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HO shingles
Posted by rws1225 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:13 PM

I'm looking for anyone with experience with GCLaser, Branch Line-Laser Art, AMB, or Northeastern 3-tab type shingles. I've done the Campbell style wood shakes but i'm not sure which of the above would look good and work well on the styrene subroof of a kitbash.  Thoughts?

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 1:30 PM

I’ve used Campbell shingles on a plastic roof and they went very well.  This is an Alpine Craftsman Kit with a pair of Wathers plastic passenger platforms with matching Campbell shingles.
 
 
 
 The pictures were taken about 12 years ago durning the installlation process.  Click to enlarge.
 
I have used Laser-Art shingles and they also look very nice.
 
 
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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 2:01 PM

Hi,

I've used the Minuteman laser shingles and I'm very satisfied with them. They have a clean appearance when finished but I imagine you could "rough" them up a bit with a wire brush or other distress technique.

I kit-bashed a styrene roof for this tower and covered it in Minuteman shingles. I used sticky-back copper foil for the flashing.

 CP_union by Edmund, on Flickr

"Spliced and filled" roof before shingles:

 

 CP_union4-a by Edmund, on Flickr

They are a good representation of slate shingles.

 GTW_3734T by Edmund, on Flickr

 

https://www.minutemanscalemodels.com/category-s/159.htm

I imagine the other brands are quite similar but I haven't tried them.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:18 PM

If you have plastic styrene molded shingles, I like to paint them with Rust-Oleum Speckled Textured Black rattle can spray.  This looks like asphalt shingles or other roofing.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:19 PM

Mel and Ed: Your roofs look great.

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Mel: did you use anything besides the Campbell self-adhesive backing to get the shingles to adhere to the plastic roof?

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Ed: What did you use to adhere the Minuteman shingles?

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Thanks!

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:19 PM

SeeYou190
Ed: What did you use to adhere the Minuteman shingles?

Hi, Kevin,

The Minuteman Shingles have a good quality, easy to work with, peel-n-stick backing. I'm sure the others probably do as well.

Anyone familiar with laser-cut kits is familiar with the adhesive. When the roof is completed a coat of clear sealant, Krylon flat or Dullcoat would probably help keep the shingles from lifting and prevent stains or dust from permeating the finish.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:33 PM

SeeYou190

Mel and Ed: Your roofs look great.

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Mel: did you use anything besides the Campbell self-adhesive backing to get the shingles to adhere to the plastic roof?

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Ed: What did you use to adhere the Minuteman shingles?

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Thanks!

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-Kevin

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Kevin
 
I normally use Aleene’s Wood glue to attach Campbell shingles.  It’s been many years since I added the passenger platforms and I can’t remember.  I’m pretty sure that Aleens’s Wood glue won’t adhere to the plastic roof.
 
I checked my blog and the post about the construction of the Susanville Station isn’t there.  I lost several post in a Google upgrade about 6 years ago.  I remember making a post of the construction but it’s gone.
I primed some Plastruct Sheet Singles using dark gray Rust-Oleum and the Aleene’s Wood Glue worked on it.  I had bought a package of sheet shingles many years earlier and decided to give it a shot.  I just took a close look at the roof and the Campbell shingles are still firmly attached.
 
 
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Posted by jjdamnit on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:51 PM

Hello All,

Here are a couple of websites that you might want to check out:

JTT Scenery Products; Under the "Architectural Model Parts" you will find many different types of scale roofing.

These are 3D styrene sheets that come in many "scales" of each pattern.

Textures.Com; has many photo textures that can be printed out and adhered to create the look of various roofs.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:53 PM

This scratchbuilt elevator, built in styrene, has Campbell shingles...

I used a stiff brush to apply gelled contact cement to the back of the Campbell shingle strips, then used a 1" brush to apply lacquer thinner to the .060" sheet styrene roof - this serves as a "prep" for application of the gelled contact cement.  A few seconds after applying the lacquer thinner, I applied the gelled contact cement to the styrene roof.  After it had dried for about 20 minutes, the shingle strips were applied - they're cemented only to the styrene roof, and not to the upper edges of the shingle strips below.

The corrugated roof (also Campbell) on the lean-to was applied in the same manner.

The corrugated roof and siding, also from Campbell, on Creechan's Fine Fuels, was applied with gelled contact cement, too...

but it's on styrene framework only, not a solid sub-surface...

The rear wall of the structure, not all that visible when the roof is in place, is .060" sheet styrene, painted a shade of dirty black...

...with no corrugated siding on its rear face, either, as it's not visible at all unless photographed with the camera sitting on the layout behind the structure.

Wayne

 

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Posted by rws1225 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:34 AM

The Minuteman shingles is the look I wanted. Thanks for the info as I hadn't heard of them before. 

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