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#19620
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
The more I work on it, I think the angle of the slope is too steep. It was easier to make this way because it was a 90 degree angle. If I want the modules to be compatible, the slope as to stay the same for all, but longer modules (I plan up to 8 inches, maybe more) will be way too high. Maybe I'll scrap everything and start over with a wider angle.
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#19621
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
crioux;

I think you're right. Most roofs I've seen, except for EXTREME SNOW locations, as in "Alpine", have a pitch of less than 90 degrees. In fact, I don't think I've seen more than a handful with over 60 or 65.
A good basic rule of thumb is 4:1 rise ratio, as in 4 long for 1 up; almost like steps, but MAYBE a little steeper, not too much. At least, I THINK(!) that's what I remembr from my Time-Life Home builder library!! :lol::lol:

Good luck, and keep those pics comin'; they are a great inspiration to all of us wannabee builders!

See ya!

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#19622
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I scrapped it all and started over.
Here is the first module (again). It is reversible like the firt one.

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#19623
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
crioux,

IMHO that looks ten times better, and a lot more stable.

That is GREAT stuff!


Would there be a possibility of any of these being offered on Ebay sometime in the future?

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#19624
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
crioux,
Would there be a possibility of any of these being offered on Ebay sometime in the future?

I don't think so. But once I'm done with it, I will post the instructions and templates needed to build them using Hirst Arts blocks.
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#19625
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Looks great, crioux.

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#19626
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Here is the (unfinished) next module. It gives the option to have a sloped ending roof so not all buildings have the same style.
(Notice that the joint between the 2 pieces is seamless)

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#19627
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That's looking very kool actually...better than the drawings...looking forward to seeing the finished versions. Are they stable?
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#19628
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Thanks Stefan.

Yes they are quite stable, since they don't need support from underneath, but a little fragile right now because I used Plaster of Paris. They would be more resistant in Resin. I use some "stoppers" underneath to prevent them from sliding.

As previously stated, this design is not extremely modular, but enough to fit most buildings.

Next I will make the windows/connector like I did previously, and then I will make them all again with other lengths (4 and 8 inches) That should be enough for almost any buildings.

When I'm all done and satisfied with it, I will post a guide with templates to make them. In the meantime, if anyone has ideas to improve the current models, go ahead.
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#19629
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
crioux,

Here are a couple of design suggestions that may help to enhance their stability, strength and versatility even more so...

First, I would suggest constructing them with modest overhangs (on the outside) and a sizable/significant lip (on the inside) at the base. This would allow for a greater area of contact with the top of the walls and would not be as succeptable to falling in when slightly askew.

Secondly, you may wish to add a crossbeam to the pieces -(if you haven't already) to enhance the stability and strength of the piece(s).
These crossbeams would also allow for the creation of notable overhangs (if the roof is offset to one side only and thus combining the modest overhangs) this will even allow for the creation of porches when built upon slightly smaller buildings/wall structures as well.

Such overhangs would look GREAT on top of those stone pillars!

BTW, I think your roof idea looks great!

I hope I managed to explain my suggestions well enough.

Good luck.
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#19630
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
It's NOT that your explanation were not clear, it's because my english is not good enough.

By overhang, you mean that the roof would be longer ? Because I use Plaster of Paris, making the roof tiles go over mean that if you put the module on a flat surface, it would break, because all the weigth would be on the roof extremities...unless I make the inside blockers larger so that the weigth is distributed....(thinking....) but even with Resin, I think Stefan try to avoid having weak parts

By Crossbeam, you mean a piece of wood that would be on the inside of the roof ? It might made the roof very thick, unless I sand both piece to halve their thickness before glueing them. It would be nicer visually, but it would not increase the strenght, since it is all made using PoP.
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#19631
Modular Roof system for MBS 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
crioux,

I HIGHLY recommend you go to resin for building these roofs, for multiple reasons:
1.)STRENGTH; you can easily and safely build the eaves overhangs with the resin crossbeam truss system. That will allow the roof to overhang the walls (as if for drainage and runoff) without the risk of breakage you mentioned. You WILL still have to sand the ridge beam down to glue the sides together at the peak.
Did I make sense there to you? I wish I could draw a pic for you, it would be SO much easier!

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