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I was already finished with these projects before I came with the idea to document and publish this to the web. Because of this there are no pictures from during the building process, but only from the finished models.

First I describe my second build structure, which is a home with attached store. It also happened to be a  model railroad hobby shop located in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

The owner of the store allowed me to take a picture of his store,  after I asked him if it was all right to do so, for the purpose of modeling it later.

As a matter of fact, he even gave me a front panel of his store, that he made himself out of cast resin.

To make a complete structure, all I had to do was to make the sides, back and roof.

I have almost only used left over materials from building kits. Just the roofs are made from a sheet of Volmer roof tile.

Letting my fantasy take over makes the sides and back of this structure. After all in real live this structure is among other ones.

Of course the front and the rest of the structure had to be painted also because it was made out of different colored plastic parts.

With the exemption of painting some Artitec models, see the Artitec project, this was one of the first times I painted a structure.

I used regular spray primer, and Tamiya paint, which is water based.

The advantage of using water-based paint is that when the outcome is not satisfying, you can easily remove it and repaint with an other color.

This tip I got from the owner of this hobby shop, when asking how to paint the Artitec kits.

After finishing painting the structure, I gave it a clear coat to protect the surface. New all that needs to be done is to install the windows and interior decals.

For a description of how to make  structures out of plastic card and painting those, see my project "Dordrechts city block"

After the experience I picked up from this model, I decide to make one completely out of plastic card, and only use windows and doors from the left over parts. This model became a small farmhouse.

Little by little I am changing from building classic structure kits, to scratch building my own structures.

After making a few of those structures your self, you get more and more experience, and won't need the use of left over materials, you make it all your self. Although of course it is fun to quickly put together a nice kit, every ones in a while.

My first self-made plastic card structure was a row of townhouses, which is located in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. I use to live here during my childhood, in the seventies. As I was building this model I did not have any pictures, so I had to go by my memory.

The whole structure became to big, in comparison to other structures in Ho scale. So I can't really use this one on my layout. New I have a picture of those townhouses, at the present time. See the differences and similarities.

Ho scale is 1/87. This means that everything should be divided with 87, to match the real size. This means that 1-meter equal 11.49-millimeter.

1 meter is almost 1 US yard. I made all the measurements of my first model in 1/87, but this resulted in to big of a structure. The height, length and width have to become smaller.

In the world of model railroading we use "selective compression", which means that some measurements become smaller then 1/87.

A perfect sample is easily explained by watching a train set. Look at the length of most passenger and freight cars. Mostly the length is in a scale of 1/100. They are shorter then they should be in 1/87. By for example making the windows shorter, or skipping a few, you won't get the impression of this method.

I should have done this when I build my first structure. Then again, with making errors you get more experience.

This page is last updated on 15 July 2012

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