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Basic concrete roads

July 13 2003 at 10:14 PM
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I am planning on constructing a diorama of a StuG III travelling along a stretch of concrete road, with a raised footpath, in Germany. I know it is a basic question but would someone be able to give me some tips on creating a realistic concrete road with a foot path. Thanks in advance for any help. James

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concrete and tarmac

July 13 2003, 10:36 PM 

you might try and get this back issue of Fine Scale Modeler:


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Concrete roads

July 14 2003, 3:16 PM 

The making of concrete roads is not realy a problem,
What puzzeling me is the thought of making a sidewalk next to it.

The thing is that Concrete slabs where used on mainroads and
"Autobahnen" and seldom in villages or towns.

Slabs can vary in size from 10 to 25 meters and were
3 to 3.5 meters wide.
The early German slabs had no iron strenghtening and where 22
and later 25 cm thick.

The seems where filled with a bitumous substance.

In later days longer stretches were made up to hundereds
of meters long in which they 'cut' seems and placed strips of rubberish
material at intervals of 6.25 meter.

You could make concrete slabs for modelling from not to fine
structured cartboard and scribe the lines with a black marker.
Color ranges from 'off white' to greyish depending of materials used.

Hope it helps
Ron Perry

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