This is an unusual project in that it is really made up of two buildings - the gate and the cottage. This gives it four 'normal' roof sides plus the conical roof on the round tower.
I love Richard Stacey versi-bricks and tiles for finishing buildings and I have used them on my 1/12ths. This photo is part of the roof on Bentleys. Even the wonderful RS doesn't make 1/48th slates; no-one is daft enough to want to stick those on a roof, one by one.
Then there's me. I just can't imagine finishing a roof any other way and liking it.
I took one of their 1/12th slates and divided it down to 1/48ths to have a little play with it.
My first thought was, I just had to cut it into four. They were fine but looked a bit large? I realised 1/48th really meant dividing its length into four and its width into four. In other words I would be operating with a sixteenth of the usual area. The slate is something like 3/16ths by 3/8ths of an inch.
I am still up for it though. All it needs is a lot of patience.
The real challenge rests with the conical tower.
I did some research into the real life slating of such a construction and even on that scale it is a very skilled job. Each row of tiles has to reduce in size and be shaped correctly to take in the reducing curved surface.
Some site gave me a mathematical formulae to calculate the sizes needed. I couldn't follow it in RL size and wasn't prepared to countenance it quarter scale. I am cracked but not that cracked.
So I have the original (lack of) size problem plus re-cutting to accommodate the cone plus a very shiny surface to glue to.
I could cover or paint it to look like a lead or copper roof instead but then it is asking for a better model builder than me to finish the metal so that it looks right. All that verdigris!
I could do a complete cop-out and settle for snow!