How can I shingle or surface my scale model house?
February 5, 2013 6:04 AM Subscribe
My daughter and I are building a birdhouse that is a scale model of our real house out of 1/4" plywood. I have the pieces cut, and could assemble them now if I wanted to. I'm waiting because I want to reasonably replicate the siding, and I'm not sure how to proceed.
Our house has painted 6" cedar shingles, and asphalt roofing. Lets concentrate on the shingles, but throw in ideas for replicating and asphalt roof if you have a separate idea.
The closer I can get to the ratio dimensions of the real shingles to the house, the better it's going to look, right? The greatest realism would probably give the appearance of 70 or so shingles per row on the long side of the house. So how do I proceed?
-Could I find pre-cut something that would at least decently mimic the occurrence and lie/thickness of the real shingles? I'm not hopeful, but perhaps you have a different perspective.
-Is there something I could surface the wood with and then sculpt it to give the appearance of painted shingles? We do plan to put the birdhouse outside, so this would need to both tolerate New England weather and be paintable.