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GonzoCRFan

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Scalescenes printable structures
« on: October 17, 2011, 11:53:03 PM »
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I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience or heard of the Brits over at Scalescenes:

http://www.scalescenes.com/

Looks pretty interesting, though I wonder about having something so realistic-looking on a layout rendering every other regular structure toy-like and obvious by comparison. Their photo-etched windows look promising, though.
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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 04:54:28 AM »
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I used their American type roadway once, it was very nice.  I also downloaded the free trial but haven't got around to building it.  They free trial they have now is different so I may try that one sometime as well. 

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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 08:04:56 AM »
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I bet you could print that stuff on decal paper and put it on styrene to build things instead of paper.

Does anyone know if inkjet will print directly on styrene sheets? I'm sure laser is out because of the heat of the fuser.

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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 08:54:20 AM »
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The printing on decal paper is a good idea worth trying, especially if using a high-definition color laser printer.  A structure face could be built from styrene with some relief, and the decal applied over it.
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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 12:44:35 PM »
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I've used their stuff, and done it in the Lance Mindheim manner, where I print it on matte photo paper and laminate it to styrene cores using 3M spray adhesive.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 03:48:12 PM »
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 :|   How about "Clever Models" ?Their designs are also very nice.Print those out on cardstock and assemble with styerene interrior bracing. Nate Goodman (Nato).

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2011, 04:24:02 PM »
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I've used these before - both the US roads series and their printable containers. I have to say they look really realistic and you can attach them to whatever type of backing you want. I use wood and foam even for the containers so it adds weight to my rolling stock but definitely worth it.

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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2011, 06:11:05 PM »
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Cautious 
that these are available only on A4 size paper.  Hard to source locally and concerning how these products might index on letter size paper.  Perhaps those who have actually used the products might chime in...
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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2011, 09:51:35 PM »
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It is true that ScaleScenes are set for A4, but since you are buying the PDF from them you can reset it to print on American lettersize. My experience suggests there American style roads and parking lots need to be printed at larger scvales anyway - I had to print the parking lot at 200% to get the stalls the correct width for accurate models of midsized American cars.
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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2011, 12:51:23 PM »
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I'm really digging the paper approach. So far most of the sites for selling these print and assemble templates have been older stuff. Anyone know of a supplier of more modern print and cut buildings?

The stuff Lance put together is amazing, but seems he did his own photography to create.

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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2012, 06:26:37 PM »
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Clever models has lots of stuff that will work for contemporary buildings. Also look through the textures.

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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2012, 08:16:41 PM »
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I've used Scalescenes bricks and walls to good effect. I also printed them on photo paper and glued it to styrene.

Another source is Radical Flats from King Mill Enterprises - they were at the Columbus N Scale Weekend in May. I picked up half a dozen of their buildings.
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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2012, 06:39:18 AM »
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I have used the American roadway set and I was impressed with it.
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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2012, 06:48:18 AM »
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Hi,

I've used both their roadway and some of their structures. They are well detailed and build up well.

When printing on letter size paper merely set your printer so it doesn't resize to fit the paper. Sorted.

Cheers,

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Re: Scalescenes printable structures
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2012, 08:34:41 AM »
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While I haven't tried ScaleScenes, I have tried printing directly on styrene. I had to use the thin sheets 0.4mm) similar to heavy paper or card stock. It was so thin it probably requires heavier sheets for reinforcement.

The styrene isn't porous so the ink doesn't soak in. It will smear unless you clear coat it. I also  didn't get very good detail on the N scale bricks on the building. I got better results on cardstock.

I reused the styrene for other projects, but still have the cardstock model...

There are bricks on the building, but I made the lines faint like they might be on a real painted building. Doesn't show up well. The building was used as a mockup and is pretty well beat up. One side got wet so I disassembled the model.
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