This church and
tower is perfect for model railways. You'll actually find these wonderfully realistic model
building kits are enjoyable to make and extremely easy to make... and the wonderful part is; this
and other printout kits can be printed a second time to make another building. Use your printer to
Each of these
paper kitset buildings has really numbered diagrams showing you where each of the parts fits. You
simply adhere the parts onto some cardstock or the back of an used cereal packet before gluing the
parts together by following the plan. What could be simpler than that?
Each of the model
building kits on this website is nicely weathered/detailed to add truly realistic character to your
railroad layout landscape... but, if you prefer, you may add your own style of finishing
These kits are easy to scale and
construct: All model railroad building plans are downloadable in OO scale. From
there you simply alter your printer or PDF settings:
OO scale size is
100% (actual size)
HO scale size - you reduce the print or
PDF to 87%
S - you will want enlarge the print or
PDF to 118%
Z scale - you can reduce the printing
or PDF to 35%
N scale - you can reduce it to
This (or any) model railroad building plans are sent to you
by download over the net in popular PDF format. They come directly to your PC so you only have
to save them on your computer to print them out whenever.
As I already mentioned, you make lots of churches (if you
want to) for your own non commercial/personal use, but you are not permitted to give the
buildings or files away, or to trade them, or to sell them. That could result in legal
You'll enjoy constructing
these card kitsets and they will look wonderfully realistic when you position them alongside
your model trains on your railroad layout.
NOTE: The above downloadable kits can be
constructed in HO scale, OO gauge or N scale. The following article by Tony Nielson mainly
focuses on N scale.
The Techniques For Creating
N Gauge Railroad Buildings
By Guest Tony Nielson
As you are designing and setting up you N Gauge
train layout don’t forget about creating N Gauge buildings to go on it. Model railroading is
a hobby anyone can enjoy and the N gauge trains are great for those who do not have that much
space for their layout or just like the smaller trains.
Your N gauge train layout will certainly not be
complete without buildings and structures in place. After all, a train only has value in
respect to its relationship to people and the other structures that people build. So your
layout needs buildings.
Certainly you can purchase any type of buildings
you want right off the shelf, however many model train enthusiasts prefer to make their own
buildings. This will take time, practice and patience but it is certainly worth it and it is
its own reward. When you make your own buildings, as when you make your own scenery, you can
personalize them and make them be anything you want them to be. You cannot do this easily
with off the shelf plastic model buildings.
It is also a lot cheaper to make your own
buildings as well as controlling the way your landscape looks. One method is to use
downloadable buildings you print and assemble. They typically are very realistic in
appearance and don’t require further weathering.
Another option is to scratch build your own
structures. You will need some wood, corkboard, metal sheets, glue and paint. You could also
get a pattern book for train or miniature buildings. Just be sure you get N Gauge size
patterns. One of the major advantages of the N gauge is you can make very large scenes in a
very small space. Instead of one or two buildings, you can make a whole town. However, do
realize you’ll need to be reasonably proficient at using weathering techniques if you are
constructing your own from scratch, and after you have paid for the materials, paints etc.
they will work out more expensive than PDF buildings you can download.
Constructing a whole town will take some practice
though. So let’s just start with one small building first. When you make your own buildings
you can have as much or as minimum amount of detail as you like. Start with deciding what
your scene will be and what buildings you want and begin with the easiest
Now find an image of the building that you want.
There are many designs on line and some will be to N gauge scale. If they are not you can
then draw them to scale. Use 1 scale inch equals 13’4” of actual size. Draw the surface shape
of the building as your template. Make sure to include all the details you will want to
include. You might even make notes on colors or signage.
Now visit a hobby or craft store and pick up some
styrene that can be formed to look like many types of building materials like concrete,
brick, shingles or even stucco. You will also want to pick up some wood perhaps balsa,
cardstock, foam core sheets, files, straight edge razor, small sheets of metal and paint.
Using these materials you will be able to construct walls, roofs, windows, awnings, and
Now copy your design template onto the styrene and
then cut out your walls, and rooftop. Create shingles for the roof from the clap board. Sand
all the edges and smooth them all. Use craft glue and plastic glue to hold your building
together. Use small lightweight clamps to hold it together until the glue
Once the building is dry add the windows, awnings
and any other details that you want. The more details you have the better your building will
look. Larger or multistoried buildings will need more details than the smaller buildings will
in order to get the most realistic building as possible. If you want to make your building
brick faced you can cut lines into the building material and paint it red.
When painting your buildings to get the most
realistic appearance first paint them with a coat of primer using white acrylic paint. Wait
at least a couple of hours for the primer to dry. Now apply the color that matches the real
building either from your own knowledge or pictures you have found. Again use acrylic paints.
If your building is multicolored wait for each color coat to dry before applying the next
Now you will want weather the building with a
diluted gray or brown to add to the authenticity. Allow your basic colors to dry overnight
before you attempt to do this weathering. Now let your weathering to dry overnight and apply
a final coat of clear acrylic.
Congratulations! You have constructed your first
of many N Gauge buildings.