Friday, January 20, 2012

Glencroft roof tiles

My Glencroft kit came with roof tiles so I used the ones in the kit. They were the rectangular ones that come in sheets. I made a few mistakes applying them, so I have some tips to share.

First of all you really need to measure the placement of each row and draw a pencilled line. For some of the small areas of the roof you will need to tweak it a bit to make each facet of the roof line up with the others. So the individual rows may not be exactly the same width apart.

Don't get impatient and start gluing tiles before you've done the pencil lines exactly where you want them thinking you can just sort it out as you go along. You will end up with uneven tile rows that look wonky. Ask me how I know.

I actually started one area of the roof with several rows of tiles lined up vertically and forgot to place them in a brick pattern. I was even wondering why it didn't look that great. Sigh. My big tip here is when you need to remove a batch of tiles don't try to pry them apart from each other, just use your putty knife and pry them from the roof in one piece. Luckily the kit came with lots of extra tiles so it didn't matter.
The Glencroft roof has lots of facets that require you to trim the end tiles at an angle to fit. So I found it easier to just attach each tile one at a time rather than in strips as recommended in the book. That could just be me though. But if you want to stain them this also makes for a nice variation in the wood tones. I think I'm going to paint them though so this process could probably have been more efficient.

And lastly however neatly you've built your roof and covered it with tiles there will be gaps in the ridges. Here is my solution. You will find that some of the wood tiles are more flexible than others. If you try to bend a tile to fold over the ridge it will likely snap in two. But around 10% of them won't. They will bend over the ridge and you can hot glue them in place and it will cover the gap nicely. 
Don't forget to start at the lower or outer end of the roof and work up as you overlap the ridge tiles - like a real roof. Of course I waited until the end to make sure I would have enough tiles. I'm very happy with this solution and I think it looks much better now and matches the real look of cedar shingles.

I am actually planning to paint the roof though, so I'll show you that next. I hope I don't ruin it!


Jend222 said...

Lovely! Excited to see it painted. What colour are you going to paint?

Claire Louise Milne said...

Thank you! I'm going to try a darker grey than the trim...

Rosebug said...

Sooo glad to know I am not the only adult with an active doll house!
Enjoy seeing details of yours.
If you are ever in Tucson Arizona, we have a miniature museum that has a wide variety of themes and creators.

Santo Caridine said...

With your steady hands and firm concentration, I'm sure painting the dollhouse's roof would be a piece of cake. Besides, a darker shade of grey would make the house more mysterious and stunning. =)

Jend222 said...

Dark grey sounds PERFECT! Dying to see the result.

Gabrielle Jeromy said...

There is nothing wrong with what you've done to the roof. In fact, it looks quite charming. You are not going to ruin it. In the first place, how were you able to finish the others? I've never seen so many details on a roof. I've checked some of them, and they're magnificent, especially the one with the fireplace which has logs.

Anonymous said...

This is the first dollhouse I ever owned. My grandparents built it for me over 20 yrs ago. I can't comment on the assembly, but I can tell you this dollhouse lasts. It looks the same today as it did when I got it, and I look forward to when my children will be old enough to enjoy it

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