Shipping Containers Pack Deal B
40 highly detailed “unique” intermodal shipping container designs. Stack ’em alongside tracks or on trains.
This website has paper plans for making 40 different designs of cardboard HO scale shipping containers, and N scale shipping containers quintessential for modeling intermodal scenes in scaled down sizing. The HO and N scale shipping containers get downloaded as paper plans (PDF) and can be constructed with glue and cardstock (cardboard from cornflakes boxes). The designs are especially real-looking complete with shipping company logos, dirt, grime, scratches, and in some cases refrigeration motors are pictured at the end of the intermodal containers. They appear remarkably real in appearance, yet are scaled-down versions of their full-sized counterparts.
At the top of this page is one such package deal where plans for 20 model containers can be bought for below half price to make either N scale shipping containers, or the bigger HO scale shipping containers for model railroads. This pack includes designs for paper models of 6 x 20 ft plain containers (one has graffiti), 6 x 10 ft containers, and 8 x 20ft containers with logos. That’s 20 intermodal containers in the pack for below half price. The plans can be downloaded and printed using an ordinary printer.
Although these HO scale and N scale shipping containers are scaled-down replicas of real full-size containers they still look wonderfully true to life.
In the real world shipping containers transport a very large percentage of the cargo and goods that we use and need for daily life. Shipping containers and globalization go hand in hand, because shipping containers have become essential for not only transporting goods economically and safely across the world, but also they are widely used for transporting goods by road and rail across numerous countries worldwide. They are also used for storage, and even house construction, so for the model railroader, HO scale shipping containers can be used in multiple ways to service a model railroad or just add authentically to a model railroad scene.
Download Half Price Plans For Making 40 x N scale and HO Scale Shipping Containers for Model Railroads.
Interesting facts about shipping containers:
> Around 95% of the global cargo is transported by ship
> Shipping containers typically have a life span of up to 20 years or even longer
> 97% of all shipping containers are manufactured in China
> The largest container vessels can transport around 15,000 to 18,000 average sized shipping containers
> Lined up end on end the containers would stretch approximately halfway around the planet, if containers from the largest container freight ship in the world were unloaded you would have the equivalent of a train stretching 71 km (44 miles) long.
> Approx. 50% of all the containers in use are owned by the shipping lines
> The remaining 50% (approx.) are leased (1 to 10 years)
> Each and every shipping container in service has a unique ID number enabling it to be accurately tracked around in the globe while in use
> It is believed some 2,000 to 10,000 shipping containers fall overboard at sea each year
> Because a ship can transport so many containers, it results in less greenhouse gas emissions than if the same goods cargo’s were transported by road, railroad or by air. Transporting a container across the globe via ship can emit less emissions than actually transporting it from the port to its end destination.
The discounted package towards the top of this page offers 8 x 20 foot containers with logos, 6 x 20 foot plain containers (one with graffiti), and 6 x 10 foot containers all downloaded from this website for a saving of more than half the price of the individual if purchased separately.
Sourcing Model Train Supplies From Model Railroad Hobby Shops And Online Retailers
Although it is always good to support local railroad hobby shops, the online stores will always have a wide range on model train stuff whether it’s locomotives and rolling stock, track, or scenery supplies. Prices are often very sharp as the online shops don’t necessarily have the same overheads as physical shops eg. rent payments.
However, the online and mail order dealers do charge for shipping and they often add a margin to the cost. So, unless you are ordering multiple items, or buying a high priced product you need to take this into account when comparing prices with your local railroad supply shop.
The other thing to appreciate is that many of the online stores (like this website) are operated as small Ma and Pa businesses just like a local store, so they are not big national or international companies like the well-known brand names. They are just small operators trying to make a buck selling model trains and supplies.
To assist you in locating online train and scenery suppliers I have included a list of a few at the end of this article. The list is far from complete as there are hundreds of dealers, suppliers, manufacturers, and online retailers you could potentially get your model train stuff from. For this reason we are not recommending particular brands or stockists as most modelers will have their own opinion of who they like to deal with based on their own requirements and experience.
Also online model train stores typically specialise in particular brands eg. Bachmann, Marklin, Hornby; particular scales eg. HO scale, N scale, OO gauge; or specific product types eg. scenic supplies, rolling stock, backdrops etc. Anyway, enough about the stockists, now let’s look at some of the most popular railroading products and their uses.
More Tips for Railroaders – Using Hydrocal On Model Railroads
Hydrocal is basically a type of white gypsum cement and can be used to create terrain landscapes. Hydrocal is stronger than Plaster of Paris and wears extremely well. It has a compressive strength of 5,000 PSI which is ideal for a model railroad layout terrain base.
Hydrocal is easy to use for soaking paper towels when laying down as base material over your screen mesh or paper/cardboard strip forms. Pictured is Lightweight Hydrocal Casting Plaster from Woodland Scenics.
The product is also a good substitute for Plaster of Paris when you are molding rock faces or outcroppings. With a thicker mixture it can be used as fill material anywhere there is a small gap on the scale model layout terrain that needs covering or filling.
Adding Base Covers Using Latex Paint and Insulated Foam
With the topography (hills) of your model railroad layout suitably positioned and your track laid in place, latex paint can become your next best friend. It is easily mixed and thinned with water and the latex should cover every area of ground cover that is seen. Your valleys and hills are going to be made from insulation foam board or plaster, neither of which is available in convenient ground colors. You will need to cover up that yukky pink, blue, or white, by using colors such as brown, tan, yellow, and green. Nothing will ruin the realism more than seeing a streak of bright white plaster sticking through a magnificent stand of trees. These will look impressive on your HO scale railroad, or N scale layout.
Select your paint colors to simulate the ground appropriate to the location and season you are modeling. If you are replicating a desert scene, a light tan cover makes much more sense than would green. Since you are likely to cover the paint with some other material, the color shades don’t have to be a perfect match; they just need to blend in together realistically. In real life, ground cover occurs in patches and in random places, so the base cover is a way to link the patches together.
Adding Ground Cover To Make the Scene Realistically
Groundcover is essential if you are to give your layout a look of realism. Groundcover is the type of material used as vegetation or earth in large areas around a layout. With careful design, the groundcover can be used to convey the illusion of a larger area. Remember to position one or two HO scale shipping containers, or N scale shipping containers as props in a field, industrial warehouse yard, or alongside train tracks. Intermodal containers are a reasonably common site in real life as they often get used for storage.
You’ll find a selection of scenic materials suitable for the purpose at you local model railroad hobby shop, or you can buy online from retailers who stock products from companies like Woodland Scenics. The other option is to make your own from common garden plants that you thoroughly dry and blend into a fine mixture.
Deciding which plants to use as ground cover is as simple as wandering outside and looking underfoot. Unpaved areas might include bare earth, grass, vines, weeds, bushes, small shrubs and maybe flowering plants of several kinds.
Here is a list of some of the online retailers of train supplies. For obvious reasons it is not possible to list the thousands of railroading retailers worldwide. This is just a sample: Factory Direct Trains, Model Train Stuff, Rail Serve, The Caboose, Internet Trains, George’s Trains, New Modellers Shop, Allied Model Trains, Canadian Express Line, Model Railways Direct, Advantage Hobby, Walthers, Ebay, Model Train Warehouse, Blue Ridge Hobbies, American Model Railroads, The Branchline Goods Yard, RailKing, Rick’s Trains, Scenery Unlimited, Britannia Models, East Somerset Models, Hattons, LD Discounts, ModelMaster, Modern Models, Stationmaster, Windmill Junction, Cherry Creek Hobbies, Dave’s Trains, modelbuildings.org, Discount Hobby Warehouse, eHobbies, EuroRail Models, Hobby City, HobbyLinc.