How to Make Remarkably
Realistic, Inexpensive Scale Model Brick Walls, Arched Walls, Tunnel Portals,
Arched Bridges, a Pedestrian Overpass, and Concrete Pylon Road...
You can download these plans almost instantly and save them to your computer for
future use. The plans are downloaded in the easy to use PDF format.
Plans Is Quick & Easy!
The plans you see here on this web page
download complete with photo-realistic patterns, weathering and detailing.
For example; plan number B552 is a brick wall
design. Viewed up close, it is hard to pick the scaled to size replica from the prototypical
“life-sized” brick wall it was modelled on.
Fact is; if you were to construct a similar
long wall using plastic model kits, it would cost you a small fortune… and that’s not even allowing
for the cost of paints and airbrushing to hide the plastic look.
In comparison, you can download these PDF plans
JUST ONCE … and, you can then print out as many duplicates as you might need for your brick wall
to stretch the distance you want. The only restriction is that they must be solely for your own
personal and private usage; and not for commercial use because they are protected by International
Printing & Construction Tips
It’s over to you what construction method you
use. These plans can be glued onto card, or corflute sheeting (cheap to buy from DIY and Discount
stores)…so you can construct these scale models to be as strong as you require.
Some people like to glue a first copy onto
card, cut out the wall arches, and glue another copy onto card for positioning in or behind the
arch (to give an even deeper 3D effect). The plans are very versatile so you can do it any way you
All plans on this website are quickly
downloaded in PDF format in OO scale ready easy scaling on your home printer to HO scale, N scale,
Z, or S scale. The plans include step by step instructions and a “Printing & Assembly Tips
Manual” is downloadable free of charge with every order. Enlarging these plans to O scale or G
scale is not recommended.
Constructing Your Own Brick Walls
Whether you position brick walls against a
background, or forming part of a bridge structure, or simply as an ingenious visual transition
between the levels on your layout… there’s no doubting they can make for a remarkably realistic
scene. Brick walls, and especially arched brick walls, will contribute real significance and
character to any model railroad scene.
Better yet… these arched brick walls and
bridges are inexpensive and a lot of fun to make.
• Walls will not only provide extra height to
your layout, but will also provide an excellent transition to an upper level.
• Walls can be used directly against backdrops
and can also be joined onto an arched road or a rail bridge.
• And, brick walls can be a great place to
include extra detailing such as some advertising posters, and maybe a little graffiti for even more
Plans for all products can be purchased
seperately HERE. B547 Tunnel Portal $12.95, B548 Tunnel
Portal $12.95, B549 Bridge $12.95, B550 Bridge $12.95, B551 Wall $12.95, B552 Wall $12.95, B553
Wall $12.95, B554 Arched Bridge $12.95, B555 Arched Bridge $12.95, B556 Fly-over $12.95, B557
Pedestrian Overpass $14.95.
Plan B557 Pedestrian Overpass
The brick walls you construct
should turn out to very impressive, but unfortunately are unlikely to become as famous as
The World's Most Famous
1. The Great Wall of China
3. Walls of Troy (Turkey)
4. The Western Wall - Wailing Wall (Israel)
5. Walls of Babylon (Iraq)
6. Hadrian’s Wall (UK)
7. Great Zimbabwe Walls (Zimbabwe)
8. Walls of Ston (Croatia)
9. Sacsayhuaman (Peru)
10. Diyarbakır Walls (Turkey)
Constructing Your Own Tunnel Portals
Tunnels are the perfect feature for making your
railroad look considerably bigger than it actually is. Model trains can disappear into a tunnel
portal before, almost as if magically, reappearing out the opposite end. A tunnel can hide trains
for a short spell of time, allowing the observer to imagine that they have left the region for a
destination further away.
From my own experience, it’s generally best to
construct the tunnels during the early stages of building a model railroad layout. If you wait
until the scenery is completed, it can be very difficult to include a tunnel without upsetting the
scenery you have in place.
The most realistic tunnels are type you
construct yourself… and the most visible part of a tunnel is the tunnel portal where trains enter
and exit. The portal plans on this website can be made as double (for two tracks) or single (for
one track) portals.
And, there are various ways to go about
One option is to make your own plaster or resin
cast to form the tunnel shape.
Another method is to cut and build the tunnel
walls and roof from Styrofoam that comes in boxes as packing material. You then add newspaper to
create the mountain over the Styrofoam tunnel, which you can then cover with plastercloth before
A third method is weave a cardboard web to form
the sides and top of the tunnel, and cover this with wadded newspaper and then plastercloth to
finish the mountain form.
Perhaps the most popular material these days
for tunnel construction is extruded foam, which is sold at DIY stores for insulating houses. It’s
popular because, the foam can be easily cut and shaped to how you want.
And, some modellers even make tunnels out of
heavy duty disposable food trays. So, there’s plenty of options.
But no tunnel is complete without tunnel portals. Again you can buy the plastic variety
which requires painting and airbrushing to make them look more real, or you can make your own from
downloadable, photo-realistic plans that are already weathered and detailed. These look very
realistic and are really versatile, but it’s really up to you.
I mentioned versatility. With this plan you can
extend the walls to the sides, and/or add wall wings like this. Because you make these tunnel
portals yourself, you can have it any way you want, and use any material you want… cardboard,
corflute, balsa, foam board… you decide.
Have fun making your tunnel portals, scale
model walls and bridges.
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