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Is It True That Paper Model Buildings Are Very Strong
When Glued To Card, Foam, or Corflute … As Well
As Being “Real-Looking” and Very Cheap To Construct

The world of paper model buildings is specifically those geared towards the fans of miniature scale railways. Whether you are a veteran to the model railroad lifestyle or just a beginner starting off, paper railroad buildings are a fun and realistic way to add life and character to your railway layout.

However, don’t be put off by the term “paper”, as these buildings are firstly printed onto paper, before they get glued onto cardboard, foam, or corflute. That makes them super strong so they’ll stand the test of time and getting knocked over a few times. Unlike plastic kits, these paper buildings can scaled to suit your own particular layout i.e. HO scale, OO, or N scale. They also don’t require painting, airbrushing, detailing, or weathering as those elements are already done for you – so there’s a saving in both time and money!



HO – OO – and N Scale Buildings

I mentioned N scale as that is becoming an increasingly popular scale for railway modelers. For the sake of those of you who are new I will give a brief description of what the term N scale is in reference to when speaking paper or cardboard buildings in relation to model railways. The term refers to the size of the railway track, trains and the cardboard buildings themselves. The scale size represents the sizing of the model as a proportion to a real life object. N scale varies slightly depending upon which country you live, but the scale typically ranges from the size of 1:148 to 1:160. To explain this in simple terms; you would need to enlarge a 1:160 N scale building or locomotive by 160 times if you wanted it to be the same size as the real life locomotive or building.

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The paper buildings mentioned above get downloaded in OO scale so it is a simple procedure of altering the print settings on the PDF to reduce the print to 48% of the downloaded size (that is if you want your building to be N scale). I am sorry if that sounded a bit complicated in the way I explained it, but it is really very easy for anyone to do using their home printer.

Some railway modelers use N scale buildings on their OO gauge or HO scale layouts. They position them in the background as the reduced size gives the impression they are located miles in the distance. Even if you don’t want to scale down to N-scale, it can be a good idea to slightly reduce the printable buildings a small percentage if they are to be located towards the back of the layout. That is the great thing about downloading as opposed to buying expensive plastic kitsets. The downloaded kits are flexible and can not only be adjusted in size, but one kit plan can make several buildings. So, there is a real cost benefit in printed buildings you download.

The railway buildings can be printed on to the regular paper you have in your printed. There is really no need to buy more expensive paper, although you can if you want. Using paper prints like these is one of the best ways to add a depth of realism to your small town. As I already mentioned, the added advantage is that once a file is downloaded you can use it as many times as you like. It’s an extremely simple method to use the prints effectively. Simply download the PDF files, print them out, cut them out, and then paste them to a stronger piece of material like corflute or cardboard. If you are concerned about the strength of the buildings and whether they might warp or bend over time, you can easily add internal strengthening to the base and/or walls. Just glue extra cardstock, corflute, balsawood, or foam inside during construction, or after construction is finished.

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There are endless possibilities for the types of small towns that can be created with these highly detailed paper prints. And the authentic “photo realistic” weathered look of the prints adds to the depth of realism as most railroads we see and their surrounding buildings are not always well maintained. Take a close up look and you’ll quickly appreciate these paper prints are not drawings and they don’t look fake. They are like retouched photos of actual buildings and appear so real it is almost like looking at an actual building.

You will soon realize that the ease and low price of paper buildings will have you up for late nights creating your own tiny towns and communities. To be perfectly blunt, it becomes a bit of an obsession, a very fun and healthy one at that. There is nothing like creating a perfectly developed miniature town or city and watching it come to life. You are free to create whatever your heart desires into that tiny scaled-down world.

Like OO gauge and HO scale, the N scale railways are one of the most popular sizes, making the buildings in this scale popular too. There really is nothing that you can’t create and recreate in N scale; it’s quite an exhilarating experience when you finally accomplish your first town or street scene. And, you will soon find that even when you think you’re done, you typically are just getting started. This is because of the limitless options you have at your disposal. You can simply download the paper buildings you want any time of the day or night. The paper model buildings are one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve the realism of your scale railroad layout.

And the downloadable paper prints that you find on the site are some of the most detailed and beautifully designed print designs that you will find anywhere. And the good thing is that the supplies to create the tiny towns are everywhere, as nothing unusual or expensive is required. They don’t even need painting, or detailing, or weathering.

Many railway modelers use items, like construction paper, cardboard boxes, and even cut out cereal boxes, corflute, or cheap foam core sheeting to make the most beautiful and lively towns imaginable in such their scaled down miniature world.

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The possibility for development of these tiny towns is limited only to imagination of the modeler, and as such the hobby never really gets boring. For many, the models and miniatures remind us of the good old days, a time when the simple things were what truly mattered. We can see from the joy that thousands of people across the globe get from these tiny wonders that maybe there’s a little part of that in all of us, where the simple things are what truly matter. Maybe, in some aspects, we should let a part of us deep inside stay that big kid forever. Enjoy your day, and have fun creating a world of excitement with your model railways and trains.




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