NOTE: The Model Railroad
Buildings Featured on this Website Can Be Made for OO, HO, or N Scale
Can N Scale Buildings Be Made From Downloadable
Model Kit Plans?
Using model kits to help accentuate your railroad
system is a time-honored tradition. In fact, many model railroad enthusiasts focus as much,
if not far more energy in creating a realistic setting for their railways systems than they
do for the track and trains themselves.
This church building has be made in OO scale, but could also be
made in HO scale or to N scale. Construction is easy and cheap.
Although made at the same high quality as larger
scale model railroads such as the HO scale for example, N scale was designed specifically to
be a more accessible, cost saving size for many enthusiasts. N scale also seems to be the
right balance for many who enjoy railroads as it has the size needed for a more realistic
feel as compared to the Z scale, yet it takes up far less room than the HO or OO scale. Plus,
N scale is also well suited for gamers who play miniature wargames at the 1.144 scale which
is quite common.
However, the price of traditional plastic model
kitsets has gone up in recent years and the time consuming process of painting them puts them
out of reach for many model railroad enthusiasts. However, thanks to ModelBuildings.org,
there is now a way to create a realistic setting at a fraction of the cost and time it takes
to buy, build and paint traditional plastic models.
Does the Website Have N ScaleBuilding Kits?
Yes, the site has a range of model railroad kits
that provide incredible realism when added to your railroad scene while costing a fraction of
the money of traditional plastic kits. This is because you select, purchase and then download
the prints from the convenience of your computer. All you need is a color printer and the
right type of paper which can be glued to standard cardboard, such as the cereal boxes you
may have in your home.
Since all model train structures are supplied in
“OO” scale, it is as simple as reducing the PDF plans to 48% for N scale railroad buildings.
At this level, you still get all the details, but in a smaller scale of print for better
convenience. For most printers, the N scale building work quite well in providing the
excellent detail needed in creating the right environment.
How N Scale Building Work for Your Environment
There are a number of ways that N scale buildings
make the perfect setting for your railroad while providing other advantages as well. In fact,
you may find that these particular kits offer an even more realistic appearance that what can
be created by plastic or even old fashioned wooden structures. While they will need to be
augmented by other types of model terrain, such as trees, patches of grass, telephone poles,
and the like, these N scale buildings are surprising flexible and provide a proper setting
for what you want to create. They look so real because they are “photo-realistic” having been
designed based on real-life structures.
Assembly: All you need to do once you print them to A4 paper is find the right
backing so that they can be set up. Many people use cereal boxes, but any thin, pliable
cardboard will work. However, you can also use thicker material which provides more gravitas
to your setting. All you really need to do is shape the N scale buildings to the cardboard
and it’s ready to go. Foam board is also a popular option as is corflute sheeting. Both are
cheap to purchase from a model or hobby shop.
Versatility: Because the price of these N scale building kits is
quite low and you can keep the masters on your computer, you can print them off as many times
as you wish to create a larger town setting, warehouse district or railroad yard to match the
ambition of your imagination. This means that
Variety: N scale buildings are not just limited to traditional
structures. You can add realistic looking silos, shops, office buildings, engine sheds and
more thanks to the sheer number and variety that these pieces offer. This means that whether
you want to recreate a big city or small town, you have the variety of pieces needed to
achieve your goals.
Price: Obviously one of the biggest advantages in choosing N
scale building kits is that it costs a mere fraction compared to traditional plastic models.
So, you can build your entire town out of N scale buildings for the price of one or two
traditional plastic versions. In addition, these particular kits will never be destroyed
since you have copies on your computer. This means that if the worst happens, you will still
be able to recreate what you want quickly without having to buy new models. Compare that to a
plastic model which has to be purchase and painted. The difference in time and effort has led
more people to use the realistic N scale building kits for their needs.
Why Choose N Scale Buildings?
Well, if you have an N scale model railroad, then
you’ll need N scale buildings to provide the best look for the town, city or other
environment that you have set for your railroad. You can scale distant buildings at 80% or
90% of the normal N scale sizing if you want them to look like they are miles away in the
distance. Given the long history of the N scale model railroad which goes all the way back to
1927, though the modern version didn’t begin until 1962, it only seems appropriate that
realistic models should exist in the appropriate size to create the environment around
In addition, these N scale buildings require
little effort to clean and maintain as compared to their plastic counterparts. They can be
easily picked up and the dust wiped off in a few seconds. In fact, just a little bit of
dusting and maintenance is all it takes for years of use. If these prints are kept out of
direct sunlight, then they will also last for many years without fading.
Finally, scale building kits are relatively
inexpensive and can be reprinted at will. For those who enjoy this particular scale of model
railroading which is second only to the HO scale, then having these types of structures will
greatly enhance your enjoyment of the hobby. Furthermore, these N scale buildings take up
less space, are simple to place and can be combined with other kits to create new, exciting
worlds at a fraction of the cost and energy compared to standard plastic models.
Have a good look around this railroading website
to see what ideas you can find.
Enjoy the thrill of running your