February 9, 2011 | Comments Off

I had purchased Clever Model’s Texture Collections at the railroad show last week. As a cardstock scratch-builder, this disk offers me a large collection of various textures. These come in O, S, HO and N scales. As i use HO scale, this post will focus on the HO collection.

The textures are of a very high resolution. On the roof shingles you could see the shadow beneath each row of shingle. Any structure created with the rusted metal sheet would look stunning on your layout. I particularly liked their collection of windows and doors. Each door and window come with extra framing that you could cut out and layer up to create some depth.

To use them, we could either print it at home or go to your nearest Kinko’s. With this disk, you would have at your disposal an endless collection of textures for all your scratch-building needs.

There are 87 HO textures on this disk organized under the following categories. Each texture is in a PDF file. Click on each category to see what’s available on the disk:

Brick & stone
Building flats
Extras
Insulbrick & Fiberglass
Metal
Roofing
Wood siding & wood

The Texture Collection is available for $29.95

I really wish if Clever Models could preview a small image of all their products on their website so we could know what we are getting. Reading that the disk contains “single brick storefront on a frame building with interior” means nothing to me if it does not have a picture. I know its some work trying to get all images from the PDF’s but there are tools out there that could do it quickly. I used a trial version of A-PDF to create the HO textures images. Hope Clever Models would use these to give us a preview of their products so we can better decide what we need.

December 15, 2010 | Comments Off

Clever Models is offering free HO and O scale maintenance sheds that you could print and create card stock models. This offer is only available until the 25th of December.

Clever Model is one of my favorite cardstock suppliers. Their colorful printouts are exceptionally detailed and they do provide extra door and window trims that you could use to layer up the openings.

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off

If you are into paper modeling of railroads in HO scale, give these excellent Russian models (Google’s English Translation) a try. The site contains popular russian locomotives like the M62. Rolling stocks include baggage cars, passenger coaches and a few freight wagons. And the miscellaneous section has cargo boxes and freight containers.

The drawing/picture is photo-realistic and some items like the boxes and containers will be an excellent addition to your layout. Click on “скачать” to download or click “download” if you are using the English Translation.

Each model is a PDF file and these are stored on the Deposit Files website. You dont need an account to download, however you might have to wait 60 seconds between each download and there is a max limit per day.

September 13, 2010 | Comments Off

Continuing my series on HO Scale Brick sheets, today’s offer is a dirty/stained brick texture. It could be used in any industrial/yard setting.

Click on the image below for the HO scale dirty brick sheet (PDF: 553kb) that you are free to use in your scratchbuilding projects.

Dirty Brick

August 16, 2010 | Comments Off

I have been working on creating HO scale bricks and siding sheets using a graphic tool (Corel’s PaintShop). This is my first of my brick series.

Click on the image below for a HO scale faded brick sheet (PDF: 450kb) that you could use in your scratchbuilding projects.
Faded Brick

Previously: More free sheets.

July 21, 2010 | 1 Comments »

Thanks Ernie for your request in HO brick textures. I haven’t done any scratchbuilding for quite some time now. However as you had requested, here are some HO bricks.
Hope it helps you and fellow scratchbuilders in your projects.
Please click on the images to download them (direct link to PDF’s).

The following two were done in Model Builder.
Bricks

Bricks

I have been trying to do the brick textures using Corel’s Paint Shop Editor. This way i get more control on the colors and weathering. This one below is my first attempt. I hope to better the final outcome as i dabble more in this technique.
Bricks (created in Paint Shop editor)

Also, Here are some more of HO textures that i had previously posted.
Bricks

Rusted Metal Roof

Bricks

Roof

Siding

June 16, 2010 | Comments Off


Siberian Wooden Houses is a desktop wallpaper site by vladstudio.

It has an amazing collection of pictures of wooden houses and windows from Irkutsk, center of East Siberia. With a little cropping help we could bring these great looking windows into our models.

We will need a image viewer or editor and a copy of Evan Design’s Model Builder. Model Builder scales our drawing plan to our preferred modeling scale so the whole process takes less time.

Here is how we will do it:
A full fledged graphic editor like Photoshop, Paint Shop or Gimp (free) will give you more control but since most windows in this site are aligned properly we can use a simple image viewer like FastStone Image Viewer.

Lets go and get our window from Siberian Wooden Houses.
Select the one you like, right click the image and Copy Image as shown below.

(Note: I am using Firefox so if you use Internet Explorer or other browsers, the menu option might be different)

Launch FastStone Image Viewer and under the Edit menu select Past Image.

Your copied image will appear in the preview window.
Right Click and select Edit -> Crop Board

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In this window you can select a rectangle around the window and then click on the Crop to Clipboard button on the bottom.

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Now launch your Model Builder and Edit-> Paste your image onto your building. These widows might be small so you will have to change the width and height property of the “pasted” window to match your building.


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Model Builder has many in-built windows but adding other different kinds of windows lets you create unique Model Builder structures. You could use this tip for any window image you find on the net but Siberian Wooden Houses gives us a great collection of old and weathered wooden windows.

April 20, 2010 | Comments Off

As you can tell, I haven’t been doing any scratch building for quite some time. I don’t know if i can call it “builders block”? However, I was going through my saved links for projects ideas and came across London Shop Fronts.

These pictures of store fronts can easily be printed, cut and pasted on some profiles to add to your range of urban background buildings. If you have Model Builder, you can import these images into your building plans and very quickly populate your layout with shop fronts. I hope to pick up a Model Builder project using these.

March 17, 2010 | Comments Off

I am always on the lookout for building plans in HO or other scales for model railroads. I came across meineschule.de (in german) which has a lot of HO, N and TT gauges. If you are into HO modeling them you can always take a N or TT plan and adapt it to use it for your HO scale. Page In English: Babelfish translation

Some of the structures available at the site:

January 20, 2010 | Comments Off

Buildings and structures of American railroads is a reference book for railroad managers, superintendents, mechanics, engineer and architects. This book was digitized by Google and available for viewing online or downloading it as a PDF.

It is particularly useful for scratch builders as it contains plans and elevations of the various lineside railroad structures, from the humble shanties to the more complex depots and platforms. Each structure has a brief historical perspective, dimensions making it a valuable tool for creating models.

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