BMP -2 In Damascus - Buildings construction

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Hello all
I am working on a diorama with a SAA BMP - 2 In outskirts of Damascus, scale is 1/35 period is not set but will likely be in the early stages of the Civil War. Discussion regarding the layout can be found Here, but in short there will be a lower building in the foreground - partly in ruins and a large apartment/ storefront complex in the background, also partly destroyed.
BMP: will be parked and crew talking to troops on the ground, believing the area to be cleared - not so....


Materails will be a mix of foam and plaster - working in foam is a first for me.

Lower Building:
Is going to be a grocery store/Bodega with large opening blinded by rolling shutters - the roof will be collapsed so not much of the interior will be seen
I have begun work on the lower building, for ease of construction, I have not glued the parts together yet , also I am planning to have the facade rendered using - hmmm- plaster of Paris I guess - any better alternatives? with parts of the brickwork showing
The Window is thought to be a display window or a smaller opening to serve patrons.


I had to redo the sidewalk a few times but I fairly content with this:

 

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Steven, regarding your question about alternative rendering, when I did my burned out Abrams tank diorama on here in May, I found the foam board/ polystyrene on its own was fine for the render. I just dug some bits out here and there.

I then painted the exposed blockwork a slightly different colour to the render. Keep in mind these buildings were usually 99% concrete blocks and pillars, then rendered.

I hope the above link will be of some help to you.

Whatever method you adopt, just have fun when you create trashed and damaged buildings. I do!

Ron
 

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Ron - you are quite right they do have a rendered finish on their own - I am going to play around with some trial pieces, both rendered and without to see what works best for me - thanks for the input mate :thumb2:
 

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Glad to help.
Just a couple of quick pointers which you might know already.....
Be careful what glue you use. Some will melt the foam board. I use UHU POR, it's specially for foam board and any polystyrene.
Before you apply any sort of 'Render', prime the board with watered down P.V.A. and let it dry.

Cheers.
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Trial? Playing around? That looks excellent Steven!........:thumb2:
Who needs to add any extra stuck on render?

Ron
 

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Steven.
Ron is quite right in his thoughts on the board.
I use a plaster board adhesive for the skim over the foam ( only because I had a tub left over ). Looking at yours its seems perfect what ever you have used. The finer the mix the easier to sand, poly filler, plaster , they are all pretty much the same.
Looking fwd to more photos.
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Is that polyfilla or similar I see applied?......:surprised:
It is :smiling4:
Steven.
Ron is quite right in his thoughts on the board.
I use a plaster board adhesive for the skim over the foam ( only because I had a tub left over ). Looking at yours its seems perfect what ever you have used. The finer the mix the easier to sand, poly filler, plaster , they are all pretty much the same.
Looking fwd to more photos.
John.
You are so right, I chose Pollyfilla for the fine grain it has thinking it would yield a nice finish and it is not shabby I guess
 
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Whilest working on the facade of the building i have been playing around with the collapsed roof it is aboutn1.5 cm in thickness and i use 0.1 og mm wire and have a hard time getting thw right sizing for the rebar i spotted some at a construction site meant for flooring and they were about the size of my inedex finger
 

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Plastering... Plastering...and more plastering... all fun.. LOOKING GOOD
it is - and messy too :smiling:

I willl be adding a satellite dish and maybe a watertank - clinging on for dear life, half sliding down the sloping slaps of concrete. I might use an aftermarket set for that one or try scratching one for myself - smaller houses often use a cylindrical tank hooked up to solar panels - could be fun to scratch
 
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Here... less fun pictures... but inspirational for rubble and writings... check also the ondulated metal sheet "roofs"and all the mess on the street after bombardments...:sad::sad::sad:
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Pictures for discussion purpose only
 
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