These low relief model buildings add incredible
dimension, perspective, and reality to a railroad layout. The shops are '3-sided' structures each
with a roof, that provide the illiusion of being full-sized buildings just like the ones you would
see on a busy retail street. The depth of each model is narrow so they don't take up much space on
a layout, but give the impression the scene goes much deeper than it actually
If your space is extremely restricted, you can
make these buildings as "flats" by using just the shop frontages. Instead of constructing each
building with the front, sides, and roof... you can just glue the front directly to the backdrop,
or to a piece of core flute, which you then glue to the backdrop. This is how flats are made.
For incredible realism positioned these model
railroad shops as a street scene on the horizon, or against a background, or to the edge of your
model railroad layout.
The huge advantage of using low relief building
is that they take up so little space on a railroad. These printable model kits look so authentic it
is really difficult to believe they are actually scaled down replicas and not real-life shops and
This retail street scene is extremely
inexpensive and very simple to put together, and can be scaled up or down to the size you need.
These downloadable P D F plans come in O O gauge for easy resizing to H O or N scale. Simply
download the PDF plans to your computer, print them by using a home printer. Just alter the print
settings on your printer if you want to scale them down in size:
Print the number of copies you require, because
provided as they are solely for yourself, you won't actually breach international copy-right laws.
Ordinary photocopy paper (or photographic paper) can be used for printing.
||For extra strength and stability you
can stick the printed buildings onto some Foam Core (from DIY Hardware Stores) or
Core Flute. One sheet will make several buildings. Both materials are very
inexpensive to buy.
Glue the printed parts prior to
adhering them to your pre-cut foam board (use a craft knife to cut the board). Each model shop
includes flaps for you to adhere each one directly onto your vertical backdrop.
Downloading one of these PDF plans takes only seconds. You will then be in a position to save your
downloaded file(s) on to your computer. By keeping the masters you will be able to access each plan
for future printing (if you need more copies). You can even save them to a disk or USB stick. The
copyright laws clearly state you can't give them away, sell them, or trade them, or distribue them
in any way.
Today there is a great discount
offer (see above) so you can obtain all six shops in this amazing street scene for
BELOW HALF PRICE at 59% off.
Your Own Model Railroad –
A 5 Point Guide for Beginners
By Guest Columnist Brian Miller
Model trains is a hobby that usually starts from
playing with toy trains and transforms into making real looking train sceneries. Model
railroading is a hobby you can take up at any point in your life. You can even design layouts
for your children because moving locomotives with lifelike sceneries are very fascinating for
children as well as adults.
If you are only just starting out in the hobby of
railroading, then there are certain things that you should know about building your railroad.
Following are some of the basics you need to know before you start construction of your
Having sufficient knowledge about different scales
is very important when you start planning a railroad model. You may want to start
constructing your railway layout on a large scale, but if you are working in limited space
then choosing a large scale is not a feasible option. Look at the space that you are working
in before you choose the scale that you want to work with.
There is a number of train scales to select from.
There is a G scale (ideal for garden railroads) that is 1:24 of a real train size, HO scale
is 1:87, N sale is 1:160, and Z scale is 1:220 of the real trains. HO (OO gauge in UK) and N
scale are the most popular scales because the size is suitable for the situations and space
many people have available to them.
People who are new at building railroads can get
confused between scale and gauge. Scale is the ratio between your model and the actual trains
in the real world, whereas gauge is the distance between rail tracks. Gauge and scale should
be compatible to each other. When you buy your model trains make sure that the scale is
compatible with the size of the track and gauge. Trains need to be to scale with their
3. Model Trains
Make sure that you buy a strong locomotive. You do
not want to end up buying a train that slows down or derails. In the days of steam a steam
engine was often referred to as the “iron horse” because it worked hard. The same applies
today even it is a diesel engine – it still needs to work hard and pull loaded wagons around
the track or up gradients without derailing or stopping.
The scenery that you build around your model
trains will add life to your train layout. You can add people, cars, buildings, billboards,
mountains, and a lot more to your scenery to give it a realistic look. You can easily find
accessories for different themes and even eras. Make sure that you have a picture in your
mind about the final look of your model. Buying mismatched scenery will give a confused look
to your total layout.
If you're interested in making your railroad
scenery more realistic then make your own accessories instead of buying ready made things.
This is called scratch building and this will add life to your railway model. Scratch
building allows you to add weathering effects on your accessories and trains that will help
you in building a model railroad that is more close to real life.
Once you have all the necessary equipments, you
would want your trains to run smoothly and reliably on the tracks. This is possible with a
simple power pack that you will get with almost all train sets. As you grow in your
experience and learn more about wiring, you can expand your layout and add more trains and
features to it. It is often best not to try to incorporate a train set into a large layout,
because the train sets are typically mass produced and the quality can be lacking. If you are
serious about the hobby then purchasing good trains and track is essential.
These are some of the basic things that you should
research and learn about before taking up the hobby of building your model railroads. This
basic knowledge will give you a jump start in to this hobby and later you can add on to your
knowledge and build complex sceneries around your model to add life to the model train
layout. Join a railway club locally or one
that you can access online.