The Old West Structures

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Cannonball, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Anybody make good, inexpensive buildings that fall into the "Old West" category? Preferably built up but simple kits would be OK as well.
  2. esl1885

    esl1885 New Member

    Funny you should ask. I have been considering building some old west era buildings to sell, but just not sure what kind of demand there would be for them.

    I have looked for buildings myself, but there is very little, even in kits. There was a guy offering plans, but by the time I finally got around to ordering some, the web site was gone.

    Maybe the guys on this forum could give me some ideas of the demand and what sort of price range people would go for. Realizing of course that the quality would have a lot to do with the price.

    Anyone have some thoughts.

  3. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Sam, to be honest, I'm looking for cheap and easy. :D

    I need about 5 or 6 structures, including a train depot to make up a small, old west town.

    I was thinking maybe:

    1) sheriff's office and jail
    2) saloon/hotel
    3) bank
    4) blacksmith shop
    5) church
    6) train depot

    Maybe an old one room school.
    Of course, you might need a general store in there as well.
  4. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

  5. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    That just might fit the bill.... A little flat clearcoat.... hhhhmmmm

    Perhaps... If I could read German? :(
    Actually, I looked at some of the designs... A little cartoony for what I'm looking for.
  6. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Cannonball: I've posted this before. Don't know if they are still available but the price is in your range. Cut and Assemble A Western Town. A book of cutout buildings. Author---Edmund V. Gillon Jr. Unfortunately they are HO scale. They could be reduced on a computer. Look Up Dover Publications Inc. New York.
    Yep, just checked the publisher's website and they are available for 10.95
  7. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Actually, the ones Nomad posted would work as well if I could figure out how to get the PDF reduced to N scale. The buildings are in HO. I printed off their free saloon model on regular paper and put it together. For just paper, it came out pretty good but would have been better on cardstock.
  8. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Yeah, Some sort of reinforcement is a necessity. You could glue the paper to cardstock. I've used a spray adhesive and it seems to work well.
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Those are pretty interesting looking.

    I guess I'm just old fashioned, but Old West structures kind of cry out to be made out of wood.
  11. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Some photo's of the completed town will be be mandatory. Should be a fun project.
  12. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Most definitely.
    Along with the layout they are going on. ;)
  13. willy4

    willy4 Member

    Wild West Kits

    There is a company that makes these kits.
    It is called "Wild West Scale Models".

  14. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Awesome looking structures but way out of my price range.
    I love the two story outhouse on the home page. :D
  15. spyder62

    spyder62 New Member

    check out
  16. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    The resin structures look nice.

    There are various rules of thumb for using real seems fairly common to regard O-scale as the cutoff...smaller and real wood doesn't look any better than styrene...larger and real wood looks better. There are those whom love wood regardless...and those whom don't really care. Regardless, $5 a pop for those resin structures is pretty nice.
  17. spyder62

    spyder62 New Member

    What???? Don't tell FSM, FOS, Bar Mills, Blair Line and all the builders of Craftsman wood kits in HO and N they have it all wrong and should only do cast resin kits.
  18. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Wood structures are commonly constructed in HO scale as well. Doing them in N scale is the real trick. :cool:
  19. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    I bought a couple of copies of that book and had planned at one time to cut them out to use as templates for stripwood and basswood to scratchbuild several wild west buildings for an old west diorama in HO Scale. The problem is, finding HO Scale Old West figures is near impossible, so I shelved the idea for now. Whitewash city though would be even better to use as templates for real wood structures if I could figure out how to scale them to HO scale. I ended up building a full sized, 1:1 scale set for my gunfighter team instead, which put off interest in this project at least for a while. :mrgreen:

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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