200+ “Extraordinarily Real” Printable Paper House Models,
and Replica Background Structures to
Download, Print, and Build for Your Scale Railroad..
If you have an N scale, OO gauge, or HO scale model railroad, or if you are into craft activities, or enjoy creating awesome dioramas, then building house models (and other replica structures for that matter) is something you’ll no doubt be interested in. The good news is; this website has a wonderful selection of printable replica structures, including paper house models, on sale right now.
Take a close inspection of the 200 or more printable paper models for sale from our Home Page and you’ll no doubt be impressed with the exceptionally high standard of weathering and detailing evident on each design. After selecting the designs you want; the full color plans for each model can be downloaded, printed out, and glued to recycled cereal box card or corflute. The cardboard / corflute pieces will then be ready for assembling into “authentically real” miniature replica structures in OO scale, N scale or put together as HO scale buildings.
Thanks to These Clever Paper House Models –
Building Model Houses Has Never Been Easier or More Fun!
Whether you are an experienced model railroader, a wargamer, an arty craftsperson, someone who likes making dioramas, or a student completing a school project – the paper house models on sale here are certainly worthy of serious consideration. After putting a couple together, you’ll be intrigued with precisely how durable and strong they are when constructed. Unquestionably you will derive years, if not decades of pleasure from them. What’s more, you’ll be able to construct these “real-looking” paper replicas (glued on carboard) to HO scale, OO scale, or assemble them as N scale buildings.
Assembling these paper house models will seem like a piece of cake when compared to all the things that can go wrong when building a real full-sized dwelling. Some of things that can go wrong when constructing a real world home include: mistakes in ordering or delivering custom orders of materials; confusion with the blueprints or house plans; delays caused by weather, labor, or other factors; unforeseen construction costs or blowouts, interval financing loans, builder or contractor mistakes; contractors wanting for payments upfront; missing contracts; and simple (sometimes expensive) design flaws.
When a real full-size property is completed the problems don’t necessarily finish there. Newly completed dwellings can suffer from ongoing problems with: shrinkage cracks; truss rises; nails popping, moisture and condensation issues (yes even in a new home); condensation in between window panes, wet garages, basements and crawl spaces; issues with grading and drainage; and balancing the cooling and heating system. The list of problems with new builds can go on.
I don’t want to put you off constructing a brand new full size home, because generally most things work out okay, and most homeowners and new homebuyers are thrilled with their purchases. However life in the miniature world of building model houses is a lot less complicated and the process from start to finish is much faster. Most of the paper house models on sale here can be constructed in about an hour or so, as there is no painting, airbrushing, or skilled weathering needed to finish the scale models to a very high standard.
Planning One Step at a Time – 8 Steps to a Better Model Railroad Layout
Mistakes can be costly so take your time and work through the process carefully, logically and thoroughly. After all, buying a train set or building a layout is not a race. It is better to think things through carefully and then do things the best way to achieve your goals.
With that in mind I have put together this list of steps to help you on this exciting journey. You don’t necessarily need to work through them in this order, but you will want to consider each step:
Step 1: Make Small Mistakes First
We all make mistakes especially when we are learning. So, with this in mind it’s usually best to start small. Then hopefully, mistakes can be small too. You will probably want to purchase only a small amount of track to start off and maybe some plugs, switches, an locomotive engine or two, and a few cars. A small track layout of 4×8 or less might be a good place to start. There is no point in being intimidated (and maybe discouraged) by a large or complex set when you are learning the basics. With a smaller set it will be easier to fix mistakes or make changes. HO scale is the most popular model railroading size in the USA and many other countries, but the UK equivalent being OO scale (OO gauge) is number one in Britain and throughout many European countries. N scale railroads are very popular for those train modelers with limited space to allocate for their layout. If you look above you will see there are many plans of sale for building house models, railroad structures of various kinds, and several printable paper plans for making railway backdrop structures.
A 4×8 layout is large enough to fit the 18-inch radius curves that come with many train sets. With a 4×8 layout there is also room for an oval with 18-inch radius ends and a few sidings.
You can always add accessories and upgrade your set as you go along.
By not going overboard at the beginning, you give yourself a chance to see what you need to make it even better.
Step 2: Buy a Kit (Starter Set)
Although not for everyone, boxed model train sets have everything you need to get started in one complete package… and they’re usually very reasonably priced. Starter kits can be a wonderful entry level for beginners. They include: enough tracks for a basic layout, a locomotive, some rolling stock and a power pack. Those are the basics to get up and running.
Talk with the staff at your local hobby shop because they can advise you on the best selection to meet your needs. Buying a starter kit doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on quality. There are a number of really good kits out there to choose from. As you progress you will become more selective and discerning with improved knowledge and clarity of what you what you want to achieve, and what aspects of the hobby you most enjoy.
Downloaded paper house models and other plans are a low cost way to create a real looking scene complete with scale buildings and structures. Plastic model kits are also very good, but require painting and airbrushing skills to come close to the same quality, and they are considerably more expensive.