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Stuck on stucco

If you want the best possible stucco for scale modeling, remove some pigment from an unmixed can (any color) of flat Humbrol paint, put it on a palette of any type, and mix in baking soda until you have the consistency of mortar.

Spread the mix onto the wall, and you get scale stucco with a texture.

NOT-SO STUCK-ON STUCCO

Even better, if you want the stucco to have a crumbled look, press a piece of .010" styrene sheet to it, and pull it away. Repeat that process until you're satisfied with the results. Because the color (from the previous step) is mixed all the way through the "stucco," there will be some unpainted spots after portions of the stucco are pulled off.

- Ben Jakobsen


Ken: We've used baking soda to add texture to pigment before (to simulate grease and grime build-up around grease fitting and leaking seals), but we've never tried this technique. Thanks for offering a new perspective, Ben.

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