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Orionvp17
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Posted - 01/19/2019 :  5:16:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice brick work, Bob!

Pete
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Ensign
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Posted - 01/19/2019 :  5:41:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He is a master styrene mason after all!

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ocalicreek
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Posted - 01/19/2019 :  7:28:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just catching up with this thread. Love the brick work, and look forward to watching another masterpiece come together.

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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  2:41:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrell, Carl, Ted, Jerry, Mike, Pete, Greg, and Galen, Thanks for looking in.

Here's the coat of pant, my favorite brick color. It's an old bottle of PolyScale that
was discontinued years ago and this one is almost empty. I'm going to have to go to Home
Depot and have them mix me up a sample bottle of the same color.



Here's the cream color wash to represent the mortar of the old bricks.



Here's another angle. This will look a lot better in natural light to offset my poor photography.



Tomorrow I will work on some decals.

Bob



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  3:16:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fabulous coloring job, Bob! What's the color? The world wonders!

Pete
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Bill Gill
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  3:46:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The brickwork and coloring look good!


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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  4:23:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete and Bill, Thanks for commenting. Pete, the color is "Panzer Red Brown". I painted a swatch
and will take it to Home Depot and they will analyse it and mix me up a small batch.

Bob


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Ensign
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  5:24:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, that brick looks real!
There's got to be more to getting those results than just paint & a cream coloured wash.

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  6:31:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bob!

And "What Greg said!"

The brick is fabulous!

Pete
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quartergauger48
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Posted - 01/20/2019 :  10:31:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, those bricks looks perfect'... Your favorite red and that cream coat is the genuine ticket'... Just beautiful'..


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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/21/2019 :  06:12:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greg, Pete, Ted, and Rich, Thanks for the comments. I'm happy you like the bricks but it's
true, it is a very simple process and I have owned up to it several times before in these builds.

1. Use a good brick sheet. I always use the styrene sheets made by the N Scale Architect
(don't be scared, they make the sheets in all the popular model RR scales). It's about .020
thick and cuts very easily with a hobby knife. I also like the fact that the mortar
lines are very exact but not too deep. I think the mortar lines in most commercial
sheets is way too deep to be scale.

2. Brush paint the brick color, any brick color, I like what I used because it's close
to the majority of the natural bricks in this area. Use a horizontal application as it
looks better on the bricks. When you brush paint over white styrene you get a blotchy,
spotty paint job that looks really terrible. The secret it to leave it alone, do not apply
a second coat, that splotchy look is what makes the finished job look like various
individual bricks. I'm not good enough to do that on purpose.

Let that dry overnight.

3. Apply one coat of mortar color wash, I like to use "cream" as usually white is too
stark. I use a good blob of paint mixed in about 5 or 10 drops of flow medium ( I use Jo
Sonjas and I am told that a few drops of dishwasher soap will do the same but have not
tried it). Make the wash thin enough with WATER so that you can brush it over a newspaper and still
easily read the paper. Use horizontal strokes again and do one wall at a time with the painted
surface upwards so all the wash does not run to the bottom of the wall. Any big spots of
wash can be teased out with the brush. This does two things, it lays in the mortar lines
to show individual bricks and also tones down the brick color to a more weathered look.

Let it dry.

That's all there is to it.

Bob


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Pennman
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Posted - 01/21/2019 :  06:24:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob,

That brickwork looks fantastic. Thanks for the "How-to's".

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potsy
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Posted - 01/21/2019 :  07:11:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another work of art by the master "fantastic"

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/21/2019 :  07:39:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bob,

Super realistic. Thank you for describing your method.

I agree with you on the N Scale Architect brick sheet. Iíve been very happy with it.

Mike


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sgtbob
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Posted - 01/21/2019 :  3:05:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rich, Mark, and Mike, thanks for your posts.

Here's the latest saga in the new daytime soap opera "Life in the Toothpick Factory".





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