In the 1950s era there was a company out of Philadelphia called Skyline Models that made cardstock O scale building kits. I had many of these back then but they all got thrown out in my move to NJ. They were detailed and very nice. Just goes to show that today with a printer, paper, Cardstock. Illustration board, a bit of glue,and some pieces of wood realistic models can be made and they need not cost a fortune. Does anyone else remember Skyline Models?
Skyline Models sounds vaguely familiar; perhaps they advertised in some of the old model train mags I frequently nose around in. I recall American Flyer offered a line of small buildings in S-gauge, the name may have been somewhat similar (or the same). Too bad none of yours survived as I'd be curious to see them.
Howard Lamey has become a good friend in the last few years, and we frequently trade project pics/updates. He's helped me quite a bit developing the skills required for building cardboard "glitter" houses similar to those sold in the five-and-ten-cent stores back in the 1930s thru the 1950s. Most of those are pretty small for O-gauge, so I recently upscaled a project to something close to 1/48-scale to see what it would be like. I used a "four-square" in my neighborhood for inspiration:
There's a few things here that need improvement, but generally, it turned out decent. It'd be fun to make a whole neighborhood of houses from this era, but man, a lot of work.
I built this thing during those months when the pandemic had us all on the ropes. Basically a spin on a postwar Elastolin toy castle, I wanted something to run the European wind-ups through. Howard Lamey built himself one, which then peaked my interest. A lot of sweat went into this bad-boy:
The base, the top, and the tunnel portals are wood; the rest of it is corrugated cardboard (one and two-sided), paper mâché, artist matt board, and paper; oh, and some chain, a couple of hook-eyes, and two upholstery rivets, along with one small brass hinge from the local doll-house supply store. It turned out decent, except you'd need a ladder to get up the drawbridge, lol.
Here's what an Elastolin original looks like (missing a few bits):
I’ve heard that a few times, but knowing how much time I sunk into this, I’d surely starve to death
When I finished this, I started planning a variation. I ditched the castle and tried to make a tunnel/tree-stand. It looked great when done, but I made a couple critical design errors on that, one being I didn’t leave enough room for locomotive and rolling stock overhang inside the tunnel. Gonna have to make another one...
All the examples of this 'art form' in this thread are astounding! The time required and talent needed to execute these results is humbling to us mere mortals.
Well, on behalf of all who posted, thanks, but except for the scratch-build folks (who IMHO especially deserve your compliments!), a lot of the cardstock-based projects are rather easy, requiring only decidedly pedestrian skills to get quite good results.
I say this mostly to avoid discouraging anyone who might otherwise be inclined to experiment. A color printer, heavy cardstock, a sharp exacto knife, and some patience and moderate gluing skills really are all you need to get quite gratifying results!