Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Shingles are Done!

As you can see, I still need to paint them.

To imitate shake shingles, I use randomly sized paper shingles that come on a roll.  Although they have adhesive backing, I ignore that and use white glue so I can be sure they will stay in place over time. The shingles are really HO scale (1:84), which is too large for 1:144; so I trim them down a bit and apply them so the rows are closer together. The fact that they come in a strip is convenient, but in a number of areas I had to cut them apart and put on one shingle at a time.

I had a bit of a scare a while ago when the manufacturer, Campbell Scale Models, stopped making these shingles. I couldn't find a substitute, and thought I was going to have to start making my own from brown paper.  Not a happy prospect.  Fortunately, I'm now able to order them again, so I must not be the only one who uses them!

I also finished the chimney and put the remaining colors on all the stone.  Next I will finish furnishing the interior. I leave final exterior finish till after that, when I won't have to handle the building so much. I'm hoping to have these done this weekend.


  1. I will try cutting shingles to scale on a laser and see how it goes. Not this week but soon.

  2. Just wanted to say that I am in awe of your creations!

  3. Fabulous!!! You always do that most perfect minis.

  4. Sigo con la boca abierta, viendo las maravillas que creas ¡waaaaoooooo!!! Yo hice una casa escala 1:150 (no se compara con las tuyas , la mía es de novata)pero me gusto mucho la experiencia de trabajar a una escala tan pequeña ,y vi lo complicado y difícil que era manejar todo tan chiquito y encontrar materiales para esa escala y descubrí otros que no pensé que me fueran a ser tan útiles.
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