Download Plans Printable Model Train Farm Buildings of 3 Barns for Under Half Price
This package deal of paper models has a tractor shed, a timber barn and WC, and a barn workshop priced at below half price. In fact; all 3 structures in this package of model train farm buildings could be used as barns for a railroad if desired. If you look closely you will see they are beautifully detailed and weathered to make each model building look totally lifelike. This is down to the highly detailed realistic textures seen on each barn, none of which look perfectly clean or unnatural. Fact is they would look right at home on any top quality model railroad.
Downloading plans for these 3 model train farm buildings is very straightforward. The printed paper plans are then printed to HO scale / OO gauge / N scale. You select your scale prior to buying at the checkout. The textures get glued to cardboard prior to assembly. The completed barn structures are very sturdy and long-lasting.
HOW TO CONSTRUCT CARDSTOCK BUILDINGS FOR RAILROAD LAYOUTS
Contributed by guest columnist Ben Thompson
Model railroads have developed into a thriving hobby for thousands of modelers worldwide. With many enthusiasts not satisfied with a round or oval track, this fancy is now, not limited to intricately designed railroad models at museums. A lot of people have taken to designing and depicting life-size railroads, and making life-like imitations of various famous railroads. While of course, the train is the most important part of the rail road, there are 5 important essentials that need to be taken care of while designing a railroad.
These include the following:
1. Railroad stations: train stations (both large ones, and remote smaller ones), add to the details and the realistic feel of the layout. Large stations can be used at the beginning and end of the track, and to mark bigger destination points. Small train stations can be used in remote places along the railroad layout to service small communities or industries.
2. Landscape: scenery adds dimension and depth to the railroad layout. Adding mountains, trees, and shrubbery, and maybe a canyon, can help make the model look life-like. Tunnels through mountains have always been a favorite.
3. Buildings: adding building like warehouses, railyard buildings, model train farm buildings, model railroad barns, and even residential and street buildings will add to the authenticity of the model railroad layout. Model buildings can be used as landmarks, and even for depicting ageing, in cases where the railroad depicts a scene from the past.
4. People and animals: a deserted railroad can be scary, even if it is a model. Having people or animals scattered around the layout can make it more realistic and “add life” to the railroad. For example; model railroad barns need animals around to bring life to the scene.
5. Lights and signs: minor detailing such as adding lights and signs to the track can aid in making the railroad look more mesmerizing and interesting.
With more and more people taking up railroad modeling as a hobby, there are numerous aids for enthusiasts to build their models. From cardstock buildings available online, to stores where items are available. Modelbuildings.org is one such website, offering various cardstock model building plans that can easily be purchased, downloaded, and printed as per choice. Once purchased, the designs including model train farm buildings can then either be printed immediately or saved for later use.
SCALES FOR MEASUREMENT
Cardstock buildings or paper model train farm buildings can be bought off the website, and printed on paper of choice. The models, on the website, are designed as per specific dimensions. It is important to make sure they are thus printed in accordance with the scale of the railway. The default scale is OO, but the building designs can be zoomed up or down, to suit the HO. N scale plans are also available for purchase. Below is the conversion aid for the same:
PRINTING AND CONSTRUCTION
Another important aspect of the printing is the paper quality and the printing quality. Light weight paper (90-120 gsm) is easy to fold, and print. Also, a high quality print is advised for the final print. For the first print, a low quality print works best.
Once the print is ready, it should be stuck on cardstock (hence the term card-stock buildings). Alternatively, cereal pack boxes can also be used. The extra areas should them be cut off, and scored along the folding lines. Care should be taken to not cut, but only score enough to provide ease of folding and sharp folds. Scoring along flap fold lines is also important to make sure the flaps fold properly. Once this is done, the model print should then be cut-out using 2-3 strokes, instead of one heavy stroke. Fold along the lines, and apply glue on the flaps. Stick together all the pieces as per the instructions included to have a realistic cardstock building for the railroad.
AESTHETIC APPEAL AND WEATHERING
Real life railroads, tracks and locomotives included, get worn out and weathered. Constantly under the influence of weather and use, real railroads acquire a used, worn down look. Besides the cardstock buildings added for detailing, weathering techniques can make the railroads, and even the buildings look more realistic. Weathering techniques are specifically useful for scenes depicting the past, where it is important to show the wearing down. Below are 3 weathering techniques that can be used to achieve a more realistic looking railroad.
1. Dry Brushing Technique This technique requires the use of a dry paint brush and the appropriate color. Dip the brush in the paint, and then wipe down maximum paint off the brush. This can be done using a paper towel, or by sliding the brush along the edges of the paint bottle. Then, paint over the structure. The dry brush will leave streaks making the card stock building look old. Different brushes and strokes can be used to create various effects. Different colors can be used: a mixture of red, orange, and brown can be used to depict rust; exhaust stains can be depicted using gray; and oil and grease can be shown with black. Matte acrylic paints work best in most cases.
2. Wash to Highlight Using textured surfaces on train cars and buildings can aid in this technique. A mixture of paint thinner and paint in a 10:1 ratio can be used to add to the textured effect. This technique can be used to add texture to landscape and scenery also. Example; the mixture of paint thinner and India ink in the 10:1 ratio can be used to add depth and dimension to cliffs.
3. Dull and Dirty Spraying with black or brown over the trains and the buildings in the model will make them look a little dirty. Squeaky clean and shiny looks fake and is never life-like. To remove the straight-out-the-packaging look, side motion airbrushing with a mixture of paint and paint thinner will help. It will make the train cars and buildings look dirty, and worn out, and hence, much more realistic. The paper plans for the model train farm buildings on this page can be downloaded.