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Tudor Row Houses – Part 5

Part 5 (finally) brings us to some of the detail work on this project.

1. First up, the lead flashing around the chimneys and roof lines.  In order to create this look, I knew it would have to be a thin and pliable material.  For this reason I went with plain white copy paper.  It is thin, cheap, and will mold itself to the shingles in much the same way as lead would on a real roof.

WP_20140401_001I started by cutting the paper into strips, then making some diagonal cuts so that it would fit the angle of the roof and the chimney.  From there, I took watered down PVA glue on a brush and slopped it onto the paper to the point where it became saturated.  This helped the paper really stick to the chimney and the roof the way that lead flashing would.

Then I painted it black and gave it a very slight dark grey drybrush.

As you can see, it comes out looking fairly subtle, but the effect seems to work quite well:Model Flashing

WP_20140330_0042. The next bit of detail are the signs.  I wanted each house to have a sign showing that the downstairs floor had a trade shop or tavern of some kind.  I decided that I would make three signs, one for each of the corner buildings and one for the bigger of the two middle buildings.  I left the smaller middle building alone.

I wanted to create a fancy wrought iron look to the signs as well as have a variety of looks.  To that end I picked up a couple of charm bracelet charms to use as the signs from the local craft store: a cup and a key.  For the last sign, I cut a square of balsa to use as a flat wooden sign.

WP_20140330_007For the wrought iron I used plastic rod and plastic strips which I heated up to a melting point with a heat gun, then twisted into curly cues.  This was actually quite challenging and took some practice, but I was eventually able to get a few pieces which looked good when I glued them together.  As I was working I added chains to the board so that it could hang appropriately, and also inserted the charms into the other two signs as well.

WP_20140331_003Once glued, I painted them black, then added splotches of brown to make it look like it had rusted.  After that I painted the balsa black, then light blue, and finally added a sun.












Then it was time to attach them to the building:


I’m hoping that this one is finally almost done.  I will be adding some vegetation here and there along with some ivy up the far wall.  After that I hope to pour the base and add on the frame around the base.  It’s nice to be back, but I’m looking forward to getting this one off of my workbench and begin to move on to other projects.


2 thoughts on “Tudor Row Houses – Part 5

  1. havre says:

    Nice touch with the signs, Zab.

    • Zaboobadidoo says:

      Hey, it’s Havre!! How’s it going old buddy? How’s the Mordheim board these days? Haven’t heard from you in ages, though I guess neither of use our old stomping grounds much anymore.

      We should talk, btw. I’ve been thinking lately of that old TG water competition from way back. You saved all of the projects didn’t you? I thought some of those might make good posts here. Interested in a guest blogging appearance on this site?

      Oh, and thanks for the compliment!


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