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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.
Use the card from an old cereal packet.
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.
Spraying the model with clear matt varnish
(not too close) is a good idea as it stops the ink running if your hands are
Carefully cut the designs out. You can make the white glue flaps bigger if you
Gently score the fold lines to help give a clear sharp fold.
Fold the pieces ready for gluing.
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.
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
6. Don’t Aim To Be
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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