Paper and Card Structures

Discussion in 'The Inspection Pit' started by B&O GLENNWOOD, Jan 28, 2011.


    B&O GLENNWOOD TrainBoard Member

    With the cost of structures today I am looking to contact modelers who are creating paper and card structures with there computer I use the ModelBuilder program and for foreground structures I have cut some up to create a board by board construction with very nice results I am looking to farther promote and explore the use of paper structures and exchange Ideas as well as models with others Perhaps with enough interest we could start a forum page where other modelers could see our progress and share our interest If anybody thinks this is a good Idea Please contact me here Thanks Paul
  2. noblerot

    noblerot TrainBoard Member

    Very good idea Paul, I have been interested in this but just starting with this medium. I have some military kits from Microtrains in N made from cardstock and have just about finished the first one. I am stuck on the roof though as I don't like the one that came with the kit. Been looking online for some suitable shingles to print out. I have also downloaded some free kits from scalescenes to try as soon as I can get some more cardstock. I'm sure there are modelers out there with experience to share.
  3. maxairedale

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  4. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

    Here's couple from 1975 - way before computers. Dad scratchbuilt these from heavy card stock and some bits of other materials. He painstakingly scribed plank lines, bricks, shingles and other details with a ruler and a crochet needle, then hand painted everything, often with Mom's help (she was a pretty good artist).

    It kept him busy and I was happy with my trains. :D

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  5. Tracy McKibben

    Tracy McKibben TrainBoard Member

    For some knock-your-socks-off work using paper, matte board, and balsa wood, check out, and his Facebook page if you use Facebook. Unbelievable what this guy can do.
  6. Tomkat

    Tomkat TrainBoard Member

    Here are some building flats I made with photos & added some signs & doors to them. I printed them on card stock, cut them out, trim away the background. You can mount them right on your backdrop or add a stiff backing to the card stock to make a stand-alone scene. ( The gas station-cafe is a old "Yellow Box mat-board modern RR station kit-bashed into the Hawk Point Skelly Gas Station-Cafe)



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  8. Kenneth L. Anthony

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  9. Tomkat

    Tomkat TrainBoard Member

    Here is the power plant made into a flat background building. Also a brick wall I made for a feed mill.

  10. Tomkat

    Tomkat TrainBoard Member

    Some more flats for backgrounds.

  11. PhilM

    PhilM TrainBoard Member

    Tomkat - that's really useful. I have been looking for quite a while for suitable photos etc for use on the backscene - these are great. As a computer incompetant can I be really really cheeky and ask if you could post some with a few less adverts on as I need stuff for a layout set in modern Illinois (well mid 1980s to 2000)

    For a commercial site that provides downloads including a couple for free check out It is a UK based site but a lot of it is useful for US modelling - just remember to resize from OO to HO (7/8ths the size)
  12. Tomkat

    Tomkat TrainBoard Member

    I found the building photos on google images & some commercial realstate sites. I look for head on street level shots, copy & paste into MS Publisher, size to my scale (HO) then add signs, windows, extra doors, vents, ect. on top of the building.
  13. Tomkat

    Tomkat TrainBoard Member

    Here are some flat building sides for background.

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  18. teejay99

    teejay99 TrainBoard Member

    Some nice options in this thread and I really like the coastline products . Another good site for reasonable paper/cardstock products , I've found , is ...check it out .

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