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Enhancing your buildings with Model Builder
Builder is the perfect way to create buildings for your model
railroad project; it gives you hundreds of options that allow you to design an
unlimited number of buildings for your towns.
There is more that you can do
to enhance the buildings you have created, making them look even better and
change good looking buildings to prize winning finished
Layering for a
While the buildings that are created using Model Builder
look great when they are printed out, some people want to have a more
dimensional appearance. You can easily do this this. Create
that dimensional look without having to use other materials which can add hours
to your project. Once you have your design finished and printed out, take a look
at what you want to add dimension to.
If for example you want your
windows to look like the frames are dimensional then go back into Model Builder
and print out one or more copies of the windows you used.
Take these prints
and carefully cut just the frames out and glue them one at a time onto your
The same process can be used for door frames and any other
feature you want to give dimension to.
Many of the buildings you will want to add to your
layout have additions such as rafters and posts as well as porches and driveways
You can use Model Builder to create the finishes for these and then
glue them onto the stock that you are using to create the item or you can use
things like balsa wood to craft your rafters and glue them onto your buildings.
You can also take small pieces of wood and create items like door frames and
window frames to give you new buildings a three dimensional appearance as
opposed to layering printed ones.
Using extras such as bushes and trees
around your new building will give them a much more realistic look by adding
depth and dimension to their surroundings.
If your are modeling a gas
station and garage then make sure to add lots of signage and piles of junk,
Model Builder has images of junk piles you can print laying up against your
Signs and Other Thoughts:
town is complete without billboards and signs, you can use Model Builder to
import images of any sign you want.
The designers of Model
Builder offer separate software that covers hundreds of different customized
One of the most
neglected areas is the inside of your building, you can use Model Builder to
create interiors and furnishing for the inside of your building or just for wall
and floor finishing then, add furniture to create that finished look.
course if you are planning to do this you will need to carefully cut out the
window panes and replace them with clear acetate so that everyone can see your
Backdrops and cityscapes
If your backdrop is nothing more than a
painted scene you can use Model Builder to create a fantastic backdrop that with
a little extra time and effort can easily become a small city of varying
Imagine turning that painted sky into a small cityscape by doing
nothing more than printing out the scene and gluing it all together.
The ways to enhance your building
and model railroad layout are endless and with a little practice and imagination
your layout will be the talk of your model railroader's club.