This group will be dedicated to those who like to produce their own buildings, bridges, retaining walls, and any other items for your layout from cardstock. Hopefully there can be some file sharing to make this art even more economical to everyone in the group.
Mark Charles: Here's something different -- a paper model of a boat that carried railcars across Lake Michigan -- sixty-plus miles.
Bob May has created a spectacular kit for the carferry "City of Milwaukee" of the Grand Trunk Western RR. The original sailed ... moreHere's something different -- a paper model of a boat that carried railcars across Lake Michigan -- sixty-plus miles.
Bob May has created a spectacular kit for the carferry "City of Milwaukee" of the Grand Trunk Western RR. The original sailed from 1931 to 1979 and is preserved at Manistee, Michigan.
The model when completed is about 16 inches long, so it is smaller than N scale. You can see a photo and list of dealers at
Clever Models Paper Models for the 21st Century - Blog - The small layout show in Findlay, OH
June 4, 2014
Mark Charles: Clever Models has a versatile new structure model (S59) they call the car barn. this simulates a corrugated steel building with a large door. It would make a great single-stall engine house, or a freight car repair building.
Like all their buildings, it i... moreClever Models has a versatile new structure model (S59) they call the car barn. this simulates a corrugated steel building with a large door. It would make a great single-stall engine house, or a freight car repair building.
Like all their buildings, it is low-cost, easy to build and very easy to kitbash.
Roger Broederdorf: Just started experimenting with Evans Design software and I must say that once you make a couple buildings, the software becomes rather easy to manipulate. I am still working on trying to get the correct look for European buildings circa 1880, but I am sl... moreJust started experimenting with Evans Design software and I must say that once you make a couple buildings, the software becomes rather easy to manipulate. I am still working on trying to get the correct look for European buildings circa 1880, but I am slowly getting there. If you get a chance to buy this software, I do recommend it.
O Gauge Trains without going broke. Here is a tip to help fill out your Layout by mixing in Card Stock Structures. I mount these on Foam Core so the do not warp and so I can put LED lights inside. These are also good for those who are just starting ou...
Working on the container yard. I want the rails to be sunk and just about level with the concrete surface, which will be .040" styrene painted concrete color.
Picked up some 3/32" sheet cork today from Hobby Lobby. It comes in odd thicknesses, 1/25" (almost exactly 1 mm), 3/32" (.094"), no 1/8", but they have 5/32" (.156"). Code 83 is .165" from bottom of ties to top of rail.
If I glue .040" styrene on top of 3/32" cork (.094") that will be 0.134", leaving the rail .031" above the styrene/concrete. That's only 1/32" above the surface. Perhaps if I shim with some strips of .020" styrene just around the track it will raise the concrete enough to look right.
In further news, the Walthers #933-3122 Mi-Jack Crane arrived today. I'll leave it in the box for now.
So, progress is being made. And I have time now, if the weather cooperates, and we get a few days of cool weather, I'll get the wiring run for the LED lighting.
The wife and daughter returned last weekend. I had seven weeks and barely did a thing on my layout... however, from the please honey do list I did accomplish the following .... finished putting up the yard fence. Sealing the fence that was already up (160 feet both sides) recovered the stairs from the garage to lower level, painted all garden boxes (eight of them) Replaced the steps to the deck, painted the livingroom wall. cleaned the garage, built a very butt kick arbor, and spent two hours each day caring for the wifes garden. This winter, I better get equal amount of time for my "want to do to the layout" list. Have a great weekend everyone.
Hi everyone,I've been out of the hobby for awhile and I like some input on a good set of trucks for my BN wide vision caboose.Thanks have a good one..
RR Memorablia for sale from N&W, Pittsburgh & West VA, Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern and more. I am selling the whole box for $100 + shipping from Tennessee. Message me for details.
Does Anyone know Where I might beable to find a Bachmann Berkshire 2-8-4 Steam Locomotive Nickel Plate number 765 in Ho Scale, Besides Ebay Looked on ebay and didn't find any.
Some people prefer to make models entirely of paper or cardstock. Others build a substructure using foamcore and glue the paper onto it.
Which methods have you tried? What are the plusses and minues of each approach?
As noted elsewhere, I like the ModelBuilder software. But like most things, it has a few quirks.
I'm hoping we can assemble some tips that will help each other use this software.
Tip #1 Save often. (as with any other software.)
Years ago, it was very popular to cover wood structures with asphalt siding. One particular variety was textured and colored to look like brick. (There were other patterns as well.)
It's rare to see this modeled.
For North American prototypes in HO scale, my favorite free source is
Scroll down to storefronts (Hall's Shoes, DeKalb Clothiers, etc.)
My favorite is the Great Western Depot, Springfiel