Scenery made from paperclips…

“Hello Al.

How would it be to make everything in the attached photos for the price of a handful of paperclips? People not included. I kept detailed notes and photos on the construction of each model – SWINGS, ROUNDABOUT, SLIDE and the PARK itself – including the public convenience. But I’m unsure whether folks would be interested in so much info. Perhaps if you would like to post the photos they could write in and tell us.”

Let me know what you think.

Best wishes.


ps Note the goings on in the bushes – and the queue for the ‘Ladies’ – and the cause of it!”

Wow! Rodge has been hard at work. I thought they were superb.

Please do keep ’em coming!

And don’t forget to have a look-see at the latest ‘ebay cheat sheet‘.



43 Responses to Scenery made from paperclips…

  1. Phil Thomas says:

    It all looks good – detailed instructions would be appreciated!

  2. Toni says:

    Beautiful work. I strongly request that you take your notes and pictures of how you did the creation of the scene and create a small .PDF e-book. Then I urge you to please share it with us. I would be one of the first to request a copy and I am sure that others would be interested in getting a copy as well.

  3. grate work i like it.

  4. HERMAN MOORE says:

    this is one of the most amazing scenes Seen i n Awhile- Great work on this – Love all the individual stories on the same setting – Really keep the interest . Excuse the spelling erors – I have my glasses being repaired and am typing with a magnifying glass- Just cannot miss any modeling info – Although I am as bliund as a bat without them.

  5. Don says:

    WOW! what an imagination. A lot of time and patience went into this. Keep up the good work.

  6. Wayne says:

    Like very much. Would like details.
    thankyou very much.


  7. Dr Bruce says:

    Al, Rodger, this could possibly be termed a new art form, not Origami but Wiregami! Some sketches or progress photos would be helpfull, as would be a hint of how you joined the paper clips i.e. superglue, cold/hot solder etc?
    Great scratch built job!!!

  8. WOW! Fantastic! Clearly a tremendous amount of detail work was done. A remarkable achievement, indeed.

    Thanks for sharing this. I have never seen anything as good.


  9. TB says:

    These are fantastic ideas! I would love to see detailed instructions. You are a very clever fellow!

  10. Ben Zalewski says:

    How do you make the steps on the slide look so natural? Everything is square.
    I seldom get things to line up evenly.
    Fantastic model!
    –Ben Z

  11. Val says:

    Good morning,
    Rodge has done a fantastic job on his childrens playground,

    Thank you, I have just started my layout and I would love to know how to construct the playground. Thank you to all who send ideas. Val

  12. Tom Oliver says:

    Wow! There is no end to some peoples imagination and talent. Thanks for the ideas. Keep them coming.

  13. paul Otway says:

    Nice park scenes.

  14. ROBERT says:


  15. Incredible details. Yes you must let us in on the secret of how you do it and how long it takes!!

  16. dave says:

    Very ingenious

  17. builder kim says:

    wow fantastic.I agree on the amagination.

  18. Cheryl says:

    Great imagination. Fantastic work. I would love to see directions for slippery slide and toilet block. Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. SHELDON PHX. AZ. says:

    Very cute !
    I wish all postings we’re REQUIRED to have there scale included……

  20. Alan (Mac) McTavish says:

    Well done Rodge! I would also like to see details of how the diarama was made. A pdf would be good or a video. I’m sure Al would host it for downloading.
    Cheers, Mac …

  21. Diane says:

    Great!! Are instructions available?

  22. Mike Bryant says:

    I love your work, & you have a fantastic imagination. If this gets out, stores will have a shortage of paper clips in no time.
    I would also like a copy of your prints.

    Thanks Mike

  23. Sawdust says:

    The picture are great, the detail amazing. I know that I certainly would want to add this to my layout, and the cost seems great as well

    thanks for sharing

  24. Mel says:

    What is the scale?

  25. Bruce says:

    Roger, Al. I’ve read all these posts and must whole heartedly agree that the play ground scene creation is so good. As one reader posted, please do create a PDF with all the how do instructions. I expect just about all those who see the work will download the PDF. Thank you for all your great posts.
    Bruce in SC USA

  26. Charlie says:

    Hey …. I noticed the bushes !! Maybe a kiss, but no hanky-panky going on ,,,, not yet, anyway. We can leave that to our i imagination !

  27. John Frame says:

    Fantastic work!

  28. jules rosen says:

    To all: scale please! And camera used would be interesting to know. Thanks great work.

  29. Larry Moran says:

    Awesome use of paperclips. Very Creative. Excellent work

  30. Outstanding ,outstanding,outstanding.Great work with something as simple as a paper clip. Would love to know the how,and the time and the patience it took for you to complete these works of art.

  31. Robert MacDougall says:

    Fantastic !!
    Like others I also would love to see how it was made with paper clips,
    so that I can have a go myself.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures !

  32. peter a pearson says:

    as I am very new to this I am finding all these tips vey helpful thank you peter

  33. Norman Rosen says:

    Of course detailed instructions are wanted!

  34. max says:

    nice work….. would like to add some of that to my next project a Z scale layout…
    wish your offerings/previews would identify what scale this would apply to…
    but thanks for your offerings

  35. Outstanding designs and excellent eye hand coordination to make all of the pro=
    jects..Very well done. it shows you what one can do with a little imagination ‘ good work.

  36. Chris Shibata says:

    Those swing sets are terrific! I can figure out how most parts are made from the photos when I enlarge them on my iPad, and they look much better than the ones I did years ago from super-skinny skewers. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Billy Moore says:

    WOW, unbelieveable job Al! By all means, a pdf e-book with detailed photos and steps would be greatly appreciated. I would be there hopefully first in line to download it. 81 years old and getting ready to start a small N scale layout.

  38. Stephen Hyman says:

    Absolutely, the detailed notes and progress photos would be appreciated.

  39. Sidney Pratt says:

    Looks great.

  40. walt pond, madison mississippi says:

    ditto!!! Iheartily agree with allof the previous comments! i’m 73 years young! and finally getting ready to start first ho scale layout!! and I really! appreciate all of the MRR subscribers who take the time to post ALL of their tips and pictures! i’m a southerner,so y’all keep it up!! and thank you!!

  41. Dennis Sastini says:

    Extremely creative and fun only downside is not enough info on how you created this masterpiece I can pretty much see a lot of how it was done by seeing pictures but a more in-depth instructional would be helpful. Keep creating


    just like other comments already made they are right i would also like any information on how to make the sences great job if you had any ideas like that i would like to see then thank you


    great idea would like information on how to make them look forward to see any other ideas you have

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