Here’s another post that’s been a long time coming! I started shingling the Victorianna back in October 2018. I’m using Greenleaf’s octagon speed shingle strips, with a couple of rows of diamond shingles mixed in.
(Speaking of Greenleaf, after a much longer than anticipated delay for maintenance, their forum is back up!)
Here’s where I left off with the shingles:
The diamond shingles were leftover from the Rosedale and the first ones I applied had a yellowish tint. At first I thought they were all like this, but some strips stained darker.
I applied another coat of stain, which made them all a more uniform color. This is water-based stain, so the glue spots don’t stand out like they would with oil-based stain.
Once I worked my way up to the point where the shingles could run behind the towers, I moved on to the sides.
By this point I was using hot glue, but for the first several rows of shingles I’d used The Ultimate white glue, and some of them just didn’t want to stick. I tried adding more glue and clamping them down.
It helped some, but a few stubborn shingles just won’t lie flat. Oh well. Let’s pretend it’s an old roof on an old house.
Here you can really see the difference between the shingles that only got one coat of stain, versus the ones in the center that got a second coat of stain. I stopped here to attach the roof.
I got this far up the back before putting the shingles aside for 18 months…
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. With the sloped roof attached, I was able to finish shingling the front. The fiberglass securing the peak was easily covered up.
By this point I was down to two packs of shingles, out of six I’d originally ordered. (Plus two packs of the diamond shingles that I had leftover from the Rosedale.)
As I finished the back roof, I started to get concerned about how many — or, rather, how few — shingles I had left. I had planned to put four skylights in the sloped roof, which would have left very little space for shingles. Since I ended up not using the skylights, I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough.
Before shingling the sloped roof, I glued in the chimney and added mortar around the bottom. It blended in nicely while the mortar was wet…
…but once it dried, the mortar was too bright. (It’s okay, I’ll fix it a few steps later!)
Luckily I did have enough shingles.
By now I was out of full strips, but I had enough partial strips and loose shingles left that I was able to add one more row to the back.
And I had just enough to add one more row to the front.
The top row of shingles will be trimmed off with strip wood for a clean look.
I got out the stain and went over all the shingles again so the color is uniform.
At the same time, I applied stain to the mortar. Now it blends in with the roof. I’m not sure if this would have worked with oil based stain.
Next I added basswood trim to the peak. I did the back side first since it won’t be as visible as the front when the house is on display. The roof is wavy because there’s a hump in the middle where the two Victorianna kits meet. I glued on the trim so it’s flush with the top of the roof in the center (the highest point). On the sides it extends slightly above the top of the peak.
When I glued the trim on the front, I positioned it to meet up with the back piece of trim.
I also glued trim pieces to the bottom edges of the roofs, to cover up the exposed plywood edges.
What do you think? I do see the hump, but I hope it’s not *too* obvious!
I still need to add trim to the top of the back roof, and on all the roof sides. I don’t have the sizes I need so I have to order some.