What to use for a thatched roof?

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What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby End2end » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:59 am

I'd like to maybe one day try my hand at building a cottage with a thatched roof but don't know what is available as a medium for the thatch.
Has anyone modelled thatch before and if so what did you use, or failing that does anyone know what is available commercially?
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby luckymucklebackit » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:14 am

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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby b308 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:15 am

Never done one but this has several methods listed...

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index. ... tch-roofs/

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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby End2end » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:11 pm

Thanks for the suggestions so far.
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:40 pm

Pendon used to use washed human hair (from a haidressers sweepings I guess). Bundled fibres from sisal string may be a possibility. Remember the thatch isn't just piled on, it's laid on as bundles and tied down. I've given it a wide berth, on the tackle one challenge at a time principal I may never get around to it.
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby Ironduke » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:09 pm

Once I used Das modelling clay and brushed it with a paint brush. Sorry no photo.
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby Buggleskelly » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:37 am

Have a look at wargame sites. Some of the thatched effects are quite effective. Depends on the look you are after.

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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby End2end » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:50 pm

I'm surprised no one has produced some sort of commercially available thatch type sheeting.
Would you have any precise-ish links please Buggleskelly? Wargaming is way out of my hemisphere.
Or possibly anyone with links to good videos for techniques?
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby Peterm » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:57 pm

I'm with the plumbers hemp suggestion. It doesn't even need dying.Just cut to length, tie and lay, not forgetting to start at the bottom.
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby CandO » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:33 pm

How about paintbrush bristles? You can get brushes which are a straw colour.... :)

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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby TimberSurf » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:03 pm

There is always your favourite E2E, Linka, thatched roofs from Scalecast
http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/store/p310 ... le_1_.html
http://www.linkaonline.co.uk/store/p311 ... yle_2.html
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Re: What to use for a thatched roof?

Postby End2end » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:55 am

Some great ideas there. Thanks members. :)
Those linka moulds look simple enough to deal with although I do need to buy some more casting powder.
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