I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July. We spent the day at the beach doing nothing but relaxing.
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So, out came the spackle. More sanding and touching up the paint but it looks much better now.
While the paint was drying, I decided to start shingling. Now, my method of shingling will make many miniaturists cringe, but I learned this long ago and have used it several times. It is fast, inexpensive and I had all the supplies on hand. I used fine grit sandpaper. It's paintable and easy to cut.
First, you will need several sheets of sandpaper, enough paint to cover all of them, pencil, ruler, utility scissors, amd glue. I had brown sandpaper on hand but it also comes in black so you may not need the paint if that's the color you want.
The first step is to turn the sandpaper with grit side down and using your ruler, draw your cutting lines. I made mine about 1" wide. You will also need to make several strips about 2" wide which will be used at the very top of the roof and dormers. NOTE: You may need to do a little math or calculations on how many sheets you will need but for the Ashley I used 5. The roof is very small.
As for the wider, 2" strip, do not make any vertical cuts just yet. These pieces will the last thing you add once the shell is complete and the roof is attached. It will serve as the top row for both sides of the roof and dormers.