More 15mm houses for the Swedish 1943 Project and some easy DIY tiling for your models – Part 1

Spent this weekend pimping up some MDF buildings from Sarissa precision (more here) to fit into my Swedish 1943 project, that I have been working on slowly over the last few years – exploring a what-if invasion by Germany in 1943 through Norway. It is a passion project and I have enough buildings to create a few farms but wanted to add some more.

This is the village so far

A very immersive look for anyone with a hint of how Dalarna might have looked in 1943 (yes the number of cars is more than excessive). With the Country Shop (Lanthandel – in the bottom and the Petrol Station and some farm houses.

These were the houses I bought this time around.

A Railway Station (Wild West Range) and a Church, I think from the ACW range
Two houses from the ACW Gettysburg Range – first Slyder Stable Barn and Dunkers Church
And a Dutch House and a Dutch Barn

As I have explained before I want to create a certain look to make the building fit into the environment so a Normandy type building will not really do. In Sweden most house at this time, and still are in Dalarna, are made of wood and painted either Red or Brown (most commonly red). I have opted to go hard on the red with white details as a unifying and most common look.

The first two buildings were the stable and the barn and the first step on these was to plank them and add tiles/roof, I did this using thick paper/card. This is just to create a little bit of structure to allow a plank pattern to show throgh as opposed to a flatish MDF surface. Note that I plank vertical.

This leaves them looking like this.

I use some harder cardboard from a cereal packet for the roof planks and for the tiles I bought a tile set from Sarissa (but there is an alternative presented lated on how to do something similar). You basically cut them with a craft knife into strips pva the building and work your way through it – it takes a while but it is really worth the time invested.

I painted them in Hull red and then another layer of red mixed with hull red (vallejo paint) added some white detail and quick weathering. They really look the deal, if I can say so myself.


Next up the two houses

First the “Dunkers Church”, with some detail being added after planking and coffee stirer detailing, including a bird house (My great Grandad apparently had a bird house on the back of this house that he was very fond of)….


Some planters outside the windows (these will be filled with plants later).

A front porch
A roof on the back (well side) door and some boots and carpet to wipe them clean before entering.

The house will need some roof tiling – I am waiting for some from Sarissa, so it will be painted next time.

As for the Dutch House (done in the same way as the others), I wanted to use this one to illustrated how you can make tiling a roof a little bit quicker than adding tile by tile, as I used to do. You can of course get tiling cardboard from Sarissa for about £4.5 per roof as was used for one of the barns as shown before. Anyway here is how I do it, you need cardboard (like a cereal pack), a sharp knife/scissors, ruler (metal works best), masking tape and a little bit of time.

First take a piece of cardboard and mark up the width of the tile you require, I used 5mm for 15mm (this is actually a 0.5 meter tile in scale but it kind of works you might want to go finer)

Cut out strips with hobby knife or scissors

Put the strips together between two strips of masking tape, leaving a very small gap between the tiles.

Thne turn it around and add tape all over
Turn it around again – you now have a “sheet” of cardboard strips (I used a similar technique when I did a chess board in woodworking many years ago).

Use scissors or a sharp hobby knife with a ruler firmly pressed against the sheet and cut strips the other way to create strips like this (a row of tiles being held together by the masking tape, as shown below).

Now use this to clad your house (use Superglue due to the masking tape not being that PVA compatiable), start from the bottom and pretest each level before you glue it. DID I SAY USE SUPER GLUE. Have good ventilation with the glue.

This with trimmed borders.

It will look funny depending of what cardboard you are using but it gets all painted over in the end so it is totally irrelevant. This is how the roof looks like when finished – you could make your tiles tighter and also cut more precise than I did but the point is that the masking tape allows you to do this really quick as you add strip by strip instead of brick (I mean tile) by brick.

Next time we will paint the two houses, after I added some of Sarissa tiles on the other one.

Not really 1943, more like 1973, Dad on the left with his mates playing badminton on a nice sunny day. Note the houses in the background, that is Dalarna folks.

May be an image of 4 people

/ Hope that was of some interest.

20 thoughts on “More 15mm houses for the Swedish 1943 Project and some easy DIY tiling for your models – Part 1

  1. Love the detailed “step-by-step” instructions, I like how you’ve made simple MDF structures take on some character and become more!
    That picture of your dad could be almost anyplace I’ve lived or visited in Maine in late winter/Early spring – snow, shorts and color of the houses!

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    1. Thanks Eric. I will go and see Maine one day, a lot of people say it is very similar but different. It takes a little bit of work but it makes a big difference spending some time on the MDF buildings.

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  2. jerseytime

    Wonderful buildings. I really like your technique for creating the tiling (or shingles, as we call them here in the states). I play AWI, and I need to do this not only for all roofs, but often for the entire outside of buildings! Can you provide a few details?

    How do you stick the strips to the tape? I assume you put the tape sticky side up, but do you secure the tape to the table so that you can keep the strips tight? If so, how?

    Also, when you cut the strips into tiles, how do you make sure that you do not cut into the tape its stuck to?


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