St Williams House :: Test Fit

It fits.
St. Williams House - Scene photo StW-House-08_zps9bf798c9.jpg

Last night I shingled the roof on the house for St. Williams. The kit included laser cut paper shingles in pale grey. I decided to use these, but will paint them black.

These shingles do not have a peel and stick backing – and that’s fine because I find such backings are great for positioning rows but lousy at keeping the shingles in place over time, so I always take measures to lock everything in place:

First, as I lay each row I run a bead of CA along the top edge of the strip.

Then, when I have finished the roof, I carefully brush a coating of dilute Weld-Bond (2:1 adhesive to water) over the shingles. When this dries – usually overnight – the roof is nice and solid.

Afterward shingling the roof, I set the house in place on the layout and thought I’d take a couple of photos to explore the possibilities of this scene. I’m pleased with how it’s coming together. The house fits, both physically (I knew it would, since I built a mock-up) and aesthetically:
St. Williams - House and Depot photo StW-House-10_zpsca294a07.jpg

St. Williams House - Porch photo StW-House-09_zps60809e6c.jpg

Next up – painting the roof, adding the stairs, and detailing.

11 thoughts on “St Williams House :: Test Fit

  1. Trevor:

    I have really enjoyed your blog.

    With regard to the house, it looks great, but perhaps the porch floor needs some representation of a more substantial frame. Just a perimiter of 2X10 stock would suggest that there are joists under there holding things up.
    Jeff Fry

    • An excellent idea, Jeff. Thanks!
      I was thinking along similar lines. Also, I plan to beef up the corner posts below the porch – they’re far too spindly.

      • As far as the porch framing goes, The joist at the edge of the porch looks about right, dimensionally, but it should be “let in” to the post; in other words, there should be a notch cut into the side of the post that the joist fits into. Google “post and beam framing” and you should find diagrams of this type of construction.

        I would also add footings under the posts- maybe built of bricks, not unlike a brick chimney.

  2. Looks like a model railroader in a rocker with a lemonade/iced tea or adult beverage would be appropriate!

    Happy New Year.

  3. Looks great. Happy New Year, Trevor. Looking forward to seeing you and Màiri sometime in the new Year. Slàinte mhath.

    • Hi Gord:
      Thanks. I built the tree following instructions by Gordon Gravett in his excellent series of scenery books. Search on “Gravett” on my blog and you’ll find more information.
      You can also select the “tree category” from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the blog to read more – a lot more – about my efforts to build nice looking trees.

  4. Actually, I rather like the gray shingle roof, a nice contrast to the black tar paper on the station.

    Very nice building, and interesting to watch how you tweaked the kit.

  5. Hi Trevor,

    The house is really bringing the area together. Everything fits and looks natural. Good job. I know it will be a great feeling when you can say, look at this area, as it is now complete. Thanks for all the updates.

    Have a safe and happy New Year,

    Mike S.

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