Making Some Progress
I ordered some concrete block foundation pieces from Monster ModelWorks. I assembled these as per the kit instructions. I painted these with a gray acrylic craft paint. Jimmy Simmons recommends using the paint full strength, without diluting, and I agree this works better and keeps the wood parts from warping. I dusted on some black pastel chalk to the finished foundation sections to accentuate the mortar lines and to give it a weathered look. The foundations still look a bit too uniform. I will be going back and painting some of the blocks with different shades of gray to add variety.
Next, I constructed the roof sections from card stock. I decided to print out some photo textures from the Clever Models’ Texture Collection DVD. I was going to use a single layer of card stock with a few “patches” of roof underlayment to show through the missing/torn pieces of tar paper* roofing. The single layer of card stock was not sturdy enough, so I laminated two sheets together with the underlayment only on the underside. I did this for the small building, but decided to print out full roof sections of the underlayment for both sides of the roof pieces (see photos below). I fastened the roof pieces to the structure with CA.
After the CA dried, I discovered the roof pieces were very rigid and firm…a good base for applying the tar paper roofing material. I printed out a sheet of worn tar paper from the Clever Models’ DVD and cut these into HO scale 3’ wide strips. I applied these by rows, starting at the bottom and working up to the roof peaks. I used school grade glue sticks to fasten the tar paper pieces to the roof. I like using the glue sticks because they do not impart a whole lot of moisture into the tar paper strips. I tore/cut some of the tar paper pieces to give a look of a roof in need of some repair. This allows the roof underlayment to show through where the tar paper has been torn away. I was careful to hide all cut edges of the card stock by using a black, permanent marker. White cut/tear lines stand out like a sore thumb!! I applied a ridge cap of tar paper pieces to each of the roofs. The foundation and roofs are installed!!
Up Next: Building the diorama base. Adding roofing trim and details to the structure.
*The Clever Models’ Texture Collection DVD has several varieties of roofing material, including a couple of versions of tar paper roofing.