In an earlier post, I featured a technique on making brick and masonry wall using foam core board. I did some checking on possible sources for the European made board material. Kapa is not sold in the US. Cason makes a similar product in France but does not offer it in the US either. Needless to say I was disappointed.
Jim Zwernemann sent me pictures of buildings he built using Dow rigid extruded polystyrene insulation. This product is readily available in a most of the US.
The brick wall shown above is an example of what can be done with a little patience. The sign really makes the brick wall a show stopper. Jim painted this sign by hand.
The feed store was also built from foam board and the super hand painted signs. I think you can see that brick and masonry buildings can be made from simple materials. It isn’t necessary to buy expensive building materials to make beautiful models.
The little bar shows the details of the Jim’s brickwork. The choice of colors and accents create the difference on the finished project. These are the little things that elevate the model above the ordinary. The buildings are built as separate modules so they can be arranged to fit various scenes. The picture below shows the Bull Durham building is shown in the background of this scene. Jim used the buildings to define the boundary between 2D and 3D background.
Hope that you find the material useful and interesting.