HO scale cars & stuff

Discussion in 'Railroading' started by thaddeusthudpucker, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. thaddeusthudpucker

    thaddeusthudpucker New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am going to start doing some card-modeling, not only because it seems like a really cool thing to do at 3 in the morning when i get tired of playing Railroad Tycoon 3, but because the basic premise of it sounds like I can do it on the cheap.

    So: I am thinking I want to build stuff in HO scale, since I already have HO scale stuff. And it is a good size when you live in about 96 square feet. What I am most interested in building is train cars, freight and passenger. My media will probably be Manila file folder. I have built a couple truss bridges out of the stuff (and just might do another). i will probably build the carbody out of manila and use pennies (they're cheap :p ) and buy a set of truck and couplers for each car. Unless I figure out an ingenious way otherwise of course...

    The point: Anybody have any suggestions as to where to start for some patterns? (I prefer North American-type stuff :p )

    What computer software is there that I can design my own stuff?

    Any pointers, suggestions, slaps in the face with a tuna are appreciated!!
  2. BARX2

    BARX2 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    575
    Likes Received:
    0
    Welcome to the fold, as we say. You're right, it's not very expensive, but can be additive! :) Here's a link to some very nice HO scale houses.
    Downloadseite

    Search Google for card models and paper models and you'll find enough to keep you busy for a long, long time.
  3. sakrison

    sakrison Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Messages:
    436
    Likes Received:
    28
    Model railroad magazines offer scale drawings of freight and pax cars for scratchbuilders. You could scan those, color them in Photoshop, and turn them into kits--for your own use. Copying or scanning and distributing them is verboten.

    --David
  4. RichBohlman

    RichBohlman Railroad Card Modaler

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2004
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    0
  5. PhaseIIIGenesis

    PhaseIIIGenesis New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2007
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, the scalescenes' products are nice, easy to build and very realistic.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2002
    Messages:
    5,141
    Likes Received:
    0
    Model railroader used to print articles on building "dollar cars" -- you could buy everything for a dollar. But then MR only cost 50 cents. (1950s). I think there's a book collection of the articles.
    You can often find old magazines at train shows or sometimes in hobby shops. The plans are still good, but the price is a lot less.