Being a treatise on VSF and Mars, and on 19th Century colonial warfare in general

(with a nod towards Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan, lest I take myself too seriously)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


A couple of weeks ago I came across a comment on TMP about molds for some scenics, and it directed me to here.  So I picked up mold #93 from this page.  Lovely sloped walls - could almost be Chinese!  I've started making lots of "bricks" (or rather massive blocks) to make some Martian city walls.  The process is a bit fiddly, but I get to revert to childhood and be a bricklayer / lego builder again.  

I'll probably make them 3 blocks high to start with (that's 1.5" in old money) plus a parapet (the lotus-pattern bricks with an outward curve).  That should be plenty for a provincial town or outpost.   

It will probably need a pretty rigid base as I don't think they'll take happily to flexing, but we'll see where it takes me.

If anyone out there has some tips or tricks with using plaster of paris for builds, please let me know!


J Womack, Esq. said...

I have been considering Hirst Arts molds for some time now - like seven or eight years. I need to break down and invest in a mold or two and some dental plaster and get to it.

Clive G said...

For what it's worth the I can attest that quality of the casts from my mold are really good. There were one or two bubbles, but I can hide those easily enough. I'm using plaster of paris, and it seems fairly sturdy SO FAR. The angled blocks are giving me some headaches, trying to ensure everything is square. Other sets are probably easier to build with, simple because they ARE square!