Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Siding the Garage

Been working on my house and got the garage sided.  I think it is turning out pretty good.
Of course I still need to finish the door details and paint everything and then roof it but this shows some progress.
It is a pretty simple process to add siding.  I'm using cardstock cut into 1/4 inch strips and overlapped by 1/8 inch.  I made 1/8 inch marks on both ends of the foamboard walls and then glued each strip into place starting at the bottom and working up.  I marked and cut the strips to fit around doors and windows.  It didn't take too long - maybe a couple hours total work time to finish the garage.  The corners are covered by a vertical strip that is cut to length and then scored and folded to fit over the ends of the siding.  This gives a more finished look.  If you look at the vinyl siding on a real house you will see something similar.
I was thinking cutting the strips would be a laborious process until I realized our document shredder at work cuts perfect 1/4 inch strips.  It only takes about 30 seconds to get a pile like this.  Quick and simple!  My coworkers thought I was nuts when they saw me picking up strips from the floor of the workroom but you learn to live with some ridicule when you are a modeler/wargamer. : )

I still have to put siding on the house and then detail the doors and windows.  Then I will paint everything and add some other details (like lights, meters, air conditioner unit, etc.).  The roof shouldn't take too long.  Putting shingles on will be tedious but I will use a similar strip process that will hopefully make that go a bit faster.

It's a good project and I'm looking forward to seeing it a game.  I need to post some pics of my real house so you can do some comparisons...


4 comments:

  1. It's going great and it's not a simple thing it's a talented thing, very good work.

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  2. Love the way you've done the fascia. Superb sir, superb!!!

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  3. Looking good and taking shape very nicely. Your tip about your paper shredder was a stroke of genius!

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  4. Thank you all for the comments. The work continues... The shredder idea was one of those things that occured to me on my commute. I was thrilled to measure and discover that the strips it cuts are exactly 1/4 inch. It is the little things in life...

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