FSM Kit #155 – Installing the Hopper Roof

Today I continue my work on the classic Kit #155 Old Time Coal Dock by Fine Scale Miniatures.  I’m installing the roof on the coal hopper structure.

I start by creating the three roof trusses following the original FSM templates. Then these are carefully installed on the structure.

Then it’s time to put on the roof boards.  Although the original instructions didn’t suggest weathering them, I decided to add some stress to the boards along with the occasional splits and cracks.

I debated and debated, and finally decided to use the original FSM shingle sheet material that came with the kit.  The sheet consists of several rows of die-cut shingle outlines with instructions on how to cut them out.  Before cutting, I decided to paint mine with Floquil water-based Dirt color, which gave them a more natural wood shake color.

After the paint completely dried, I cut them out and followed George’s original suggestion of trimming some shingles to create uneven lengths.

Then it was time to install the shingles.  I did mine with wood glue applied along the top edge above the shakes.  I left some holes in the runs to let some of the underlying wood boards show through.

I gave the roof a coat of dark India-ink stain brushed liberally top to bottom.  I dry-brushed on some subtle stains from top to bottom using Floquil water-based Grimy Black color.  After this dried, I pried up some shakes keeping wind direction in mind.  Finally, I dry brushed some Concrete color from bottom to top to highlight the edges of the shakes.

I made a video of the process of installing the roof.  It’s kind of long at 22 minutes, but the process is a long one from roof trusses to final shingle detailing.  In reality it took me practically the whole day to complete:

Here is a photo that shows the current state of the model after today’s work:

Next time I will be installing the track in front of the structure and landscaping – I’m close to completing this marvelous coal dock.