Temporary structures

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by nkp174, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Whenever working on a layout, we generally have certain steps we complete: benchwork, trackwork, wiring, scenery base, buildings & trees. and then superdetailing.

    Buildings can cost some serious $$$ and time. Generally, very few of us rely on pre-assembled buildings...and kits take time. Scratch built buildings take even longer. So the trains get to run through rural towns and serve imaginary industries.

    The great John Allen used to place card board boxes all over his layout as place holders for future buildings. So why not take cereal board and other free materials to construct space holders that resemble the future buildings. This can be as simple as printing out a picture of a building and gluing it to some cereal board, or building a building and painting it. I've been saving card stock boxes just for this sort of thing...
  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    That's a neat idea :) Post some pics when you do it...
  3. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    I'll post some once I get there. I just got back from my LHS, so I've got a nice new pile of styrene to turn into passenger car windows...so It'll be a while until I build any buildings. (I also only have 8' of unsceniced modules right now...my old 14'x15' is getting dismantled).
  4. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    I usta make photo copies...

    ...of kit walls- trimmed them, color penciled, and taped the ends together. I'd back bigger buildings with chipboard. Oh, and I still do it.

  5. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    When I was "designing in place", I used painted 2x4s and 1x4s with windows and such colored in with magic marker to mimick the structures. It was fast, easy, and effective for getting a feel of what would work.
  6. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Right now I have cereal boxes and a oatmeal box (the round kind) on my layout:thumb:.

  7. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Yep..I have seen that also. Plus soda bottles lined up(grain silos) soup cans(oil tanks) even a wrench next to a siding for a tool making shop.
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If you do a really good job with your "cerealboard mock-ups" they might just stick around...!

    Check out Robin at his Best for lots of examples, simple and complex.

    As for me, I have done the photocopies on cardstock, and the "right sized box" tricks.


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