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    Talk about a learning curve!! I'm no computer geek, so it took me plenty of tries to get this posted. Anyway, this is my first scratch built model. I know, there are plenty of mistakes, but Hey, I'm learning....give an old guy a break, eh? I'd like to know what you people suggest for roofing material. I wanted to simulate cedar shake shingles, but don't like what I see like the rolled shingles, and didn't particularly want the flatness of paper. suggestions?

  • #2
    Hi Paul,

    Nice looking model and I am glad to see you figured out how to post pictures.

    I see that you edited your first post.

    A quirk in the forum code removes everything that was initially posted and if you had any information about the model posted there it is unfortunately lost forever.

    Any post after the first post in a thread can be edited without the loss of other information.
    <img src="" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.


    • #3

      I see you got the words back.[:I]
      <img src="" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.


      • #4
        yes, part of that learning curve. Thanks for everything John. I'm on to my next project.


        • #5
          Nice looking little mill, when it comes to the roof shingles there are a number of mfgrs of wood shingles. Here are a few I have tried.



          Rusty Stumps

          They all look good in my opinion but my number one preference would be papercreek.


          • #6
            The Mill looks pretty good !

            here is a great product that I've used for shake shingles. It takes a little time, but the results are fantastic ! I think it would be perfect for your mill

            This comes from one of Allen Kellers videos on Gil Frietag and his Stony Creek RR

            I use Sierra Scale Models Cedar Shingle Sheets, but any brand should work fine.

            Using a straight edge guide, cut the sheets with the grain in random more than 1/8 inch wide for HO scale.

            Now lay all your strips flat and side by side on your workbench and place a strip of 1/8" wide chart tape, or masking tape cut into 1/8" strips, 1/8" from the bottom of the cedar strips. continue applying the tape Approx. 1/8" apart until your cedar strips are covered.

            Then using your straight edge, cut along one side of each strip of tape all the way through the cedar strips. This leaves you with hundreds a tiny cedar shingles.

            Now all you have to do is apply white glue to your roof card stock and lay out the strips of shingles with the tape on the BOTTOM side of each row. Once the glue dries, carefully pull off the tape strips and you have an authentic shake cedar shingled roof !!!

            Try this really does work great !

            Here is a model I built a few years ago using this method

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            • #7
              Nice modelling and coloring work on the grist mill. Paul.

              About the flatness of paper : the first time I saw Sierra West shingles, a mere laser cut sheet of paper, I wondered how this could make convincing shingles. And yet, once they are painted and distressed with a brush, they are quite realistic, in particular their thickness, due to the thinness of paper.


              • #8
                Your first model will always be your favourite.[:-love] Never throw it away....
                " Stay Motivated in Life "



                • #9
                  Thank you all for your comments, and your suggestions. There sure are a number of great looking products on the market for me to choose from. I appreciate all the leads.



                  • #10
                    Very nice scratch build. Keep up the good work.



                    • #11
                      Nice modeling..I'd like to see more of your work...Jerry
                      Jerry Cox


                      • #12
                        Nice lil' mill there Paul!

                        Plenty of inovation shows...I have used Rusty Stumps (No affiliation)shingles

                        with great success. But, like it has been said, there are plenty to choose from.

                        Keep the progress posts coming.

                        The Geezer