Background Buildings

Tbone Aug 25, 2009

  1. CSXDixieLine

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    I have not actually done this before, but I believe a spray adhesive is the glue of choice. I know of others who have used something as simple as a glue stick. However, you are correct in that large temperature swings could cause problems. Jamie
     
  2. bnsf_mp_30

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    Walthers makes a few different background / flats kits. You can check their online catalog. I think they're a bit pricey for what you get though.

    For modern buildings you could probably bash together something from Pikestuff (Rix) kits - they're basically just "steel" walls with doors and windows.

    One thing I want to try is casting preformed "concrete" walls for a modern warehouse. Have to make a couple molds out of styrene and experiment with some different plasters.
     
  3. Trucklover

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    Walthers makes quite a few backround building kits:

    Centennial Mills: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3160
    Heritage Furniture: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3164
    Armstrong Electric Motors: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3172
    Commissary/Freight Transfer Building: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3173
    River City Textiles: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3178
    Bud's Trucking: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3192
    Arrowhead Ale: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3193

    The ADM Grain and Wed Wing Flour Mill kits also make excellent background relief structures and are fairly easy to cut down to whatever width you need:

    ADM Grain: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3022
    Red Wing Flour Mill: http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-3026

    Other large structures are the Steel Mill Buildings. They can also be cut down relatively easily to make Background buildings. Pretty much, for the most part, all the Walthers Cornerstone Structure kits can make great background buildings when cut down.
     
  4. Tomkat

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    Background buildings, flats.

    Here are some more background building flats that you can copy & size to your scale.

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  5. Tbone

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    Awesome Tomkat...I am gonna try the last building flat there.
     
  6. subwayaz

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    Excellent use of materials. Your scene looks great thanks for sharing:thumbs_up::thumbs_up:
     
  7. stewarttrains98

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    Love this link that was given, http://www.kingmill.com/ Going to get some of them for sure. That is great stuff there and very reasonably priced.
     
  8. smallbore3p

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    Here are a couple of my background buildings. Both are Walthers kits...

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  9. subwayaz

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    I've tried them with N Scale Back Drop Buildings and am quite pleased. They look good and the price is excellent Like $7 for a backdrop building not including the Gatorboard of foamboard you use.

    I just received one of King Mills' Side Street Flats in HO. Quite impressive. nice detail.
    I'll sure be picking up one of their kits. Compressed Cityscape; I like that thought. More room for track.. :)
     
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  11. GP30

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    I'm stirring up an old thread, didn't think this was worth a new thread...

    I have several older kits from previous layouts that have been "broken down", so I am going use them for background building flats. How are the background building flats attached to the walls/background?
     
  12. cajon

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  13. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I think it depends on the backdrop partly. But for a photo or cardstock background building, I would think a person can just glue it directly to their backdrop. For a low releif background building, simply use adhesive if needed. I am planning on using a mixture of low relief background buildings and flats for my Minesota Commercial layout.

    The large grain elevator on my layout is a kitbash of a Walthers grain elevator where it has been slpit in half and the extended using the silo halves. I must confess that I did not build this and purchased it here on TrainBoard. However, I was planning on doing this myself and stumbled across this being sold on here at a reasonable price. Made sense to purchase vs build in this case.

    Here is the grain elevator low releif background building (no longer directly placed on my backdrop)

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  14. GP30

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    I have thought about using velcro strips to attach my plastic building walls to the backdrop, however, I think this will cause gaps between the building flats and the backdrop, which will look odd. Wood glue likely wouldn't hold to the slick plastic back of the building walls well enough to glue to the wall...... hmmm.
     
  15. Tomkat

    Tomkat TrainBoard Member

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    Some great ideas here as well as some masterfly done structures!!!

    Mike
     

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