My latest project

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Nomad, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. jesso

    jesso Member

    I think I'll try the HO version first. The N scale one looks really small for a first try. Thanks for the info!
  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Dude! I just went to the scalescenes site and the printout for the large warehouse is only 6 bucks! Can't beat that!
  3. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Sho! That looks awesome!!
  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    man,for that price my LHS might be in trouble!--josh
  5. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Of course, there is the cost of the color ink cartridges and card stock and all the stuff you use to build the structure.
  6. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Madhatter, thanks !
    I built mine in ho so I can't say how hard n scale would be.
    Gary, you don't need to buy cardstock. I used cereal boxes and laminated them. My wife found some good cardstock at work, actually the backing from notebooks, even the real heavy stuff from the back of a picture frame. A little bit of scrounging and the cardstock cost 0 dollars. The only thing I bought besides the download, was white glue, ink catrdridges and knife blades. I didn't need anything else to build it.
    P.S. for the knife I used one of those locking utility knifes you see in the hardware store. 100 blades cost less than $10.
    I would say this building cost me less than $30.

  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    You might be able to save a part of your home printing costs by getting them printed directly on heavier stock at Business Depot/Staples or whatever big box office supply store is near you.

  8. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Andrew, good idea. But, most of the printing is done on 20# paper which is then glued to the cardstock. I checked all the stores in my area when I started and the heviest cardstock they handle is 110#.

  9. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    for all te lef over 24" by 36" drawing pad backing i could make 4 of those buildings,all together with a price of like 15 bucks! i will definatley use scalescenes for my layout.--josh
  10. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Josh, some of the cardstock needs to be 1mm to 2mm thick. The pad backing you have is perfect. Good luck !

  11. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    Looks pretty good, grewsome.
    Cereal boxes are indeed perfect for model railroad structures, I gotta say it's a brilliant "free" material, and I use it for a lot of my structures, especially "crooked" and "abandoned" buildings.
    One thing it's fantastic for is slate roofs. Not that you guys have a lot of those over in the states, but you do have shingles, and the effect is the same.
    I'll have to post some pictures of my own buildings!
  12. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    That is one great piece of work, no matter how you did it.

    What is the footprint of that building?
  13. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Canopus, Looking forward to those pictures. Your right, there are a lot of modeling uses for cereal boxes.
    Mountain Man, as I built it, It is 3" wide,27" long and 11" high at the sky lights. But you can make it about a 1/4" wide if needed or as wide and long or short as you want. It's a modular design so you can build it to fit your layout. Ther are also options to change the windows or doors, so you can change the basic look too.

  14. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Nomad, thanks for posting the photo! That's your first card model? Congratulations, great job!

    I have wondered what a ScaleScenes modular structure looks like if you really extend it - now I know! :)

    But I'm surprised by the footprint- it's only 3" wide? Is it a low relief model? Does the modular approach allow you to go wider if desired?
  15. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Good point, you can't go by purchase price alone.

    For downloadable card models you have to consider the costs of printing (lots of variables, maybe something like $0.50 to $1 per page) ... but then the rest of the tools and supplies are cheap (common white glue, straight edges, etc).

    On the other hand, to get a plastic model looking as good as a quality cardstock model, you would need an airbrush, paints, solvents, chalks, sealants ...

    If you take into account the total cost of construction, I think the cost per model is significantly less for card than plastic.
  16. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Art Decko, thank you for the compliment.
    Yes, the building is designed for modular construction. You can make it a building flat against a wall, or as big as you have room for.
    And, I agree with you on the cost, and actual construction. I now have a nice looking building for my layout, with pre-weathered and stained brick walls, all from my printer.

  17. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Great work, Loren! And thanks to scottcn for the mention of the thread I started oh so long ago.

    So how long would you say this took you? Also, I'd love to see some closer shots of the windows and skylight detail.

    I really enjoyed the project and have contemplated getting another from them...besides the free download. But another point you forgot to mention is that once you download it, it's yours to print and reprint (for your own personal use, of course) as many times as you like. So a George Sellios or Rod Stewart sized skyscraper wouldn't be out of the question, really.
  18. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    That is flippin outstanding work man! Looks great, heck, it'd look even better on my layout.

    You didn't really want to keep that did you Loren? :twisted:

    Thanks for the link too. I loved Ocali's build as well. Very nice work indeed.
  19. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Galen, thanks for the kind words.
    All together I would say it took about a month working off and on. Maybe a week working full bore. I will be glad to post those pictures for you. Hopefully tomorrow.
    And your right about making as many as you want. Right now I am building another one. This one will be a 2 story manufacturing plant. I hope. I am trying to modify it somewhat to make it fit the area.wall1
    Tetters, thank you, but she's a keeper.

  20. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Galen, this is the best I could do with our cheesie wally world camera:oops:


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