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...
Today I attended an operating session at Art Houston's fabulous Grande Pacific Model Railroad. The session was to begin at 10:30. I arrived in town there early, and decided to get something to eat at McDonalds.
I was wearing a Southern Pacific T-shirt and an elderly lady, her friend, and 10 year old grandson were there in line beside me. She commented on my T-shirt and commented that her father had worked for the SP. I told her that I was going to a model railroad operating session nearby. They asked if it was open to the public, they would love to see it. I had never known Art to turn away visitors, so I said, sure, follow me. And we drove the short distance to Art's.
We go there just before the engineer's briefing and Art passing out the clipboards with the day's train orders. The visitors were given a nice welcome by Art and all the other operators there.
Art said, come with me... and led the young man over to a trio of BNSF Dash 9s. He showed the young man the NCE controller, and showed him how to operate it, and said, "Here you go, take it around," and walked off. And the young man drove the locos around carefully.
As the young man and his grandmother and friend walked around the various operators showed what they were doing and why, nicely explaining everything.
All very cool! ;-D
Was able to secure a second Glaskasten Locomotive. It needs some cleaning up and oil. It is Digital and fits in well with my layout. I will post photos when I get the camera working again.
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