The Low Cost, Fun Way To Quickly & Easily Make Your Own “Amazingly Realistic” Model Railroad Houses, Structures & HO Scale Buildings, OO Gauge, or N Scale Buildings!
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Download, print, and build “wonderfully realistic” 3D scale model buildings for railroad layouts, dioramas, and craft projects.
300+ “Uniquely Designed” Printable Plans
These PDF plans are easy to download, and you’ll find the structures inexpensive to build, very strong when constructed, and wonderfully realistic. When assembled, position the model buildings on your N scale, OO gauge, or HO scale railroad, or use them to add character and authenticity to a diorama scene.
Build your own “very real” replica scale railroad buildings, model houses, shops, silos, factories, old wild west town and mining structures, etc. Perfect for railway train layouts.
AT LAST! You Can Create Your Own High-Quality, True-To-Life,
Long-Lasting Model Buildings You Can Be Proud Of Displaying…
Without Wasting Money on Complicated, Difficult, or Expensive Builds.
Construction is easy (and fun) using paper, cardboard, foamboard, or corflute. You can even use painted balsa for posts, and chimneys. These model building plans are very adaptable and construction is only limited by your imagination. You’ll also find several helpful step by step tutorials and videos on this website; and, as a customer, you’ll also get access to a free printing and assembly guide in your “My Account” dashboard. You’re also able to print out several copies for you own personal/private use if you want to make duplicate models, or extend structures.
These Plans Are The Perfect Solution For Making Your Own
High-Quality, Super-Realistic, Super-Sturdy Structures
(Even If You Have Never Downloaded, Printed, And Constructed Your Own Model Buildings Before)
Wonderfully Realistic and Super Strong When Constructed
These printable 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 structures 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 railway town scene for less than the cost of a couple of plastic kits!
The free video tutorials on this website show you how… even if you have never downloaded, printed, and built your own railroad structures before!
These model railroad building plans can be purchased in either OO gauge or N scale sizes.
If Your Railway is OO, HO or S Scale…
If you work 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 Your Railway is 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 buildings to 73%.
More Clever Construction Ideas For Amazing Realism…
These 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.
The comprehensive range of paper models on this website can be downloaded, printed, and constructed from card or corflute as N scale, OO scale, or HO scale designs. Each full color paper template is convincingly life-like. There’s a range of tall rail yard factories and facilities which are perfect background structures for alongside, or behind, your rail line. Also have a look at some of the designs for clever “extendable” rail yard warehouses to position behind your layout train track. Or, complete your background town or city scene with terraced residential houses / apartments, or miniature replicas of retail stores, each with loads of character.
If you are recreating scenery from US history, then you can make a scaled down, authentically detailed old wild west town. Add cowboys and you have a faithfully replicated western or old mining town scene. Construct a mine chute, sheriffs office and jail, school house, church, miners cabins, blacksmiths, general store, wild west railway station, crossing shanty, stagecoach depot, telegraph office, and saloon to mention some of the available downloadable “old wild west” templates.
If you are into something more modern, then look at the 40 highly detailed “unique” intermodal shipping container designs. Stack ’em alongside train your tracks or directly on the flatcars of your trains.
Have a good look through this website and you’ll discover the impressive range plans for making N scale buildings, OO gauge, and HO scale buildings including: railway facilities, houses, bungalows, cottages, shops, intermodal shipping containers, old western town structures, mining structures, background and backdrop rail / commercial architecture, bridges, tunnel portals, brick walls, industrial warehouses, churches, school houses, trackside freight depots, train station platforms, rail workshops, factories, loading docks, engine sheds, fire stations, restaurants, railway stations, sheds, signal boxes, terraced houses and shops, industry silos, farm grain elevators, tractor sheds, barns, various types of rail yard architecture, and more.
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Make Superbly Realistic OO Gauge Size, N Scale,
or HO Scale Buildings For Your Train Layout
These printable templates (plans) feature photo realistic graphics that closely resemble real life structures. Each design is “intricately detailed” with meticulous attention to realistically weathered natural “wear and tear” features common on real life-size houses, barns, factories, walls, bridges, railway facilities, and other everyday landmarks. You’ll be able to create scale model buildings you’ll be absolutely proud of.
Look through the range and you’ll see tunnel portals, walls, bridges – all ideal for HO scale, OO gauge, or N scale railroads. There’s a pedestrian over bridge, naturally weathered retail shops, terraced houses, single and double level house plans, model farm buildings, grain elevators, barn silo, tractor sheds, storage warehouses, industrial rail warehouses and silos, train stations, engine sheds, a signal box, goods depots and various yard architecture for rail scenes, along with a sheriffs office, saloon, mining chute and other paper models for recreating an old wild west town or mining scene. Many of these template designs can be printed out and joined together to extend your railway background scenery. You can add space-saving industries against the backdrop to bring realism and perspective to your scenery and trains.
Plans for these 300 model buildings are also perfect for diorama scenery and available for download direct to your computer. No waiting, and no shipping, postage, or handling to pay. Without doubt; these downloadable designs will make an “awesome” feature to any railroad layout or diorama masterpiece.
More Than 300 Printable Paper Model Buildings To Download
and Construct Using Card-stock, or Corflute.
Assembling structures can be an extremely rewarding hobby for model railroaders, craftspeople, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating realistic dioramas. However, this hobby 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.
Highly Detailed, Very Realistic, Designs to Download, Print and Construct
to HO Scale, OO Gauge or N Scale Using Cardstock or Corflute
he downloadable PDF templates on this website are particularly popular with railroading enthusiasts. Apart from being considerably cheaper than plastic kits (that can cost over $100 each), the printable paper models 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 architecture. Each of the templates can be downloaded once and then printed out multiple 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 Train Layout
This website has more than 200 designs of printable model 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, old wild west and mining town designs, as well as walls / tunnel portals / bridges. There is also a category where all the background structures 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 constructing a train layout, you will need to think about the scene you want to create and how to choose your model railroad buildings. This hobby 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 templates 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 plans in N scale for those creating smaller railroads or dioramas.
The Careful Combination of Scenery and Structures Will Add to the Realism of the Train Layout
What qualifies as a structure in the railroading world can be many and varied. Architecture could be model buildings, a bridge, truss, railroad crossing, or even streetlights. Basically anything that is not natural scenery can be considered as objects to build. For the railroading enthusiast, designing and constructing other scenery features can also be a lot of fun. Scenic features such as hills, mountains, fields and streams can further enhance to realism of making printable paper houses, industries, and shops out of corflute or cardstock. Add to this people, animals, and vehicles and the scenery suddenly comes to life.
There are thousands of plastic 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 scratch built objects that they make themselves, while others are comfortable with the more expensive plastic kits.
Regardless of which way you choose to do it, remember that your train trackside structures are the heart of your layout. Your houses, shops, walls, bridges, and factories 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 miniature railroad scene.
Model Building is the Fun Part of Creating Realistic Railroad Scenery
All of your scale 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 2019 city will be just as out of place. You will need to consider doing a little research in respect to the time era your trains will operate in to ensure every aspect of the train layout is 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 miniature scale buildings. You can paint your objects and architecture to be realistic in an historical sense, or you can paint them to 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 in your hobby.
Another thing you have to consider in choosing your model buildings is the scale of your train layout. Are your trains HO scale, N scale, or possibly OO gauge? Do you have a lot of space for a large train layout or do you have a very small space? Do you have a lot of track or just enough for a small railway layout? The answers to all of these questions will impact how you choose the elements, objects, trains, and accessories used in your setup. For instance, the size of your train 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 plastic 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 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 building you just print out the PDF plan a second or third time. This is particularly handy if you want to extend a backdrop scene.
Before you begin you need to decide not only if you are replicating 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 model railroad buildings? Make sure you either choose weathered houses, warehouses, stations etc., or you can create the weathered look yourself as it is an important aspect of any realistic looking train 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 model buildings for you and your HO scale, OO gauge, or N scale train layout. This website is an excellent starting point with such a variety of high quality, highly detailed railroad buildings to download and construct. Enjoy your railway hobby or diorama projects, and remember to download the FREE catalog showing the current range of printable plans in the wide range available on this website.