Any one one got any suggestions for suppliers/manufacturers of 7mm scale
buildings? I have checked out my local shops and it appears aside from a
very small selection of card structures there is little to no choice! They
do not need to be scale perfect as they are for 5yr old's train set as
opposed to model railway.
Heljan used to do a two road engine shed a signal box and I think
possibly a goods shed.
In 7mm you can knock up a pretty decent building using 'mounting card'
from an artists suppliers. If it has 'rendered walls' life is easy,
planks can be cut from postcard type card, bricks can (I think be
bought as brick paper or you could use embosed card from Slaters
(stone or brick) Windows can be printed on a computer use overhead
transparency film for that - if you draw them out double size in
colour on a white card and get them colour-photocopied to a reduced
size you get a very neat result. Making brick paper can be done - I
photographed a wall, blured the pic to give me the basic shading,
added a grid of white lines for the mortar courses then printed the
result on a cheap laser - A wash with burnt umber/burnt sienna mix
produces something prety close to the original. To get the paper flat
lay it between two sheets of brown wrapping paper and iron it - the
brown paper is essential as the plastic toner from the laser will
smudge and come off on the iron otherwise. I play in N so I couldn't
buy brick paper.
I think you may have hit the nail on the head. I have found a limited range
via Kittle and a couple of other sites that have popped up on a search but
with limited selection and limited space I will have to bite the bullet and
get down and dirty. It's years since I did any real modelling but it looks
like the little 'un is goning to get me right back at it :-))
I now realise I missed out 1 very important bit of info, the set is actually
0/16.5 narrow gauge and of course all the mainstream models are standard
gauge. Oh well, here I go....
Thanks for the input guys, I now realise I should have added the fact the
railway in question is 0/16.5 narrow gauge, as such it looks like self-build
will be the answer :-( or givent he fun it will generate :-)
I know that :-) Thats why I asked about 7mm buildings! Dohhhh ;-))
The bit about 'all the mainstream models are standard gauge' I was thinking
about goods buildings, engine sheds, foot bridges, platforms. From
experience I know the size of the locomotives reduces the size of many of
Apologies in advance, they're slightly the wrong scale, and continental
rather than UK, but I recently bought "Hochbauten an Klein- und
Schmalspurbahnen I" (roughly, Buildings for small and narrowgauge railways)
published by MIBA. This has a series of German/Austrian/Swiss structures
reproduced in N, HO and 0 (1:45, 0e rather than 0-16.5) views, perfect for
photocopying/scanning (where neccessary the zoom scaling is given for scales
not reproduced exactly) and mounting on card to cut-out and build.
You might also try asking the 7mmNGA Yahoo group.
BTW, anybody know of UK prototype equivilents to this book?
Thanks for the input. Sounds like a perfect source of information! As the
initial locos are a pair Fleischman Magic Trains (now fitted with Lenz chips
and tested with ROCO LocoMaus controller) I assume they are 0e and I am
mistaken about 0-16.5? I have Googled for the book and can only find non-UK
supplies and my language skills are worse than zero. Did you get this
Mmmm! I do like a learning curve :-))
Bought in the UK at ExpoNG. I suspected from you posts you were referring to
Email me off-list and I'll put together some sources, that's
email@example.com (drop the obvious).. .