Re: HO scale shingles

Bruce Smith

Note that 3-tab asphalt shingles weren’t standardized until the 1950s. At that time, they were definitely an “upgrade” that one would expect on the better homes in town…



Bruce Smith

Auburn, Al


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Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 9:06 AM
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Subject: [EXT] Re: [RealSTMFC] HO scale shingles


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On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 05:47 AM, Gary McMills wrote:

I was attempting just to go one step better with the 3 tab black asphalt shingles.

I haven't had any experience with the recent gummed paper products, but I've shingled enough roofs to know that three tab shingles are a LOT smaller than modelers think... Each tab is 12" long and only 5-3/8" exposed to the weather. That's 1/16 of an actual inch in HO scale. I did a depot roof years ago using .060" Evergreen clapboard siding, scraping the face flatter with a razor blade so the exposed edges weren't as thick and then scribing the tab cuts every 12" on alternate rows... Never again! Most my buildings got roll roofing thereafter. There was a injection molded styrene product, about 2-1/2" x 11" sheet that was accurately scaled, but I forget the manufacturer; Rix, maybe.

Dennis Storzek

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