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The Low Cost, Fun Way To Quickly & Easily Make Your Own “Amazingly  Realistic” Model Railroad Buildings to HO Scale, OO Gauge, or N Scale. Download Now!

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Download Once – Print Many Times

These model railroad kits will add amazing realism to a diorama or railroading scene, and yet they are very inexpensive and easy to construct. You simply choose a PDF plan from the wide selection for sale on this modelbuildings.org website, download it to your computer, then print it out (on A4 paper), glue it onto some cardstock (old cereal boxes are perfect), fold and glue it together.

Corflute is ideal for buildings set against backdrops. It is very sturdy and inexpensive to buy from a DIY, discount, or hobby supply store.

Construction is fun and easy (no painting required) – you could construct a whole miniature railroad town scene for less than the cost of a couple of plastic model kits!

Watch how easy it is to assemble OO gauge, HO scale, or N scale model railroad buildings.

All plans are in simple PDF format for quick download directly to your computer.

These model railroad building plans can be purchased in either OO gauge or N scale sizes.

If You Model OO, HO or S Scale…

If you model in HO scale then select the OO gauge option when adding an item (or pack deal) to the Shopping Cart. After downloading the plan(s) you can choose to print and assemble each PDF to the same size, or if you require the structures a little smaller, you simply adjust your printer settings to reduce the printed size.

Many railroaders print the plans same size but, for absolute accuracy HO is 87% of OO gauge, so you just adjust your printer settings accordingly. For S scale simply change your printer settings to 119% of OO.

If You Model N or Z Scale…

You can also buy these downloadable railroad plans in N scale. If your require Z scale, just change your printer settings to reduce the N scale model railroad buildings to 73%.

More Clever Construction Ideas For Amazing Realism…

These building designs are quick and easy to download. They are fun to build and incredibly realistic when constructed using card or corflute, and balsa for balconies or posts.

If you want to add extra strength, it is easy to glue some extra cardstock or corflute inside each building after construction. That is optional. Also, you can cut out a door or window to show it partly open, or you can glue another door or window behind the cut out section to provide an added 3D effect. Again that is entirely optional, and shows how you can easily adapt these plans to add your own personal touches. No painting or weathering is required,unless you want to touch up some edges.

Instant Access. Quick & Easy To Download To Your Computer…

After purchase you will be immediately directed to a download page, so there is no waiting, or shipping to pay. You can save the plans directly to your computer for future use. Download once and you can print out as many copies as you want for your own personal private use.

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* Some textures on these 3D models have been created with images kindly supplied by CGTextures.com

These downloadable N scale, HO scale, and OO gauge plans are not suitable for printing to G scale or O scale size.

More Than 200 Printable Paper Model Building Designs To Download and Construct Using Card-stock, or Corflute.

Model building can be an extremely rewarding hobby for model railroaders, craftspeople, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating realistic dioramas. However, building models is not just for adults and can be a wonderful activity for children working on school projects, or just looking to develop their creative skills away from computers.
Download and Print These Very Realistic, Highly Detailed Paper Model Buildings and Construct them Using Cardstock or Corflute to HO Scale, OO Gauge or N Scale

The downloadable PDF model building plans on this website are particularly popular with railroading enthusiasts. Apart from being considerably cheaper plastic models (that can cost over $100 each), the printable paper plans are already colored with incredibly photo-realistic weathered textures such as wood, concrete, brickwork, tiles, iron, stucco etc. The designs even feature authentic looking cracks, water stains, rust, peeling paintwork etc., that would be common on most real life-sized structures. Each of the model building plans can be downloaded once and then printed out many times if desired. The only restriction is that they can only be used for personal private use and not on-sold commercially.

How to Choose the Most Appropriate Structures for Your Model Railroad

This website has more than 200 designs of printable buildings to download, and to make things easy they are grouped into categories. If you look further up this page you will see various categories including: residential, town / city / shops, railroad structures, industrial, farm buildings, intermodal shipping containers, models of buildings of creating an old wild west or mining town, and walls / tunnel portals / bridges. There is also a category where all the background buildings are grouped together, and another category featuring the range of 3D buildings. So, finding your way around this website should be easy. A free catalog is also available to download for future reference.

Assuming you are a model railroader planning or constructing a train layout, you will need to think about the scene you want to create and how to choose your model railroad structures. Model building is an art and if the desire is to recreate a real life scene then attention to detailing and correct scaling is the key. These printable model building plans can be downloaded in OO gauge size and easily scaled to 87% on a home printer to adjust the sizing to HO scale. There is also the option to download the printable model building plans in N scale for those modeling smaller railroads or dioramas.

The Careful Combination of Scenery and Structures Will Add to the Realism of the Railroad

What qualifies as a structure in the model railroad world can be many and varied. A structure could be a model building, bridge, truss, railroad crossing, or even streetlights. Basically anything that is not natural scenery can be considered structures or models to build. For the railroading enthusiast designing and constructing other scenery features can also be a lot of fun and scenic features such as hills, mountains, fields and streams can further enhance to realism of making printable paper model buildings out of corflute or cardstock. Add to this people, animals, and vehicles and the scenery suddenly comes to life.

There are thousands of structure kits available on the market today. How do you know which ones to choose? This is an important decision in respect to how realistic and impressive your miniature train setup will be when you are finished. Many people only use structures that they make themselves, while others are comfortable with the more expensive plastic kits.

However you choose to do it, remember that your structures are the heart of your layout. Your structures tell the story that your scenery laid the groundwork for. Your structures are representative of who you are and what matters to you in your railroad scene.

Model Building is the Fun Part of Creating Realistic Railroad Scenery

All of your structures and model buildings need to come from the same time era. A modern day street light in a 1960’s era setting will destroy the effect you are attempting to create. A grain elevator in a modern day city will be just as out of place. You will need to consider doing a little research in respect to the time era your railroad layout is from so that your structures are historically and geographically correct.

It does not matter if you like city scenes or rolling hills or fields of grain. Whatever your vision is for your train universe you can create it with the right buildings and structures. You can paint your buildings to be realistic in a historical sense or you can paint them in your own whimsical fantasy. It does not matter as long as it fits together to make the world you are imagining… and as long as you are enjoying the journey of model building.

Another thing you have to consider in choosing your model buildings and structures is the scale of your layout. Are your trains HO scale, N scale, or possibly OO gauge? Do you have a lot of space for a large model train layout or do you have a very small space? Do you have a lot of track or just enough for a small layout? The answers to all of these questions will impact how you choose your model railroad structures. For instance, the size of your layout should dictate whether you have more than one railroad station.

What is important is that your structures be to scale and be as authentic to your vision as possible. If this means making them yourself that is fine. If you want to buy kits and use them as is or modify them that is fine. There is certainly much to choose from in the off the shelf plastic model kits, but some of them can be really expensive and they still need to be painted and weathered if you want them to look genuinely authentic. By comparison, the downloadable printable model buildings on this website already include photo realistic textures that have fine detailing and weathering already done for you. And, if you want to build an extra model you just print out the PDF plan a second or third time. This is particularly handy if you want to extend a structure or modify a model building.

Before you begin you need to decide not only if you are building a city, town or countryside, but also what kind of buildings do you want in your scene. Will there be a main street with small stores or a residential area with many houses? Will there be farms or silos and grain elevators? Will you recreate an old wild western or mining town?

Decide how much detail you want and are capable of adding. Do you have the experience to do detail work such as lights inside your buildings? Make sure you either choose weathered structures or you can create the weathered look yourself as it is an important aspect of any scale model railroad layout that your structures do not look brand new (unless that is what you want).

If you just follow some basic guidelines and you will choose the best structures for you and your model train layout. This website is an excellent starting point with such a variety of high quality, highly detailed model buildings to download and construct. Enjoy your model building projects, and remember to download the free catalog showing the current range of printable model buildings in the wide range available.

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