looking for Pueblo Structures

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by JOJOLINO, Feb 17, 2002.


    JOJOLINO New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm a german who like US model railroading.
    I work on a ATSF/BNSF and UP layout.
    I like the New Mexico architekture with pueblo-style buildings like the ones in the town of Sante Fe.
    I can't find any manufactur where i can get some structures.
    Only Helijan has a Spanish station in the sortiment.
    Is there anyone who can tell me where i can get those struktures?

    Please excuse my very bad english, i hope there are people who can understand me?

  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    JoJo, I seem to recall that there was an article in the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette a couple of years ago on building the pebulo type southwestern structures. The article was written by Lane Stewart.

    You might want to try researching this at www. trains.com and use the magazine index there to find which issue(s) it was in. Sorry I can't give you more precise information but hopefully this will be a start on what you are looking for.

    Take care...Vic:)
  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I saw a similar article in MR also...maybe a couple of years ago.
    The guy was taking ordinary brick structures, & painting on a layer of hydrocal, or plaster of paris. A neat feature of this was that in some places he was chipping the plaster away, revealing weathered brick underneath. I think the article was by Gary Hoover...You could find him in the same index mentioned above.

    JOJOLINO New Member


    guys, I know the article, Charlie means.
    In MR October 2000 there was an article from Gary Hoover and this article inspires me to build a scenery like this.
    There are structures made from Rail Blazer Kits, but this i can't find in the web?
    Also there are Palm trees from AMSI i can't find too.

    The other article I think I can find (no time at the moment to search)
  5. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member


    Check out www.model-trees.com. They have some awesome looking (although expensive) palm trees. They also have some other very nice looking trees, as well, including realistic pines.

    Shamus uses plastic fern fronds to model some of his tall pines. Maybe you could use something like that for palm fronds...

  6. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Feathers...painted, or dyed green, make pretty convincing palms.
    As for a source...you might try a crafts store(?)

    JOJOLINO New Member

    Thank you for your tips and links

    the idea with the Feathers.... I think that can be a good way. I'll try it.

    And the struktures?
    The only way is to scratchbuild them?
  8. billk

    billk Active Member

    Jojolino -
    Maybe I missed it, but what scale are you using? You might have more luck posting under either that scale, or "Technical Q & A", than here (this one's supposed to be for the real thing!) - maybe more people will read it?

    Sounds like Charlie has a good idea - if you find a structure that looks right except it's not adobe, just put a layer of plaster over it!

    JOJOLINO New Member


    Oh, you are right, i will post my question in the right section of this forum. You can see, my english is a disaster, that's my problem, but in Germany are not enought people who have interests in US-Model Railroading.

    Thank you!

    ÄHHH I use H0 scale
  10. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Hello Jo,
    I can't help you on the pueblo structures but.........
    about Palm Trees..... Think back to Weihnachten! ... remember all the stores with their displays of Nativity scenes?? If I recall correctly when I was in Aachen there were at least 30 stores with such displays and I'm sure they had palm trees of different sizes in plastic or other materials! Voilla !!!:D

    Another possibility is to find models ascociated with the Afrika Corps they might produce acceptable palm trees.
    Well, I thought it was worth a try :)

    Good luck my friend.

  11. BDC

    BDC Member


    I remember seeing some pueblos on the Tulsa NTRAK layout the last time I was up there. They are hosted by Challenger
    http://challenger-n-scale.com/index2.html You can send them an email to as how they built theirs.
  12. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I found some palm trees in the Walthers HO Catalog...
    By Preiser - Item #590-18600 (4 trees for $14.99...OUCH!!:eek: )
    BY Plastruct - Items #570-94061-67 (ranging in price from $7.50-$18.95, depending on size) All prices are U.S. $
    look for them at

    If I were you, I'd build my own. :)

    JOJOLINO New Member

    You are all fantastic.
    So much assistance I've found here.

    yes I will build my own trees and structures!

    The structures from pictures with wood and paper and with a layer of plaster.
    And the trees......

    I've found this: http://www.zeitcom.com/majgen/22palmsc.html

    It's all I need.

    Thank's all who helped !
  14. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member


    Can't help but wonder if you have ever visited the model railroad layout in the Deutsches Museum in Munchen? It had no scenery when I saw it years ago, but it is (was) one of the most extensive layouts in the world.

    And, of course, where in Germany do you live?


    JOJOLINO New Member

  16. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    I just wondered if you had ever visited the museum in Munich, which, when I lived in Germany late in the 1970's was said to be one of the largest model railroad displays in Europe.

    I will look at the websites.


  17. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member


    Das modelbahn-weihe, So grosse ein model anlage!! Ausgezeichnet!!

    War es gemacht bei Musee oder club?


    JOJOLINO New Member


    It was made from a club with many sponsors
    This summer I will visit it.
  19. 77railer

    77railer Member

    JOJOLINO Im not sure if you are still looking for structures but in the February Railroad Model Crafstman there is an ad on page 38 for adobe structures which could easily be converted to what you are mentioning...if Im reading right.
    The company is
    Rail Blazers
    7160 E. Quail Run
    Tucson, AZ 85715

    Im not even sure if they are still in business and there is no phone number listed. Hope this helps.

    Old And Dusty
  20. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think those pueblo style structures would be fairly easy to build from scratch with styrene. The prototypes were originally made with adobe, the new stuff would be smooth stucco. I think they would have a sort of spanish tile cornish around a flat roof. If you can find pictures of prototypes that you could model you can probably get what you need to build them. I think Helgan (spelling?) made spanish tile sheets in styrene. I just entered "Southwest architecture" in Google and found a bunch of sites with pictures.

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