The traceable templates would need to be
print-enlarged, but the scaled plans could
definitely be used.
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We may sell 3D models or kits in the future, but
our goal at ScaleModelPlans.com is to encourage
model building. We believe that it is important
to preserve the skill and not let model
building, particularly scratch building, become
a lost art. In order to do that we will continue
to provide a set of plans that provide for a
range of abilities and skill levels.
Yes. The brand of printer should not be a
problem. As long as you can open a PDF
file, (any computer and most smart phones &
tablets can do this), you should have no trouble
printing. Scaling to Z, TT, S scales, etc.
should be no problem either.
Yes, you're right. There are two reasons: One -
we like the buildings to stand on their own
merit, and don't want too many distractions, and
two - it's always a nice surprise to see the
variety of ways our customers finish and
embellish our plans.
For HO and OO I usually use 65 lb. cardstock, which is about .008" thick, but most of the time I just use Kodak 39 lb. (7 mil) Matte Photo Paper.
The thicker the paper the sturdier the structure, but as the material thickness increases the bend radius also increases.
For N scale I would definitely stick to photo paper. For larger than OO scale I would use 90 lb
- 110lb cardstock, but you can also reinforce
the inside of the structures with scraps of
balsa, mat board, or foam board. I like to use
Mat board or 1/16" balsa for the base of the
structure, and also for a roof subsurface, but
for HO and N scale, it's not always necessary.
The cardstock guide will also contain some
The plans are similar to an actual set of
blueprints that you would get when building a
house, but are drawn actual size, so you could
take the dimensions right from your computer
without having to print them out. Some people
are more familiar with this method of building
and enjoy the challenge. Templates are
actual size and actual shape, so they can
be printed and traced directly onto the building
materials. This is convenient for roof sections,
which would otherwise require considerable
calculation. We include both, as well as a few
The traceable templates as well as the plans are actual size, so
working in either measurement system is possible. The
provided dimensions are in inches but you can measure the plans
directly with a metric ruler.
Vous pouvez travailler dans métrique ou les pouces. Les plans
sont la dimension réelle. Les dimensions fournies sont dans les
pouces mais vous pouvez mesurer les plans directement avec une
Yes. All of our plans are printable on standard size office paper, (8 1/2" x
11" letter-size). This is done by 'tiling' the sheets. All plan pages are
printed normally, then some of the sheets are then taped or glued together along
the 'crop' marks.
If you are planning on building the Cardstock version, some of
the larger scales require legal size (8 1/2" x 14") Cardstock,
but can still be printed on a standard printer. If you are
planning on building a Cardstock model please feel free to
contact us for specific plan information.
You can get started
with a minimum amount of equipment and add things if and when you need them.
I would suggest a razor saw, some reinforced edge razor blades, a few hobby
knives (x-acto type), some sandpaper, crazy glue, tacky glue to get started.
Good question, but no, they don't for a reason. Most of the
structures can be completed with just one strip of scaled siding, beech wood, or
balsa, and one sheet of roofing material, so we don't want to complicate
things with unnecessary calculations. One sheet of foam board will do
several scale buildings. Specific window dimensions are given in each
plan set, but in most cases window sizes and styles can be individualized.
To make things easier, check the
Window Cross-Reference Chart to
decide on which windows to use.
*Suggestion: Order a
selection of windows, doors, and building materials to have on hand. You
will most likely be building many more structures, and it's nice to have a
readily available selection.