Re: HO scale shingles
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Also note that asphalt shingles have been in use since 1903 and common since 1911, so they're definitely not "modern" (a tip for you 1910s and 1920s modelers).
The first asphalt shingles were single 8"x16" shingles, and by the early 1920s 12"x20" two tab shingles were common.
The NPS has a nice compact history of early asphalt shingles online:
On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 09:39:44 AM CDT, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:
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…
From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Dennis Storzek <dennis@...>
On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 05:47 AM, Gary McMills wrote:
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.