Mike’s been in touch. He’s shared his layout and the HO scale buildings from scratch that he’s put together:
Here are some shots of what I have built in just over a year.
Benchwork is built and painted like furniture (my other hobby is woodworking) and blends in with the room decor (my wife’s influence 🤓). The layout is small by most standards, only 7’x7.5’ with a corner cut to hold my control panels.
All buildings except two are scratch built. I only buy what I am not able to make yet, primarily windows. That may come later since I make a lot of jigs to do other things. There are four buildings that use all or part of your technique. Photo copied wall materials glued to Matt board.
The barn on the farm is a building from your stock, made by my cousin. The other is in the area of the engine house. Can you guess which one it is?
I mentioned my focus is to encourage the beginner and intermediate modelers to be encouraged and try. Quality is a matter of some skill, ingenuity and patience. I learned much as I went. Not everything I built made it to a layout. Some were scrapped or revamped.
My layout now is working on details, adding to the character of the layout by creating interest in seeing the details that are not obvious at first glance. Half of my buildings are inspired from actual historic buildings I find driving around the country. There are so many great structures still standing in small towns that are not torn down yet.
Well, enough rambling..
Cheers mate and blessings to you.
A huge thanks to Mike – I loved his narrative, I couldn’t agree more with him: it’s all about getting started. It’s also great to see HO scale buildings from scratch, especially when they are from the printable buildings range.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day when you get off the starting blocks and get going on your own fab layout.