Cardboard Mock-Ups Part 2

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by MasonJar, Nov 18, 2002.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Papasmurf, farmer ron, NYCentral, and 60103 (and others!) - -

    This is a follow-up to the thread started by papasmurf -

    I was at a local swap meet over the weekend, and found an entire town for only $5. It is contained in a "cut & assemble" book from Dover Publications.

    There are 9 buildings appropriate for a 1900-1930 layout. There's a general department store, a bank, a station, grocer's, and a theatre, plus 4 more. They all look relatively easy to assemble, and are in colour

    Here's a link to Dover - it's a search page with the results of "assemble" displayed. There are lots of these kinds of books at their site - many are HO scale. Look for authors Gillion or Smith.

    I like this approach because you can get a whole town for the price of one model, and you can check the general space requirements before investing more $$$ in plastic buildings or scratch building.

  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Check out, they have a few building you can download and print. They look really good. I printed a Z scale on photo paper and built it to test my patiance. They sell a CD full of buildings and stuff.
  3. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    Yes I have seen them on E-bay from time to time also, they usually go very cheap. I have also seen layouts with them on.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Web site clarification

    Hi jon...

    Should be is a golf shop.;)

  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    MJ - thanks for the correction. Gotta keep an eye on those paulsens!;)
  6. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Have you seen any of these "mock-up" books in "N". I kind of like the idea of using something like this as part of the backdrop scenery.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I had a quick look at the Fiddlers Green (.net) site, and most of their plans are available in N. The downloadable versions are all .pdf anyway, so you can scale them appropriately using Adobe Acrobat printing functions.

    One thing I did notice is that a lot of their "industrial" buildings are presented in a generic sort of way - that is the grouping includes buildings more accurate for the UK, not North America. However, if you know roughly what you are looking for, you can easily sort it out with a few more clicks of the mouse.

  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  9. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    This one's good if you print it out on nice paper. I built one, and I would use it in the background. From a coupla feet back you wouldn't know it was paper...

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