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...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Shed Out Back

Just a quick one today.  Last night I finished building our shed as part of my project to build my real life home in 28mm.  I actually have two smaller sheds out back but decided to only build one larger one for the model.  I think it turned out pretty good!
The model is built from foamcore board.  In fact, you can see it hovering in the background of the pictures from my last post...  The roof is corrugated cardboard from some packing material I got in the mail.  The ridge cap is card stock.  I covered the foamcore walls with wood strips made from Popsicle sticks and other strips of wood.  The doors are made from card strips glued to look like wood planking.
I will paint it to match our sheds at home but I think it looks pretty good just like this!  Fun and simple to build!