On my December 8 post, I published a photo of some of my buildings in “T” scale, and I promised to come back with new photos.
I am sorry I took so much time, but I had a lot of “real work” to do and I do this hobby in my spare time.
Today I am bringing photos of some new buildings I designed. They are simpler than the ones I had shown on my hand; these new ones have no posts or canopies, so they are easier to build and you can use in any train layout as an station, housing, hotel, etc.
The original style is what some people call “Mediterranean” (Southern Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, etc.) but this style is also seen in the Caribbean Islands, Latin America, California, and many other places.
I draw several small buildings calling them “modular blocks” because I designed them in a way that we can glue together several units in order to make a bigger building. If you observe the location of some doors and windows of each of the 2 story high blocks, you will note that you can stick a one story high building to 2 or more sides of the taller buildings without cutting a portion of a door or a window
The paper I used is Wausau Bright White Premium Card Stock, 65 Lb., it is acid-free and comes in 250 sheet of 8 ½” x 11” package. You can buy it at Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, and other office supply stores. I printed them in an old HP PSC 1507 All in One.
When printing any of these PDF file check:
Paper: 8 1/2 x 11
Page Scaling: none
Under Printer Properties, select:
Print quality: normal, 600 dpi
Paper type: Automatic.
For building construction you will need white glue, an X-acto knife, an straight edge (preferable a metal one; if you use a plastic triangle like me, you have to be very careful to avoid damaging the edge), some tweezers for holding the glued flaps in position until the glue hardens, some toothpicks to apply the glue, and a piece of card in order to drop a blob of glue to be picked with the toothpicks.
Some of the modular blocks on my hand.
Two buildings ensambled with 3 and 4 modular blocks.
For the base, I cut a ¼” plywood piece and draw the oval track shape, the location of the building, the rocks and the road with a thin pencil line. Then I glued down some plaster rock castings that I made with a rubber mold, and filled the gaps with more plaster. I carved some crevices with an exacto knife so the rocks will look more natural, and then paint them with a diluted dark brown acrylic paint. Those acrylic paints are the ones that come in small plastic bottles of 2 oz (Americana, Delta Ceramcoat, Plaid, etc ) and cost about $1 or $2 each