model buildings

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:The 60 + Model Railroad Structures Shown on our Website Can Be Built in OO gauge, HO scale, or in N Scale.

Construct HO Train Buildings from Scratch.

A Method Suitable for N scale
and OO Gauge Buildings Too.

HO scale is one of the most commonly used scales for building model trains because it allows you to add realistic details without taking a lot of space. Adding scale buildings to your layout makes your setup more realistic. The more you get involved in making railroad layouts, the more inclined you will be to construct scenery, structures and buildings from scratch. Adding buildings directly from the kit will save time but it is incomparable to the joy of constructing every structure in your railroad from scratch.

OO gauge buildings

This HO building of a house is one of the ones featured on this website and was made using cardboard cut from a cereal pack. It cost less than $10.

The most important detail that you need to focus on, while constructing structures for your train layout, is the scale. It is absolutely necessary that you convert the real dimensions of a structure to 1:87 to make each structure look perfect with your HO scale trains.

Following are some of the steps that you can follow to make realistic HO train buildings from scratch:

Step 1: Make sure that you research well before you start making your own model buildings. Look around for different building styles to get an idea about the dimensions of the buildings in the real world. If you want to create a scene from the past eras then you need to search online or look into different magazines, to get an idea about the buildings that you trying to recreate.

 

 

Step 2: Once you have decided on the real life building that you want to add in your model, determine its size. Use an online conversion calculator to convert its dimensions to millimeters or inches. For example the building you want to make is 60 foot tall; it will be 720 in inches and 18,288 in millimeters in its real size.

Step 3: Once you know the total millimeters, divide them by 87, to make it fit for your scale. For example 18,288 millimeters when divided by 87, will be around 210 millimeters. This should be the height of your HO train building once it is completed.

Step 4: Use plastic model sheeting (foam core or core flute) to create the outer walls for your buildings.

Step 5: Cut the sections from the sheet and stick them together at right angles with CA glue accelerator and cyanoacrylate glue. To support the structure you can add plastic beams or block in the interior corners of the building.

Step 6: To give your HO train building a more realistic look, add different floors to the building. You can add floors by sticking horizontal strips of plastic sheeting, alternating between empty spaces and strips of plastic.

Step 7: You can cut windows and doors in your building to add life to it. People who like to add minor details in their models even add curtain in the windows to make them look more real.

Step 8: Use a primer spray to prime the building once all the glue has dried.

Step 9: Once your building is complete paint it using an air brush or spray paint in colors that are appropriate for the buildings of the era that you are trying to create. Use silver or gloss black to replicate glass, or use clear acetate plastic sheeting. Paint is one of the most important factors in making your model structures look real. Use colors that are more realistic.

You can also add weathering effects on your buildings by using different painting techniques and appropriate colors. You can add many details in your model train layout using the same steps. You can add fences, billboards, trees, cars, and people to your model with the help of the same technique. All you need to do is to make sure that you scale the structures.

 

All About OO Gauge Buildings

Building your own model railroad can be one of the most engaging and fun ways to “while away the time.” If you too have been captivated by this art, then why not join the world of railroad lovers? You don’t need to spend millions to finance this hobby as most of the things can very easily be constructed at home. Don’t know where to get started? Well, no stress, research a little on building your very own railroad. You will find hundreds of tips that will help you out.

 

 

N scale model of a shop

B483 ... Shop & Home

 

N scale general store model

B427 ... Shop Model

 

N scale model of an office building

B424 ... Big Building

 

N scale model of an engine shed

B435 ... Huge Loco Shed

 

N scale model of a barn

B426 ... Big Red Barn

 

N scale model of a church

B423 ... Church

 

N scale model of a freight train depot

B440 ... Freight Building

 

N scale model of a house

B465 ... House Models

N scale farm model

B444 ... Farm Structure

 

 N scale model of some silos

B422 ... Silos

 

N scale model of factory

B443 ... Build a Barn

 

N scale model of brick building

B449 ... Brick Building

 

N scale model of garage

B454 ... Build a Warehouse

 

N scale scale model houses

B425 ... Build a House

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But before you get started on actually making anything, determine the scale you intend to use. Do you want to go with the famous HO scale (OO gauge in Britain) that is used commonly throughout the world or would you prefer the bigger O scale that seems a lot more impressive and visible? Of course you can always opt for the smaller Z scale or N scale that will require less space. It all depends on what the purpose of your construction is. Are you simply starting out as a hobbyist or do you have some other purpose? Maybe you want to make the railroad for your child’s school display? Or could it be that you want to sell your layout?

Once you have decided your reasons for the construction of your model railroad, you can make up your mind about which scale is best for you. This article will tell you some of what you need to know about OO gauge buildings and scenery.

The Basics

OO scale is mostly used by British modelers. Started by the company Bing in 1921, this scale is for 16.5mm tracks. The reason that this gauge is so popular in the United Kingdom is that most starter kits as well as model railroad accessories are available in this scale system. So if you are from the UK or love everything to do with the English world, OO scale might be the right choice for you.

Once you have made up your mind about using OO gauge, you would need to decide how you intend to make the scenery. You have the option of buying readymade models, getting a makers kit or building from scratch. The choice is totally yours. If you are among those who enjoy doing all the detail work by themselves, then you can construct your own scenery. Here is how you can make OO gauge buildings and its various accessories.

A Wooden Shack

Making a basic wooden shack is very easy. All you need is cardboard, balsa wood, glue, a quality paper cutter, paints and scissors. What you need to do is to make a design on the paper first and then copy separate walls, doors and roof designs on the balsa wood and cardboard. Once all the shapes have been cut out, glue them together.

If you want the roof of your shack to have singles, you can cut them out too. Then stick these on the roofs and leave it overnight to dry. In the morning, paint the structure just the color you want. Try to color it in such a way that it looks lifelike. For glass in the windows, you can easily put clear acetate plastic in.

You can even print out different stone designs and paste them outside as well as inside your house to give it a look of concrete or some other material.

Better still; you can purchase inexpensive paper building kits for OO gauge, HO and N scales which you simply glue onto cardboard or a product called foam core. They are usually already weathered and look extremely natural.