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Basalt Wall Sheet
Basalt Wall
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

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What's this?
Scenery specialist NOCH provides flexible embossed sheets of masonry for modelers to create their own structures. Basalt Wall (Basalt Mauerplatte), item 57530 is one choice, part of the Mauerplatte (embossed wall panels) series.

Basalt Wall
This sheet is made of a flexible product and has no packaging. It measures 32 cm x 16 cm / 12.6 (12 9/16th) in. x 6.2 (6 3/16) in. Modelers can use this for retaining and property walls, and creating buildings. For those of us who dream big, they also make the same sheet twice as long, Art.-Nr. 57720.

NOCH used photographs of actual basalt walls to create the face. This replicates coloration which mimics mortar and subtle variations in the basalt effectively.

The low embossing creates mortar joint and rough stone textures. The sheet has a slight sheen that can be tones down by any number of paints, washes, clear coats and weathering powders.

I notice fine shading so use care when you orient this sheet for vertical surfaces lest your scratchbuilt masterpiece leaves you with insidious nagging feeling that something is not quite right.

scale?
NOCH advertises it for HO - 1/87 and TT scales. TT is 1/100 to 1/120 depending on which side of the English Channel you are on. Regardless, the stones are various sizes and suitable for any scale.

Look at the top images showing the brick with:

* 1/35 tank

* 1/48 tank

* Figures of 1/87, 1/48, 1/35

conclusion
I think Basalt Wall is a very useful product. It is easy to work with and looks very authentic.

Basalt Wall Mauerplatte is a quick and effective way to create stone work for your layout and diorama. Recommended.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RAILROADMODELING.
SUMMARY
Highs: Embossed sheet provides texture and coloration mimicking subtle differences in the granite effectively. Flexible material is easy to work with.
Lows: Slight sheen to tone down?
Verdict: Basalt Wall Mauerplatte is a quick and effective way to create stone work for your layout and diorama.
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 57530
  Suggested Retail: $2.00, 1,79
  Related Link: Mauerplatte Series
  PUBLISHED: Feb 26, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.22%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.


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