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Stone Pavement Mold
Dioramas Accessories Series Silicone mold for 1/35 pavement 2
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by: Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]

introduction

J's Work, a diorama accessory company out of China, offers a new release in their "Dioramas Accessories Series." It is a silicone mold that can be used to cast a road section, offering a nicely textured surface replicating a surface made of stone. I received the Silicone Mold for 1/35 pavement 2 for this review, the second of two options J's Work provide.

the mold

The mold is very simple, made of white silicone. The detail is very nice, showing stones that are fairly uniform in size but set at different levels and providing for a very nice visual effect. There are a few bubbles visible in the surface of the mold that should be easy to fix with a little patching, or chipped to add further variation. The mold is soft and flexible. No instructions are included in the packaging, but you can visit http://jsworkmodel.com/ or view the instructions at Lucky Model on the product page, http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=JW-PPA3019 to see how the product works.

making stone pavemant

The process is simple. Mix some plaster, pour it into the mold, pound on the table top or improvise to provide vibration that will release the bubbles from the casting material, and wait for the product to dry. The silicone material releases easily from the material poured into the mold.

I used two different products, the first a product a smooth compound that does not heat up when prepared, and the second a product that states it can become "very hot" when mixed. Both went into the mold easily, set quickly and released from the mold without issue. You can see in the photos I didn't get all the bubbles out of the plaster, but again, I can use that to add variation, or do some simple filling. I will need to clean up the joints and the two sections can be attached. Painting is as the modeler desires. I also attempted a mold using basic spackling compound. The mold left a nice pattern and released easily, but the material was too fragile and crumbled on it's own.

conclusion

If you are looking for an easy way to make a paved surface, this is it. It is a very simple item to use and the end result is very nice.

J's work products are available exclusively through Lucky Model. This mold is $5.99 US, with free shipping.
SUMMARY
Highs: Very easy to use, excellent detail.
Lows: None noted for the product.
Verdict: This is a very useful item for modelers.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: JW-PPA3019
  Suggested Retail: $5.99 US
  PUBLISHED: Oct 11, 2011
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.47%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 81.83%

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About Russ Amott (russamotto)
FROM: UTAH, UNITED STATES

I got back into the hobby a few years back, and wanted to find ways to improve, which is how I found this site. Since joining Armorama I have improved tremendously by learning from others here, and have actually finished a couple of kits. I model to relax and have fun, but always look to improve. ...

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Comments

Thanks for that Russ. For anyone interested there are some great step by steps and video guides to casting plaster on the Hirst Arts website
OCT 12, 2011 - 09:48 PM
I got this one. I've made 4 or 5 pieces. It's really nice but (small buts). The surface is too uneven IMHO the level differences are quite big sometimes. I think some sending is necessary . Putting two or more together will be tricky as they don't fit very well (I tried all positions). spit
OCT 12, 2011 - 10:15 PM
This review is very timely. Just ordered a mold from LuckyModels and I'm just waiting for delivery now. Cheers, John
OCT 13, 2011 - 01:37 AM
Thanks for all the comments. Like James said, the small air bubble marks can be easily modified, along with the other stones, for indiviual nicks or marks on the stones. As Pawel has stated, there is a bit of a spacing issue when two segments are put together. I have sanded down the contact points and they have fit better. The mold is easy to use and you can make several sections very quickly.
OCT 13, 2011 - 10:46 AM
Thanks Russ. I might a few of these molds up they're handy to have around to use up surplus plaster when filling bigger moulds.
OCT 13, 2011 - 11:21 AM
Thanks for the review Russ. Ive had my eye on these for a while, and had one question for you, but Pawel answered it. Would love to see some images of the halves placed togther to see how close the fit is (unaltered), if you could find the time to do it?? Thanks.
OCT 13, 2011 - 11:35 AM
I'll get some pictures done to show the fit.
OCT 13, 2011 - 12:42 PM
Here are some images of two casts I recently made, showing fit on the sides. With some sanding and careful carving, they will line up better, but there is still somewhat of a gap. Depending on the material you use for casting, it can be sanded down easily but the gaps between some of the stones will have to be rescribed.
DEC 31, 2011 - 09:49 AM
As my wife has recently become enamored with making stained glass mosaics, I can say that leftover grout will work well for filling those voids, or make thinned grout with the same plaster you cast the pieces with. By the way - Charcoal gout is great for making asphalt roadway.
DEC 31, 2011 - 01:59 PM
   

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