Scenery and Buildings for HO train set

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by NewToThis, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. NewToThis

    NewToThis New Member

    A year ago our son "graduated" from wooden trains (Brio, etc.) to his first electric set. We bought him a Bachman HO scale Sante Fe train set, and a lot of extra tracks. Now he is asking for houses, etc. I see Bachmann sells Plasticville, and I just bought some pieces on Ebay. I also am looking at some ihc-hobby things. He is only 7 and, while he is fairly careful with his trains...he is only 7, so I am not looking to purchase anything expensive. He sets up and tacks apart the set...part of his fun is the creativity in doing things will be moved around. Some of the ihc-hobby buildings, trucks for scenery, etc., are quite inexpensive. I'm wondering if anyone has purchased these things and if they are really too cheap quality-wise. Any suggestions? Thanks!:wave:
  2. radar

    radar Member

    new to this
    There okay buildings ,I would use liquid glue and a small paint brush be careful with all or any glue fumes. I do not no if any body makes a non-toxic glue for plastic.
  3. NewToThis

    NewToThis New Member

    Thank you...but I'm just buying built up buildings and already painted buildings at the doubt the lower end of the spectrum, but better for a 7 year old! :)
  4. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    If you need a non-toxic glue for plastics, Testor's make one. It comes in a blue and white tube and is marked 'Non-Toxic'.
  5. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    even built up and snap together might need reinforcement. you can always hot glue the inside seams... that really helps them out
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    At 7, would you trust him with scissors or a sharp knife? (I know some 17 year olds I wouldn't trust with a sharp knife.) You can often find books of cutout HO buildings, usually in museum bookstores but sometimes in chain bookstores. They'll probably be something unsuitable for the train (colonial New England or Wild West) but he may not mind. & should be a good age for starting on something like this. I would probably watch hime and give a few suggestions on the frst few.
  7. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I just purchased a couple of IHC building kits and the quality is OK. Not super. The price is right but I didn't notice if they sell ready built models. They are quick and easy to assemble and can be snapped together without glue if you desire. My reason for buying them was to use for kitbashed parts so I'll be using only parts of the kit. I think they would work well for your son if you have time to assemble them. Some of them come with a base so they are free standing.
  8. NewToThis

    NewToThis New Member

    Jim--Thank you for this info re the IHC building kits. I was afraid to look at them...I only looked at the already built models.

    60103--I don't understand your post. I am looking at built models only, nothing he needs to paint, glue, cut, etc. I like the idea of buildings in books...never heard of this, but he loves books, so this would be an interesting blending of two things he loves!

    Thanks again to everyone!
  9. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    I think the snap together or IHC type kits will be good for my son as he likes to build/ construct... I think it will be educational as well as a way for him to participate in the actual build. Thanks to everyone for the advice.

    NewToThis- is your child excessively rough or are you just looking for something that can be handled a lot? Maybe he would enjoy building some of the simple kits? And the cut outbuildings would probably be great. you could even do the cutting and let him glue or even tape? Just trying to add to the ideas.
  10. racer25j

    racer25j Member

    New is looking for something pre-assembled and inexpensive. Unfortunatly, I'm not sure there is such a thing in this hobby. I think the plastiville is the cheapest out there.
  11. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    DPM (Design Preservation Models) has a series of their buildings that are ready built but they are not inexpensive. IHC has a website. with photo's of their products.
  12. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    I have dozens of used, made kits from ebay and simply kits I have repainted.

    Keep looking for nice built ons and simply kits.

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