Building Model Houses Has Never Been Easier or More Fun.
The Scale Models Have Never Looked More Real!



Download Plans For Building Realistic Model Houses

If you are a rail modeler, or some who is interested in constructing models as a hobby, or craft project,
then give these scale model houses a go. The house plans are easy to download, print, and very enjoyable to build. The finished buildings look like they belong in a real street setting with full-sized real houses,
yet they are actually scaled replicas in HO scale, OO gauge size, or N scale size. You can select the
scale you want when downloading and building model houses that are for sale on this site

plans for building model houses for scale railroads

Building model houses is an excellent hobby / craft project for adults, or a school project for children. These miniature scale buildings can be used as a prop, or as a feature masterpiece in wargaming and for quality railroad displays. The printable plans for sale here are miniature replicas of architectural structures that are made by gluing the highly detailed photographic images to cardboard ready for assembly. Ordinary cereal box card can be used, and can easily be reinforced inside with additional strips of cardboard. Corflute is an excellent material to use when constructing background structures for a model railroad display. The printable paper plans (in PDF) are recommended for any railroader building model houses in HO scale, N scale, or to N scale for their model train layout. Model making can be a fun hobby project, or a detailed undertaking for the serious rail modeler. That is precisely why we have put particular emphasis into the quality of the designs and realism when it comes to the photographic images used.

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Building Model Houses With Brick, Timber, or Stucco Exterior Walls

The basic structure of each scale model house comprises four supporting walls and roof, all of which are made by gluing the full color paper images onto cardboard, corflute, or foam board. The edges are gently scored with a craft knife and parts are folded glued together to create a 3D structure. The walls all intersect at perfect 90 degree angles so as to create the strongest degree of support, unless a different style of architecture is required. Scrap pieces of cardboard can be stuck to the inside of each model for additional strength.
Exterior decoration and materials for the external walls will depend largely on the style of home or apartment your want. The beauty of using highly detailed photographic images glued to the cardboard constructions is that many of the designs resemble painted woodwork, brickwork, and stucco surfaces.
If you look carefully at the designs shown above, you’ll notice how real the external surfaces look on these scale models. Some of the brickwork and concrete has cracks, paintwork is flaking, and stucco has indications of water damage. It’s this attention to detail in the designs that make building model houses like these so much fun, not to mention the satisfaction in knowing you have created a high quality miniature scale model that others will admire.
Looking at the designs you’ll appreciate that many of these house models are based around the style of accommodation and residences found in countries around the world including: the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, Belgium, and other countries.
The roofs on these scale model houses are generally designed to match and complement the designs used on the wall surfaces. So many of the printable paper plans for brick houses include matching roof tiles or photographic images of iron roofing materials. The traditional roof design is a two piece construction that will angle to a point in the center, however some of the scale model houses for sale here have different roof configurations to add variation to the designs. This is really good for rail modelers who want to create scenery and structures that is truly unique, and that will stand proud of other layouts. Some of the paper plans feature bungalows that have an attic or crawlspace that connects the walls to the exterior roof. So, there is plenty of variations to choose from in the range.

model railroad background buildings and houses

Techniques For Building Model Houses For Railroad Backdrops

The above video demonstrates how to construct background buildings from the plans downloaded at this website. There is a series of terrace houses (common in the UK) which can be set against a sky backdrop, as well as a series of shops with apartment residences above. Another series is for building house models against the background and features printable plans for six one and two level properties. These backdrop apartments and homes are best constructed using corflute which is a cheap (but strong) material purchased in large sheets from Hardware suppliers, art stores, and Discount shops in most countries. The downloaded paper plans can be made into OO gauge, N scale, or HO scale buildings. Unlike with the construction of a real life-sized property, construction of these scaled model houses is not impacted by the employing an architect or the cost of materials. You just download the color plans from the internet to your computer, and then construct then yourself using low cost materials from around the home. When constructed these miniature homes can be occasionally wiped down to remove any dust particles, but that’s nothing when compared to building a real full size home with considerations needed for ongoing maintenance requirements and the home’s energy efficiency.

Scale model houses are relatively problem free, whereas with construction of a real home careful consideration is needed when selecting construction techniques and materials to balance the long-term sustainability with the lifetime and up-front costs to ascertain the most efficient home design for your needs. Constructing miniature models is so much easier.

Planning N scale, OO Gauge and HO scale Railroad Layout Space Allocations for
Scenery and Building Model Houses, Bridges, Tunnels, and other Structures

Most modelers begin doodling track plans long before they figure out where to put them. In fact, nearly everyone will create a fabulous track plan and THEN try to find a place to put it. Unfortunately, reality then strikes and the plans are scaled back to a more manageable level. Certain types of scenery such as mountains and artificial lakes can take up a lot of valuable layout space, as can large 3d warehouses, bridges, and model house buildings.

In any case, there are a number of ways to go about layout planning and design. Most common is to search the internet or acquire one or more e-books of sample track plans. There are literally hundreds of designs that have appeared over the years and it should be easy to find one of interest that can serve as a starting point for your own variation.

Before buying any track it is important to take a close look at your proposed layout space. It always seems to be that the space is never big enough for what you have in mind. It’s a matter of focus. Your story is the focus of the railroad, and how much of what goes on around the subject of the story depends on how much space you have and how you use it.

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