Saturday, 5 November 2016

Finishing the roof

Versi Slates from Staceys Miniature Masonry are even easier to do than the bricks.  They are larger so they cover an area faster.  They need very little fiddling around with to keep them on line and in regular rows.  It is a simple case of starting from the bottom and overlapping by half a slate on each row as you go up.

If you have dormers to get round it is best to make a template with a scrap of paper for any awkward shapes so you don't waste a lot of slates getting it right.  Cut some paper the same size as a slate, put in place and make creases with your nail in all the places that you will need to cut out.  Cut out and check the fit, then lay the template on the tile and cut out the finished shape to glue in place.



template

tile fitted around the dormer roof

I did the roof area fairly quickly and then bashed on with the dormers.  It would be easier if they could be done before gluing them to the roof, but the ones on this kit were a fiddle to get right and needed to lay on the roof as part of that process, so the dormer roof tiling had to be done from every which way with them in situ.


Calculating the number of tiles is never and exact science and it can be frustrating to have to order a few more to finish but equally annoying to have a ton left over.  This time, incredibly, I had exactly the right amount of basic tiles.  As the last one went in place I couldn't believe my luck.

topped with ridge tiles

At the end of the whole job I was left with zero amount of ordinary slates, five ridge tiles (upper left in the photo) and three one-and-a-half width slates (upper right).  


finished

Then came the always fiddly job of attaching the roof to the house.  This is never a part of the construction I  enjoy but has to be done.  I am afraid I can't offer any handy tips to make it easier.  It is just a case of marking up the screw holes carefully and pleading with lady luck..... oh and the ability to work from all sorts of silly angles, whilst standing on a step stool.


Initially I only attach the roof flap with a single screw in each bracket.  The other half of the bracket which attaches to the ceiling is fully fixed.  I know I will need to remove the roof  flap when I come to work on that area as it will need decorating and blinds added.  The hinge screws are very short and they don't take kindly to be putting in and out, so best to leave out what you can until the final fix.

just one screw in place

So here she is - warts and all - god bless her and all who live in her...........



Dalton House

(25/04/16)







12 comments:

  1. Thank you. So much more left to do, I am happy to say. Marilyn

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  2. Great tip for tiling round the dormers. House looks fabulous. Lovely colours. Will you be adding chimneys?

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    1. Might be a bit scuppered with the chimneys. They need to go at the back, rather than the sides, to be in line with the fireplaces. The roof section folds all the way back to view the top floor so not sure if this has an impact..... haven't checked yet. I do have the chimney pots waiting so the answer is probably yes. Marilyn

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  3. Hi Marilyn! JOB WELL DONE!!!! the slate roof looks FAB and it blends Beautifully with the brick facade too!
    I as usual, are IMPRESSED by your precision and the cleanness of your work. The house in the last photo is one that I would LOVE to move into and I would imagine that so would Every Miniature Doll in England for that matter! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Any Borrowers planning on squatting in my mini premises would have a hard time for a while yet....it needs a lot of home comforts. I am trying so hard to keep this a slow build as it is supposed to be my last one! Marilyn

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  4. Beautiful job on the roof, Marilyn! It looks perfect! The whole house is lucky to have you! You are bringing out it's very best!

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    1. Thank you Jodi. I am not takented enough to make those lovely houses you see with propered weathered fronts and super realistic finishes but am content to make a nice tidy dolls house. Marilyn

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  5. Your house looks fantastic. I still haven't tried Versi tiles yet but really need to give them a go as they look so much better than the tile paper.

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    1. Thanks Diane. I love versi this and that. You could make your own to save pennies. cut bricks from sandpaper (smudge them up with a bit of paint) and slates from painted card. Not a road I have travelled because you are talking a couple of thousand of them to cut out neatly. Best finish is real brick slips, next best is the compound and stencil finish but both of these take a bit of painting and finishing talent to get them really realistic but the real downside for me has always been the weight they add to a project. As always with these things horses for courses....everyone finds their own place. Me - it is always the versi products - love 'em.

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  6. It looks great Marilyn, and I had the same issue with the dormers but we get there, don't we? I'm sure you must smile a little when you see Dalton sitting there now and so you should.

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    1. Thanks Irene. Bit like having children - you forget the pregnancy and delivery almost as soon as they arrive. Seems like it has always looked like this. That's where Blogs come in handy. As for the dormers on this particular one - they are not lovely on the inside! Marilyn

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