When I first started making Tudor houses, I went through a design process to make the wood look more realistic. Here is what happened.
About this creation
The first thing I worked on was the overall design and where the timbers would be placed to give a realistic looking house. As you can see the timbers (black bricks) are flush with the white walling, and I know from looking at real Tudor houses the timbers are raised. Something had to be done.
Here I set back the white walling by one brick. It gives the impression of raised timber, and for a while I was happy with this. But as like everything else in life, you get better at something and look back and think "how can one improve?".
I found that by using the 1x2 plate with offset knob, the wall could be placed in the middle giving a better profile.Happy with my new idea I continued to build until it hit me, how do I make the diagonal timbers?
This was my big headache for a long time, until after much persistence I came up with this. By using a headlight brick and a 1x1 plate, I could rotate a flat plate around and make it look like a diagonal timber.
Here you can see the headlight brick and 1x1 plate in the middle.
I hope this has help anyone, who look at these tudor style house and would like to build their own. What I want to know has anybody come up with a better idea for the diagonal. Please let me know as I still try new ideas for my buildings I'm currently working on. Thanking you all. Cheers Lee
Well, I looked at that link for a while for comparison, and in my opinion I think your version is still superior. That other style still has the timber flush with the walls, which isn't accurate. Like you noted, A German Tudor uses timbers as a sort of "skeleton" to hold the plaster-like walls in place, so the timbers are raised off the walls a bit. If you could somehow figure out a way to refine that cross-timber so that it is more in-line with the other timbers, I dare say you'd have a perfect method.
Sorry, I did not make this very clear. I know what you meant. Have a look at the tudor wall of the link. It is a different technique from yours, but imho looks a bit better. ;) It's basicly a 1x4 plate + tile squeezed in between two slopes. See? Sorry for confusing you. :D
Thanks for the link, very useful. This moc was not meant to be a new idea, just to give people an idea of how to make their own Tudor style. What I wanted to know was, did anybody have a better way of creating the diagonal piece. Thanks for the comment and link though.The poopy river was a great idea! :)