I managed to carve some bonus real estate during my latest scenery efforts and thought it would be a nice spot for another humble abode. I always wanted to try modeling an Insulbrick house commonly seen across the northeast and Midwest. So far I came up with painting Plastruct brick sheet Polly Scale Dirt and giving it a black wash with some highlighted ‘bricks’ here and there. The panel seams are painted. It thought of cutting the sheets into separate panels but that would have been a lot more work. Still quite a bit to do. I am out of sheet brick and hope to get some delivered in the next few days. These two sides were just put together to see if I was onto something with my experiments. Thought I’d share the progress so far:



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It's wonderful, of course, sir, including and especially, the minute details of the small basement windows and the little iron door for removal of ashes from the base of the chimney are immensely realistic. Flawless, really.


Great look...I remember my Grandparents having similar siding, I think was more on the yellow side though. 

Norm, Fantastic !  Wow you really got it right. My friends house had that siding. Looks so real. Like Frank M said, the little details make it look so real. Thanks for posting.


This is going to fit in wonderfully on your layout. Even though this house is a unique build to anything else on your layout, I really like how you make it fit as if it's always been there. What a wonderful modeler you are Norm.


Superb modeling!  I came home to an Insulbrik house when l was born, but think siding has been changed on that house which l haven't seen  lately. Had not heard the term in years and did not realize it was still common.

Information on insulbrick

Edit/Add:   4/12/20 AM.   A celotex/ fiber board, easily applied, was a big plus, to older homes, that had no wall insulation.  At the very least, it inhibited the wind from blowing through the cracks, in a building.  Still a lot out there, much has been sided over, with Aluminum, or vinyl.   IMO  Mike CT.   Great modeling, Norm, thank you.   

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Thanks you guys. I was looking to put something a little different in this spot. Wish I had enough brick to finish it. I may work on the machine shop next door for a bit.

Norm, As always Thank You for sharing your expertise. You are a real inspiration to all in the hobby.


 That’s really cool. I didn’t get it at first. The simulated brick siding. I’ve seen a number of buildings over the years with it.



Great modeling. The Insulbrick siding looks right. I like the roll roofing also: poor people's roofing material so typical of coal-country ex company towns.

It looks great Norm.  Saw it on WPF, and your comment that you posted pics in the scenery forum, so I had to take a look. I always thought it would be nice to model a house covered with Insulbrick (or however you spell it!). Looks like you came up with a great technique!

BTW, what are you using for the windows? Tichy?

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Glad you guys like it! I hope I can get it finished in the next few nights so I can plant it in the new spot. 

Neal, the windows were some eBay kits I bought quite a few years ago. He had a few different types at the time. I tried to search for them again with no luck. The doors are Grandt Line.



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I read through you post again and have a question. You said you painted the seams. Can you explain how? When I have to make fine lines like that, I've been using a black marking pen I get at the craft store. They make them with tips as fine as 1 mm, and them come in lots of colors, including white which I often use to highlight the upper surface of things such as relay case vents. But would like to hear about your technique for making those seams.

Neal, after giving it a wash and painting the different colored ‘bricks’ I just painted the seams with a very thin brush and MM flat black. I did the seams after I applied the brick to the foamcore. I did a 5 brick high by 4 brick wide pattern but I think it should have been 5 by 5.

I finally got the rest of brick sheet today so I’m hoping to get this finished and planted before the weekend. 

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