 1/35 brick to add to my dioramas. And how to go about adding the usual debris at the base of a ruined building.
Thanks for the assist
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United Kingdom
Joined: February 25, 2007
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:03 PM UTC

Take a look here if you want to buy moulds to make your own.


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British Columbia, Canada
Joined: October 16, 2006
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:06 PM UTC
there is a feature on how to build a brick jig to make them out of plaster on the site. Look under Digital diamonds in the feature section, all sorts of good stuff. I made mine out of evergreen styrene and its worked great!
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United Kingdom
Joined: May 08, 2006
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:12 PM UTC
The Kancali moulds are great for bricks and masonry, however another cheap source of rubble is to use cat litter. Buy the plain white stuff, it can be painted to look like any kind of brick or stone.
To make heaped piles of rubble use florists foam(Oasis) for the bulk of the pile. It carves really easily and can be coated with a coat of PVA white glue then sprinkled with rubble.
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: May 17, 2006
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 01:29 PM UTC
If it is still available, Custom Dioramics make a product called "Rubble". I picked up a box at a Hobby show for $5. You cant go wrong.
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: February 22, 2002
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 03:01 PM UTC
KanCali makes great stuff - I've used it all.

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I've used thier premade rubble too.

All very good stuff.

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It does come down to cost and availability. If you can afford the Kancali molds and a bit of plaster - go for it. If you not, and plaster is available, make your own - DD feature, if still no luck - then go cat litter, or a broken piece of plaster board from a local DIY store
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Indiana, United States
Joined: August 19, 2007
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 03:28 PM UTC
There are a few companies that make bricks from cork.I use them as they came in a bag of 5oo for a few bucks. The good point is that they are ready to use and uniform in size. Also one pass at the paint job covers it with no soaking up like plaster. Just break apart and you have broken parts too. I usually use a piece of foam to build up my piles of debri, paint it a suitable color and add baby sand and bricks ect. to it with a white glue/water mix. I always make an extra sheet of plaster so I can scribe stone or brick in it for larger debri which will almost certenly be found under the smaller peices. One other thing to remember is that what part of the builing that is not standing has to equal the pile of rubble. Hope that helps.
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Hawaii, United States
Joined: February 02, 2008
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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 - 03:47 PM UTC
hobbylinc.com sells bricks painted and ready to go in 1/35 scale
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: February 03, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 - 08:43 AM UTC
Construction sites make great places to get debris. I use hobby bricks but i also used real smashed up bricks and mortar. There are all sorts of smashed tiny wood bits, pieces of old wire at buildings (particularly older ones) that are being remoldeled.