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randolph224331 Mar 2021 8:36 a.m. PST

Anyone know where I can find quantities of cheap 28mms bricks from a distributor in the USA? Most of what I find are outrageously priced or are 1/12 scale.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2021 8:39 a.m. PST

Pegasus makes some in grey or red

link

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2021 8:47 a.m. PST

If you're willing to substitute labor for cash, you can chop up plastic sprue (assuming it is rectangular in cross-section) for cheap bricks.

randolph224331 Mar 2021 9:53 a.m. PST

I'm familiar with Pegasus, but would need several bags. I'm about resigned to the fate of having to try to make them myself.

I'll be curled up in the fetal position crying, if anyone needs me.

Arjuna31 Mar 2021 10:39 a.m. PST

A standard brick in the US is 3-5/8" x 2-1/4" x 8", right?

And you want them at about 1/56 scale, right?
That is 0.06467941507322834" x 0.04007311586062993" x 0.14271654"

Cardboard cut into strips?
Thousands of them!
Preferably brick colored cardboard of course.


But then again…
Where to find mortar in the scale?
evil grin

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2021 10:58 a.m. PST

Arjuna – LOL"…mortar…"LOL! Good one! Thanks!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Mar 2021 11:40 a.m. PST

They make sheets if plastic with brick pattern inscribed in them…

randolph224331 Mar 2021 12:37 p.m. PST

Sheets won't work, as I want to use them more for debris and rubble piles, and maybe even a brickworks factory.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2021 1:13 p.m. PST

Sanity is worth more than money. Just overpay and be done with it.

I did an eBay search for "scale bricks" and most of the hits are Canadian suppliers. That's… unexpected. Canada is the Mecca of scale bricks…?

Some of those look really nice for scatter terrain ( auction ), and shipping isn't too bad. Personally, I'd happily pay $50 USD to $100 USD to avoid hand-crafting thousands of tiny scale bricks by hand.

- Ix

randolph224331 Mar 2021 2:00 p.m. PST

LX,

While I agree with you in theory, and am not overly frugal, unfortunately I have about 100 other terrain/miniature items that are also competing for my wallet's attention. But isn't that the case with all of us?

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2021 2:07 p.m. PST

How about moulding them? A silicone mould (example: link) and a bag of casting plaster shouldn't be too expensive and the effort needed is not too much, I imagine.

Bargain Bin DM31 Mar 2021 2:23 p.m. PST

I use these from Things from the Basement:

link

The Tin Dictator31 Mar 2021 3:01 p.m. PST

I think I remember seeing some bags of bricks in the doll house section at Hobby Lobby.

redmist112231 Mar 2021 4:16 p.m. PST

Another plug for Things from the Basement…super fast delivery too!

P.

randolph224331 Mar 2021 4:28 p.m. PST

Thanks Bargain Bin. I went to Things from the Basement and ordered 1,250 of the little suckers. That ought to do it!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 1:58 a.m. PST

You could build the pile from something besides the bricks & put the bricks on top to gice the effect of a large pile of bricks. It would cut cost down. I've used gesso with medium or large grit to make rubble piles. Remember not all the bricks will be whole. Just my .02 worth.
Paul

randolph224301 Apr 2021 6:17 a.m. PST

Just got the record, I don't plan on using anywhere near 1,250 bricks myself. But at 1 cent per brick, I wanted to stockpile, in case someone else needed some. The shipping cost was the same, so I over-ordered.

jdpintex01 Apr 2021 8:18 a.m. PST

Sorry for being late, but have you looked at GCmini bricks. They seem like they are made of plaster or something similar, are red and work great.

link

BrockLanders Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 2:32 p.m. PST

I made my own by cutting up rectangular plastic rods, then I tried the plaster in a mold method, and then I came to the conclusion that I should just bite the bullet and pay whatever they cost because my time is better spent on other pursuits

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