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Setting up ScaleModelPlans Templates For Model Builder ® software.

Build Any of our plans easily and inexpensively - an alternative to wood or styrene construction. Please read on...

Model Builder Templates are no longer sent with the main download files. If you are a licensed owner of the Evan Designs Model Builder program,

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East Broadtop Machine Shop HO ScaleModel Builder Software takes cardstock modeling to the next level. The program allows you to build hundreds of realistic Cardstock model N scale model structures for your layout using matte photo paper or cardstock.  ScaleModelPlans.com now includes importable WMF templates with most plan packages to allow you to easily create any of our structure plans using Model Builder software.

Model Builder comes with various resources to help you get started. This tutorial is not intended to replace these resources, but rather to help you get started in integrating your ScaleModelPlans.com project with your Model Builder software.

Your ScaleModelPlans Plan Package may include one or more WMF files for use with the Model Builder Software program.  These files will be orientated in either Portrait or Landscape, and will be designed for either Letter (8 1/2" x 11"), or Legal (8 1/2" x 14") paper.  Since each plan set may include a different combination of template sizes, check the MB Setup Guide with reference to the project plan number that you are working on. Where impractical for cardstock construction some plans will not include these templates.  See catalog pages for details.

The Setup Guide lists the settings required when using ModelBuilder®  software - click here for settings

Your plan templates are supplied in either N scale, HO scale, OO scale, or O scale, but may be adaptable to other scales as well. Z Scale construction can be achieved using N Scale templates. More information on adapting existing plans to other scales will be coming soon.

Use N Scale Templates for Z Scale construction

(Use settings in MB Setup Guide for Z Scale.)

Cardstock Princeton Railway Station

When you receive your ScaleModelPlans.com Plan Package you should create a new folder Model Train Plans for Structures in which to store the files.  Remember that the license agreement allows you to create multiple copies for your own use, (not to share or distribute), so you may want to try out various versions of each plan. You may want to build both a wood or styrene structure as well as a Model Builder version.

The Links & Tips page lists suppliers of cardstock, foam board, and other modeling supplies.

Once you complete your project in Model Builder, and print it out, you can refer to the Cardstock Modeling Guide included with your Plan Package for help in assembling it.

Model Builder templates are included in each ScaleModelPlans.com plan package.


building with Model Builder software

Setting up Your Project:

 

  • Set the appropriate scale in the opening window of Model Builder, click on the New Project button to start a new project.
  • If using N Scale templates for Z Scale construction choose 1:220 at this point.

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building with Model Builder software

Displaying the proper ruler:

 

  • From the File menu at the top of the page choose Program Settings...
  • Select English Inches (tenths) under the Printed Size menu.
  • Choose Letter 8.5 x 11 in under Default Paper Size.

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building with Model Builder software
  • Select File Project/Page Setup... from the menu bar.

Fig. 3


setting up scalemodelplans.com templates
  • Set the paper size and orientation (portrait or landscape)according to your specific ScaleModelPlans.com project from the MB Setup Guide at the bottom of this tutorial.
  • Set the Top, Right, Bottom, and Left Page Margins all to "0". These settings are important for your model to print to the proper size.

Fig. 4



using scalemodelplans.com with Model Builder

    Importing the Template:

     

     

  • Select File Import... from the menu bar and browse to the folder where you stored your ScaleModelPlans templates.

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using scalemodelplans.com with Model Builder
  • Since the templates are in WMF, (windows meta file) format you will need to select the appropriate line in the menu button at the lower right corner of the browsing window, otherwise you won't be able to see the file names.
  • This tutorial is using Plan 795 in HO scale. You will see that this particular project in HO scale has two Model Builder template files. For economy of space each file may contain a mixture of wall and roof components, but Model Builder will allow you to change the templates back and forth if you want to rearrange your textured components in a different order.

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using scalemodelplans.com templates with Model Builder
  • After importing a template, select the template in the Model Builder work area so that it is highlighted, and some numbers will appear in the Object Dimensions windows.
  • You will see the typical "re-sizing" handles surrounding the template, but do not use these handles to re-size.
  • Initially, set the Top and Left settings to "0".  Set the Width and Height settings according to the MB Setup Guide for your particular ScaleModelPlans.com project.

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using scalemodelplans.com templates with Model Builder
  • Once the template is adjusted to proper size you can drag it with the mouse to center it in the Model Builder work area, (the white space).
  • Model Builder refers to the template as a Building Line Diagram. Lock it in place by going to Plans Lock Building Line Diagram.
  • Different printer makes and models will have different "gripping edges", (non-printing borders). For most common printers you should be safe if you stay within the extreme boundaries of the template images, but you are free to unlock the template and move it around.

Fig. 8


using scalemodelplans.com templates with Model Builder

Using Paper Tools:

 

  • Model Builder uses various shapes of masks to help create the shapes of the building sections.  These are found under Other: Paper Tools in the Design Screen.
  • One method of constructing the project is to select the texture and resize it to fit the pattern, then mask off the excess areas with the Paper Tools, but I prefer to work the other way around - drag the required Paper Tools into position, then insert and resize the texture.

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cardstock modelling with scalemodelplans.com templates

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cardstock modelling with scalemodelplans.com templates

Re-arranging the Layout:

 

 

  • You can use the Ctrl + Click method to select each component of a particular wall to move them as a group around the screen. (Hold down the Control Key while you select each part).
  • You can then move walls around to their respective positions. This will cut down on the number of joins in you model.

Fig. 11


 

 

  • Once you have finished re-arranging, have a final look at the overall layout in relation to the edges of the workspace. For most printers you should leave a margin of about 1/2 in. along each edge.
  • To move the entire model got to Selection Select All.
  • Click and drag on any of the selected areas to re-locate the images.

Fig. 12


  • Refer to the procedures in the Cardstock Construction Guide to set up your printer.
  • An alternative to printing to cardstock is to print to a matte photo paper, or inkjet paper and glue the pieces to either foam board or mat-board. This will produce a sturdier finished product.

Fig. 13



  • Use the procedures in the Cardstock Construction Guide to prepare and assemble your model.
  • Notice the extra roofing material on the bottom sheet. This is to make ridge caps for a more realistic appearance.

Fig. 14


Card stock model train building Apart from the match sticks holding up the front porch roof, this house is 100% ink & paper!

 

 

  • This model uses mat board as a base for the walls and the roof.  Follow the procedure outlined in the Cardstock Construction Guide included with your plans.

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Setup Guide for Model Builder Templates

 
 

The following settings are to be used when importing ScaleModelPlans.com MB Templates (included with each Plan Set) into Model Builder Software, and can also be used when building cardstock models with the GNU Image (G.I.M.P.) software.

 
     
Sheet Settings = File --> Project/Page Setup (Width x Height) Units: English - inch 

Orientation: L = Landscape P = Portrait Paper size: For (10.6 x 8) use Letter 8.5 x 11 For (13.6 x 8) use Legal 8.5 x 14

Set Left, Top, Right & Bottom Page Margins all to "0"

 
     
  For Z Scale construction order N Scale Templates and set Width to 7.71" instead of 10.6 and Height to 5.82" instead of 8 or vice versa according to N Scale chart settings.    
     
  For T Scale construction order HO Scale Templates and set Width to 7.71" instead of 10.6 and Height to 5.82" instead of 8 or vice versa according to N Scale chart settings.  
     
  For S Scale construction order O Scale Templates. Change any 13.6 settings to 10.2, change any 10.6 settings to 7.95, and change 8" settings to 6".  
     
 

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Plans 320, 405, 439, 480 and 530 are included in Plan 2170

 
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

320

  1 P 8 x 10.6   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 13.6 x 8  
                            2 L 13.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

405

  1 P 8 x 10.6   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 13.6 x 8  
                            2 L 13.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

439

  1 P 8 x 10.6   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 13.6 x 8  
                            2 L 13.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

444

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8  
                    2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8  
                              3 L 10.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

480

  1 P 8 x 10.6   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 13.6 x 8  
                            2 L 13.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

498

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 P 8 x 10.6  
            2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8   2 P 8 x 10.6  
              3 L 10.6 x 8   3 L 10.6 x 8   3 P 8 x 10.6  
                              4 P 8 x 10.6  
                              5 P 8 x 10.6  
                              6 P 8 x 10.6  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

530

  1 P 8 x 10.6   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 13.6 x 8  
                            2 L 13.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

545

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 P 8 X 10.6   1 L 10.6 x 8  
            2 L 10.6 x 8   2 P 8 X 10.6   2 L 10.6 x 8  
                              3 L 10.6 x 8  
                              4 P 8 X 10.6  
                                     
                             
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

606

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8  
            2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8  
                              3 L 10.6 x 8  
                              4 L 10.6 x 8  
                              5 L 13.6 x 8  
                              6 L 13.6 x 8  
                             
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

616

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8  
    2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8  
              3 L 10.6 x 8   3 L 10.6 x 8   3 L 10.6 x 8  
              4 L 10.6 x 8   4 L 10.6 x 8   4 L 10.6 x 8  
                              5 L 10.6 x 8  
                              6 L 10.6 x 8  
                              7 L 10.6 x 8  
                              8 P 8 x 10.6  
                              9 P 8 x 10.6  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

698

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 P 8 X 10.6   1 P 8 X 10.6   1 P 8 X 10.6  
            2 P 8 X 10.6   2 P 8 X 10.6   2 P 8 X 10.6  
                              3 P 8 X 10.6  
                              4 P 8 X 10.6  
                              5 L 10.6 x 8  
                                     
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

704

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8  
            2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8  
                              3 L 10.6 x 8  
                              4 L 10.6 x 8  
                                     
      N Scale     HO Scale     OO Scale     O Scale    
 

715

  1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8   1 L 10.6 x 8  
            2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8   2 L 10.6 x 8  
                      3 L 10.6 x 8   3 L 10.6 x 8  
                              4 L 10.6 x 8  
                              5 L 10.6 x 8  
                              6 L 10.6 x 8  
                              7 L 10.6 x 8  
                              optional L 13.6 x 8  
                                     
Continue to Plans 730 through 1382

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