Amfleet25124 posted:

Ted (Quarter Gauger 48) - I will have to look into that.

This is a great thread.  Keep those photos coming along.  Lost of great work on display and ideas to put in everyone's head.

Okay Kevin,  enough talk. save your money, hold off on York'... Spend $40.00 bucks on the "Model Builder Software" and start building and constructing.... some original structures'.......... You'll love it'...

OR'... try a "Clever"  Brothers model'... they're good, you'll like them.... ☺

 

Wow!!  Incredible work everyone!  And some great lighting as well.

Your paper buildings have surely come a long way from my mother's "putz houses" we had on our S gauge Christmas layout when I was a kid :-)

(For examples: http://www.cardboardputzhouses.com/)

I use "paper structures" too but they consist of interchangeable photos of buildings, tipples, and etc. that I insert in plastic stands from Staples.  It's a carpet layout, so I can easily make location and structure changes this way.

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When I wanted a drive-in I bought a fold up on e-bay. Serves the purpose. Kit included the screen, sign ,ticket booth and refreshment stand.100_2812 [2)100_2810

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Vick's Mercantile looks great Pete. I really like the distressed paint. What was the technique used to get that look?

Thanks

Charlie

Charlie posted:
wbg pete posted:

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Vick's Mercantile looks great Pete. I really like the distressed paint. What was the technique used to get that look?

Thanks

Charlie

Charlie,

The kit came that way, according to the friend who built it and later gave it to me.  I added a modified front porch, smoke stack, and weathered it.

I can't remember the kit maker, but I think it is one of the better ones available.  It exceeds the 18" rule and the surfaces really look like they have depth...

I ordered my first nine paper structures from Clever yesterday and will try to prove that I'm as good with scissors as I was in first grade. They have a lot more going for them than I anticipated, extra doors and windows, details galore, and some things that I don't yet understand.

 

It looks like a fun challenge.

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The hotel(Pioneer Valley), newsstand and loading ramp(Clever Bros) are paper. Building on the left is Ameri-Towne.   John in Lansing, ILL

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I bought a whole bale of Clever Models stuff back about six months ago...then got sidetracked on kit bashing Plasticville.  Might be time to take a break from plastic and try paper.

The Good Reverend is waiting for his Sunday Services to resume.

This is a pressed board kit I bought a number of years ago. My "to do" list includes adding some additional detailing (including a bell) and enhancing the surroundings.

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I have several experiments using paper on my layout. It was enjoyable to design unique buildings. I papered wood for larger bldgs, and reinforced foam board for flats and small buildings. I tip my hat to all the great work posted on this thread. 

@Forty Rod posted:

I bought a whole bale of Clever Models stuff back about six months ago...then got sidetracked on kit bashing Plasticville.  Might be time to take a break from plastic and try paper.

Tom,  We have several Clever Brothers completed kits on our railroads.  Just follow the directions, don't improvise and you'll do a good job.  Felt tip pens can cover a bunch of sins.  John in Lansing, ILL

 ...snip...One of our forum members, Gandydancer, had taken some plug door 027 box cars, redid the sides and made reefers out of them using printed sides. T ...snip...

These O scale Heatbath car sides are a single printed side:

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As you can see, they could be applied to whatever kit the builder was using:100_9184

As I understand it, the sides were given out to anyone who sent in the required postage and an S-A.S.E. Someone who worked at Heatbath was a modeler and had these made up, probably just before WW2; interesting as Heatbath never owned/leased any cars with their name proudly emblazoned on the sides.  So far my friend and I have found three different road numbers, I wonder how many were offered and if the requester had any choice in the matter. I eventually want to have the artwork enlarged a few percent and applied to a center-flow hopper and maybe a tanker.

BTW: The Heatbath Corporation was still in business until 2015 when they were acquired by DuBois Chemicals.

 

 

 

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@rattler21 posted:

Tom,  We have several Clever Brothers completed kits on our railroads.  Just follow the directions, don't improvise and you'll do a good job.  Felt tip pens can cover a bunch of sins.  John in Lansing, ILL

I still have a few PV kit bashes to finish, but one of them is in great need for two Quonset buildings...longer than the Clever model and with doors and windows ala cam Rahn Bay ca 1968, and a large corrugated warehouse.

I'll get there eventually.

 Thanks.

Tom

Photo-realistic look you just can't get with plastic. I love working with paper. I know this is an o gauge forum,  but I'm making some z gauge paper European models right now. Get the magnification ready! Standard size matchbook for scale.20200525_113951

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The two houses and background are Built-Rite from the 30's - 40's scanned scaled larger and then printed. The lumber shed is Skyline from the 50's scanned scaled slightly smaller and then printed.

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These garages are wood ,4x4 untreated pine , cut to the shape I wanted then covered in paper .  The doors and windows are my own design and printed at the local office store .  The roofing is from corrugated paper from a hobby shop and the embossed brick is from Woodlandsceens . The vegetation is drawn on using colored markers .  These were made to go by my 184 Bungalows and villas on my standard gauge floor layout .IMG_5047IMG_5024IMG_5023

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A couple more card stock models.  

I built the garage a few years ago and I just finished  the trailer

both are from clever models 

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Here’s my first attempt at a card stock building. It’s the free sample download at the Evan Designs website. I used matchsticks and coffee stir sticks to add some details. Downloaded several antique signs from the internet. That will add more detail. Easy to build and opened up a whole new world of possibilities for my layout. 

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IMG_20200603_115732Among paper covered bldgs I made are the two big bldgs with tunnels. They are a few of my favorites I designed. They are made with 3/4 inch pine and covered with brick paper and windows printed from model builders disc. 

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Another paper model - this is Greezy Gus’s Drive in Burgers.

i sat it next to a plaster building from Downtown Deco for scale and texture comparison 

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I just made this simple Quonset hut from the card board you get under your sandwich at Panera's  Bread.

 

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When I was a teenager (ancient times) a buddy and I stumbled onto an old new in the box skyline kit for 4 buildings.    We pooled our funds and bought it for Lionel layouts.    He took the water tower and freight station, and I took the passenger station and control tower.    These have survived over 50 years and have been fixed up a little but are basically original.    I think the big think I did was add more internal bracing to straighten out a little warping.

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I think they still look pretty good from 3 feet away.

I have also scratchbuilt a couple of industrial buildings using "strathmore" or poster board and Grandt Line or Tichy windows and doors.

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Oops do not have photo of other industrial stuff.

The following is the back, trackside, of a line of commercial buildings in one of my towns.    the fronts are not visible from any angle and are blank.    These are 1/4 inch foam core, brick paper and again grandt line plastic windows and doors.

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Finally there was an outfit called "Pioneer Valley" that sold paper kits and I bought a few.   

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The Pioneer Valley stuff is pretty crude compared to what you can do with the new printable paper kits today.

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prrjim, all very nice examples.  Actually, to me the Pioneer Valley buildings in your photos look like tin plate-style printing -- so there's a lot of charm in that.  Your vehicles each do a great job of setting off the buildings.

TRRR

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