In part 4 today I’ll be working on the roof.
There are three individual cardboard roof panels. One of them needs to be slightly scored with a razor blade down the middle, lengthwise, so that when folded it will form the peak for office outcropping.
I want to bring your attention to a few different things here in Pic 1 (above):
- Notice the large piece of bass wood corner bracing which I used to secure the office outcropping to the main structure. There is an identical piece (hidden from this angle) on the opposite wall doing the same. It was attached to the building use wood glue.
- Note that I did not paint the inside of the office outcropping with flat black spray paint. Again this is an optional step, and I chose not to do it for the office.
- You can see my paper towel window shades pretty clearly here.
- The most important thing I wanted to point out here was the two small scrap wood pieces I placed at an angle on the main structure wall that will form additional bracing for the cardboard roof. Since there were no instructions, I came up with this on my own. You can faintly see where I drew in the roof line in pencil as a guide. The whole purpose of this is to give the cardboard roof (pictured to right of structure, already scored, above) something to rest upon instead of just relying on white glue adhering to the building side.
In Pic 2 (above), I have attached the roof panels with white glue. I used a rubber band on the scored roof section on the office to hold in place while the glue dried. You can see I have also added some more signage as well.
I’ll admit that I made a mistake in my opinion by trying to dab on some light paint to the large blue sign. It did not have the effect I intended, but instead looks more like a smear and obstructs some of the lettering. I was going for more of a peeling and aged look as I have done on other models, but clearly I did not remove enough paint from the sponge before dabbing on. I tried to clean it off immediately, but instead I just ended up smearing it with my finger tip. So what’s the lesson here? I should have tried ‘sponging’ on the paint to the sign first, even before I cut it out and affixed it to the building. Hopefully, I will be able to correct this aesthetically with weathering chalks later on.
Picture 3 shows the reverse side of the building, along with additional signage again, and also the small building outcropping I discussed in the previous post.
Next up will be the roofing paper. If you’ll recall from my first post, the paper sheet that was included with the kit was just plain gray in color. It was pretty non-descript. I was tempted to add a gravel like top as I did with my Sunset Hotel build (see embedded link), but decided against it. I could have gone with black construction paper to simulate tar paper, but I thought the contrast might be too much. Then there was the idea of buying other textured paper, or printing out my own roofing via clipart, but ultimately decided I need to work more on my ‘sponging’.
So I went through my acrylic paints, and picked out colors from black, browns, greens, and grays and lined them up from dark (left) to light (right) as seen in Pic 4.
Using a few drops of each, I then began to randomly sponge on the paint to the side that did not have the lines. The lines are used as guides to cut the paper into even strips, so we don’t want to cover those up. Also, the reason I set my colors up from dark to light is that I want to apply the colors in that order. I want to use my dark colors as the base, and work myself to the blending of lighter pigments. Now some of you may be asking, “Why is there Stone Wedge green in there?” Well, simply put, a small dabbling of green suggests maybe a smattering of moss or mold, what ever you prefer.
Pic 6 shows the painting in progress. Completely random pattern going on here, and I’m not waiting for individual colors to dry before moving on to the next. These colors will blend more and more as I progress, and when it dries will become a bit more muted.
In the next entry in this series I’ll go ahead and attach the painted roof strips and additional eve trim.