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paper buildings
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:09 AM
    i would like to make some paper buildings to fill out my bare 4x8 sheet while i plan a grander layout, and right now i am too cheap to spring for buildings Tongue [:P]

what i would like are some dimensions to start with to make paper buildings of a depot, industrial buildings, warehouses, maybe a water tank, you name it, anything is helpful. i used to have many MR issues but they were lost, otherwise i would start there. i am doing HO scale.

no idea is a stupid one, and ANYTHING will help!!

thanks in advance!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:05 AM
Get a Walther's catalogue.  In it most of the buildings they offer have the dimensions given.  For buildings that I'm going to make using DPM modular sections, I download their pieces, and glue them to cardboard (cereal boxes work fine) in the design that I want.  I use that on the layout until I can force myself to part with the money to get the real pieces.  I've also used CD cases to make modern buildings, but I work in N scale where I can get by with that better.
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Posted by twcenterprises on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 3:53 AM

Better yet, shop online (Walthers is a good start), find a building you like, and many times, the dimensions are given.  If your online store doesn't give dimensions, try the model manufacturer's website (assuming they have one), look up the item and see if the maker gives the sizes.  Worth a shot and cheaper than buying the catalog (but having one is still a good idea).

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 6:24 AM
Grab patterns you like, like brick, cinderblock or roof shingles, off the Web.  Use a simple program like Windows Paint to duplicate them up to full-page size, and then print them on card stock (heavy paper, basically.)  This can then be cut up and taped or glued together to form buildings.  I use this technique to make building interiors, where the appearance isn't as critical. Since the card stock is thin, you may want to make an inside form out of corrugated cardboard, and then fasten the card stock to the outside.

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Posted by ndbprr on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 1:25 PM

I'm surrised no one has suggested digital pictures of buildings adjusted in a photo program.  Biggest thing to watch for is centering your self on the side you are taking a picture of to minimize distortion (paralax).  If you can get one good side you can use it for all four by erasing doors and windows or adding some more.

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Posted by pcarrell on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 1:40 PM

I think you're going to like this!  I was doing the same thing some time ago, so I've got some decent links that will help a bunch.

http://www.papercreek.com/main.html

http://www.2guyzandsumtrains.com/Content/pa=showpage/pid=31.html

This could be scaled down;

http://www.2guyzandsumtrains.com/Content/pa=showpage/pid=49.html

http://www.2guyzandsumtrains.com/Content/pa=showpage/pid=54.html

Here's some signs to bring them to life;

http://www.trainweb.org/tylick/signintro.htm

And to give tose signs some real life;

http://www.2guyzandsumtrains.com/Content/pa=showpage/pid=18.html

 

Hope that helps!

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 1:51 PM
    thank you very much. that helps a lot!

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Posted by nucat78 on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:13 PM
 ndbprr wrote:

I'm surrised no one has suggested digital pictures of buildings adjusted in a photo program.  Biggest thing to watch for is centering your self on the side you are taking a picture of to minimize distortion (paralax). 

Another thing to remember is to try and take the shots in the same direction at the same time of day (and season).  You'd be surprised how differently things appear at different times of day, depending on the lighting.  You can correct a lot of that with image software if you're inclined to mess around with your shots, but I think it's easier to try for consistent lighting.

OTOH, for temporary buildings, you might not care.

 

 

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Posted by pcarrell on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:42 PM

 thaddeusthudpucker wrote:
    thank you very much. that helps a lot!

No problem!  Now scratchbuilding should be that much simpler! 

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Posted by johnny.5 on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 7:29 PM

Thad;

   This is even better, this site has done all the work for you. You just download what you want, print them out, cut them out, and fold them up, and Viola, a whole town! AND IT"S FREE!!!

Hope it's what you are looking for.

John

http://www.thortrains.net/armymen/freecomsa.html

And the manual.

http://www.thortrains.net/page8.htm

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Posted by reklein on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 8:33 PM
checkout Dover Press. They have whole villages in a book form for around 8 bucks. Also look online under paper models you'll find tons of stuff. Paper creek is high quality but expensive too for paper.
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Posted by pcarrell on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 11:03 PM
 johnny.5 wrote:

Thad;

   This is even better, this site has done all the work for you. You just download what you want, print them out, cut them out, and fold them up, and Viola, a whole town! AND IT"S FREE!!!

Hope it's what you are looking for.

John

http://www.thortrains.net/armymen/freecomsa.html

And the manual.

http://www.thortrains.net/page8.htm

Looks good on the outside, but I couldn't get them to open.

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Posted by johnny.5 on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 1:07 PM

Phillip;

   Mine downloaded as either a Zip file, or opened with my default picture program. I just created a folder on my hard drive, labeled "PC Whstop", and when I open it, it opens windows default picture program (I think Picture It) or it shows the Zip file which when opened shows the buildings.

   Other than that, there isn't much more I can tell you.

Sorry

John

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Posted by pcarrell on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 7:01 PM

I tried everything I could think of.  I couldn't get it to open any of them.  I can download them, but I can't open them.  It gives me a message that says something like "this file type is not recognized" or something like that.

 

I did find more good stuff though!  It's in another language, but it's pretty easy to figure out.

If you save any of these as a word document you can easily resize them to any size you want.

http://home.wanadoo.nl/schatborn/muren/muren.html

http://home.wanadoo.nl/schatborn/muren2/muren2.html

http://home.wanadoo.nl/schatborn/straat/straten.htm

http://home.hetnet.nl/~norbtach/Ramen/ramen-1.html

http://home.hetnet.nl/~norbtach/Ramen/ramen-2.html

http://home.hetnet.nl/~norbtach/Ramen/ramen-3.html

http://home.hetnet.nl/~norbtach/Ramen/P574.jpg

 

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Posted by dknelson on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 9:30 PM

Dover used to publish some books of cardstock structures in soft cover books, in HO scale.    I have not seen them in some time but I suspect they are still around.   At one time Carstens offered a book of cardstock buildings.  I have not seen it available in decades but there might still be some around somewhere.  

Our British colleagues in OO scale have cardstock structures available - I have seen them for sale at US swap meets.   The cardstock might have a slight plastic content.

http://www.ehattons.com/stocklist/prodlist.aspx?ManID=41&PrTyID=82&ScID=1

Dave Nelson

 

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