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When it comes to rubble, I use the plaster scrapings. Place the dried scrapings in an old pillow case, take your trusty rubber mallet and whack away on a
concrete step. To get different grades (large diameter vs. small diameter) of rubble I strain the contents of the pillow case through a grape net and various
screens. I store the finished product in old kitty liter plastic buckets.
Sand blasting, to give a building that worn look I will carefully use a sand blaster to my unpainted and unbased models. A little goes a long ways. When using
a sand blaster, always wear gloves, face shield, filter mask, and I suggest a shower cap. Without the shower cap, even with a shower after blasting, I will
wake up in the morning with a bit of grit stuck in my eye.
Imperfections. One of the things that would bother me about my models is that they looked pristine...too pristine. So I have started chipping blocks,
weathering, weeds growing up by the foundation, bits of junk, spills on tables and even floors, tapestries/pictures, sculpy tree stumps and fungus, anything to
make them looked lived in.
Basements. Instead of have the first floor end even with the ground outside I add a row of bricks above that. This allows me to run the ground up to the
foundation and to add ground clutter around it as if the wind had recently blown something in.
Digital Caliper. Best way to determine if your bricks are uniform.
I bought a couple sets of the machinists 90 degree angles from Micro Mark, an excellent investment.
Snow. I brush on white paint and then flock with the snow, makes a huge difference.
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My syringe doesn't have a needle. It's a phlebotomy syringe that has a screw-off end so the needle can be removed. Without a needle, the end is
big enough for plaster to be sucked up into the tube and as long as I wash it quickly after I'm done, it's perfectly clean afterward.
Try looking at some medical supply web sites for one. It REALLY saves on plaster this way.
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Thanks for mentioning th oral syringe, Mythulto! I hadn't thought of one of those. I work at a lab, so I didn't exactly have to go to a store to
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