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Assembling the Office Building B424

 

 

 

This small cabin was printed to a smaller scale to demonstrate how even very small models can be easily assembled. These photos show the construction process step by step.

  

make a model

Use the card from an old cereal packet.

 making a model

Glue the plan to the unprinted side of the cardboard. Smooth out the paper onto the card to avoid bubbles. A glue stick is perfect because it doesn’t dry instantly so gives time to rearrange the positioning on the card if necessary.

making models

Spraying the model with clear matt varnish (not too close) is a good idea as it stops the ink running if your hands are wet. 

 

Carefully cut the designs out. You can make the white glue flaps bigger if you prefer.

 assembling models

Gently score the fold lines to help give a clear sharp fold.

model construction

Fold the pieces ready for gluing.

 glue buildings

Use a glue stick or super glue to adhere the flaps to join the parts together.  

Clothes pins or tweezers are handy for holding things in place as the glue dries. 

 

Tweezers help prevent getting super glue on your skin.

 

completed model building

This building is ready to have the edges touched up with felt tipped pens, but it already looks very realistic. A small piece of cotton wool was added to the chimney to add to the realism. 

 

You can add more glue or cardboard on the inside if you want to further strengthen the model. A final spray of clear varnish also provides protection.

 


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 Assembling the Grain Elevator B428

Whether you are looking for OO, N scale, or HO model railroad buildings you'll find printable kits on our website. This is because every structure on this website can be made to OO gauge, N scale, or to HO scale. It is just a simple process of adjusting your printer settings to scale the print to the size you want. You then glue your paper model railroad buildings on to some cardstock or foam board for quick and sturdy assembly. You'll then have some real looking architecture to position on your train layout.

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 farm and industry silos for scale model railway layouts

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6 Tips and Tricks of Painting
Mountain Railroad Scenery and Backdrops

By Guest Columist Arnold Jacobs

Adding realistic backdrops to your railway layout not only makes your model look real but can also make it appear larger than it actually is. You can achieve this effect by using different techniques to paint your railroad backdrop. You can add anything to your railroad backdrop from rugged mountains, to farm houses, factories, or urban cities with just a stroke of your brush.

Some people like plain blue backdrops, while others might prefer adding details. If you are just a beginner and do not know from where to start and how to go about designing the backdrop for your model railroad, then here are a few steps that you can take to get started.

1. Plan Your Background

It is better to plan ahead before you start working on your railroad backdrop. If you are out of ideas at the moment or are unsure about the final look of your railroad, then it is better to leave working on your backdrop for last and start designing the other aspects of your setup.

Before you start painting your backdrop take a look around. You will be amazed at how little we know about our own surroundings. Make a trip to the place that you are trying to capture in your scenery and take your camera and notebook with you. This will help you in getting the feel of the place that you are trying to depict in your railroad scenery. The other option is to search Google images for photos of landscapes and scenery.

2. Practice Before You Paint

If you are only a beginner and do not know how to paint, then it is better that you do a little practice before starting to paint the real thing. If you are making railroad mountain scenery, or painting a backdrop, then make sure that you have images to refer to while you paint. While you practice try to copy the images, colors, hues, tones and scenes in the pictures that you have taken. You might not get it right the first time but you will get better with each attempt and soon you will be able to paint the scene to closely resemble what you see in the photos.

3. Paint in Layers

Start painting from back to front to add more depth in your layout. Start with the basic background on clouds and skies and then as you move along start adding more details to your background. Painting multiple layers will add a 3D effect to your model railroad background scenery.

4. Add the Effects of Light

Try to picture the position of Sun at the time of the day that you are painting. Stay consistent with this position throughout the scenery. If you are using images for reference then make sure that you try to capture the same lights that are visible in the photos. This will help you in maintaining the focus while you paint your entire backdrop or mountain scenery.

5. Keep It Easy and Simple

Your railroad backdrop is just a background and the real hero of your train layout are the locomotives and trains. No matter how beautiful your backdrop is; people are only interested in watching nice locomotives and trains in your model. Do not lose focus and ignore the main objective of designing your train layout.

6. Don’t Aim To Be Perfect

Nothing is perfect around us and the same can be said for the scene that you are trying to capture in your backdrop scenery. The sky will not always be the perfect shade of blue, and the clouds will not always be white and fluffy, the tree and leaves will not always be perfect and green. Therefore, try not to make your backdrop look perfect. Add little irregularities and you will be astounded at how natural your background and model railroad mountain scenery looks.

To give your train layout a realistic look use of the given scenery tips to breathe life in your layout. Your trains will look stunning when they travel through amazing landscapes.

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