Simulated tar paper roof?

IMG_2771 by BGTwinDad
IMG_2771, a photo by BGTwinDad on Flickr.

Here’s a photo of a test I’m doing… using paper medical tape, such as that sold to wrap bandages, as commercial roofing tar paper.

This photo is just an experiment. I used 1 inch wide paper tape, overlapped roughly in the middle, to produce 1/2-inch wide seams, and then painted the tape with flat black acrylic.

The 1/2-inch seam spacing is roughly correct for an HO scale building, but of course the final roof on my N scale models. I think the texture looks pretty good, though it could use another coat of paint.

Next up is another test with 1/4-inch spacing and also cutting the strips shorter so that there are some overlapping end points as well.

Test roof on factory
Test roof atop the Atlas Middlesex Mfg. Co. kit.

What do you think? How does it look?