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« on: October 04, 2008, 08:58:22 AM »
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Here's a great little resource for some really nice paper structures that can be resized to any scale, as well as some historical information on classic downtown buildings.

http://www.illinoishistory.gov/ps/construct_mainstreet.htm
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008, 09:23:10 AM »
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That looks like a fun rainy day project.  It also wouldn't be too much of a stretch to use these as base drawings for some good scratchbuilds.
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2008, 02:55:46 PM »
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You'd have to be an origomy master to do some of those. :o ;D
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2008, 10:02:28 PM »
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Here's a great little resource for some really nice paper structures that can be resized to any scale, as well as some historical information on classic downtown buildings.

http://www.illinoishistory.gov/ps/construct_mainstreet.htm

If you wait a month or so, we will be releasing some of  these buildings as laser cut kits. The pilot models for the bank and limestone building are done. 

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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2008, 10:27:12 AM »
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But if the new kits aren't Z scale or smaller David won't be interested  ;)

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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2008, 10:36:45 AM »
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Here's a great little resource for some really nice paper structures that can be resized to any scale, as well as some historical information on classic downtown buildings.

http://www.illinoishistory.gov/ps/construct_mainstreet.htm

If you wait a month or so, we will be releasing some of  these buildings as laser cut kits. The pilot models for the bank and limestone building are done. 

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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2008, 12:57:09 PM »
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Awesome.  I would have been all over this as a kid without money.  Even now, it would be a fun challenge to see how realistic you could build one of these.

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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2008, 01:21:48 PM »
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Some of them are kind of artificial-looking, but many of them are photo-based, and I think by printing multiple copies and layering the walls more than what the kit provides for may yield some really good results. If nothing else, they'd be great backdrop structures.
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2008, 02:01:46 PM »
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Bernie, do you mean the Senior Citizen's ( originally Salvation Army) building? You've got my interest. There are Two banks, the Frank Lloyd Wright one and the one in Crystal Lake. Which one?

The bank is the Crystal Lake (Homestate) bank. The other kit is a mod of the the building with the arched windows (DeKalbBuilding) It is not an exact copy. I posted a photo of the pilot models on my What's New page at

http://www.geocities.com/bkempins/ASMMain/WHATSNEW.html


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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2008, 07:28:57 PM »
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2008, 08:56:51 PM »
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Those are quite nice, Walter.

And now, to contrast the free buildings offered up at the Illinois History website, here is a commercial paper structure by a European manufacturer, MBZ. It's an N scale stone arch bridge. Bear in mind, this is a paper kit. Then look at the price (you may want to assume a seated position before clicking the link)...

http://www.reynaulds.com/products/MBZ/R14073.aspx

There are considerably worse; here's the O scale version of the same model:

http://www.reynaulds.com/products/MBZ/R18073.aspx

I have to wonder how many of these they sell.
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2008, 10:48:03 PM »
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Those are quite nice, Walter.

And now, to contrast the free buildings offered up at the Illinois History website, here is a commercial paper structure by a European manufacturer, MBZ. It's an N scale stone arch bridge. Bear in mind, this is a paper kit. Then look at the price (you may want to assume a seated position before clicking the link)...

http://www.reynaulds.com/products/MBZ/R14073.aspx

There are considerably worse; here's the O scale version of the same model:

http://www.reynaulds.com/products/MBZ/R18073.aspx

I have to wonder how many of these they sell.

Where did you get that those kits are just paper?  From what I read and see, those kits have three dimensional details, a far cry from a printed piece of paper.



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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2008, 06:29:48 AM »
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Where did you get that those kits are just paper?  From what I read and see, those kits have three dimensional details, a far cry from a printed piece of paper.

From the description of MBZ models:

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a high powered laser ... burns the image onto special cardboard

Yes, they use a laser to cut the paper, but it's still paper. Ordinary laser cut kits aren't anywhere near as costly. Nor is brass, for that matter.

Not only that, but many of the effects seen in the photos of finished models are done by the modeler. There is a long, complicated tutorial that shows all of the steps the modeler must take to achieve the finished results. It's not like you just fold it up and you're done...

I'll grant you that the finished models are quite extraordinary, but come on... $400 for a bridge? I can buy a few nice locos for that.
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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2008, 07:17:13 AM »
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...$400 for a bridge? I can buy a few nice locos for that.

and all will run right off the tracks and into the valley ;D

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Re: Paper structures
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2008, 08:11:15 AM »
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Hiya.

I posted pictures of these Illinois structures I did on one of the forums a while back. They're suitable as background structures IMHO but lacking the detail necessary for foreground buildings. I added some roof details (skylights, chimneys, etc.) and they were fun to do. And cheap (a.k.a. FREE!)! I've also done a few buildings from ScaleScenes and they're much more detailed. You DL them to your 'puter and print out as many as you want. Regards,

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