Semi-detached house

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by spitfire, Sep 25, 2004.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    After searching online for a Toronto-style house with no success, I have decided to scratchbuild one.

    There are a lot of nice house kits out there, but they all seem to be wood, clapboard, etc, and in Toronto, virutally all houses are brick. In fact, I can recall from driving trips to the US, that the minute you crossed the border, houses changed from brick to frame.

    Anyway, here's the prototype. I like this style of house because it's not too fancy, and they can be found all over town. Gotta love the real estate biz, where "semi-detached" actually means "attached"!!!!


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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I spent yesterday afternoon working on the components. The first story is brick and the second story is siding. I was planning on using materials that I have on hand, but had to make a little trip to the LHS for a few more windows and shingles for the roof.

    Couldn't find the shingles. It seems there's lots of cedar shakes and ratty tarpaper, but nothing that actually looks like standard shingles.

    Any suggestions?


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  3. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    You can make shingles out of sand paper. Just go to Canadian Tire and pick a few sheets that look to be the right texture. If you mix the grits you can get quite a nice effect, just like are on some roofs. As for cutting them out, that would depend on what look you wanted. A little experiment would help you decide.

    TrainClown ;)
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Val: I was working on a model and the suggestion was wet-and-dry sandpaper for shingles. You can get it in a dark grey colour that looks like shingles.
    Cut it into strips with scissors and then cut slots to look like the individual shingles.
    Don't use your mother's best scissors -- Home Depot sells a nice pair with orange handles for a few dollars.
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    ...that's cuz us folks down here in Floridia hafta make our homes kinda semi-disposable :p

    I make my shingles from 400 grit sandpaper cut in scale 1' strips and notched every 9".

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  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know what color shingles you want, but if you can't find sandpaper the right color, just paint it.
  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks for the input folks! :thumb:

    Will post some progress photos later today.

  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Well it's later today, where are them pics at ???? :D :D :D There are 2,000 people here on the edge of their seats with anticpation! :D :wave: :D Your project is looking great so far, looking forward to the end results! :)
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hey there Tyson - hold your horses!!!!!!

    As promised, here is my progress so far. I've made the pillars for the front of the house, finished cutting all the holes for the windows, and painted the brick, and dormer. The left side of the building won't be seen, so those poor people don't get any windows on the side.


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  10. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Coming along very nicely Val!

  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks Gary!

    I came back from dinner out, and decided to put the four walls together. The next step will be creating front and back porches.


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  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Very nice Val. This one is going to be a real charmer. With real estate values going through the roof do I dare ask how much this one will be worth?
  13. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Very nice work Val. :thumb:
    Robin, as they say, "if you have to ask, you can't afford it." :eek:
  14. Nscalemodeler

    Nscalemodeler Member

    Wow, it looks great. You're an inspiration to those of use just starting back into the hobby. It's amazing what can be done with so little. :thumb:
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Neat project Val!
  16. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I think you already have that kind of patience, you just haven't recognized it yet.
    The house is looking good! can't wait to see it completed. :thumb: :thumb:
    (I guess I don't have THAT kind of patience) :D :D
  17. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member


    That's looking great! I, too, am awaiting progress eagerly. :)
    I also agree with Pete - I can tell you have it in you to do wonderful scratch-made items... Why not give it a shot for your next project?
  18. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks a lot my friends! Your encouragement is really helpful. I just got home from work and will have some more progress to report soon. :)

  19. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Well, I spent quite a lot of time tonight making the enclosed porch for the house on the right. A lot of fitting around the pillars was required. I'm not sure if it's going to show up in this shot, but there are 2 kinds of siding used - which, believe me, is very prototypical!!! :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Anyway, I just discovered my white paint has dried up, so I can't do any more on the porch until I get some more.

    I also need scale 2x4s for the back porches, and sandpaper for the roof.

    More to come.....


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  20. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Lookin Good Val :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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