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Buildings for Dioramas
Posted by Wheeler1 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 3:19 PM


      Here's one that I thought of just a few days ago. Dover press or other Printers sometimes put out books in "H.O." and "N". Pre-colored and easy to work with. Yes, this is heavier paper. But here's the trick. For intact buildings they work well when coupled with Tichy Train Goup Windows and Doors and Evergreen textured sheet. You can use the buildings as patterned, or as I have, they are, the base structure detailed with Tichy Windows and Balsa wood or Plastic strips.

      I'd decided to throw this in after deciding it was a cheap and good tip!The buildings are well printed and have a lot going for them as to helping you figure out texture you can use. Model RailRoad stores have detail sheets of Bricks, Shingles, etc. that are paper thin and make excellent overlay material. This way You don't have to Create, Draw and Cut out Plastic for a building. Just use these as a pattern or the basis for your needs.

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, May 21, 2022 8:37 AM

I've used several card stock buildings in the past.  Then I thought, "why can't I do the same thing from scratch"?  I was building a diorama of the Duluth ship canal.  I took pictures of the buildings that would be in the scene.  I sized them to the scale of the diorama, using Google Earth for dimensions, and printed them on cardstock.  I used wood blocks inside of the for strength, and pasted the cardstock sides and roofs on them.  Worked great (oh, used the GE for the roof panels).

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 23, 2022 5:21 PM

Wheeler1 ;

          Hey, have you been peeking in my Brain? That's just the way I have advocated, being as how model RailRoad buildings have gotten so expensive too. And they can look absolutely beautiful, The Tichy Detail parts can make them just POP! Oh! You can find the detail sheets at H.L. now, too!

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, May 23, 2022 6:09 PM

To echo Don and TB above, paper/card (and stuff like cereal box cardboard) are nearly perfect for doing small scale structures. Searching 'texture' in your browser with relevant descriptors...brick, stone, clapboard, can find nearly unlimited patterns for 'basic' well as doors, windows, chimneys, and so on. As long as you have a good printer, you can adjust image sizes the hard way (math)...or the easy way, by pasting an image into any document program, and 'dragging' it to the size required.

The mind boggles! Wink


George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 8:49 AM

Hi Gregbale!

   Aye! That it doesConfusedConfused

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  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Sunday, June 5, 2022 3:15 PM

Back when Loose Cannon Productions was still alive, they came out with a wonderful line of 1/700 buildings - laser-cut plastic with stick-on paper overlays, which weathered wonderfully and were super easy to put together. Good times.


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