by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
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What's this?Scenery specialist NOCH provides flexible embossed sheets of masonry for modelers to create their own structures. Red Brick Wall (Ziegelstein), item 57550 is one choice, part of the Mauerplatte (embossed wall panels) series.
Red Brick Wall / ZiegelsteinThis sheet is made of a flexible product and has no packaging. It measures 32 cm x 16 cm / 12.6 (12 9/16th) in. x 6.2 (6 3/16) in. Modelers can use this for retaining and property walls, brick roads, and creating buildings. You can also "go big" with a 64 cm long sheet, Art.-Nr. 57730. Additionally, NOCH makes a 3-D printed brick veneer: Art.-Nr. 57425!
NOCH used photographs of actually brick walls to create the face. This replicates coloration which mimics mortar and subtle variations in the brick effectively. The low embossing creates mortar joint textures. The sheet has a slight sheen that can be tones down by any number of paints, washes, clear coats and weathering powders.
I notice fine shading so use care when you orient this sheet for vertical surfaces lest you suffer an insidious nagging effect.
scale?NOCH advertises it for HO and TT scales. HO is well known as 1/87. TT is 1/100 to 1/120 depending on which side of the English Channel you are on. Regardless, the full bricks are 5/15 in. / 9 mm wide which scales them over 2 feet long in HO, or 1 1/4 ft. in O scale / 1/48. That's too big for HO and smaller but can be accepted for 1/48 and larger scales. That said, driving through miles of Midwestern farm country, I have notices older structures - silos and barns and even a store - built of masonry the color of red brick yet the size of cinder block.
Look at the top images showing the brick with:
* 1/35 tank
* 1/48 tank
* Figures of 1/87, 1/48, 1/35
* HO track
conclusionAside from the size of the bricks, I think this is a very useful product. It is easy to work with and looks very authentic.
I have notices older rural structures - silos and barns and even a store - built of masonry the color of red brick yet the size of cinder block, so perhaps this is not off the mark depending on your era.
Red Rick Wall Mauerplatte is a quick and effective way to create brick work for your layout and diorama. Recommended.
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