For a long time now the poor residents of Isle Ornsay have had to put up with what an estate agent would likely call ‘open air living’… i.e. no roofs!
Well, prior to being abducted to go and see Les Miserables at the cinema (why was everyone singing? very odd…), I had a chance to provide some cover for the majority of the buildings along Harbour Street.
The building shells are all foamboard held together with glue from a hot glue gun. They are mounted on a cardboard base to make them more easily removable until the time is right to fix them to the baseboard.
The roofs are all made from a sheet of mounting board purchased at Hobbycraft. Obviously I still have to cut and fix all the dormer roofs, but it’s certainly turned a row of structures into a row of something closer to buildings.
The masking tape is there to cover the gap created by scoring the card to form the apex of the roof. Eventually they will all be covered in paper slates.
Once I’d added roofs to all the buildings in this stretch of Harbour Street I plonked them on the layout to see how they looked.
I think it gives a much more complete feel, and if you squint and imagine a bit of colour it looks a lot more complete… Yes, ok, still lots to do.
As you may be able to see from the images above, I’ve ensured that the buildings running parallel to the backscene have the apex of their roof at least 10mm away from the backscene. This is to avoid that potentially perpetual slope where buildings often just finish with the apex of the roof against the backscene. These actually have a slight drop on the ‘other’ side of the apex, hopefully helping increase the feeling of depth to the scene.