Create Your Own “Uniquely Realistic” Semi-Detached Duplex Scale Model Houses That Will Last For Decades... Even If You Have Never Downloaded, Printed, and Constructed Your Own Background Buildings Before!

These Realistically Detailed Model Houses Will Add Character, Height,
and Perspective
… Just Like The Background Street Scenes That Have Impressed You At Model Train Shows.

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Scale Model Houses Duplex Semi Detached Models


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Mixing & Matching These Duplex Semi-Detached Houses

With the complete set of plans 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, and 637 you can join the houses together in various combinations to add variety, and/or just to extend your scene. Above are 36 combinations to consider. Remember you can print out as many copies as you like for your own personal private (noncommercial) use without breaching copyright.

Download, Print, And Build These Model Houses For
N Scale, OO, Gauge, and HO Scale Train Layouts

Download, print and build plans for these scale model houses to OO gauge size, HO scale, or N scale. The plans come in the popular easy-to-download and print PDF format. Each semi-detached model house can be constructed as a background building showing the full frontage, and part of the sides and roofs… saving valuable track space on your model railroad layout. This technique is otherwise known as building in “low relief.” There are numerous video tutorials throughout this website demonstrating the construction process. Have a look in the top Navigation Bar under “Videos & Ideas” and “How-To Instructions” for a guide to the process, and you will also see how sturdy and realistic these scale models are when assembled.

Modelers working in OO scale can select to purchase the OO scale version of these paper models, as can HO scale modelers. For HO scale, it is simply a case of reducing the OO plans to 87% on a home printer. N scale modelers can select to buy the N scale downloads and print them same size for N scale.

Construction Options

Background buildings can be constructed from different materials. Cereal box cardboard can be used, and is a popular choice for making N scale models and for constructing smaller parts. Corflute can be used on some N scale background models, and is widely used for constructing OO and HO scale background models. Corflute is sturdy, inexpensive, and is generally available from DIY, art/craft, office supply, and discount stores in varying sized sheets depending on where you live. You can make a lot of models from a sheet 900mm x 600mm x 3mm (36” x 24” x 1/8”). Foamboard is another popular inexpensive option. Balsa wood is easy to use for making chimneys, and veranda posts etc. Balsa comes in long thin strips of various thicknesses, and can be easily be cut with a craft knife and painted with acrylic paint.

Versatile! Make these plans as background buildings in “LOW RELIEF”, or construct them as “FLATS”

The plans can be used to make “low relief” buildings, or space-saving “flats.” The models are strong when constructed, and there is the option to add extra strengthen by gluing pieces of card, corflute, or foam board inside the finished model (see diagram below). This is just an option.

The other option, which saves even more space, is to construct these model houses as “flats”, which is the term given to structures that show only the frontage without any sides or roof parts visible. Adapting these plans to be “flats” is really easy to do. It is simply a case gluing the front textures to some foam board, corflute, or cardboard, before folding a small amount of the texture around the sides of the corflute, foam or cardboard. So, with “flats” you are basically saving space by not including the side wall or roof parts. The windows and doors on the front extension pieces can easily be cut out and glued directly onto the main frontage texture instead. This will save considerable space by reducing the depth of each building, if that is your objective.

The plans include textures for making these scale model houses in “low-relief”, as well as a texture for making the models as “flats.”

Corflute or foam board are perfect construction materials for background buildings because both materials are really strong and sturdy when glued together. Cardboard can also be used, and is preferred by many N scale modelers due to the smaller size of the model houses being made. Ordinary cereal box cardboard and photocopy paper works very well, so there is no need to buy special cardboard or paper.

After downloading these plans, scale modelers will immediately see the highly detailed photographic realism of the textures used on these plans. They are NOT amateur cartoon colored drawings; they ARE like photographic miniature replicas of real full-sized buildings complete with imperfections such as dirt and cracks on some brickwork, and some signs of natural weathering that is visible on many outdoor structures. There are even reflections in the windows to further increase the realism of these paper house models.

Most of our customers are repeat customers, or people who have been referred to our website on the personal recommendations of friends, or fellow diorama model makers or railroading enthusiasts. You’ll find a small sample of the hundreds of testimonials we receive every year on the Customer Reviews page. The link to that page in the top Navigation Bar.

After selecting the model house or structure plans you want to buy, simply select the scale either OO / HO scale or N scale, and proceed to the checkout. After payment you will be able to access your purchased downloads in your My Account dashboard in the top Navigation Bar. It is as easy as that.

The PDF plans for the scale model houses available for sale on this web page are based on full-size real world semi-detached duplex buildings, so lets continue by exploring the subject of these structures.

Plans for more semi-detached 2 level background houses available at https://www.modelbuildings.org/residential

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