I've got SHINGLES!!!!!

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Strthoky, May 5, 2003.

  1. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    hehe ok so don't start calling me Dave Letterman yet.... today I was bored so I decided to try and make my buildings a little better by changing the roof... here is how I did it......

    I started with black acrylic and texturizing medium....


    I spread it thinly over a plain sheet of white bond paper...


    I then sanded the back side of the paper to make it thinner (after the paint dried :D )

    After that I cut the material into thin strips...


    After I had the strips cut I wanted to make the shingles real to life so I cut notches in the strips...


    I then pasted them with elmers glue onto the building.. a slow process...

    I then drybrushed white to highlight wear and washed with black ink thinned with rubbing alcohol to bring out the individual shingles


    the end product looks pretty cool :D
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Strthoky, it does look cool:cool:
    How long was the process??
    I suppose it was in stages. or was it a none stop??;)
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  4. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    it was about a half hour cutting and laying 1 side. the actual prepping and making the "tar paper" was done earlier in the day... about 10 minutes total doing that part.

    of course this was my first attempt and I am sure I can lower my time .... :)
  5. philip

    philip Guest

    very nice

  6. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    another great "how-to"
  7. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Looks Good, Very Realistic.:cool:

  8. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Those shingles are beautiful. If I hadn't of seen your step by step, I would have sworn those were real shingles.
  9. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    here is a lighter pic... I have a bit of weathering to do as I am not 100% satisfied with the colors..

  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    What an ingenious idea!
    They look great!!
  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Nicely done Strthoky.
    I like the price. Affordable for us all to have a realisic roof.:D
  12. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    All this talk about paper and card stock makes me think I'll revert to the old days and build some stuff that way again.

    In my callow youth in the 40's and 50's that was the only construction material I could afford. I made my shingles the same way, but used water colors for the initial coloring and for the weathering. The initial coloring was sort of a dirty cedar color, and I swiped it on fairly streaky in the direction of the "grain" of the eventual shingles. Then more streaks on the finished roof.

    By the way, drafting velum is pretty thin and may save you the sanding step.

    Bill S

    (When I was about 15 I proudly took a building I had made to a model rail club to show off. Several people there refused to believe that I had done all the work. I was really hurt at the time, but later figured out it was a compliment, even if not intended.)
  13. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    You figured correctly Bill and the people in that club are/were idiots. Their loss not yours! :D
  14. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    I took the time to complete my shinglingand with the help of charlie I have "sided" it most of the way... I think it looks a bit better than it did before.. it has a bit left to be done before it is finished.... Sorry about the quality lost the cord to my digital cam... had to use the camcorder and grab some vid stills... [​IMG]

    here is the side... I added the gutters too


    and this is how it originally looked


    the deck will be replaced (after the Faux Wood treatment) as well as the window scenes.... they will be improved...

  15. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    VERY COOL!! Looks great!!

    I read somewhere recently that it was rare to see the old asphalt siding on models, this technique could be used for that too!

    Strthoky....Please tell this neophyte more about the 'texturing medium' you used. Is it some kind of sand suspended and some kind of glue?
  16. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    texture meduim is kinda what you described... it is a grity material (sand maybe) suspended in an acrylic base.. you can find it at Michaels or any store with a decent acrylic paint selection... I bought a bunch of the "snow" for christmas village house last year and it was the same stuff just had a whiter base to it.. I used this stuff fo my shigles.. to create simulated brick texture... and for my realistic feeling ashphalt roads... :)
  17. Blake

    Blake Member

    I've done that using permanent labels, this way you can just peel and stick them on. Also, you can just cut strips and make rolled tar paper roofing. Northeastern models made some dynamite shingles in HO & N scale. They are out of production now. In the Evergreen styrene book they show you how to do individual shingles. I tried it and they look incredible. Only problem was the time it took. I wanted to finish my roof before I hit 90 (I'm 39 now!!).
  18. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Using the same sort of method, I made some cedary-looking (at least, that's what I was shooting for...;) ) shingles for a scratchbuilt O scale structure.

    Attached Files:

  19. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    cool!!! looks great to me:)
  20. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    That really looks like shingles Steve. Nicely done.

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