Friday, March 21, 2014
Firstly, I'm sorry for the quality of the photo, but I wanted to blog now rather than wait until I could photograph under natural light, so you'll just have to put up with the grain. What you can see here is a short piece of wall that is four feet six inches in scale height; the courses total four feet, and the rounded capping stones are six inches tall. The figure is the driver from the Brian Madge kit that arrived the other day to give you a better idea about the scale. The height was set by the fact that I'm aiming for a wall that school children could look over to catch a glimpse of a steam engine, so I'm not aiming for a large curtain wall of any form.
The construction is fairly simple. I cut two pieces of 2mm thick cardboard which I then wrapped in a printout of the ashlar texture sheet from scalescenes.com. These two pieces were then glued back-to-back to produce a foot thick wall. The rounded capping stones were produced by wrapping the quoins section of the same sheet (the coping stones weren't large enough) around a length of 4mm half round Plastruct (part number 90885). The capping stones were then simply glued to the top of the wall. Simple but I think effective.
I might experiment with different types of stone/brick paper but I think the combination of 2mm card and 4mm half round seems to work well, so that's one more piece of the puzzle sorted.