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RickF
Engine Wiper

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Posted - 05/11/2020 :  12:51:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have an old TK Models Erie RR. interlocking tower under construction. The shingles that came with the kit 38 years ago are just terrible. I can't keep them straight, nor will they stick.

Are there any quality HO scale shingles available and from whom?

Thanks!

deemery
Fireman

USA
8420 Posts

Posted - 05/11/2020 :  1:26:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOTS of choices. Wood, slate or 3-tab asphalt shingles? Rough or relatively smooth texture?

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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RickF
Engine Wiper

285 Posts

Posted - 05/11/2020 :  3:28:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would say asphalt or maybe slate.
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deemery
Fireman

USA
8420 Posts

Posted - 05/11/2020 :  3:41:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use Minuteman Scale Models slates (they have asphalt shingles, too.) I used to use the Northeastern Scale Models sheets, which I would special-order unassembled. The NESL pre-assembled sheets don't work anywhere near as well for me. Motrak and Nick & Nora also have slate and asphalt shingles.

Generally, I assemble using Transfer Tape. Then I weather them by first drybrushing downwards with dark colors, then upwards with white/off white (to pick up the edges), and finally, i'll stipple pastels/pigments to get some variation in coloring.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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desertdrover
Engineer

USA
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Posted - 05/11/2020 :  3:52:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was going to say the Minuteman also. Here is a picture.



Louis
Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
6335 Posts

Posted - 05/11/2020 :  5:23:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Another vote for Minute Man. Iíve used their slate extensively and I expect their other products are as good. Louisí photo of asphalt shingles is very convincing.

Mike
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mark_dalrymple
Fireman

New Zealand
1204 Posts

Posted - 05/11/2020 :  9:00:00 PM  Show Profile  Send mark_dalrymple an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I like the look of those asphalt shingles.

Cheers, Mark.
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k9wrangler
Engineer

USA
11245 Posts

Posted - 05/11/2020 :  9:49:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made some for a building some moons ago using black poster board cut with pinking scissors. Looked good. Something thinner than poster board would be better, thinner, for a tower sized building.







Nice to remember back years ago when I used to finish projects[:-banghead]

Rhubarb in the garden is about ready to pick, I can see a pie in the near future.[:-bouncy]

Karl Scribner
Sunfield Twp. Michigan
H.M.F.I.C
Kentucky Southern Railway
The Spartan Line

Edited by - k9wrangler on 05/12/2020 7:58:01 PM
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RickF
Engine Wiper

285 Posts

Posted - 05/12/2020 :  10:36:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all! I found that BTS has peel off shingles and ordered some from them.
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RickF
Engine Wiper

285 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2020 :  9:31:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I ended up using the BTS shingles and I'll never go back to the old style. They worked great!
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