Did you like Holland? Don’t forget to drop me an email next time you’re around. We’ll cook you dinner
As for you questions…
Here is a How To on the thatched roof. It is in Dutch, but Google translate might help. I will translate the page into English over the next few weeks. floodland.nl/aim/info_boerderij_1.htm
Anyway, here is a quick translation of the text:
The building itself is made from 3 mm MDF, laser cut according to drawings I made in Adobe Illustrator.
It has an illusion of an interior, mainly put together in Photoshop.
The thatched roof as constructed in four stages:
- First I made a base roof from foam board. The roof is glued to the outside and interior walls. It makes the structure very rigid.
- I created a second roof layer exactly in the shape of the thatched rood. Again this was made from foam board. The roof was spray painted black.
- I added a layer of grass to the roof, using an electrostatic grassing tool and standard H0 length grass fibres.
- I painted the grass in the right colour, strictly moving the brush downwards. This flattens the grass fibres to resemble a Dutch thatched roof.
The top edge of the roof was made from styrene profiles. Everything was painted and weathered.
Sounds easy, but it took a while to figure out the right materials and working order.
Regarding your question about a club. No. I am not a member of a club. like you, I am building this layout in the basement of my house. But you are more than welcome to visit us whenever you make it to Holland again.