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


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What's this?
Scenery specialist NOCH provides flexible embossed sheets of masonry for modelers to create their own structures. Granite Wall (Granit Mauerplatte), item 57510 is one choice, part of the Mauerplatte (embossed wall panels) series.

Granite Wall / Granit
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. And if you model mega-style, you can buy Granite is a 64 cm length, Art.-Nr.: 57700!

NOCH used photographs of actual granite walls to create the face. This replicates coloration which mimics mortar and subtle variations in the granite effectively. To me, it has a slight greenish hue. Moss and other plant life?

The low embossing creates mortar joints and rough stone texture. 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.

A very critical eye noted a faint vertical line across the sheet, presumable where two photographs lap. This should be no trouble to camouflage with weathering or foliage.

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 stone with:

* 1/35 tank

* 1/48 tank

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

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

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

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SUMMARY
Highs: Embossed sheet provides texture and coloration effectively mimicking subtle differences in the granite. Flexible material is easy to work with.
Lows: Slight sheen to tone down?
Verdict: Granite Wall Mauerplatte is a quick and effective way to create stone work for your layout and diorama.
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: 57510
  Suggested Retail: $2.00, 1,79
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 26, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  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...

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